It’s hard to look your best in the summer heat. Use our tips, tricks, and products to solve all your summer beauty problems – from melting makeup to fading pedicures to hair that just won’t behave. Here are 25 best tips, tricks and products under the sun.
Avoid melting foundation
“During the summer, it’s all about choosing the right formula,” says Neutrogena celebrity makeup artist Elizabeth Ulloa. Mix one part foundation with two parts moisturizer to get a just-right amount of coverage. And since skin tends to get greasier this time of year, finish by using powder at the T-zone.
Try: Neutrogena Shine Control Liquid Makeup, $12.99
Change up your makeup
On hot summer days, downsize your beauty routine to a few key products that won’t budge in the humidity, Ulloa says.
Choose cream formulas. They have built-in staying power so you can skip primer and cut down on the amount of makeup you’re layering on.
Try: Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Moon River, $34, chanel.com
Cargo Water Resistant Blush in Los Cabos, $26, Ulta
Stick with pencil liners instead of gels—they tend to migrate—and swap out your usual black for navy, which complements all eye colors.
Try: Urban Decay Waterproof Liner in Abyss, $19, Sephora
Play up lashes by building your mascara at the root, making them look fuller and opening up eyes. For a falsies effect, use your lash curler on the outer half of lashes first, then go back and curl at the base.
Try: Tarte Waterproof Mascara, $19, Sephora
Get gorgeous from the beach to the club
Start with what Ulloa calls a “flirty kitty flick”: build on top of your existing liner, making it thicker and extending it past your eye’s outer corner. Swipe on a raisin-colored lipstick and you’re good to go.
Conquer the faux tan
Most sunless tanners work with your own skin tone to deepen the color without the dreaded orange tint. Choose from different formulas—sprays, lotions and even gels—depending on what you’re most comfortable using. A good one to try is Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer, $8, which has gotten rid of the odor, eliminating the telltale sign that you’ve self-tanned.
Don’t forget the sunscreen
When exercising outdoors, look for a formula that’s specifically tailored to active lifestyles. Most will say they are sweat and water-resistant right on the label so you can avoid having the product running into your eyes. Plus, wearing SPF every time you’re in the sun is a surefire way to prevent manchas and hyperpigmentation.
Try: Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion, $16, trustthebum.com
Love your body
Glued to your cover-up? These skin-correcting products will have you ditching it in no time.
After four weeks, Boots No7 Smooth & Improve Cellulite Treatment, ($19.99, www.us.boots.com) evens out body dimples using a super-moisturizing lotion that’s rubbed on with a massaging applicator.
Not only does Dermablend Leg & Body Cover SPF 15, ($28, dermablend.com) smooth out your skin tone and camouflage spider veins, there’s also built-in sunscreen.
Get head-to-toe firm with SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate ($75, skinceuticals.com) which plumps skin and fights sagging.
Spritz GloTherapeutics Back Acne Treatment ($32, gloprofessional.com) on trouble spots twice a day to keep blemishes from creeping up on your bikini bod.
Become friends with your hair
Stop fighting it. If your hair isn’t naturally straight, a blowout on a humid day isn’t the best idea, says celebrity stylist Omar Lopez. So work with—not against—your texture.
Hair is frizziest on humid days because it’s seeking out moisture in the air. The way to prevent unruly coils is by keeping locks hydrated with a weekly in-shower hair mask.
Try: Ecru New York Acacia Protein Masque, $25, ecrunewyork.com.
Avoid alcohol-based products—which are drying— and use a styler that adds moisture back into locks. Try: Ouidad Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel, $22, ouidad.com.
Always use a styler with a UV filter before heading out for a day in the sun. It’s like sunscreen for your locks, shielding them from damage and keeping the color from fading.
Try: Davines Well-Being De-Stress Lotion, $25, davines.com for salons.
The last step in your hair routine should be a serum—and don’t be afraid to reapply throughout the day. Try one that contains keratin as an added defense against humidity.
Try: Motions Heat Styled Straight Finish Sealer, $7, Target
Embrace the bun
Whether your hair’s curly, straight, or anything in between, make a chic topknot your go-to summer style—it controls frizz and you can go from pool to party without starting from scratch.
Try: Chic Bun Shaper, $6, Nordstorm
Don’t leave home without these
Whether you’re going to the mall or lounging poolside, remember to pack these humidity-fighting essentials.
A few swipes of Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes ($6, Target) keeps sweat under control.
Apply Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Lip Butter Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($9, crabtree-evelyn.com) to protect your pout from burning.
Clean up melting eye makeup with Sephora’s Targeted Eye Remover Swabs ($9, Sephora).
Tangles are history with a few strokes of The Wet Brush ($9, mywetbrush.com), which combs through even the most unmanageable of textures.
Orgo Completely Weightless SPF 29 Sunscreen Face Spray ($32, beautycirque.com) is portable so you can reapply throughout the day.
Protect your peepers
Wearing sunglasses helps to reduce fine lines by blocking out UV rays, a leading culprit in aging skin. Double the protection by using an eye cream with SPF in the morning.
Try: Ole Henriksen Perfect Truth CC Eye Crème, $26, Sephora
Prolong your pedicure
One romantic walk on the beach and your freshly painted toes can look as if you sandpapered the shine away. So if you know you’ll be spending some time beachside, try a shellac or gel pedicure, which will stay glossy and chip free no matter where you are. If that’s not your thing, remember, if you can’t beat ’em, join ‘em - use a polish that has a rough texture to begin with. We like Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Mermaid’s Dream ($19, lippmanncollection.com), whose glittery aqua shade flatters all skin tones.