Now’s the time to lay off the powder and ditch the blow-dryer. When the temperature rises, paring down your beauty routine will help avoid makeup meltdowns and hair hassles. Follow these tips to make your summer regimen carefree:
- Your hair may already be whipped by the wind and parched from exposure to sun, chlorine or sand. Heat styling it with a blow-dryer or curling iron will likely leave you with split ends and frizzies. Whenever possible, let your hair dry naturally. Opt for easy textured waves or curls instead of stick-straight sleek locks. If you can’t control your hair without a blow-dryer, towel dry it first to remove excess water and then add just enough heat to smooth it.
- When you’re at the lake or gardening in the backyard, comb a leave-in conditioner through your hair. The lotion will help keep it moisturized, detangled and protected. Add a hat if you’re in direct sun for a long stretch of time to prevent further dryness and help keep highlights from turning brassy.
- A base of foundation and powder can melt when it gets hot. A self-tanner will give you a light natural glow that helps even out blotchiness. If you want a little more coverage, try a tinted moisturizer.
- Keep your makeup to a minimum. Lightly dust bronzing powder where the sun would naturally kiss your face – cheekbones, chin, forehead and down your nose. Mascara and lipstick finish your look. Perspiration may make shadows crease, mascara smudge and lipstick fade, so try long-lasting or waterproof formulas.