By: Patrice Grell Yursik
You wake up in the morning, look out the window and immediately want to go back to bed. Rainy days can definitely get you down. There are challenges when it comes to staying pretty (and upbeat) in spite of the elements, but it can be done! All you need is a little pre-planning and the right kinds of products. Here are six tips for maintaining your beauty despite the downpours.
1. Be the Prime Minister
Your face is clean and moisturized, and you’re ready to apply your makeup. But there’s an important step before you put on your war paint that will ensure it lasts, whatever the weather. We’re talking primer. There’s a makeup primer for every part of your face. There are lash, eyeshadow (in a variety of styles and shades from creams to crayons), foundation and lip product primers. And then there are powders that you can brush on to maintain and set your overall look.
2. Waterproof Everything
If it’s raining cats and dogs outside, it only makes sense to reach for waterproof makeup. Mascara is the most obvious choice, but waterproof makeup goes beyond what you use on your lashes. Using a stick foundation and made-to-last makeup (like a highly pigmented cream blush and lip stain) can get you through wet, rainy days without smudges and smears.
3. Pencil It in
Outlining and shading in your lips with a matte pencil will make for great all-day lip color. For eye makeup that will last, consider using a kohl pencil to create the perfect cat eye, or even smudging a chubby eye crayon into a smoky eye look. Eyeliner pencils tend to be waxy and therefore will stay put when the water starts splashing your way.
4. Finish up
Once your face is complete and you’ve used your primers and waterproof cosmetics, there’s an additional step that can help your makeup weather the storms — finishing sprays. There are types designed to suit your every need, whether you’re trying to tone down oil, have a photo perfect look or maintain a dewy radiance. Makeup artists also have been known to rave over water-based facial sprays. A light mist of H20 can actually help set your makeup!
5. Consider Your Cover
Now that your face is done, you’re ready to brave the elements. Besides your big fabulous umbrella and fun colorful rain boots, you need additional protective gear to stay dry while maintaining your look. Wear a big pair of sunglasses — even though it’s cloudy — because exposure to extreme wind, rain and even snow can do major damage to your eye makeup. At the very least, you’ll look glamorous as you dodge puddles and rush through downpours.
6. Pack Accordingly
If you really want your makeup to look flawless once you’ve made it through the rain, bring the essentials with you. It’s smart to have a compact with you for touchups during the day. Your favorite lipstick and eyeliner won’t add any additional weight to your purse and they will come in handy when you need to look camera- or Monday-morning-meeting ready.
Patrice's blog, Afrobella, has won more than 10 awards including entry in the Black Weblog Awards Hall of Fame, and has been featured in Essence, Ebony, Glamour, Trinidad Guardian and Fast Company. Patrice has contributed to Essence, Newsweek.com, Ebony.com, AOL's Black Voices and Vogue Italia online. She holds an MFA from the University of Miami and is working on her first book.