Stay away from heavy foundation during the monsoons. Avoid foundation and go for compact powder. Compact powder is pressed powder and is a better option in hot and humid weather. It reduces that oily, sweaty look. The skin appears fresher and cleaner. Compact powders are also ideal for touching up. Carry wet tissues and compact powder in your handbag, to refresh both skin and make-up.
Put astringent lotion before foundation
If you want to apply foundation, an astringent lotion should be applied first. Astringent lotions do help, as they reduce oiliness and close the pores. After cleansing the skin, apply astringent lotion, with cotton wool. After a few minutes, wrap an ice cube in a clean cloth and apply it on the skin, for a few seconds at a time.
Water-based foundation is better
Heavy foundations become "caked" and streaky with perspiration, showing up natural creases, lines and wrinkles. Go easy on foundation and apply very little. A water-based foundation is better during the humid season. Add a drop or two of water for a lighter coverage. Or, one can go for cake foundations, or "pansticks". Cake Foundations are different from liquid or creamy foundations and provide a smooth, matte (non-shiny) finish. They are solid and water must be added, before application. They prevent the skin from looking oily and shiny. A damp sponge is ideal for applying them. Dust some loose powder over the foundation. It helps make-up last longer. Avoid applying too much powder around eyes.
For the skin texture, the natural, matte (non-shiny) look is actually the latest trend, which is also more suitable for the humid season. Heavy foundations and shine on the face are definitely out of fashion. Look for a matte finish on the skin, if you want to be 'in'. The aim is to project a sheer skin texture. Eye make-up trends favour the smudged and smoky look. Apply eyeliner on the upper lid, close to the lashes and then smudge it with a sponge applicator, or cotton bud. For the lower eyelids, a lighter effect is in, using eyeliner and then smudging it with a little shadow. Actually, during the rainy season, waterproof eyeliner, or eye pencil, would be better. Avoid mascara, or go easy on it. Smoky look for the eyes, with golden bronze shadow or silver-grey shadow may be good for night make up and also trendy.
Frosted sheen, gloss, or shimmer are popular for the lips. During the humid season, a frosty finish for the lips would have a cooler effect than gloss. Lip liners should match the lipstick.
Colour of the season
Pale pinks, mauves and earthy colours will continue to be popular for lips. On the other hand, red and shades of red are making a comeback, like cherry, rose, plum and red itself. A warm red would be good for the night. The trend is towards the natural look, with less blush-on. A faint flush would be suitable. Go for powder blushers.
Keep your lipsticks in the fridge during the monsoons. Skin tonic can also be kept in the fridge, chilled and ready for use. It can be most refreshing and help close the pore.
Ayurveda suggests some remedies to decrease sweating. Sip "nimbu paani". Sip ginger tea before and after your meals. Chop fresh ginger root finely and mix with a pinch of salt. Chew a little of this before your meal. Sipping warm water with your meal may also help. Light diet and less spice are advised. Eat smaller meals.
How can I have my facial Skin wrinkle free and soft?
— Mrs. Chander Kanta, New Delhi
The skin should be treated according to skin type. If the skin is normal to dry, it should be kept well moisturized. Honey is a natural moisturizer. Applying honey daily helps soften the skin. It can be mixed with a little milk or curd. If the skin is very dry, add a little egg yolk or pure almond oil. For dry skin, nourish daily at night, with a nourishing cream. Massage it on the face with a few drops of water and wipe it off with moist cotton wool before bedtime. A weekly face mask would help. Weekly salon facials would help dry skin, as the professional massage helps keep the skin toned and youthful.