There’s nothing like summer on Long Island. The beaches, glitzy Hamptons benefits, live music, pop-ups and art festivals make this a special place to be come summertime. After a brutal winter, fun-in-the-sun should be just that, fun. But the heat and humidity bring some beauty conundrums, think frizzy hair, bad tan lines, sunburns, chipped pedicures that cannot be hidden and sweat, sweat and more sweat. We’ve all been there, and I’m here to help. In our July/August issue, we gave you six secrets to Happy Feet. Now, I’ll go a step further, no pun intended. Keep this guide handy as the temperatures rise so you can go from afternoon art festival to glamorous sunset benefit without missing a beauty beat.
The Problem: The humidity has your hair looking like it belongs in Rock of Ages.
The Fix: First, get your hair looking healthy by booking a session with your hairstylist. It’ll get rid of your dry and split ends. Then, like you, your hair needs a little extra hydration during the summer months. For fine hair, try john masters organics rose & apricot hair milk ($26, johnmasters.com). The light, leave-in hair milk eliminates frizz and builds the chic volume you crave. Curly and wavy haired ladies should check out Aveda’s be curly curl enhancer, which tames frizz, intensifies curls and makes hair look naturally shiny ($24, aveda.com).
The Problem: Your bikini tan doesn’t work with your halter dress.
The Fix: It’s nearly impossible to go a month, let alone an entire summer on Long Island without at least a half dozen beach trips. Those long days hanging out by the Atlantic Ocean have saddled you with some series bikini tan lines. To fix, start by exfoliating to get rid of dead skin that would make it tough to apply a self-tanner smoothly. Clinique’s Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream should do the trick ($26, clinique.com). Then, grab a self-tanner, like St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil ($50, sephora.com), and apply to trouble areas. Pro tip for the future: pick different types of bathing suits to prevent tan lines from only forming in certain spots.
The Problem: You screwed up and didn’t apply sunscreen. Now you look like a tomato.
The Fix: You’ve heard it a million times: you have to wear SPF, but you forgot. Or maybe you fell asleep on the beach and woke up looking like a lobster. It happens. First, soothe it by putting a cold, damp towel on burned areas. Then, mother knows best: break out the Aloe Vera (Walgreens has 16oz bottles for $5.99, walgreens.com). Hope in a Jar by philosophy is a great bet for your face ($44-69, sephora.com). Its gentle hydroxy acids will help gently remove dead skin. Make sure you put on sunscreen before applying any makeup. The last thing you need is sunburn on top of sunburn. Find your perfect one here. Now for what you really want to know: how to cover it up. Put a mineral foundation on your face, like Mary Kay Mineral Powder Foundation ($20, marykay.com). Try wearing a long sleeve, breezy tunic as a dress or with pants. This one by Moon & Meadow is great for summer afternoons and casual dinner parties ($125, bloomingdales.com). Finally, prevent it from happening again. Read up on SPF and download a free app like Sunscreen Reminder, which allows you to log when you last applied sunscreen and set reminders that let you know when it’s time to lather up again.
The Problem: Your face is sweaty but you don’t want to completely ruin your makeup.
The Fix: You don’t have to be a gym rat to have this problem come summertime. Your face will probably start to sweat as you sit and nosh on chips and guac at the barbecue of the weekend. Instead of heading off to the powder room every three seconds to re-apply, stash some oil-blotting sheets in your purse. They’ll get rid of excess oil without forcing you to redo your makeup. NYX sells them for cheap in packs of 50 ($3.99, ulta.com). Besides, constantly re-applying makeup can cause buildup when the temperature is warmer, and calling fives only saves your seat for so long.
The Problem: You walked from your car to the office and your pits are sweating like you just spent your morning with Tracy Anderson.
The Fix: Consider keeping an extra shirt around or wearing a lightweight cami underneath your top to give you an extra barrier between your skin and blouse. In the mornings, after you put on deodorant, apply baby powder. The old classic, like Johnson’s ($6.79 for 22oz, cvs.com), helps absorb sweat before it ruins your cute office getup. White shirts are particularly vulnerable to pit stains. If you can’t do without ‘em, get a disposable underarm shield like Garment Guard ($23, beauty.com).
The Problem: Your pedicure is chipped and you’re wearing sandals.
The Fix: If there’s one thing we miss about the cooler months, it’s the lack of care we need to give to the state of our pedicures. If you look down and notice yours has a nick, file it down if possible. If it’s not, find a toothpick, dip it in polish (in the same color, of course) and put it on the inside of the chip. Let it dry.