Hot hot heat
blog by Avery Hartmans • July 22, 2011 @ 11:29am
With the heat wave still upon us, you’re probably dreading the thought of getting yourself ready to face the world every morning – blow-drying hair in Buffalo’s 90 -degree heat isn’t exactly fun. Instead of sweating it out, try these quick and easy beauty tips to keep you looking fresh and cool when the thermometer is climbing toward 100.
Even if your AC is so high your house is sub-zero, July is no time to be blasting yourself with a hot blow dryer. For longer hair, try taking your shower at night then spritzing your locks with a wave spray and letting hair dry naturally. Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves spray ($3.34 at Target) can be used to make hair wavy as well as hold waves in place, so spray on at night and once again in the morning. Hair will look fresh from the beach without much effort.
If your hair doesn’t wave naturally, curling small sections with a large-barreled curling iron will give you large, loose waves a la Blake Lively. French braiding hair can also make your hair wavy, so braid hair into two large plaits when its damp, shake it out in the morning, spritz it with wave spray and you’re ready to go.
On these sunny days, sunscreen is more important than ever – you don’t want your face to become the same color and consistency of leather. But wearing a base layer of regular sunscreen can make skin oily and more prone to breakouts. Look for a light foundation or tinted moisturizer that has an SPF of at least 15. To prevent any shininess, a powder foundation will do the trick: look for Maybelline Mineral Power powder foundation ($7.94 at Target). It has an SPF of 15 and keeps your skin looking fresh and glowing.
It’s easy to forget that your lips need sunscreen, too. But no need to have that scary, white-lipped look that sunscreen lip balm usually gives you. Although technically for guys, Jack Black Intense Therapy lip balm ($7.50 at Sephora) has an SPF of 25 and comes in a variety of flavors like mint, black tea & blackberry, grapefruit & ginger, and vanilla & lavender. Yum.
I don’t care if all-over black eyeliner is your signature look, you have no business wearing it in the summer, especially on an 80 or 90 degree day. Your summer look should focus pretty heavily on gold and bronze – you want to look tan and glowing. A shimmering gold eye shadow all over the lid with bronze in the crease will look understated and pretty on any eye color, particularly brown and green. A light champagne shadow in the corners of your eyes will brighten them up and make them appear wider. Add a few light coats of mascara and your look is finished.
This is no time for dark polish – it’s summertime, not a rock concert. This summer is all about pastel shades, so paint your fingers and toes with something bright. Lavender, mint green, tangerine, bubblegum and sky blue are all great colors for this time of year, so pick up a few different shades to experiment with. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail color ($2.49 at Target) comes in a variety of shades and stays on for weeks.
With these simple tricks, it will be easy to look hot without feeling hot – your beauty routine shouldn’t suffer in this heat just because you are.