Holy moly! Is it hot in here or what? There’s sweat dripping down your back, and even your underboobs, your clothes are damp, and you just want to jump in the pool. It’s hot as hell but you still want to look like a mega babe – hey honey, don’t we all?
While your makeup routine in Sydney might be down to a fine art, once you land for that hen’s week in Thailand you might just find your whole face sliding off. What is this!!? Well, hey, that’s what I’m here for. After plenty of time spent bouncing around South East Asia, I’ve joined the makeup academy and learned the tricks of the trade on how to avoid a shiny face, one that slips and slides off, or one that just looks too OTT in the climate. Read on to get the goss.
Premium cosmetic brands are your friend
The brands that you’re going to buy in Mecca Cosmetica, Sephora, Myer, et. al. (and not the in-store brands) are going to be your first line of defence in a humid client. Leave your Priceline and Chemist Warehouse brands at home.
But that’s not to say that each and every premium cosmetic brand item is going to be a good one. Some are lousy, and some are great. Look for products designed for oily skin – your skin is going to be sweating in a humid climate so it’s a similar effect to having oily skin.
Do your prep work
Often a humid climate means that it’s going to be a good way to get sunburned. Make sure that you invest in a good quality, non-oily sunscreen with high SPF factor, or at the very least go for a foundation that has this infused in the formula. This is your base from which to work on.,
Think about using a mineral powder foundation
Liquid foundations, no matter how good they are, aren’t always the best choice in a humid climate. For a lighter option that means less slip n slide, try out a mineral makeup foundation. Mineral makeup can give you coverage without sitting too heavy on your face and it lets your skin breathe. While it might not provide that full coverage that a liquid or cream gives, it’s often the better choice in the humidity.
Go waterproof or get eyelash extensions
Long, sexy lashes are a must have, whether you’re hanging out at The Opera Bar or cruising the backstreets or Morocco. But in humid climates, your mascara seems to seep into your undereye area making you look like an unsexy panda bear.
The way around this is to grab yourself a top shelf waterproof mascara before you jet off on your adventure, or even better, go and get some eyelash extensions. Eyelash extensions will last around 6 to 8 weeks and are available in a huge range of different styles. Skip the mascara altogether with this method and ensure you’re staying looking hot as well as overheating!
Carry mattifying powder in your purse
Many of us don’t even bother carrying powder around in Sydney unless we’re doing a full day and night session – it just isn’t necessary for the climate most times. But if you’re in a humid climate, then you’ll be eternally grateful that you’re carrying around your mattifying powder at all times, for quick touch ups in the bathroom when you’re starting to feel a bit icky and slimy.
Use it with your favourite brush and do touch ups every few hours to ensure your face remains dry and gorgeous at all times!
It’s a scary thought, isn’t it? However, going bare faced while on holidays is often strangely freeing – plus plenty of other people seem to be doing it too. When I go bare faced for a bit, I make sure that I have used a good facial tanner in advance. While it doesn’t cover blemishes, the colour of the tanner makes me look like I have more of a healthy glow and is perfect for that hippy chic look. Paired with a messy braid and some loose, comfy, clothes, it’s the laid-back backpacker look done right. And if you’ve already got eyelash extension done, well then you can just wash your face and walk out the door in an instant.
Another thing that I’ve noticed in the humid weather is that my skin is more prone to break outs. This means that you need to take extra care of your skin to avoid zits. A good quality cleanser or glycolic scrub works wonders and can be used as part of your daily skin care routine. Not using thick makeup products on your face also helps keep the pimples at bay. Remember not to overindulge in bad foods and too many alcoholic drinks and it should be kept under control.