By Takiya Smith
With temperatures soaring and the humidity climbing, the last thing we girls need to be concerned with is our looks. Here are a few tips, recommendations and tricks of the trade to help keep your summer look cooler than ever and keep you looking hot in the heat.
For no-sweat eyes that won’t streak or run try the new liner design, long wear calligraphy gel eyeliner from Lancome. The liner, which comes with a double ended brush to precisely line and softly smudge, has a consistency which locks and sets to hold all day long.
To add to your maximum, no fuss coverage, coat lashes with a few swipes of express mega plush gel mousse mascara by Maybelline which comes in both washable and waterproof coverage, perfect for working out or swimming. Mega Plush also offers a gel-mousse that has less hard waxes, offering a supple and brittle-free touch to lashes.
For active girls on the go, such as swimmers and runners, with little to no time for makeup, semi-permanent eyelash extensions offer lash length enhancement and a mascara look, free off any makeup or chemicals. This option is also great for women with allergenic reactions to eye makeup.
To keep brows full and fresh, skip traditional pencils and opt for brow powders instead. Pencils, generally consisting of wax, can tend to melt and run due to humidity and perspiration, however, brow powders not only set in place but are great as they look more natural and will absorb humidity rather than streak and run.
Mineral powders, such as Bare Essenctuals, can be worn alone or over a liquid foundation to keep skin looking and feeling cool and fresh, as well as leave skin with a matte, dry look rather than a glossy shine. To enhance the longevity and set mineral foundation powders, try a spritz of toner or hydrating spray such as Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist, which can be used daily.
For swimmers, keep hair hydrated and chemical free by soaking with tap or bottled water prior to swimming in chlorine filled pools. The previously applied water will enter the cuticle of the hair, causing it to swell, leaving no room for chlorinated water to enter. This, in addition to proper conditioning, will keep hair looking and feeling great.