The dreaded monsoon season has arrived in Korea. Is that sweat? Or am I completely soaked from the rain because my umbrella is completely pointless? Who knows! But one thing is for sure, this face will be flawless! Here is some monsoon proof makeup to help you stay fabulous during Korean summer.
Monsoon Season in Korea
If you have seen some k-dramas, you probably have noticed that in at least one or two episodes, it rains. But – not a little bit of droplets – pouring, extremely dramatic, over-the-top, rain. I used to think it was just Korean dramas, being extra as usual. Then I came to Korea and realized, this is what actually happens! Suddenly, it rains so hard that no umbrella, raincoat, or boots can help. It’s better to just wear clothes that you don’t mind getting soaked. Because, within just a matter of seconds – you are sticky, wet, and completely in shock.
Why sticky? Because it rains in summer! It is an odd thing for me since in my home country we only witness rain when it’s cold and in winter. But not here, oh no it pours like this during the hottest time of year. So, it just evaporates and hangs in the air. The whole country becomes a sauna!
I have had a couple of times when I have been drenched because I have not checked the weather forecast before leaving home. It’s become a must! So, tip number one is to always carry an umbrella during monsoon season in Korea.
But, you know, sometimes life throws curveballs at us… or clouds filled with water, ready to soak you completely from head to toe. So, today I am sharing with you my monsoon makeup tips. These products have not lost a single battle against a monsoon!
L’oreal Flash cat Eye by SuperLiner eyeliner
At first, I bought this eyeliner and I thought it was like any other. But when I actually got to try it, my mind was blown.
Not only is the brush tip super soft, but it also dries super fast on the skin. It does not budge until you want it to. Even a monsoon? Don’t worry, not even a little bit smeared. Typhoons? Hurricane? End of the world? Don’t panic, your cat eye will stay fabulous as always.
Espoir Fresh Setting Powder
Now, this setting powder is advertised as mask-proof. Which is amazing! But, I also found out that it is, in fact also monsoon proof.
After foundation and concealer, this setting powder really locks in your makeup. Not only does it set makeup on the skin so it doesn’t get on your mask, but it also leaves a fresh and light shine. However, when it comes to monsoon season, this product is a life-saver. It has saved my makeup and my image, way too many times for it to be just a coincidence. Even while sweating under my mask – during a monsoon, my makeup was perfectly preserved while using this product.
Innisfree Light Fit Cushion foundation
Okay, so… cushion foundations. I wasn’t a big fan of them until I ran out of my liquid foundation from home and was desperate for something in my shade. But, this product is not only amazing but also monsoon-proof.
While looking for foundations in Korea, I rapidly discovered that not only was too tan for any foundations sold for Koreans. But also, I was way too pale for foundations made for expats. That was until I ran into this particular cushion foundation line from Innisfree that had shades in medium tones. It’s smooth, and you only need to apply a little to have it cover the whole face. And the cushion (against all the odds in my mind) is actually helpful. Also, the container is super cute and has a mirror. Jackpot!
NYX Worth the Hype mascara
Fiery eyes need a bomb-ass frame. And what’s a better frame for the eyes than lashes? I’ll wait until you come up with a better one. Exactly, there’s none.
So, if you really want your eyes to pop, this mascara is for you! It is waterproof – which will not only make it fight against monsoons but will also keep your lashes curled all day. It is literally a lifesaver! The brush is also very nice, and it has lasted for the longest time. It stays, quite literally, forever. So if you find it, try it and prove me wrong… I dare you.
Have you tried any of the products I mentioned above? Do you have any other recommendations for me? I am dying to know, please leave them in the comments!
If you want more tips to help keep your makeup on this summer, Click Here! All five tips were written by a veteran make-up artist here in Korea.