By Melissa Gulden
1. For simple hairstyles, it’s all about pretty braids, effortless textures and undone updos. It’s all about the products when dealing with the soaring mercury. For frizz, apply an anti-humectant cream (try Suave Professionals Weather Protection 365 Anti-Frizz and Flyaway Cream Gel) to damp locks to protect them from unwanted moisture. Skip the heat styling and store your curling and flat irons away for the next few months. Work with what you’ve got: If you want to boost your natural waves or curls, try a texturizing product made for your hair type.
Go for a casual look. If you have long hair, wear it up or back more often. Try a bun, single braid or braided accent. (Just be sure to set it with a humidity-blocking hair spray, such as Garnier Fructis Style Sleek and Shine Anti-Humidity Non-Aerosol Hairspray, so it lasts.)
2. For makeup, take advantage of the bronzy shades of summer and smolder in the latest palettes.
For eyes, apply copper shadow to lids and along lower lashlines. For a more subtle effect, use a copper liner on upper and lower lashlines. (For water resistant shadow, try Make Up Forever Aqua Cream in #12.) On your face, choose a bronzer that’s no more than two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Sweep it across cheekbones, forehead, chin and the bridge of your nose. For lips, slick on a shimmery or shiny sheer gloss in neutral peach, pink or taupe. (Try Cover Girl ShineBlast Lip Gloss in Gleam.)
3. Don’t forget about silky and stubble-free skin! Shave your legs with a hydrating razor that has four blades, surrounded by skin-softening moisturizers (try Schick Intuition Plus Sensitive Care razor). There’s even a relatively easy and scent-free depilatory: Sally Hanson Pure Scent-sation Hair Remover for Body. It’s great for legs and will leave skin hair-free for up to six days.
5. Lastly, get a flawless faux glow by applying a self-tanner body spray or shimmery body oil. Try L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist or MAC To The Beach Bronze Body Oil.
With just a little bit of extra effort, you can relax and know that, in spite of the heat, your style will be flawless. Get ready to enjoy a sensational summer!