April Showers: 8 Beauty Tips for Rainy Days

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April Showers: 8 Beauty Tips for Rainy Days
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Spring's warmer weather offers a comfortable reprieve from old man winter, but all those showers don't exactly do wonders for your hair and makeup. Before settling on your look for the day, check the forecast. "You should always consider the weather when doing your hair and makeup because you want to set reasonable expectations that will give you the longevity that you need," notes celebrity makeup artist Jacqui Phillips, who's worked with the likes of Carmen Electra and Vanessa Minnillo. "This way you can maintain the consistency of the beautiful looks you create without too much hassle or worry."

Less is More
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Less is More

When it comes to battling rainy weather, less is always more. "It is much easier to keep your makeup and hair simple so touch ups are minimal and easy," says Phillips. For hair, a classic ponytail wrapped in a beautiful scarf or chic hat is always timeless. You'll be happy you skipped the dramatic makeup, as well.

Related: Jacqui Phillips: Celebrity Makeup Artist

Use Primer and Setting Powder
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Use Primer and Setting Powder

You should use a primer and setting powder/spray any time you want your makeup to last, but they're especially important on days when inclement weather's expected. A primer underneath your foundation and setting powder over the finished look will keep makeup in place even amidst falling raindrops.

Light Coverage
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Light Coverage

Avoid heavy foundations that can run and turn messy in the rain. Thick, waterproof foundation isn't always your best bet, either, since little drops can form as they would on a freshly-waxed car. Phillips suggests a lighter option, such as BB cream, CC cream or a tinted moisturizer that evens out your complexion.

Related: Jacqui Phillips: Celebrity Makeup Artist

Cream/Gel Blush
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Cream/Gel Blush

Powder-based blush can run and get streaky when wet, similar to thick foundation. Always opt for a light cream or, better yet, gel blush that absorbs into the skin instead of sitting on top of it.

Waterproof Eye Makeup
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Waterproof Eye Makeup

"Waterproof makeup is key," says Phillips. "Everyone should own a tube of waterproof mascara for special occasions." A few applications of waterproof mascara and/or eyeliner will keep you from sporting raccoon eyes at 2 p.m.

Related: Jacqui Phillips: Celebrity Makeup Artist

Long Lasting Lip Color
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Long Lasting Lip Color

"A long-wearing lip color is also a must have in the rainy weather," notes Phillips, who insists that a beautiful lip makes anyone look polished and sophisticated. Try a lip stain or lipstick that doesn't smudge and lasts for hours.

Related: Jacqui Phillips: Celebrity Makeup Artist

Pack a Touch-Up Kit
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Pack a Touch-Up Kit

When you know you're going to deal with rainy weather, make sure you have all the essentials. "Pack a small touch-up kit consisting of a little concealer, a touch of powder, your lip color, a few cotton swabs, a little brush, hair tie, hair pins and hair spray," says Phillips. Touch up as necessary throughout the day.

Related: Jacqui Phillips: Celebrity Makeup Artist

Carry an Umbrella
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Carry an Umbrella

Lugging an umbrella around may feel like a burden when Mr. Sunshine is warming your back, but you'll be happy you have it once the raindrops start falling. A clear or nondescript umbrella will keep you dry and won't clash with what you're wearing.

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