5 Expert Tips For Taking Your Beauty Routine From Monsoon To Fall
A while back we spoke about how to transition our wardrobes from summer to fall, style tips on how to dress for this tricky transition season when the days are hot and sweltering, the evenings are getting cooler and then there are the unexpected rain showers to complicate it all even further (read full article here). But then it dawned upon us, what about the even trickier question at hand – what should be the ideal beauty and makeup regime to fare us through this transition period without letting the weather take a toll on our skin.
So when we came across renowned make up artist, Kazi Rai, back stage at a recent fashion preview (more on that later), we got down to business without wasting time, having a detailed discussion on how to best take care of our skin, recommended products and beauty regimes to follow.
And here are 5 skin care and makeup tips right from the horse’s mouth for the ideal transition beauty regime along with recommended products (which you can shop right away by the way) for that enviable healthy glow, natural radiance and head turning make up:
1. Foremost & Always CTMP
In case you are wondering we are referring to the cardinal rule of basic skincare – cleansing, toning, moisturizing & protection. It is essential to follow each of these skin care processes for beginning your day with the skin that can travel well through the day – be it the changing weather, stress or pollution.
Start with cleansing using a mild formula that isn’t too harsh on your skin. We recommend the Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser for a gentle yet thorough cleansing. Follow it up with toning for firm skin, the Dermalogica Breakout Clearing All Over Toner is what we would suggest using. We cannot stress enough on how important it is to moisturize properly for that supple and youthful skin, especially in this weather when your skin changes from oily to dry and back within hours. Use a light but deep acting moisturizing day cream for the balanced effect, we would suggest the Thalgo Intensive Nutrition Cream. Finally opt for a protective layer to guard your skin against the harming sun, pollution and dirt with an appropriate sun protection cream, opt for an oil free version for current weather like the Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30.
1. Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser (Shop Here), 2. Dermalogica Breakout Clearing All Over Toner (Shop Here), 3. Thalgo Intensive Nutrition Cream (Shop Here), 4. Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30 (Shop Here)
2. Go Au Naturale During The Day
Hot and sticky days call for little to no makeup so save the heavy duty routine for the winter and focus on using a few well chosen products that do not clog your skin but still let you highlight your features.
Choose a light serum like the Thalgo HydraMarine Serum for the day and wear it under your sunscreen for that dewy look. For that matter choose a tinted BB cream for base and forego the foundation to let your skin breathe in the cloying weather. We would go for the Natio Pure Mineral BB Creams available in Fair, Medium and Tan versions. Give the bronzers and blushes a miss, instead go for light make up – smudge your usual eye liner a bit for toned down smoky eyes and opt for natural lip colors in shades of peaches, corals and tinted nudes. We would invest in a long lasting eyeliner like this Natio one and an all purpose lip color like this Natio Soft Pink one for that 9 to 5 look.
3. Dramatic In The Evenings
While the day time make up should be kept light, there is nothing stopping you to go all out in the evenings taking benefit of the cooling nights.
To start with, remember to prep your skin by CTMPing and then using an oil based primer to avoid drying out – this Thalgo Perfect Glow Primer is what we had in mind. Remember to start with eye makeup then base and then lips to avoid smudging. Experiment with different versions of smoky eyes with this Natio Mineral Berry Palette Trio Shadow and use an lashes elongating mascara (which is waterproof of course) like this Natio Extreme Volume Smudge Proof Mascara for that perfect eyes highlighting. Invest in a foundation that blends seamlessly with your skin tone, we would recommend the Natio Invisible Blend series. Opt for glossy lip stains in bold colors for making your look pop all that more, we are loving the Natio Rich Color Creme Gloss line with sensuous shades like berry, midnight maroon, damask and oxblood among others.
1. Thalgo Perfect Glow Primer (Shop Here), 2. Natio Extreme Volume Smudge Proof Mascara (Shop Here), 3. Natio Heavenly Eyes Berry Divine Eyeshadow Palette (Shop Here), 4. Natio Invisible Blend Foundation Medium (Shop Here) & 5. Natio Rich Color Creme Gloss Passion (Shop Here)
4. The Night Regime
While you should definitely continue your night time routine of using an effective make up removal lotion and a night cream – like this Eminence Organics make up remover and Natio nurturing night cream before going to bed, it is also advisable to add bi-weekly exfoliation and intense hydration to your routine going into fall and winter.
A weekly exfoliation will slough off weather beaten cells and reveal fresh ones and since you are likely rushed in the mornings, night time is ideal. We would highly recommend the award winning Eminence Organic Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Masque. Using a hydrating masque a few times a week in turn will keep your fresh skin looking supple and healthy. We love this Ananda Spa Aloe Gel and Rose Distillate Hydrating Face Mask.
1. Eminence Organics Herbal Eye Make Up Remover (Shop Here), 2. Natio Restore Nurturing Night Cream (Shop Here), 3. Eminence Organic Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Masque (Shop Here) & 4. Ananda Spa Aloe Gel and Rose Distillate Hydrating Face Mask (Shop Here)
5. All Time Essentials
Last but not least always remember to change your beauty brands every six months as the skin gets attuned to a particular type of formula and it becomes less effective over the said period. Also always carry a small beauty kit with you with a few essential products for a quick beauty and makeup fix as required – a face mist, a pack of cleansing wipes, a miniature moisturizer, a lip balm and an all purpose lip color is what experts recommend. Our travel beauty kit would include the below featured products.
1. Pure Earth Wild Rose Himalayan Face Mist (Shop Here) , 2. Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes (Shop Here), 3. Ananda Spa Light Moisturizer (Shop Here), 4. Eminence Organics Citrus Lip Balm (Shop Here) & 5. Natio Rich Colour Lip Stain (Shop Here)
So go ahead and stock up for a beauty regime that will replenish and fortify your skin this transition season. Also for a wide array of premium skincare, haircare, bath and body and make up options, head on to Exclusively.com Beauty section and amp your beauty arsenal ahead of the festive season.