Winter weather can cause a lot of problems when it comes to your beauty routine: Dry hair, flaky skin, and persistently chapped lips are among the worst. When spring arrives, most of us welcome the warmer weather with open arms—that is, until the humidity and rain storms roll in, melting our makeup and ruining our hair to the point where we’d almost rather have a little snow. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. With the right products, you can keep your hair in place, your makeup set, and your skin looking great all season long.
Humidity tends to make the skin look dewy and glowy, but when you’ve got oily skin, that’s not always a good thing. To refresh your skin in the morning and prep it for the day ahead, try this charcoal scrub from First Aid Beauty. The charcoal helps to draw impurities out of the skin and pores while also helping to tighten them and reduce oil production. It’ll leave your skin smooth and refreshed while also giving you a mattified look all day long.
Winter weather calls for heavy-duty moisturisers that are too heavy for spring. For warmer, more humid months, stick with a lightweight formula like Belif’s The True Cream Aqua Bomb. Though lightweight, it still keeps your skin soft and hydrated, and it also dries down to a matte finish. The gel is cooling when applied, helping to keep your skin feeling refreshed and dewy.
After you’ve left the house for the day, your skin and makeup are at the mercy of the elements. If the humidity tends to make your oil production skyrocket, make sure to keep a pack of these Tatcha oil blotting papers on hand at all times. They’ll help to lift excess oil away from your skin without disturbing your makeup, so you can refresh your look without entirely redoing your face.
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If you wear makeup often, you know how important a good primer is when it comes to keeping your product exactly where you want it. It’s especially important when the weather becomes warm and humid, as this can not only shift your makeup but also make your skin more oily, making your face look shiny and your makeup messy. This matte primer from Becca will help to set your makeup and fill in your pores. Through rain, humidity, and sweat, it’ll stand up to any challenge and keep your makeup looking snatched.
Heavy foundations and warm weather really don’t mix. Sure, you might want the coverage of a heavy foundation, but it typically comes at the expense of feeling like you’re wearing a mask of makeup all day long. Combined with excess sweat and oil, a heavy foundation during the warmer months could even lead to clogged pores and breakouts. We’d recommend going with something a little lighter that’ll still offer coverage, like this tinted moisturizer BB cream from Tarte. It’ll make your skin look smooth and flawless without packing on heavy layers of makeup, and it even has the added benefit of SPF 20 for days spent outdoors.
The Tattoo Liner from Kat Von D is easy to apply and has waterproof staying power. It’s known for staying put until you want it to come off, and it even works well applied over eyeshadow. It comes in silky black Trooper and rich Mad Max Brown. The best part is that it’s completely free of any animal-derived ingredients, making this liner 100 percent cruelty free.
Perhaps the most difficult portion of your makeup routine to waterproof is mascara. Sometimes even waterproof options will still smudge, not to mention that they can be incredibly difficult to remove with even the most heavy-duty makeup removers. Not this one, though. This long-wearing mascara from Clinique uses thermal technology to keep it in place for up to 24 hours, all while feeling soft on the lashes and being easy to take off at the end of the day.
For special occasions, there’s also the Waterproof Extreme Mascara from Tom Ford, an intense, carbon black mascara that’ll stay put through anything.
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Humidity is your hair’s worst enemy, and it’s a hard problem to fight when spring rolls around. Even on days when it isn’t raining, the air tends to have a balmy quality that can make a perfectly styled head of hair fall flat in no time at all. A good anti-frizz spray should become a staple in your styling routine during the spring, and this one from Kerastase helps tame frizz and adds shine. It’s formulated with a special polymer that creates a lightweight layer over your hair that’ll keep humidity out and flyaways down. It’s also a heat protectant that’s good to use even when the humidity is low.
If you need extra frizz protection, you can help to block humidity before you hair is even styled. This nourishing, anti-frizz oil from Living Proof is formulated with a patented Healthy Hair Molecule that helps to divert humidity without adding weight into your hair. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave behind any residue, so it’s perfect for adding to damp hair before you style or used to tame frizz during the day the second you see it.
Believe it or not, using the right brush can make a huge difference when it comes to keeping your hair shiny and frizz free. This boar bristle brush helps to evenly distribute oil from your scalp to your hair, which naturally conditions the hair and adds shine. This will help prevent your hair from breaking and developing split ends while keeping frizz at bay and making your hair more manageable. The brush is even designed to be easy to hold and use for maximum comfort.
If your hair tends to be pretty reactive when it comes to humidity, you know what a pain it can be to straighten it. It’s a process that can be lengthy on its own and then becomes pointless the second you step outside. This straightening brush will be your saving grace for easier hair straightening and preventing humidity-induced frizz. It’s essentially a brush and flat iron all in one that uses special ionic technology to keep your hair smooth and frizz free all day long. Not only that, but it’ll cut your styling time in half and make straightening your hair easier than ever. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, try this one from Amazon.
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