Summer beauty is no sweat with these skincare tips 0
If the intense heat and humidity blanketing much of the country finds you looking shiny and feeling frazzled, a few tips for looking fresh and stylish should have you chilling in no time.
“Simple styling in the summer heat is always best…Hair pulled back and clean makeup are timeless and fuss-free,” says fashion designer Joeffer Caoc, who also recommends wearing dresses and separates made of easy-fitting, wrinkle-resistant knit fabrics such as mesh and jersey.
Cool, clean-looking makeup usually starts with a light-handed application and includes switching to lighter makeup and skin care products which won’t slide off with the heat and humidity.
Some products are designed to help control excessively shiny, oily skin which becomes more prevalent in hot weather.
“Summertime heat and humidity causes sebaceous glands to step up their oil production making that ‘shine-free’ look difficult to achieve. I tell my patients to modify their skin care routine, using oil free products and often omitting a daily moisturizer,” says Dr. Katie Rodan, a dermatologist based in Oakland, California, and a co-founder of the Proactiv skin care line.
“Using oil blotting sheets as needed during the day can lessen shine so they (patients) won’t be tempted to wash their face more than twice daily. Believe it or not, over-cleansing can result in greater oil production over time,” adds Rodan.
Using makeup primer and mattifying base products and switching to oil-free and gel-based makeup formulas can also help achieve a polished summer look, as can finishing one’s makeup application with a light dusting of bronzer or powder.
“To achieve a beautiful summer look on a hot humid day, use bronzing powder along the temples and cheekbones…across the bridge of the nose and on the apples of the cheeks for a natural sun-kissed healthy glow,” suggests Rebecca Restrepo, a global makeup artist for Elizabeth Arden.
Changing your lip, cheek and mascara products can also help maintain a long lasting, smudge-free appearance.
“To achieve long lasting, smudge and budge-free lip and cheek colour during extreme humidity, smooth The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain in Rose Pink or Bronze Glimmer onto your lips and cheeks,” suggests celebrity makeup artist Chase Aston, who is based in London, England.
Liquid lip colours, which combine the luster of gloss with the staying power of lipstick or lip stain, also provide long wearing colour.
Waterproof mascaras and eyeliners are good choices as they’re designed not to smear, but opting to wear false lashes offers a sure way to avoid mascara meltdown.
Finally, don’t forget to apply sunblock, and if you wear fragrance switch from heavily scented perfumes to lightly scented colognes and eau de toilettes during the warm weather, as fragrance tends to amplify in the heat.
“We change to lighter weight fashions and fabrics in the summer, and should do the same with our fragrance. Leave the heavier vanilla and spicy fragrances for the cold weather and wear fresh, clean, crisp and tart scents in the summer,” recommends Marian Bendeth, a global fragrance expert with Sixth Scents.