Don’t Sweat It
Confession: I’m not much of a summer person. Sticky, sweaty days aren’t enjoyable, and I tend to think of the sun as a rapid-aging machine. Living in a city without a car means by the time I negotiate steamy subway platforms and sidewalks, the well-polished look I achieved earlier in my apartment is often long gone. That’s why I always keep an eye out for beauty products that can hold their own during the summer months. Read on for some top picks — whether you’re skimping or splurging.
Forget the Tinted Moisturizer
Tinted moisturizers and BB creams may be too heavy for hot summer months, and even if they contain SPF, you’d have to apply so much of it that you’ll look overly made-up. Instead, use a lighter-weight sunscreen and mix in a dab of your favorite foundation or liquid concealer.
Skimp: Neutrogena Liquid-Lotion Sunblock ($11.99) is very lightweight and won’t break you out.
Splurge: Replenix Ultra Sheer Sunscreen SPF 50 Plus ($30) feels like water going on and is packed with antioxidants.
Try Stay-Put Eye Makeup
When it gets really steamy out, I accept the fact that pretty much any natural-looking eye shadow will melt off in a few hours, so I keep it simple with a bold swipe of a budge-proof eyeliner in a pretty brown or dark violet shade. Kohl pencils are too smudgy for the summer, but waterproof gel liners are a great choice: they stay put and the gel texture allows you to create natural or dramatic looks.
Skimp: Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner ($5.99)
Splurge: Yves Saint Laurent Eyeliner Effect Faux Cils Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner ($30) has a beautiful selection of splurge-worthy colors.
Use a Mascara That Will Never Run
I tend to avoid waterproof mascara since it can be a real pain to remove, but I can’t rely on the regular stuff for pool parties and other outdoor summer activities. Another alternative is water-resistant tube mascara, which goes on just like regular mascara yet slides right off your lashes with warm water and a little pressure — no remover needed!
Add Budge-Proof Color to Cheeks and Lips
There’s nothing worse than a soft, nearly melted lipstick, except when it breaks off when you try to apply it and lands on your new white linen skirt. Skip the mushy stuff and try a double-duty lip and cheek stain that will last all day.
Skimp: The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain ($14) is not only affordable, but takes up just a little space in your bag.
Splurge: The queen of all cheek and lip stains is Benetint ($30), which gives a natural wash of all-day color and looks gorgeous on almost anyone.
Don’t Forget to Protect Your Hair
Summer is a one-two punch for your hair: the humidity creates frizz, while the sun’s rays can fade your color. Protect against both with a light mist of sunscreen oil.
Skimp: L'Oreal Paris Sublime Sheer Protect Sunscreen Oil Spray, SPF 50+ ($10.99), while advertised as a body sunscreen, it smells great and can tame the frizzies.
Splurge: Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($35) has a beautifully dry, silky feel with a more elegant finish on your hair.