Tips That Beat D.C.'s Summer Heat and Humidity

Summer is full of wonderful and exciting things, but melting foundation, smeared eyeliner, and dry hair are definitely not among them. Here are some awesome tips to making sure your makeup stays intact, and your hair stays healthy.

Skincare 

Before applying makeup for the day, make sure your face is freshly washed and moisturized. Since summer is such a critical season when it comes to skin, making sure your skin stays moisturized is such a key component, especially if you’re going to be wearing makeup all day every day.  
 
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer
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Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer 
$10.92  

Makeup

Invest in a primer. 

Priming your face is such an important part before you start applying your makeup. It should go on after you moisturize your face. They don’t apply very heavy, and they help to hold makeup in place. 
 
NYX Studio Perfect Primer
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NYX Studio Perfect Primer 
$13.00  

Highlight and Illuminators

One technique that is very high in demand in the makeup world is highlighting and illuminating.It’s one of the hottest makeup trends to date. It helps your face to glow in all the right places and is a key step into wrapping up your final makeup look.For lighter skin, warm and cool tones work very well with the skin. For medium to dark skin, the warmer the highlighter is, the better the results! If you want to get the sun-kissed glow effect, then warmer tones will do you justice.

Cool tip: Mix warm AND cool highlighters/illuminators for a very vibrant and over the top glow.  
 
Laura Mercier Face Illuminator
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Laura Mercier Face Illuminator
$44.00 


For a product on the cheaper side...
 
E.L.F. Sunkissed Glow Bronzer
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E.L.F. Sunkissed Glow Bronzer
$2.00
This product can be found online and at your local Target, Walmart, and any drug store that sells E.L.F. products.This product fits any skin type and color.

Setting spray 

Another key component in maintaining your makeup look in the summer is setting spray. The matte look is a look that is stressed in the summer due to the heat and humidity. Setting spray, just like a primer, helps to hold your makeup in place. The only difference is that instead of using this product before makeup application, is that you apply it afterward.
NYX Makeup Setting Spray: Matte
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NYX Makeup Setting Spray: Matte 
$8.00   

Hair 

Not only do you need to protect your skin in the summer, but this means your hair as well. The sun tends to dry out hair, so you’ll need to make sure you keep it moisturized. 
 
Pantene Pro-V truly Natural Hair Deep Conditioner
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Pantene Pro-V truly Natural Hair Deep Conditioner  
$3.84   

This product can be found at your local Walmart, Target or any local drug store that sells Pantene products. This product is better for 1, 2a, 2b, and 2c hair types.
 
Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
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Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
$12.99    

This product can be found at your local Walmart, Target, or any local drug store that sells Shea Moisture products. This product is better for 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, and 4b hair types.
  • Try to avoid tool-based styles during the summer. Since the sun is already putting heat on your hair, try to take it easy with the blow dryer and flat iron. 
  • Keep ends trimmed!  Summer is the time where you see a lot of split ends which aren’t healthy for your hair, and on top of that, they don’t look good. 
  • If you have color to your hair, make sure you maintain and keep up with it! Color can be damaging and dry if it’s not taken care of properly.    

Best tip of all: 

Stay hydrated by drinking tons of water! Your skin, hair, and body will thank you. There are awesome products to help you out with this, but if you’re not drinking enough water, then you aren’t going to achieve anything.

Written by: Morgan Fitzpatrick 

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