Out here, it’s always one of two things. You’re either sweating your face off, or braving the wind, rain, and shivers while trying to get from point A to B. More often than not, you come out the other end looking less than fresh and totally stressed. So, what’s a beauty devotee to do when the rainy season wants to wash her dolled-up face away?
The easy answer is to do away with makeup altogether, but if you’d rather not—well, it’s also super easy to just rain-proof your look. So easy, we’ve pinned down the 6 essential steps to achieving it with all our best product recos for each, below. Say it with us: I can make it through the rain!
6 STEPS TO “RAIN-PROOFING” YOUR MAKEUP
STEP 1: PREP WITH A MATTIFYING PRIMER
After doing your usual skincare, prep your base for makeup with a mattifying primer. Not only would this cult fave from Benefit give your skin a blurred, silky-smooth finish, it will also help extend the wear time of your face products by giving them something extra (yet barely there!) to hold on to.
WE USED: Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer, P2,120
STEP 2: APPLY A HEAVY-DUTY BASE
We’d never recommend wearing your makeup for over 24 hours, but if you had to, there are plenty of long-wearing foundations and concealers that are up to the task. Cue L’Oreal’s ultra buildable Infallible foundation, which sets into a natural matte that looks picture-perfect and doesn’t budge. On top, we’d suggest something equally reliable, like The SAEM’s signature concealer. Since it’s super lightweight, it gives you added coverage without feeling like too much.
WE USED: L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, P550, The SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer, P350
STEP 3: GO WATERPROOF FOR EYES AND ARCHES
Sure, going full waterproof for your eye makeup is a major commitment. Products like the Imagic brow pencil, any of Heroine Make’s mascaras (TBH!), and K-Palette’s beloved eyeliners offer some of the toughest formulas to wipe off your delicate face. No amount of crying or sweating will make ‘em budge, so we’re willing to bet they’ll even stay put through an actual rainstorm.
WE USED: Imagic Waterproof Auto Eyebrow Pencil, now on sale at P199 (limited time only), Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara Waterproof, P1,170, K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner 24H Waterproof, P795
STEP 4: GIVE YOURSELF A RADIANT FLUSH
While makeup isn’t a cure-all, a delightful pop of color never hurt anybody going through the rainy day blues. We love Benefit’s ever-popular lip and cheek tints for this, as they give you that lit-from-within glow that can totally transform your look. Plus, they can even last all day without reapplications.
WE USED: Benefit Posie Tint, P1,900
STEP 5: FINISH WITH A GLOOM-BUSTING LIP COLOR
If you’re looking for the lippie to swipe on that won’t move no matter what, you have to go with Maybelline’s SuperStays. Once applied, it’s as comfortable as a liquid lipstick could be, with zero transfer, rich, vivid pigment, and up to 16 hours of wear. We love wearing their brightest shades whenever the season turns gloomy!
WE USED: Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick (Sabby wears Groundbreaker), now on sale at P299 (limited time only)
STEP 6: SET WITH POWDER AND SPRAY
Finally, set yourself up for success by locking everything down with a powder and finishing spray. V&M Naturals’ silk powder is great for keeping your makeup crease- and grease-free, while Australis’ spray acts as a hydrating all-day barrier against the unpredictable elements.
WE USED: V&M Naturals Silk Powder Foundation, P700, Australis Mini Finishing Spritz, now on sale at P265 (limited time only)
THE WEAR TEST
To road-test just how well this routine might fare in the rain, we had BeautyMNL team member Sabby plunge her fully made-up face into a basin of water:
The results? There was barely any transfer when she patted her face dry! If we hadn’t known she had just been soaked, we’d say her makeup had just been freshly applied:
If that’s not proof that rainy days are truly no match for a budge-proof base and a perfect face, we don’t know what is. Go brave the elements, girl!
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