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8 beauty hacks for monsoon every girl should know


The rains are almost here. And with the showers come the rising humidity. Here are tips to help you keep your skin and locks intact.

While it's best to avoid styling this season, use a light hair serum that won't weigh your hair down instead of a heavy mousse. Make anti-frizz products and humidity control sprays your BFFs. "Experiment with hairstyles that go with your natural texture and are more likely to stay. A textured braid, bun or top knot is ideal for bad hair days, as is a fishtail or a French braid. If you have to use a product, a sea salt texturising spray will give you a beachy look," says makeup artist Clint Fernandes.

Get happy feet


To get rid of all the grime on your feet, exfoliate them with a DIY coffee scrub made by mixing equal amounts of coffee, sea salt and corn meal. Add a few drops of almond oil and scrub the concoction on your feet. Contact with rain water can lead to infec tions. "Fungal infections of the nails and toes are common during the rainy season. Keep them as clean and dry as possible to pre vent such problems. Take off your shoes and socks and wash your feet every time you come home. Avoid wearing wet shoes for long," advises Dr Akshay Batra. A pedicure and manicure twice a month is essential.

Cleanse and moisturise



The humid weather can make the skin dry or oily. "Cleanse your skin at least twice a day to slough away sweat, impurities and dead skin build-up. If you have dry skin, use a cream-based cleanser to keep it moist. For oily skin, opt for a soap less gel cleanser that will cleanse and puri fy the skin while balancing its pH. Don't for get to follow up the cleansing ritual with a mattifying moisturiser for a fresh look," insists Marie Lamotte.

Eye to eye


Don't do too much drama around the eyes with shading. Instead of the classic smoky eye, flaunt the graphic eye look created using water proof coloured liners, kohl pencils or felt pen liners. The waterproof mascara is indeed the ultimate monsoon must-have, but in order to maintain the resilience of the eyelashes, coat them with the usual volumising or coloured mascara and top them with a clear waterproof one.

Makeup mantra

Create a smear-proof base for makeup using a primer.

Ditch the heavy foundation and make the switch to a BB CC cream or a tinted moisturiser, preferably with an SPF that will give you just enough coverage for the day. Compact or translucent powder should be used. A cream-based cheek tint will easily glide on the skin and get absorbed, giving your apples a natural, velvety flush, don’t overdo your makeup in the monsoon season. Just apply a light makeup on your face wherever necessary. Use lighter shades of lipstick. Avoid too much of eye-makeupeye-makeup as there are chances of it to smudge. Always go for the products which are waterproof. This is one of the most important beauty hacks for face.


Soak up the sun


Even though the sky is cloudy and you aren't directly exposed to the sun, 80 per cent of UV rays still pass through clouds and penetrate your skin. "Using a water resistant, oil-free broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 and above is the best way to protect your skin. Slather it on all the exposed parts of your skin for at least 20 minutes before you step out," advises skin expert Dr Varun Katyal.

Look at the bright side



Keep colours high in contrast with your skin tone. "Bright lip colours or eyeliners in vibrant colours can do the trick for you this season. Instead of a powder eyeshadow, use a long-wear cream shadow. Aqua colours, bright pinks and greens are popular. Avoid using a gloss as it will get sticky and smudge when you get wet," says Sonic Sarwate, senior makeup artist.

Pack a punch

Apply a nourishing mask to the face or hair with fresh ingredients off the kitchen shelf. For radiant skin, make a mask with besan, honey and milk and blend together avocado, olive oil and a banana and use it as a hair pack to tame the frizz.

Look up for scrubs and masks made with oatmeal, curd, rose water and orange peels, based on your skin type.

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Makeup Hacks For Rainy day: 
Prefer Primer: During monsoon, always prefer to use primer if at all you are in need to use foundation. It holds your foundation for longer duration. Light water-based foundations are great options in the rainy days.


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Use BB Creams: Use BB creams for daily use purpose. Use makeup base which is light as this will reduce makeup melting. They allow your skin to breathe in the humid weather. Avoid concealers.


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