5 Beauty Tips to Beat the Heat
Posted by Casey Nicole on June 6, 2012 at 4:13 PM
Even though I'm a creature of habit, what works in one season doesn't always work in another. You wouldn't use your heavy hand lotion in the middle of a hot and sticky August day would you? Here are the five things I switch up in my routine to make sure I beat the heat and look my best!
Just as you lose a few layers of clothing during the summer, so should you lose layers of makeup. Too much makeup is never a good thing, but even more so in the summer when the high temperatures can cause a makeup meltdown.
For starters, just lighten up the daily routine by going for a more au naturale look. You don’t really need 10 different products on your face just to run to the store.
When it comes to makeup, think light and sheer. Tinted moisturizers, sheer foundations, and the newly-popular BB creams are perfect for summer.
In addition, beware of too much powder. Use blotting sheets to fight shine instead of patting on more powder. And swap your powder blush with a cheek stain or cream-based blush.
Some great options include:
Neutrogena Deep Clean Shine Control Blotting Sheets
Tarte Cheek Stain
Covergirl Natureluxe Silk Foundation
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum
- Clinique BB Cream
A quintessential summer trend will always be brights and neons. But don’t let this rule only apply to your clothing.
The easiest way to brighten up your summer beauty routine is through your nails. Go ahead and try the brightest, most eye-catching shades you can find.
For the more daring, try hot pink on your lips or a swipe of turquoise eyeliner. You can even be as bold as Rihanna and try both.
Yes, we’re talking about deodorant. Let’s be real with each other. What works in the winter may not just cut it for the summer.
I have tried many different brands and often fall back on Dove products, but have recently discovered a new favorite: Degree MotionSense. I don’t even use the “Clinical Protection” strength and I find that it lasts all day.
Since summertime calls for impromptu plans and outdoorsy activities, keep a spare travel-size deodorant in your purse to reapply, just in case.
Could there be a discussion about summer beauty tips without mentioning the most important one of all? Protect yourself with a high SPF sunscreen. Seriously. If you haven’t already check out the news articles about the man with the severely sun-damaged face, and you’ll realize just how damaging UV rays are.
And don’t worry, there are endless sunscreen options, no matter how sensitive your skin may be.
If you’re spending the day at the beach remember to reapply every 2 hours, at least. And treat yourself to a giant, floppy beach hat and bathing suit cover-up for protection that keeps you looking chic too.
The simplest switch to update your makeup routine for a sweltering summer is to use waterproof (and sweatproof) products.
More than likely your current favorite eyeliner and mascara is available in a waterproof formula which makes a huge difference in its lasting power.
To truly ensure your makeup doesn’t pull a disappearing act, invest in primers. Primers transform skin into a perfect canvas that gives makeup something to adhere to. Primer on your eyelids before a smoky eye look will keep you from looking like a raccoon by the end of the night.
If you’re very serious about your makeup staying strong, try a setting spray, such as Urban Decay’s all nighter. It’s a favorite among beauty bloggers because it literally lasts all night or day to keep your makeup looking freshly applied. Even though this is a great product, it’s probably not necessary for everyday use.
My recent fave mascara is definitely Maybelline’s the Falsies in Black Drama. This mascara is so good, that shortly after I started wearing it both my roommate and sister bought some of their own.
Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
- Maybelline Falsies Mascara
We’ll leave you with a few more summer beauty tips:
Try leaving your lotion and eyeliner in the fridge for a refreshing and, in the latter case, a neater application.
Blow dry your hair outside the bathroom. I always dry my hair in my A/C-ed bedroom now, and believe me, it makes a huge difference. I won’t sweat off my makeup in the process and my hair dries so much sleeker outside of the humid bathroom.
Do you have any summer beauty tips? Are you switching up your beauty routine every season, too? What are some of your favorite summer-proof products? Leave a comment and let us know!