As anyone who’s ever seen The Notebook can attest, getting caught in the rain can appear incredibly romantic. What Hollywood fails to portray, however, are the raccoon eyes and frizzed-out hair that result from an unexpected downpour. (We sometimes wonder how the movie would’ve turned out if Rachel McAdams looked like this instead of like this.) With imminent April showers, we’ve put together a list of products to help you survive the next storm streak-and-smudge-free.
Lip color that doesn’t budge
Don’t let a perfectly pink pout wash away. Instead, apply one of Cynthia Rowley Beauty’s three new Creamy Lip Stains, formulated by the designer to have the hydration of a lipstick but the staying power of a stain. Similarly, POP Beauty Stain Stay’s hyper-pigmented color lasts through breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and its marker-like applicator tip makes defining your lips super easy.
Eye makeup that won’t streak
A rainstorm is a smoky eye’s worst nightmare. To avoid the dreaded “black tears,” apply Marcelle’s durable Waterproof Eyeliner, which comes in six colorful shades and won’t budge till you decide to remove it. Top lashes off with Le Métier de Beauté Anamorphic Lash Waterproof Mascara, which won’t run with the rain and even hydrates your lashes, thanks to a dose of conditioning beeswax. Keep brows in streak-free line with Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel.
Skincare that stays put
When it comes to products that can handle monsoon-like conditions, we can always count on stila’s resilient essentials, like the stay all day® 10-in-1 hd illuminating beauty balm with spf 30. This oil-and-paraben-free BB cream evens and smooths skin with a hint of shimmer—and looks just as good at 9 p.m. as it does at 9 a.m. To ensure that your favorite foundation sticks around through inclement weather, prep skin with a long-lasting primer like Smashbox Cosmetics’ Photo Finish Primer.
Haircare that holds
Humidity is to curly hair as Voldemort is to Harry Potter—a mortal enemy. Win the battle with Curly Hair Solution’s Curl Keeper, a frizz-tamer that actually reactivates when it comes in contact with water. For straight hair, a spritz of Oribe’s Superfine Spray will protect an updo or blowout from going flat without feeling stiff.
So you got soaked, huh?
A few general damage control tips: Clean up makeup smears with a cotton ball soaked in Marcelle’s Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes. If you’re suffering from a clownish lipstick slip, dab some of Dermablend’s Professional Quick-Blend Concealer with your fingertip around your pout to redefine it. Revive damp, lifeless locks with TONI&GUY’s Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray and remerge looking like you spent the day at the beach—instead of in a flash flood.
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