Rainy Day Beauty Tips

Rainy Day Beauty Tips

There is nothing worse than having perfectly styled hair and flawless makeup, only to walk out the front door right into a thunderstorm.  Am I right, girls?  We’ve been having very strange weather lately – cloudy, rainy, sunny all in one day.  To be quite honest, it’s driving me dilly because my hair is constantly frizzy and cloudy weather means I can’t film YouTube videos.  That’s what you get for making use of only natural daylight when filming videos, I really should invest in proper studio lighting or even just a ring light…  Anyway, I’ll stop complaining.

While we can’t control the weather, we can certainly keep our hair and makeup in tip-top shape.  Here are my tips:

♥  If you’re lucky enough to know whether it’ll be raining before you apply your makeup, then choose cream shadows and blushes instead of powder.  Cream products last longer (whether you’re dealing with humidity / moisture in the air) and can be blended more easily.  When powder gets wet, it tends to become patchy.  A dewy BB cream is your BFF on a rainy day, because it requires less blending and fixing it (if you got stuck in a rainstorm) is a lot easier than a heavy coverage foundation.  We’ve all experienced the irritating face-melting effect of heavy makeup in high humidity weather – not a cute look.

♥  Opt for a natural makeup look on those days when the weather is gloomy.  Swop out a heavy smokey eye (difficult to clean up if it gets wet) for something that is light and simple.

♥  If your hair tends to become a frizzy mane, with fly-aways flying in all directions when the weather gets drizzly, the only option is to wear your hair in a cute bun, braid or ponytail.  Don’t even think about curling your hair (especially if you have fine hair) because you will lose those waves / curls within a few minutes of stepping out into humid air.

♥  Another tip to avoid ‘the frizz’ is to keep the hair’s cuticle sealed.  Use a lightweight silicone product such as the John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Serum or John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hair Spray.  Trust me, the Frizz Ease range by John Frieda is fantastic!

♥  Waterproof mascara and eyeliner formulas will resist extreme weather conditions.  Choose a waterproof gel formula eyeliner, I love the Inglot #77 gel liner, it’s black as night & won’t budge!  A waterproof mascara has great staying power and won’t melt in the rain.  But always remember:  Don’t rub your eyes if they get wet.  Rubbing will lead to smudging and if you used a waterproof eye makeup product, things will get real messy, real fast.

♥  Make sure your makeup bag always contains touch-up products.  Makeup wipes (to do a bit of clean-up), a Beautyblender sponge (a decent dupe is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge available at selected Foschini stores and online at BIOVEA) and cotton buds are lifesavers to keep on hand during inclement weather.

I have a sneaky suspicion I’ll be making use of most of these beauty tips to weather the storm in Cape Town whilst we’re on holiday this week.  Apparently the weather has also been quite unpredictable, so I’ve had to pack for all 4 seasons!



  1. Carmen 15 April 2015 / 09:31

    Thanks for the tips, I have had my hair in a bun more often than not these days. I actually dont miss having it down (the lazy in me).
    Hope you enjoying and having a great time in Cape Town. Cant wait to see the hair transformation will you be doing a blog post on it?

    • Luzanne 21 April 2015 / 22:22

      You and me both, Carmen – I’ve been see bad with my hair lately. Well…before I went and had 2/3 of it chopped off, it feels so much better and healthier now. I look better with hair that is down (better yet, curly / wavy hair), so I can only wear a bun for so many days in a row before I start to give myself the side-eye in the mirror. 😉

      I will definitely be doing a blog post on the big change, but to be honest, I’m still getting used to the haircut and colour. So I’ll give it a few days longer before I start writing the blog post. :)

  2. Faatima 15 April 2015 / 10:32

    This explains why my curls never hold in Durban. It’s the humidity that kills it.
    Thanks for the post :)

    • Luzanne 21 April 2015 / 22:24

      It’s definitely the humidity – I stay far away from any type of steam (shower, bath, even a kettle haha!) when I’ve curled my hair. And when we go to KZN or Cape Town when it’s humid or rainy, I don’t even bother trying to curl my hair. I’ll have stick straight fluffy hair within the hour! :)

  3. Chereen 15 April 2015 / 11:39

    Great tips! Definitely need those anti-frizz tips when you live in CT… hope to catch up soon! x

    • Luzanne 21 April 2015 / 22:26

      Thanks, Chereen! I missed you when I was in Cape Town this time around, but we were there for such a short amount of time (not even a full week), so I didn’t have much time to meet up with anyone. We took my mom down for a short holiday, so we spent most days driving around & showing her our favourite places. And visiting family. :)

      Next time! Promise! xo

  4. Simone Cameron 15 April 2015 / 12:08

    Great tips! Hope you’re having an awesome holiday….OD’ing on bubble tea and Lush and all your other faves 😉

    • Luzanne 21 April 2015 / 22:28

      Oooooh, the Bubble Tea was so yum! Discovered my new favourite combo – the one I mentioned in my tweet. :)

      LUSH as also great, I met a beautiful young lady (who reads my blog) who works at LUSH. She was so helpful & kind. It’s always so nice to meet the people who take the time to read & support my blog. 😉

  5. Boitumelo 15 April 2015 / 12:59

    Awesum tips! Thanks, L! Xo

    • Luzanne 21 April 2015 / 22:28

      You’re welcome, Boitumelo. :) x

  6. Faye 15 April 2015 / 15:28

    I am loving this rain! Thanks for these tips, my hair needs a good anti-frizz product. :)

    • Luzanne 21 April 2015 / 22:29

      The John Frieda range really is great, you should definitely check it out if you struggle with frizzy / fluffy hair. :)

  7. daisyperson blog 15 April 2015 / 18:07

    One thing I don’t invest in enough is cream based products! Need to get some cream blushes!


    • Luzanne 21 April 2015 / 22:30

      I love that you can use the Stila cream blushes as a lip product as well! 😉 And the NYX cream blushes are fab too!

  8. Nicky H 15 April 2015 / 21:08

    We’re experiencing constant rain here in the UK, so these tips are coming in very handy. Thanks, L!

    xo Nicky

    • Luzanne 21 April 2015 / 22:31

      You’re so welcome, Nicky. 😉

  9. Jeanine 16 April 2015 / 08:08

    Going to check out that Inglot gel liner, thanks!

    • Luzanne 21 April 2015 / 22:32

      It’s such a great product! Glad I could help you out with a recommendation, Jeanine. 😉

  10. Sophia 16 April 2015 / 11:13

    Loved these tips, Lu! Hope you’re having a great time in beautiful cape town! x

    • Luzanne 21 April 2015 / 22:32

      Thanks so much, Sophia! I had a grand ol’ time! xo

  11. Elrese 16 April 2015 / 15:07

    Ek love reenweer hehe al wat gebeur is my hare val net plat ;P **emergency** maar andersins is ek op my gelukkigste! xo

    Dressed in the City ♥♥♥

    • Luzanne 21 April 2015 / 22:34

      Ek stem 100% saam met jou – daar is niks lekkerder as om in die bed te lê met ‘n boek (of movie / series kyk) en ‘n koppie tee terwyl dit reën buite nie. xo

  12. Tjoppie 18 April 2015 / 13:42

    Great tips, specially re foundation, blusher and mascara! Love the purple wellies!

    • Luzanne 21 April 2015 / 22:34

      They are cute, aren’t they? 😉

  13. Cindy Chembeze 19 April 2015 / 15:39

    Hello Luzanne!!
    Found out your blog 2day and im obsessed!!
    I love the way u write, its like u’re a=having a conversation with us. Congrats!!
    The post that will help me a lot is dedicated to a new bloggers!!
    Have a blessed weekend. XO
    ps.: I’m from Mozambique (Maputo) :)

    • Luzanne 21 April 2015 / 22:36

      Hello, Cindy! So happy to hear you found my blog – welcome! 😉

      I hope you’re having a lovely week so far!

      I’ve never been to Mozambique but I hear the beaches are beautiful – my husband and I are planning a holiday to Moz soon. x

  14. Leanie 17 March 2016 / 03:47

    ☺ Ek kon nie help om hierdie inskrywing van jou te gelees het nie, ek was by een van jou onlangse inskrywings en toe ke jou oulike voetjies sien wat so geverf is moes ek net kom kyk! Nog nooit gedink om my nales so te verf nie! Dis nogal waar jy is n toonaangewende blogger!

    Geniet die vakansie in die Kaap, pak maar weer vir al 4 seasons hoor!

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