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Simple summer beauty

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

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.