women in rain wearing a raincoat
McCall Magazine Cover, girl in rain, Nickolas Muray, 1943.

It seems like most of the country is in the grips of a cold snap, with cities across the board experiencing rain, snow, wind and cold. Even here in Southern California, we’re no strangers to the rain, lately. As much as we might love it (and as much as we SoCal residents need it), dealing with rainy weather can oftentimes be more of a hassle than anything else. Especially when it comes to planning our outfits and make-up for a full day out and about. Whether you’re heading off to work or going on a date, inclement weather can throw a  real wrench into your plans. So here are some tips to help you weather whatever storm nature throws your away and come out of it looking flawless.

Choose cream for more than more your coffee
Lightweight cream-based eyeshadows, concealers, foundations and blushes can withstand moisture better than their powder-based counterparts. A powder-based foundation, for example, will streak when it comes into contact with water, and it’s much easier to blend a cream foundation when you’re on-the-go. Try a tinted moisturizer, since a thin layer can often do more for you than a thick layer of foundation. Plus, you’ll be moisturizing your skin, which is always a good idea in cold weather.

Waterproof more than your jacket
Waterproof eyeliner and mascara are a must in rainy weather. If they come into contact water, you can expect them to look exactly the same once they’re dry. You have to be extremely careful not to rub your eyes if the eyeliner or mascara gets wet, since that will create smudging, and only a full makeup remover will be able to get rid of the smudging completely. Definitely not an ideal situation to find yourself in when you’re fifty miles away from home, with no beauty counter in sight. If that happens, carry a bit of baby oil in your make-up bag; it’ll do the trick in a pinch.

Pucker up
Investing in a high-quality lipstick is a good idea when the clouds threaten to burst open, since you won’t just be dealing with moisture from your mouth or from your drinks like you would on a day with no rain, but with the moisture in the air as well. Stay away from lip glosses, since those become sticky when they come into contact with water. When choosing lipsticks for a rainy day, matte is always a good option.

Get moist
Hearkening back to tip #1, make sure your face is moisturized, but not just in the few moments before you apply your makeup for the day. If you don’t already, start moisturizing at night, since your downtime will really allow your face to soak up all the beneficial nutrients (and moisture!) from your moisturizer, priming your skin to face the day when you wake up in the morning.

Show a little love to your locks
Flawless makeup means nothing if your hair looks like it belongs around a lion’s face. Simple and manageable hairstyles that leave no room for flyaways or frizz, like a braid or a bun, will make all the difference, especially since you can let your hair down once you get away from the moisture in the air outside.

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