Feel like you're about to melt? We’ve been there. But even worse is if you take your hair and your makeup down the drain with you. Heed these tips to stay cool—and beautiful—even in the blistering heat of August.
1. Heed Puffy Eyes!
“The heat and long summer days can create puffy under eyes—grab some chilled cucumbers and apply over you eyes for a refreshing and de-puffing effect. We also love Circ Cell's Collagen Build Treatment Masks or the eyes!” says celebrity esthetician, Gina Mari.
2. Beware of Backne
Make sure to stow some makeup remover wipes and shower post workouts to dodge those nasty pimples, says Mari. Hot days can bring unwanted body acne—and breakouts.
3. Say Yes to SPF
SPF is a must, but remember to apply on your ears, neck and lips! “There are so many great SPF's on the market that are travel friendly—we love Goldfaden MD's Sun Visor. Grab a hat if you are going to be outside in the warm temperatures. Not only will it hide any hair issues you may be having, but also cover your face from harmful rays,” says Mari.
4. Put it On Ice
"Chill Keune Design Protein Spray in the refrigerator,” says Edward Woody, owner of Folicle Salon and Spa in Charlotte, NC, a Keune Haircosmetics educator and the winner of the 2016 North American Hairstyling Awards in the Avant Garde category. “After a day in the sun, spritz on hair and scalp to soothe a sunburn and moisturize parched hair. Green tea and chamomile extracts work as anti-oxidants to revive hair and skin and strengthen strands, while giving the hair body and shine. You can even pack it in your cooler and take it to the beach or pool to apply throughout the day, scrunching it into your hair for beachy texture."
5. Go Natural
Nick Penna, owner and lead stylist at SalonCapri in the Boston area, says, “Keep styling products to a minimum when trying to beat the heat.” He furthers: “Managing hair in the summertime can be a hassle between fighting greasy and sweaty strands to wrangling frizzy locks. While it is tempting to turn to styling products, it is important to use them sparingly since too much can lead to product buildup, which will add to greasy hair and dull natural shine. Instead, try a powder-based product to soak up excess oils or a very light coat of Kerastase Resistance Double Force Finishing Spray to fight frizz without the stiffness that other sprays leave behind.”
6. Spritz on That Dry Shampoo
Seriously the best idea in the summer is to spend less time under a hot dryer. Invest in a dry shampoo and take it everywhere you go – some good ones are Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo and for travel, Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo makes a great TSA-friendly size.
7. Prevent Frizz
Curls are hot but frizz is not, says Chris Sulimay, academy and technical director for Keune Haircosmetics. Here are some tips to tame frizz while maximizing curls, waves and texture. “To keep natural curls shinier longer or create texture on straight hair, braid your hair before bedtime. The more sections you use, the more texture you’ll create. The tighter the braid, the more you’ll tame frizz. Rake your favorite curl product through your hair. Then, starting at the nape, take one-inch sections and twist in opposite directions until you reach your part. Air-dry or dry with a diffuser and let cool. Release for beautiful frizz-free curls and texture.
If your hair has frizzed throughout the day and there’s no time to restyle, take one, two-inch section from each side, twist the section and “tie” the two sections in the back like a shoelace. Secure with bobby pins. For a more intricate or dressy look, continue to add sections. Or create a tight, low ponytail and braid the tail. Then, wrap the ends around the base and secure with a couple of 3-inch bobby pins,” says Sulimay. Voilà, a fashion-ready chignon! Criss Cross your bobby pins to lock them into place.
8. Get Glowing
Everyone wants a gorgeous glow in the summer, but we all know that baking in the sun causes premature aging and skin cancer. “Custom airbrush tanning is the best option for a flawless tan for a special event, but there are great self tanners and bronzers out there that will make you glow on a daily basis. Neutrogena Micro-Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan is brilliant! It’s goof-proof to apply, and the spray can allows you to evenly cover hard to reach areas like your mid back. Also a good bronzer with shimmer can be applied to face, neck and décolleté to add a shade of color. Try Benefit’s bronzer in Dallas all over and top it off with their blush in Dandelion on the cheeks and you will have an enviable bronzed brilliance,” says Mari.
9. Embrace Pressed Powder
“It not only sets makeup, it can keep shine at bay and help mattify your complexion, no matter what the formulas of your other makeup,” says celebrity makeup artist Ramy Gafni.
10. Opt for Wax-Based Formulas
Wax-based formulas, like a cream lipstick, adhere to the skin and are water-resistant. “Use your lipstick as a blush and eye shadow for long-wearing, beach-proof color. Powder formulas are more matte and have longer staying power than creams during hot weather, so choose powder blush over cream,” says Gafni.
11. It's Not a Crime to Prime!
“Some people skip the primer during the hot weather because it seems like an extra layer, but it’s better to use the primer and skip your moisturizer because primer not only helps your makeup glide on more evenly, it helps the makeup stay put in humid weather,” says Gafni.
12. Give Matte a Try
“Even if you have dry skin and tend to veer away from matte formulas, they can work wonders on dry skin during the hot summer months, so give them a try,” says Gafni. You may be pleasantly surprised.
13. Get in the Clear
“Even if you never fill your brows and keep a low maintenance approach to your eyebrows, applying a clear brow gel can keep your brow hairs in place even the most humid weather without giving you a “made-up” look,” says Gafni. Clear brow gel is the equivalent of slicking back your hair.
14. Room for Cream
If you have a serious issue with makeup running during the hot summer months (i.e. water-proof liner still smears on you), then keep your look fresh and pared down: “Apply a cream highlighter to cheeks and eyes with mascara on top lashline only (less likely to smear if you skip the lower lashes) and some matte lip color—and go!” says Gafni.
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