Summer is a beast. Especially in Texas, as we all know too well. It can wreak havoc on otherwise gorgeous makeup and hair. Makeup can slide off leaving you “glistening” but without coverage, and humidity can make hair look a little like Roseanne Roseannadanna.
If you’re finding yourself in these predicaments, since staying inside all day is rarely an option, there are many products that can help combat the effects of the 100-degree temperatures so you can return home as fresh as you left.
To tame your tresses and control otherwise unruly hair during hot, sticky days, try Dear Clark’s Smoothing Elixir or Finishing Salve. If you’re still struggling with frizz, a braid or chignon are perfect summer hairstyles that will also help keep you cool, in temperature and aura!
As for the melting makeup experience, make sure to use a foundation primer. Two coats will help fight humidity. I love Laura Mercier’s primer and Smash Box also has a fabulous one.
For foundation, if you need more coverage, try a foundation with silicone — it acts as a sealant to keep perspiration at bay. I love Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk; it’s long-wearing, luminous, and hydrating. Another great Armani foundation is Lasting Silk. If you have oilier skin or are looking for light coverage, a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream is the best bet!
Rather than using powder blushes that can cake when mixed with perspiration, try a gel or cream for that perfectly rosy cheek. When putting on eyeshadow, it’s best to wear some kind of primer to make it last and help keep creasing and clumping from happening.
If you use eyeliner, opt for a waterproof liquid liner or gel. Smeared liner is embarrassing and preventable.
Bobbi Brown makes a great gel liner that comes in 11 different shades. Dior has a waterproof crayon that is formulated with silicone (there it is again). And Nars has a wonderful long-wearing pencil that will keep you glam for 12 hours. Don’t forget a good waterproof mascara.
Another must-have addition to any makeup bag in the summer is blotting paper. This will help eliminate excess oil and sweat without eliminating makeup. There are plenty of brands that will work, but one of the best is Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting comes in a close second.
I hope you maintain your makeup all day long this Texas summer and your coiffe stays the way you styled it.