Well look at that, the wet season is finally here! Although for some it may come as a relief from the overbearing heat summer brought along, the rains aren’t as chill and carefree as Singin’ In the Rain may lead you to believe. Being caught out in a sudden downpour without an umbrella may be inconvenient, but showing up at work with mascara streaks running down your face is a straight-up nightmare.

Thankfully, us beauty girls are trained to be resourceful—there are ways to make sure you stay fresh-faced and camera-ready despite the gloomy weather. Read on for rainy-day beauty hacks that will make you channel your inner Hilary Duff and scream out: “LET THE RAIN COME DOWN!”

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Lean into the dew.

Now that humidity levels have increased tenfold all of a sudden, you may want to rethink piling on the powder. Break out your cream formulas and try to keep everything as light as possible (think skin tints or tinted moisturizer in lieu of full-coverage foundation). The result? A dewy Glossier-approved look that will stand a better chance of making it to the end of the day!

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Ensure your face stays on.

You spend a significant amount of time to do your makeup every morning, so imagine what a shame it would be for all your handiwork to melt off midday. This rainy season, whip out your most trusty makeup protectors: your most dependable long-lasting primer, waterproof mascara, and a heavy-duty makeup setting spray to lock that glam down!

When it comes to your skincare, enter defense mode.

Let’s face it—the rains may turn your face into a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, which may develop into undesirable blemishes (read: ACNE!). Time to go on full defense then: use an antioxidant serum or toner with active ingredients like niacinamide, retinol, and Vitamin C to keep bacteria at bay. Finally, at the end of the day, apply a foolproof exfoliator to prevent germs and dead skin cells from clogging your pores!

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Don’t even think about skipping the SPF.

The clouds may be out and about, but it doesn’t mean the sun and its harmful UV rays have decided to take a break. Don’t let the sunlight-free weather tempt you to skip out on the single most-important step of your skin routine—protect your skin and slather on the sunscreen. Trust us, you won’t regret it when you see how youthful you’ll look in 30 years!

When in doubt, think color!

Yes, the skies may be gloomy—but that doesn’t mean your face has to follow suit! The grey overcast clouds make the perfect opportunity to whip out your brightest blushes and lipsticks. Dab a hint of peach or pink hue on your cheeks to fake that sun-kissed glow when the sun’s on her day-off. To top it off, layer on a bright lippie to make your pout stand out!

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