Ugh, it's hot. Just miserable, sticky, drippy, sweating-two-minutes-after-you-step-out-of-the-shower hot. Leaving aside the general misery, it's really, really hard to look good in this kind of weather. My normally slightly-wavy hair frizzes and poofs, my skin goes haywire, and makeup will.not.stay.on. So I went in search of some tips to deal with looking polished in the heat, and here's what I found:
Skin: One word: Toner. Even if you don't normally use it, toner is a must for these killer hot, humid days. It removes the excess oil that even the driest skin starts pumping out and feels nice and refreshing on a sweaty face. I use plain old witch hazel, but there are plenty of fancier options at all price points.
Also, keeping oil-blotting face papers close to hand really helps beat shine and oiliness...they're a must if you have to reapply powder, etc. and help you look and feel more put-together.
Hair: Anti-humidity hairspray helps, as does anti-frizz serum...use it as soon as you towel-dry your hair, before the humidity has had a chance to attack it. But the best thing is to rock your lowest-maintenance style; a messy bun, ponytail, or wide fabric headband look really nice in summertime. And condition, condition, condition...even if you never otherwise use it, it keeps the frizzies at bay.
Makeup: It will melt, so use the lightest-weight formula you can so you don't get that unattractive cakey look. Swap heavy foundations for concealer and mineral powders, and learn to love waterproof mascara and liquid liners. Long-wearing lipsticks are a must now too....gloss melting off your lips is not a good look. My favorite is to use a lipstain or lip liner all over my lips, then add a glossy lip balm with SPF to give a little shimmer while protecting fragile skin.
What's your best tip for looking pretty when the weather is anything but?