Do you ever feel like a hot mess after a long summer day? I am totally with you.
At the slightest hint of humidity my hair tends to frizz and my makeup begins to melt, and the heat doesn’t help either. It’s not a pretty sight!
It’s been really hot and humid in New York lately, so I’m in full-on defense mode! I have some tricks that get me through these steamy days, so today I thought I’d share my favorite 4 easy summer hair and makeup tips.
They’re all easy to accomplish, so give one a try!
1. Work Braids into Your Routine
Braids are your hair’s best friend in summer, and I’m not talking about super complicated ones either. I’m actually not that great at braiding, but I’ve found that even a traditional three strand braid can dress up the most basic hairstyle.
Start by pulling your hair into a high or low ponytail. Secure it with a hair tie. Separate a small section of hair underneath your ponytail. Braid this small section and then wrap it around the base of your ponytail. Secure it underneath with a small clip or bobby pin. Easy-peasy!
Tip: Even if you hair is fine like mine, you can still get a voluminous ponytail. You’ll need two hair ties. Do a little teasing at the crown of your head and then smooth over the top layer with a brush or comb. Pull the top section of your hair (ear level and above only) into a ponytail. Secure it with a tie and then loosen up the top for more volume, if necessary. Pull the lower part of your hair up to the ponytail and secure it with another tie, right over the top of the other tie.
Pull your hair into a low or high ponytail first and secure it with a hair tie. Separate a medium-sized section and braid it, securing the end with another hair tie. Twist the rest of your hair into a bun (leaving out the braided section) and secure it with bobby pins.
Wrap the braid around the outside of your bun, securing with more bobby pins to hold it in place. Tuck the end under you bun and hold it in place with another bobby pins. That’s it!
Tip: Get a larger bun with lots of teasing or by wrapping your hair around a hair donut. I find these donuts to be kind of tricky for fine hair, but a little practice makes perfect.
2. Focus on One Feature
Start with a primer. I’ve been using Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser lately, and I really like it. On top of that, I’m wearing Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream. It’s a little pricey, but a little goes a long way, and one tube lasts months. Then, I added some concealer and Benefit Posietint. It’s the perfect blush for hot days, because it stains your cheeks. Finally, I topped everything with NYX Studio Finishing Powder. This powder has a great finish that evens out skin and helps control oil. Plus, it’s inexpensive … love it!
After powder, I filled in my eyebrows a bit and applied mascara. Lately, my go-to mascara has been L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara. It gets every lash.
On to the standout feature: the lips! I’m wearing L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Ruby Opera, which I received through the StyleWatch Style Hunter’s Network. I’m in love with this color! I’m not normally a red lipstick kind of girl, but I’m glad I tried it. It’s applied like a gloss, which I like, because I rarely wear lipstick. The finish is shiny, flattering, and super moisturizing. I will definitely be picking up more shades.
Tips: let each product (primer, foundation/cc cream, powder) set for a minute or two before adding the next product. You’re makeup will stay in place better. Also, keep lipstick off your teeth with one simple step. After applying a bright lip color, stick your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it, and draw your finger out. Any excess color will be transferred to your finger and not your teeth.
3. Embrace Your Hair’s Natural Texture
I’m pretty much addicted to my blow dryer and round brush routine. However, I don’t want to spend a lot of time on my hair on hot days. It only leads to me getting even hotter, and my hair frizzes the minute I step outside anyway. Instead, I’ve been working on embracing my hair’s natural texture, which is half straight and half wavy. I look so different when I let my hair air dry, that I almost feel like a different person!
This style works for any length hair from short to long, so give it a try. You will need some sea salt spray. Start with freshly washed hair. If your hair is very dry, add a little leave in conditioner. While my hair is still wet, I pull my hair back into a low, loose ponytail. I pull the ends through the last wrap, so my hair is looped and off my neck (hope that makes sense!).
At this point, I let my hair dry about half way. I find that keeping my hair pulled back helps to eliminate some frizz as my hair dries. At this point, I remove the hair tie and spritz my hair all over with sea salt spray. After applying the spray, scrunch your hair a bit from crown to ends.
Then keep your hands off your hair. You want to avoid disturbing the waves and causing more frizz. Check your hair once or twice as it dries, and apply more spray if you notice any frizzy spots. That’s it!
I use Tony & Guy Sea Salt Texturing Spray, which is pretty much the best thing ever! I’ve tried a lot of sea salt/beach waves spray, and this is my favorite by far. It controls frizz and brings out awesome waves but doesn’t leave my hair feeling crunchy like most of these sprays do. My hair is actually soft after using it.
Of course, I ran out of my spray right before I took these photos. I tried to make my own spray to mixed results. Needless to say, I will be sticking with Toni & Guy from now on!
4. Have Fun with Your Nails
If you’re color shy, keep the nails on your hands neutral and chose a fun color for your toenails. Feeling more adventurous? Go bold on both with bright colors or even nail art.
What are your summer hair and makeup tips?
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