8 No-Sweat Beauty Tips for Summer Heat
Our no-sweat strategies for warm-weather beauty, makeup, and hair will keep you looking gorgeous no matter how hot and humid it gets this summer.
Replace your rich cleanser and face cream with a foaming gel and an oil-free daily lotion that has a minimum SPF 15. Carry a compact for midday touch-ups but don't cover your entire face with powder, says Sandy Linter, Lancome makeup artist. "Let your cheeks glow and just freshen the center of your face."
"Skip thick foundations and save your cream lipsticks for fall," says Los Angeles makeup artist Napoleon Perdis. Makeup with a lighter texture—tinted moisturizer, cheek stain, bronzing gel, and lip gloss—will wear better in the heat and keep you looking fresh. And prep with primer: trust us, it's worth the extra step. Primer fills in fine lines, helps makeup go on more smoothly and, best of all, keeps it in place. Apply a thin layer to your skin, lids, even lips, so your tinted moisturizer, eyeshadow, and lip color don't move.
Waterproof eyeliner, shadow, mascara, and undereye concealer help prevent eye makeup from running or smearing in the heat. Want extra insurance? Use color on the top lids only and dust translucent powder along your lower lash line, says Linter.
A shimmery bronzer instantly adds a sexy, healthy sheen to skin—but don't stop at your face, says New York City makeup artist Ildiko. At our photo shoot she used a big fluffy body brush to blend powder highlighter (try Laura Geller Baked Body Frosting, $40) along the model's collarbone, decolletage, shoulders, and legs.
Summer Hair Repair: Limp Locks
Pump volume into straight or fine hair by adding a weekly clarifying shampoo and skipping conditioner (or applying it only to your ends). Also, take a break from the blow-dryer to let your hair air-dry. "Many people with fine, straight hair actually have a slight wave that adds body," says Hallie Bowman, Pantene celebrity stylist.
Summer Hair Repair: Curls Gone Wild
Thirsty strands absorb water from the air, so keep your hair hydrated. "Avoid overcleansing," says Harry Josh, John Frieda creative consultant. "Shampooing just once a week is enough." (On other days, condition only.) Always apply your frizz-controlling products while hair is still damp.
Summer Hair Repair: Deep-Fried
Damage to the hair's cuticle from straightening your strands with a dryer or flatiron will leave you with a halo of fuzz. The fix? Boost moisture with a leave-in conditioner daily plus a deep-treatment mask once a week. Then, before you break out the hot tools, apply anti-frizz serum to protect the cuticle against both heat damage and outdoor humidity.
Swap your regular perfume for a fresh body splash and spritz away. Try Bath and Body Works Fragrant Waters in White Citrus, $14. Also, with sweat glands working overtime, your regular antiperspirant may not be enough. Upgrade to one of the newer clinical-strength formulas, which have higher levelsof aluminum salts for extra protection. We like Dove Clinical Protection, $8; Secret Clinical Strength Waterproof, $10; and Ban Clinical Roll-On, $7.
Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, August 2009.