Solved: Summer’s Stickiest Beauty Problems
Misbehaving hair, runny makeup, blisters and more! Here’s how to prevent and treat five of the most common hot-weather woes.
1. Frizzy Hair
Use a moisturizing conditioner every time you shampoo. Well-hydrated hair is less likely to soak up water from the humid air. Coat hair with an anti-frizz product to create a barrier between your locks and the steamy weather. Style with an ionic dryer to help seal the cuticle.
2. Melting Makeup
Trade winter’s foundation for a tinted moisturizer and powder blush for a cream-to-powder formula. Trade your lipstick for a color lip balm. Switch to waterproof mascara, water-resistant cream eye shadow and gel eyeliner. Shiny at midday? Pressed powder will turn cakey; instead, roll a blotting sheet over your skin.
3. Chipping Pedicure
If you’re going on vacation, try a gel or shellac pedicure. It costs more, but it stays shiny and chip-free for weeks. To maintain a traditional pedicure, apply a new topcoat every other day. Fix chips by soaking a cotton swab in nail polish remover. Use it to even out the surface around the chip before applying fresh polish.
4. Tan Lines
Summer’s halter tops, strappy sandals and bangle bracelets can lead to unexpected tan lines on everywhere from the tops of your feet to your wrists. Smooth them away rather than trying to cover them completely. Mix two parts liquid bronzer with one part moisturizer, and blend over any white lines. This will discreetly erase any lines of demarcation.
5. Foot Blisters
Avoid blisters by choosing sandals made of supple natural materials rather than synthetics. Make sure they fit properly when you try them on. (Don’t rely on promises that they’ll stretch.) If you get a blister anyway, try to let it heal on its own, switching to a shoe that doesn’t rub the irritated area. If the blister is painful, you can carefully speed healing by cleaning the area with soap and water. Wipe down a straight pin with rubbing alcohol. Gently pierce the top of the blister and press lightly to drain the fluid. Apply a dab of triple antibiotic cream, cover with an adhesive bandage and change the dressing every day.