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Monsoon Make-up Blunders

By Shahnaz Husain

During the monsoons, make-up does not last. In no time, foundation becomes streaky and blotchy. Actually, a natural, matte (non-shiny) look is more suitable for the humid season. Look for a matte finish on the skin.

Here are some common monsoon make-up blunders!

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·        Heavy foundation on oily skin.

Many think that foundation is a must during the hot and humid season, especially for oily skin. Foundation need not be applied, especially during the day. Use powder compact.  It reduces the oily look and provides a smooth skin texture.

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·        Moisturizer before foundation.

It is true that a moisturizing lotion is said to be a base for foundation, but this does not apply during the monsoons especially for normal to oily skin. During hot and humid apply an astringent lotion before foundation. Then wrap an ice cube in a clean cloth and apply it on the skin, for a few seconds at a time. This helps to close the pores.

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·        Using a foundation which is much lighter than normal skin colour, in order to look fair.

Foundation should be as close to your normal skin colour as possible. This would help to achieve a natural look. Otherwise, it has a mask-like effect. Also, the neck and other parts of the body will look darker in comparison.

·        Many think that light powder, like baby powder, is best for monsoons.


Translucent powder is actually very pale and does not suit all skin tones. Tinted powders may be better. Warm yellow tones of powder may suit. Nowadays, the trend is for a matte (non-shiny) finish for skin texture. If you want a really healthy glow without the shine, go for a bronzing powder. Avoid applying too much. It should be lightly applied, using a big powder brush.

·        Applying foundation on the eyelids thinking that it helps the make-up last.

The skin of the eyes is very thin and delicate. Wrinkles, lines and creases form easily. Foundation can make the eyelids look creased with tiny lines.

·        Many use only pastel (light) coloured lipstick during the hot season.

It is true that pastel coloured lipsticks look cooler and more natural in summer, but I have seen that bright colours can also look good, especially with darker complexions and traditional Indian clothes. Red and reddish colours are in fashion. A coral or dark pink lipstick may look very attractive during summer and monsoons, even with light colored clothes.

About Shahnaz Husain

 Shahnaz Husain, pioneer of the Ayurvedic beauty movement, heads the Shahnaz Husain Group, with a global network of franchise ventures and 375 Ayurvedic formulations. A Case Study at Harvard for Brand Creation, she is now a Harvard Subject for “Emerging Markets” She was honored with the Padma Shri Award and is the first woman in 105 years to receive the World’s Greatest Woman Entrepreneur Award from Success, the U.S. business magazine. Indeed, Shahnaz Husain is a leading international beauty icon.

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