Wonder how Kate Middleton is able to keep her hair looking so polished in the rain? According to Rafe Hardy, creative director at Sexy Hair, it’s all about keeping the hair’s cuticle closed.” Use a light mousse or gel all over the hair and work it through, so that the entire follicle is smooth.” A lightweight silicone, such as Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal ($21.95, Ulta.com), can also keep hair looking its best.
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Celebrity makeup artist Paul Innis suggests staying away from heavy moisturizers and foundation when humidity is high. Instead, try getting some color from JK Jemma Kidd Water Resistant Bronzer ($24, Target.com). Not only will it give skin a glow, but it’s water-resistant.
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While an umbrella can keep a little rain away from Emily Blunt, there’s no hiding from humidity. Even the best hair can turn into a big frizzy mess in certain climates, so it’s best to arm yourself with hair products that protect against humidity. After styling your hair, spray it down with an anti-humidity spray, such as Alfaparf Milano Semi Di Lino Diamante Illuminating Hair Spray ($20, Usa.alfaparf.com) or Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof ($18.95, Ulta.com).
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When going out into bad weather, makeup precaution needs to be taken. Innis suggests major blending. “To keep your makeup in tact in humid weather, always make sure to rub makeup into your skin, so that it’s not just sitting on top.” The Beauty Blender ($19.95, Sephora.com) is the best tool for the job. The non-latex sponge can be used to blend in makeup so that it becomes a part of your skin.
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A high-volume updo like Eva Longoria’s won’t last in the drizzle, unless you’re adding some product. Use a hair texturizing spray, like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Texture & Volume Spray ($25, Blandiproducts.com) or L’Oreal Professionnel Texture Expert Infinium 3 Strong Hold Working Spray ($25, Beautyencounter.com), on hair before back-combing at the crown. Hardy also suggests criss-crossing two bobby pins at the base of your tease to keep volume high.
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The biggest problem we face during rainy weather is unwanted shine. Be sure to use products designed to combat it, like Avon MagiX Face Perfector SPF 20 ($10, Shop.avon.com). This light, colorless moisturizer combats shine for up to 10 hours. If you still need a touch-up throughout the day, try Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Papers ($18, Sephora.com), which banish shine instantly.
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