Nikki Patel shows us how to waterproof our makeup come rain or shine.
Featured image: nordstrom.com The inevitable heavy showers of a Mancunian Winter can wreak havoc with your makeup. Luckily, with just a few simple steps, you can safeguard your face against the elements and arrive at that 9am looking just as fresh faced as when you left the house. Step 1:Primer Waterproof makeup begins with a good quality primer. A Holy Grail for any makeup maven, it is essential to ensure that your foundation stays put without sliding around or fading when you get caught in the rain. Lancome La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer is my go-to, however I also recommend Cicaplast Pro Recovery Skincare by La Roche-Posay. Although it is technically not a primer it renders your foundation infallible whilst repairing any dryness or flaking caused by harsh Wintry weather. Step 2: Foundation Image: beautylish.com Never fear, pesky showers do not mean that you have to brave the dreaded bare-fared look this Winter. The key is in choosing a durable product that enhances your skin’s natural glow as opposed to covering it. Mac Face and Body Foundation is water resistant and provides natural coverage. It also conditions the skin, a welcome bonus given the drying effects of cold Winter winds. Step 3:Mascara Image: womanandhome.com Waterproof mascara is a beauty essential for every young woman at all times of the year. A safeguard against not only wet weather but also the blood, sweat and tears of a messy night out, I highly recommend L’Oreal Waterproof Volume Million Lashes which is a steal at just under £10.00. Flashier waterproof warriors could even invest in Terry’s Lash Coat Mascara. Launched earlier this year it effectively acts as a raincoat for your favourite mascara whilst also lengthening and curling the lashes. Step 4: Lips Image: hqhair.com Finally, rain needn’t mean that you have to shy away from the dark lip, an annual Winter beauty trend. You just have to be cautious when choosing your products and prepping your mouth to keep it looking pristine. I personally recommend using a lip primer such as Too Faced Lip Insurance before injecting a splash of colour with a dark Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain. These stains require zero touch ups once applied and stubbornly refuse to feather/bleed in torrential rain, leaving you with an enviably indelible pout. Image: twoheartstogether.com