One’s beauty has to work over time in the summer months, handling the morning duty of keeping skin fresh and hair in a manageable state, then stretching into the evening, providing a touch of glamour that won’t slip away past midnight. No easy task, but one that is far more realistic when you have a strategy in place, according to the experts. As you move from day to dusk, it’s all about prepping your skin so it glows but has minimal grease, locking in your makeup with the right techniques and adopting a hairstyle you transform without needing an extra set of hands. Click ahead to find out how it’s done, plus check out today’s beauty secret.
Click through for 6 tips to keep you looking radiant this summer.
Take Hair Higher
“In summer, I like to get the hair up and off the neck,” says Michael Angelo, of Wonderland Beauty Parlor in New York. Wear a classic ponytail above the nape during the day, then wind the tail into a high, messy bun or bobby pin it flat against your head into a French twist for la nuit. Just prep hair with a shot Oribe Dry Texture Spray or a dry shampoo to give strands some grip—“this way, your pins and elastics have something to hold onto,” says Angelo.
Oribe Dry Texture Spray, $39
Lock In Your Look
Prone to smudges and makeup slips? Eye makeup can be especially difficult to keep in tact but priming lids with Tarte’s Clean Slate 360 Creaseless 12-Hour Smoothing Eye Primer seals in cream or powder shadows for swelter-y days. Set the rest of your makeup in place with a mist of Urban Decay’s De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray, which now comes in a handy travel size.
Tarte Clean Slate 360 Creaseless 12-Hour Smoothing Eye Primer, $19
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray, $29
Go For Monochromatic Makeup
The trick to not having to re-do your a.m. makeup from scratch when going out: wear shades from the same color family so you can easily build up more layers and adjust the intensity from day to night. Gold tones on eyes, cheeks and lips flatter all skin tones and cast a candlelit glow in any setting.
Clockwise from top right: Make Up Forever Aqua Shadow in Pearly Copper, $20, sephora.com.
Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City, $70
YSL ‘Touche Eclat’ Radiant Skin, $40
Simply Vera Vera Wang, $18.50
Lighten Up Your Base
Wearing a heavy foundation not only feels suffocating right now but it will most likely smear when the temperatures soar. Instead, mix a drop of serum or dry oil into your tinted primer for a sheer, flawless look that lasts, says makeup and skin-care pro Sunday Riley. Or dab on a tinted face cream that doubles as your cover-up, like SKII Facial Cream Treatment Foundation, if your skin needs more coverage.
SKII Facial Cream Treatment Foundation, $95
Sunday Riley Juno Transformative Lipid Serum, $12
Hit The Dew Point
While you might think you don’t need any moisture in the heat, your skin will pump out more oil if it’s not hydrated enough. A lightweight lotion like Clinique Stay-Matte Hydrator balances your skin without adding any excess grease or shine for 8 hours. We rubbed it on during a heat wave and it left our complexion comfortably matte.
Clinique Stay-Matte Hydrator, $36