Although we long for summer all year and glorify sun-kissed skin and beachy hair, the reality of city heat often leaves us with far less chic oily skin and frizzy hair. Beach queens may have the best hair texturizer known to man (the ocean, of course!) but with a few simple tricks, us city girls can look just as gorgeous and fresh street-side during the hot summer months.
Prepping skin for the day is a major must if you still want to look fresh faced come sun down. Before even thinking about makeup, tweaking your skincare routine just a little can aid in extra radiance in the heat of August’s sky-high temperatures and humidity. Start by using a lightweight moisturizer and serum spiked with Vitamin C, which seriously boosts glow and fights against free-radical (read: UV ray) damage. Finish off with a refreshing mist (Evian Mineral Water Spray feels amazing, but there are many vitamin rich formulas if you need an extra boost). As a bonus treat, toss the mist in the fridge to coolly freshen up later.
A Good Base
After skin is prepped, a good oil-free primer should be the first step of your routine to ensure makeup doesn’t slip or sink into pores and fine lines in the heat. Lighten up your base, swapping foundation for a good tinted moisturizer or BB Cream to even out skin tone. Many formulas offer buildable coverage and look far fresher than their heavier counterparts. Creamy blushes, concealers and highlighters are also far more blendable on warm summer skin and look more natural and fresh than powders, which can cake with humidity and sweat. Toss a pack of oil-blotting sheets in your bag for an easy touch-up midday, or in a pinch, gently pat oily parts with a brown paper towel sheet.
Opt for a Stain
Lighter formulas are also best for eyes and lips. A good lip stain, either worn solo or under a creamy balm, mimics a popsicle stain, and lets face it: nothing says summer fresh like a rocket pop. Swap out heavy black lined eyes for a softer brown — when chocolaty shades smudge a little, they looks sexy, not raccoon-ish.
Chic topknots and braids are the ubiquitous answer to summer hair woes, and for good reason: they look put together, take minimal styling time and keep you from feeling any stickier than the humidex already demands. For sleeker, better-behaved strands no matter the style, a prep cream ensures smoother texture and superior hold. A sure bet pick? Living Proof Prime Style Extender. It comes in either a cream or spray formula and not only repels dirt and oil, it weightlessly perfects any hair type while supporting and extending the life of every style. Fresh-faced city chic achieved!
Shop this post: