5 Jul

Tips on Looking Effortlessly Good in the Heat

Well, it’s that time of year. The sun’s out and temperatures are rising (unless, like me, you’re in foggy San Francisco). But for the majority of you, this change in weather means it’s time to shift your beauty habits a bit.

With heat and humidity, and especially if you’re hitting the beach or pool, you don’t want globs of makeup on your face. Nor do you want to slave away with your straightener when you know your hair will frizz the instant you set foot out of the A/C.

So, here are some tips on looking oh-so-beachy in the most effortless way possible, whether you’re lounging in Cabo, poolside in Vegas, or just too darn hot at home to fuss with your “look” too much.

Wonder Waves


When summer is on the horizon, women’s magazines tout miracle products for “beach waves,” which are often just expensive bottled salt water. But alas, I have a cheap and effective secret to beach waves. Ladies, let me introduce to you Garnier Fructis’ Wonder Waves, available at most drugstores.

Please, do your bank account a favor and forget about the overly hyped Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray. It’s $25 and seems luxuriously beachy because of its salt water-ish scent, but I’ve found it doesn’t work that well compared to the $4 Wonder Waves. Even my less-wavy-haired friends have found this to work wonders (pun intended).

Simply spray it on wet or damp hair and be generous if you’d like; it never gets that crunchy, gel-like feeling. Then, toss it in your beach bag for post-swim touch ups. Just spray and scrunch!

Waterproof It


Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all look great sans makeup when we’re at the pool? Thank your lucky stars if you do! But with my fair skin, I definitely want a little something to even out my complexion and give me some color.

Fortunately, Hourglass invented a water resistant primer that gives makeup staying power despite water and sweat – plus, it has SPF 15. After cleansing and moisturizing, put on Hourglass’ Mineral Veil Primer and then sweep on whatever face makeup you’d like. Take a dive into the pool and see what happens. You’ll be amazed!

Get balmy


When it comes to our lips, we want it all– hydration, protection, and a pop of color. Look to tinted lip balms to satisfy all of the above and liven up your beach look. I recommend Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15. It’s super moisturizing and available in five colors, including on-trend coral and my personal fave, the rosé.

But, because I’ve put myself on a drugstore budget, I scoured Walgreens and CVS for a cheaper facsimile. Cover Girl wins out with its Natureluxe Gloss Balm, which has SPF 15 and comes in an assortment of shades for a sheer, beach-appropriate wash of color. Can’t beat that for $7-8, depending on you drugstore of choice.

Do you swear by any beauty secrets for steamy summer days or tropical vacations? Have you tried any of the products above?  We’re all ears and would love to hear your ideas in the comments!

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{ posted: Thursday, July 5, 2012 }


Comments: {4}

  • Michelle Anna writes:

    Thanks for your tips on beach waves! I never dry my hair in the summer because of my awesome waves. Now I can have a look that will be presentable and not too wild. Picking up a bottle today!

  • Hayley writes:

    Ah, I use the Wonder Waves and it is AH-MAZING!! Great Tip Chelsea! :)

  • Sarah Pope writes:

    Great post! Love all the info.

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