You wouldn’t think that there’d be a downside to your friendly neighborhood Mr. Softee truck, but ice cream does have a tendency to melt — just like that face full of makeup that worked so well in cooler temps. The dog days of summer are coming, but you don’t have to succumb to the sweltering heat like your favorite summertime dessert. We’ve rounded up the best beauty products to keep you cool these next few months, from run-proof mascara to the ultimate frizz-busting hair serum. Check out our recommendations below, and then head over to Simon before the heat index gets too oppressive.
First Things First
Before you head out, it’s imperative that you start your summer beauty routine with some good old fashioned sunscreen. Whether you’re on your way to the beach or your desk is next to the window, dermatologists everywhere agree that broad spectrum protection sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher is important for daily use. Now here’s where things get fun — enter: COOLA’s innovative new Sun Silk Drops. This vegan and organic product is as lightweight as they come and seriously fast-absorbing.
For lasting coverage without that oily feel, check out this matte foundation from Clinique. Made for a range of skin tones, this lightweight liquid goes on smoothly and feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. Stay flaw-free all day long, even when it hits the 90s.
No Tears Left to Cry
When you can’t avoid breaking a sweat, you can avoid the classic mascara-running-down-your-face look. This no-smudge mascara from Estee Lauder has been tested in extreme heat and humidity and remains true to its promise: no smudging, smearing, flaking, or running. We’re not saying we want you to cry, but if you do, you’re in good hands with this standby.
Keep your winged eyeliner sharp in all scenarios. Stila’s Stay-All-Day liquid eyeliner is popular for a reason — this baby won’t budge! The pen-like tip goes on easily and dries quickly so your eyeliner is flawless from morning ‘til night.
A good setting spray is essential when it’s hot ‘n steamy out! Milk Makeup’s Blur Spray acts to protect your look in three ways: spritz it on to blur your pores and fine lines, mattify your skin, and keep that makeup where it needs to be. Shake well to activate the blurring microspheres, then spritz away.
Blot and Go
Between glaring stage lights, intense Caribbean sunlight, and her own smokin’ bod, Rihanna, the unofficial Princess of Barbados, knows a thing or two about heat. In all seriousness, Fenty Beauty’s portable blotting papers offer shine-free salvation — the no-residue Japanese paper will whisk away moisture without taking off your makeup. The lipstick-sized carrying case even has a mirror on the back to ensure you’re looking your best.
Humidity is the enemy of curly-haired girls everywhere, but this dry conditioning spray from Living Proof is here to save your hairdo. Handle your frizz and fly-aways with a spritz of their jojoba seed oil-infused formula, smooth your hair with your hands, and quit your worrying — your hair looks great.
While it’s tempting to play hooky and head for the beach, these pesky things called bills exist, so it’s not always the smartest move. Thankfully, with Ouai’s new Dry Texture Foam, you can look like you’ve been laying out by the seaside without a care in the world. The wheat protein-infused formula can be applied to dry hair for a perfectly lived-in look that lasts all day (without getting sand in your hair!).
On those 90-degree-plus days, it’s tempting to open the freezer and just…stand there. Bring the cold to you with these gel patches that live in the fridge until you’re ready to apply. Perfect for reviving tired eyes, pop these travel-sized masks on and experience the cooling effects of arctic cranberry extract. Brr! We’re feeling better already.