Looking good on a rainy day is not all that simple. Especially if you work somewhere like New York City where you don’t have a car and, suddenly, taxis and ubers are more rare than unicorns. Also, in case you’ve never commuted in a city like New York, even if you leave your house with the best rain outfit in the world, you will need to close that umbrella before you enter the subway. At some point between the moment when you close that umbrella and you take two steps to walk into the station your hair and face will become a hot mess. In retrospect, maybe the Amazon-like hot and humid climate once inside the station plays a role in making you look so, so miserable by the time you walk into your office at 9:15am. You were, of course, late because of the rain.
There are, however, a few makeup products that will make your life simpler. I believe in giving credit where credit is due, so I’ll thank my friend @xovivalaglamxo for her advice. Also, in the interest of full disclosure and in case this does not work for you, I will say Manuela gave me most of this advice when I asked her how I could do my makeup so it would withstand a few hours of sweat and I didn’t look miserable in my daughter’s birth photos.
For rainy days (and any day, if you ask me) less is more when it comes to make up. Especially if you, like me, are terrible in the make up department, you are better off working with a few tools and products that you’re not likely to mess up. If you try going for an entire contoured face and it rains on you, you’re likely to look like an old, used candle.
Make Up For Ever, like its name implies, will stay put for a long time. As a side note, it will also stay on your white towels if you don’t use a good make up remover. I love their MAT VELVET + Matifying Foundation. I like to put it on with my hands. I’ll put a little more on blemishes and under my eyes, and it blends quite well with the rest of the face. I’m sure any make up artist will tell you should apply it with a brush, though.
For my cheeks, I go one of two ways. If I’m going for warmer tones, I’ll use Make Up For Ever’s HD Second Skin Cream Blush. If, instead, I’m going for a brighter look, I love NARS’ Matte Multiple – Anguilla. It has a little bit of sparkle in it. The idea is to definitely use a cream blush or a tint. Those are much more likely to withstand water and humidity than powder.
Tints and stains are also the best idea for lips. I have had a Too Faced liquid tint for so many years they no longer sell it. I assume their new one (Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick) is even better) but please don’t take my word for it.
Finally, there’s very little you should do with your eyes. I recommend using waterproof liquid eyeliner. My favorite is stila’s Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, but I know MAC and Maybeline have great waterproof eyeliners as well. Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara goes well with any type of make up (if you ask me) so I decided to stick to that rather than try a specifically waterproof one.
I hope that helps. Give it a try. Leave your comments and recommendations!