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January 21, 2010

From Francesca’s Inbox: Beauty Tips for the Rainy Days

Filed under: From Francesca's Inbox,Hair,Makeup — Francesca @ 10:52 am

Francesca hates it when this happens!

As you can imagine, Francesca, Plumcake and Twistie receive many, many emails from the PR agencies, peddling various beauty products and personalities. Usually Francesca safeguards you from such matters, but this week she received one which actually might be useful, under the rainy circumstances. It is from the PR firm of the hair and makeup stylists mentioned here:

The stars at last night’s Golden Globe awards managed to look impeccable despite the rain.

However, most women don’t have a team of professional hairdressers, makeup artists and stylists to maintain their look during rainy conditions like celebrities (Francesca says: or assistants to hold the umbrellas on one’s behalf). Celebrity makeup artist Christopher Drummond and hairstylist Philip Pelusi offer tips on weathering the storm during a special event:

Makeup tips from Christopher Drummond

  • If it is raining the day of a special event, stay away from liquid foundation, which has a tendency to “melt” and not last as long
  • Add a little more makeup than you normally would for all products to prepare for the fact that some makeup will come off due to bad weather. Be sure to add layers to your foundation.
  • Use water resistant products, such as Christopher Drummond Beauty products (Veludo Velvet Foundation and Finale Finishing Powder) (Francesca says: natch)

Hair Tips from Philip Pelusi:

  • Check the weather report a few days in advance so you can plan to wear your hair up or down. If rain is in the forecast, plan ahead to wear your hair either all up or half up and half down.
  • Pulling hair into an updo or half upsweep is the best strategy to stay looking good in rainy conditions because hair is already curled, pinned and sprayed in place. If it gets rained on a bit, hair can simply air dry in place, and it is also easier to keep an updo dry under an umbrella.
  • If you wear your hair down and are caught by surprise, make sure to bring a small emergency kit in your purse to a special event with a few hair pins, a ponytail holder and a small purse size hair spray. If hair gets wet, go for a quick style change. Pull hair back into the ponytail and wrap hair around the ponytail holder and secure into place with the hair pins. Mist with spray.


  1. My hair length is above my jaw line. I can’t really pin anything and it’s been raining like crazy. All the girls in my office are dealing with frizz and flyaways. I just bring a hat with me in case my hair gets too poofy or frizzy.

    Comment by graciela — January 21, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

  2. Would you care to comment on this?

    Air France to charge obese passengers for two seats
    Obese passengers who are unable to squeeze into a single seat on an airliner are to be charged double to fly with Air France.

    Published: 6:18PM GMT 20 Jan 2010
    Comments 170 | Comment on this article

    This picture, on the aviation news website Flightglobal, reignited debate about obese passengers on planes. Photo: FLIGHTGLOBAL
    From next month seriously overweight flyers will be asked to pay for two seats, or not be allowed on board for “safety reasons”, the airline announced yesterday.
    “People who arrive at the check-in desk and are deemed too large to fit into a single seat will be asked to pay for and use a second seat,” said Monique Matze, an Air France spokesman.

    Too fat to fly?

    “They will be charged 75 per cent of the cost of the second seat, which is the full price excluding tax and surcharges, on top of the full price for the first.
    “The decision has been made for safety reasons. We have to make sure that the backrest can move freely up and down and that all passengers are securely fastened with a seatbelt.”

    She added: “People who cannot fit into a single seat will then be fastened by slotting the belt tip of one seat into the plug of the next, stretching over both seats.
    “However the charge will only apply on flights that are full booked. They will get their money back on flights where spaces are available.”

    Two years ago Air France was ordered to pay £5,000 in damages to a 27-stone passenger who had his stomach measured at an airport check-in desk before being told to buy two seats.

    British Airways has no weight limits for passengers, but advises overweight people to buy a second seat for their own comfort and safety if necessary.
    Last year a picture, posted the aviation news website, Flightglobal, reignited the debate about obese passengers on aeroplanes.

    Comment by annie — January 21, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

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