How to do your makeup if you live in a Humid Environment
Image via WikipediaThose of you who live in cities like Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata, Cochin and other costal places - will understand what a boon and a pain it is at the same time.
The humidity in the air is excellent for those with dry skins as it keeps the skin moist - much more than it would be in a drier environment.
But it also makes oily skin more oily, and makes the hair frizzy (Monica from Friends, Season 10 in Barbados - anyone) and makes make up close to impossible - especially if you will not be spending the day in a closed, air & humidity controlled (A/C) environment.
But sometimes you still gotta look good, even if you will be fighting the crowds of a local train. So here is quick guide of what works for me on days - when I know I will be sweating it out.
(Btw the image above is of Mumbai at night - Aerial shot - it is the prettiest thing I have seen, and it looks like my city's streets are paved with molten gold - I love this city - buzzing, vibrant, safe, happening and it has a heart - Sorry, I am digressing - back to the topic at hand)
1. First of all, if you're in a place like Mumbai in summers - you will sweat - that is a given - even on the face. Keep this in mind and use a strong deodrant.
2. I tend to skip foundation, concealer, loose powder - the works - because I know I will keep wiping the sweat off my face, and anything I apply will get rubbed off.
3. After I wash my face, if needed I apply a moisturizer (oil free) - both Neutrogena Moisturizer for Combination Skin (read review here) as well as Khadi Rose & Aloe Vera Moisturiser suit me well.
4. After that comes Sunscreen: Neutrogena Sunblock - that is water & sweat resistant, besides it also resists rub off. Read review here
5. Most days in summer I just apply just waterproof Mascara (Maybelline Colossal Volume - review) and a swipe of my colorbar lipstick in bare or Irish rose. I carry Nivea Lip Balm and Neutrogena Sunscreen with me for touchups. That is it. I am ready to step out of the door.
6. I prefer not to use eye liner in summers as I just wanna feel light and airy - no heavy textures on face - but if your can't live without liner - use a smudge and waterproof liner.
7. I don't like powder blushes in this humid weather - so if I have to use one, I use a tint. I like TBS Cheek & Lip Tint. This is waterproof, sweatproof and even resists rub off. Even NYX cream blushes are rub off resistant and a good alternative for those of you with dry skin.
8. I carry a mister with rose water for my face - when the heat gets unbearable - a few mists help me cool!
That is my routine for Mumbai Summers. What about you? Do you have a special routine for summers?
I m sure this post will help lot many people who are living in coastal places...ReplyDelete
Its a beautiful pic but will scare me if i will look for a house there.:D
@Anamika: Mumbai is a very very crowded city..ReplyDelete
People & buildings everywhere. In part that is what makes it so safe - there are people on the road even at 11 in the night - shops are open, cars are rushing home, unless u venture into a desolate lane - you are safe.
But like u said, a lot of people who are used to open spaces tend to find it very cramped.
I like all the tips !!ReplyDelete
Its same with me :p
Besides, I also use the Ponds Oil control concentrate and blotters to keep the excess oilies away :D
@Palak: After reading your review - I went to the store to pick up this Ponds Oil control concentrate - but it was outta stock!ReplyDelete
Thks! Am glad u liked the tips!
I'm going to be in Chennai for a while after my wedding, so I should totally bookmark this. :)ReplyDelete
where was this post when i visited karachi :P great post tanveer, i am gonna save it incase if i ever visit Karachi again :PReplyDelete
After many days the signature "short and sweet post" is back. :) Book marked it already for future purposes. :PReplyDelete
That TBS tint you have is gorgeous and words are less to explain how beautiful it looks on lips. I swatched it this time when I went to the store. I wish they could do the same with other tints as well.
Hey Tanveer, Being from Mumbai myself, I knw how bad the humidity can get...I somewhat follow similar routine as yours in summers except that over my ponds age miracle cream I use compact which helps give a matte effect and removes any oiliness that may have been caused due to the cream....ReplyDelete
With all its pros & cons I LOVE MUMBAI!!!
Mee total Bombaite!!!Love the tips..hav almost stopped using eyeliners, its just toooo hottttt!!ReplyDelete
I carry the skin freshner spray too!!
I have to agree. As much as I love makeup, I find that Mumbai summers just don't allow it! I still pop on a bit of MAC powder foundation and lip products, but I skip on the eye makeup entirely. This is a time to focus on lovely tops, sandals and jewelry, not makeup I guess. :(ReplyDelete
This is so helpful especially since I'm going back to Dubai & Pune for a visit.. after 9 years!! Thanks for all the infoReplyDelete
This was almost similar to my routine during my life in Cochin.ReplyDelete
Although TBS, Nyx, Neutrogena and such brands were unknown to me then :-)
Nice post Tanveer.
HI ATB :)ReplyDelete
I used to be from Mumbai too, its my home forever even though I can only visit occasionally these days. I stayed in Chennai for two years and the heat and sweat there is unimaginable, far worse than Mumbai. I just found your blog thru a link on Mumbai Mirror and I have to say, good job! There really are almost no good Indian makeup blogs so yours is filling a much needed gap. I had started my own blog sometime back, but its more or less abandoned. I just cant find the time. Maintaining a quality blog takes commitment and hardwork, so all the best and keep up the good work :)
Oops sorry, typed in a hurry. In the comment above, I meant to say that you are filling a gap that really needed to be filled :)ReplyDelete
Oops sorry, typed in a hurry. In the comment above, I meant to say that your blog is filling a gap that really needed to be filled.ReplyDelete
@Ki & Sarah: Thks! I hope these tips help :)ReplyDelete
@Rati: Thks :) I know! I love TBS tints! I never buy tints with shimmer - somehow they seem a lil wrong! :)ReplyDelete
@HD: Mee too loves this city!!! I avoid compact as it dries out my skin - but it is great for oilies!
@Simran: i know! Too hot for thick liners :P
@Ashwini: Thks :) I agree, heavy eye make up in mumbai summers makes u look less fresh for some reason!
@Siamese: Yr welcome! :D
@Poornima: Thks :).. I guess we all do pretty much the same, only brands differ :D
@Anonymous: Hey! Thks so much for the lovely comment! :D.. I can imagine - I was in Cochin last year for 10 days & Mumbai felt cooler when I came back! U say u found this blog through a link in Mumbai Mirror.. Can u share that with me please? I am totally unaware of it
Thks for all the appreciation! It really made my day :D
i really find this blog helpful. my family and I will be in India on the 1st of May and our first stop would be Mumbai... I live in the Philippines and I grumble in our 32-36 degrees weather.. i dont know how i could survive in Mumbai...lol.. but thanks to your blog I know what makeup products to bring.. atleast it could save me the extra kilos in baggage. thanks again. =)ReplyDelete
@Icysunitz: Hey! Thks! Glad to be of help :D.. Hope you have a good time in Mumbai!ReplyDelete
hey i am new to this blog and guess m getting addicted to it real fast!!! anyways can u tell me where in mumbai can i buy colorbar cosmetics? i just love their products bit cant find dem in mumbai..so have to ask my dad to get dem durin his busnissvtrips to delhi.. so m really desperate..anyhelp wud b appreciated. thanx!ReplyDelete
@Anonymous: You can find Colorbar cosmetic counters in all Food Bazaars, Afla at Irla & also new beauty centre in Khar, kandivali & crawford market.ReplyDelete
However do bear in mind that colorbar tends to be out of stock on a lot of products here :)
Lovely Blog.. Just came across it :)ReplyDelete
And, I really really miss Mumbai :( I lived there for 25 years before moving. Not a day goes by when I dont think of moving back! :( Its the only place where I feel so ALIVE..
Sorry... I digressed!