I’m going to be brutally honest: I can’t stand the summer. I know it’s an unpopular sentiment, and I’m sure I’ll get flack for this, but I believe I’ve given the season a fair chance. As soon as the mercury hits 68 degrees I’m sweating, my makeup is falling off and I’m truly not in the mood to move. While I personally think the entire three months should be a mandatory holiday, there’s still work to be done, events to attend and people to see. So, how do you hold it together despite the sun’s glare? I have a few tips to keep you cool for the summer.
Here’s my disclaimer: I have very oily, very acne-prone skin. What works me may not work for you. This is my solution for the rare occasion I venture outside.
Every beauty guru worth their weight in gold will tell you they switch to cream products during the summer, and I don’t blame them! They sink right into warmed up skin, creating a softer and more relaxed look. If your makeup typically slides during the day, try setting your cream or liquid products with a matching powder product for the perfect balance. Set your BB cream (or full-coverage foundation, no judgement) with translucent powder or powder foundation and a fluffy powder brush. It also works well with cream blush and bronzer. I love dusting NYX’s Powder Blush in Cinnamon (discontinued) over the brand’s Rouge Cream Blush in Orange.
If you’re not already setting your makeup with a setting spray now’s the time to pop into Sephora and pick up a travel-size Urban Decay All Nighter. I’m convinced this stuff is made out of unicorn tears; nothing budges! I try to save this trick for days when I’m working an event or have a date that requires some outdoor activity. I also like to whip out my travel-sized MAC Fix + and give my entire face a good spritz when the air is heavy and humid.
A good setting spray will prevent T-zone shine a little longer than normal, but it won’t keep the oil at bay for the entire day. Take a look in my handbag right now and you’ll find about half a dozen used blotting sheets. Yes, that’s gross, but it shows you how often I blot in a single day. If you’ve always struggled with very oily skin, a blotting sheet is a must-have. I stock up on the Clean & Clear sheets you find in almost every drugstore in America, but I’ve been known to dab a Starbucks napkin across my nose, chin and forehead. Whatever works for you, do it!
This sounds very dorky, but I swear by my phone fan. I bought one at a local boutique for a weekend trip and now I won’t leave my house without it. You’ll feel a bit weird the first few times you whip this bad boy out, but you’ll soon get over it when everyone else is miserable and you have a steady stream of cool air hitting your face as you scroll through your Instagram feed. It’s been the best eight dollars I’ve spent all year and I guarantee you won’t regret picking one up.
Not to sound like your mother, but you’re definitely not drinking enough water. I’ve been trying to drink three litres of water a day for about a month. While I can only chug one or two liters on a typical day, I feel much better than I normally do in the summer. We’ve all heard the miraculous benefits of drinking more water throughout the day, and while I can’t advocate for most of them, I do feel less drained than I have in past summers. I fill up this adorable one liter bottle with ice water first thing in the morning and stays cold until noon. I try to get a few cold sips in before my morning coffee and to lower my body temperature. I also fill it up whenever I have lunch and that will last me the rest of the day if I’m not paying attention.
Those are my tricks! I hope they’ll help you beat the heat. What are your summer tricks? How do you keep cool when the temperature’s this unbearable?