Beauty: August 2015
Hot Looks for Hot Days: Try these summer makeup and beauty tips.
Rising temperatures and longer days can lead to frizzy or limp hair and push your makeup to the limits. So arm yourself against the heat, humidity and sun with these helpful hair and makeup tips to keep you looking cool throughout the dog days of summer.
Drink to Your Health!
Beauty starts on the inside. Hydration is so important for your skin and hair health, so be sure to drink plenty of water — especially during the summer heat. Hydrated skin looks more youthful, as the extra liquid plumps up fine lines and wrinkles.
Get a Healthy Glow
Now that you’re glowing from the inside, make sure you have a safe, healthy summer glow on the outside. Before using a self-tanner, exfoliate first using a grainy face or body scrub. For first-time users, we recommend a gradual tanner that darkens your skin over a few days. When applying to your face, blend into your hairline and down your neck for the most natural look — and don’t forget your ears!
Fresh Face Forward
Stash the heavy eyeliner and opt for a sparkly, creamy eye shadow in a light shade for a wash of color from lash line to brow bone. Top with waterproof mascara for impact!
Play With Color
While we love a red lip, orange hues are a summer trend for lips. However, it can be a tricky color to pull off! Try a few different shades to find the perfect tone for your skin color. It’s always good to start with a more subtle tinted balm or lip stain.
Be Sun Savvy
Always wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, at least 15 minutes before sun exposure, and reapply every 2 hours. Use about the size of a golf ball for your body and a quarter-sized amount for your face. Don’t forget spots like ears, neck, hands and tops of your feet.
The Eyes (Should) Have It
Sun protection, that is! The sun’s UV rays can hurt your eyes and your vision, so be sure to wear sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays, and 75 to 90 percent of visible light.
Have a Secret Weapon
Add some powerful products to your summer beauty arsenal to protect and treat your skin, such as those containing vitamin C or green tea, which can help your sunscreen work better and prevent damage after sun exposure. Opt for double-duty products, like moisturizers that contain sunscreen.
The summer heat and humidity can make you prone to breakouts, so be sure to wash your face twice daily (and after sweating) to keep your skin clean. If using acne medications, your skin can be more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to use an SPF on your face and reapply often. Opt for sunscreens that are “oil-free,” “non-comedogenic,” “non-acnegenic,” or whose labels say they “won’t clog pores.”
Keep Cool with These Hot Hairstyles
Pull your hair off your neck with a stylish ponytail, of-the-moment braid, chic bun or a messy topknot! Use a dry shampoo or hair powder to add grip, texture and volume. For short hair, a cropped ’do like a bob always looks — and feels — cool!
Treat Your Tresses
You know UV rays can damage your skin, but did you know that too much sun can harm your hair as well? It can get dried out and become prone to breakage. Wear a hat, which can also help protect your scalp, to shield your hair from excessive sun, and use a moisturizing hair mask weekly to condition, repair and strengthen. For an ultraluxe treatment, mix conditioner with a few drops of oil before applying, then wrap hair in a warm, wet towel and cover with a shower cap for 10 minutes before rinsing well.
Be Bold & Bright
Adorn your fingers and toes in super-bright or even metallic nail colors. We also love the opaque white trend to complement a glowing tan.
Make a Smooth Move
If you wax to stay fuzz-free, don’t don that bikini and sunbathe right after your appointment. When inflamed skin is exposed to UV rays, it can change color, so it’s best to stay out of the sun for at least 24 hours after waxing. Be sure to apply sunscreen to freshly waxed areas.