How to Texas-Proof Your Beauty Routine

In this Southern heat, sweat happens.

By Samantha Klaassen

Whether you spent the summer traipsing around Europe or power walking down Park Avenue, it’s time to head back to Dallas where the forecast is persistently sweltering. From your skincare regimen to your makeup application, these tips will keep you looking refreshed no matter how high the mercury rises.

1. Prime and protect your skin.

A good morning skincare routine can be accomplished in three steps. First, hydrate your skin, but opt for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer instead of the heavy one you slather onto your skin at night. Next, it’s time for SPF. My go-to is Glossier’s Invisible Shield, but any broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or more will do. Finally, use a primer (I suggest these from Marc Jacobs and MILK Makeup). This will create a fresh canvas for your makeup and help it last throughout the day.

2. Use minimal powder.

We’re heading back to school, so here’s some math for you: Powder + sweat = cakey makeup. Wearing a powder foundation in the sun will only increase the presence of the blemishes or wrinkles you were trying to conceal in the first place, so opt for a liquid foundation. If you have sensitive skin or just want something less heavy for the summer, try a BB cream that will simultaneously moisturize and even out your skin. And if you’re still shiny, a little powder will do the trick—just don’t pack it on.

Using minimal powder goes beyond foundation. No one does cream eyeshadows like Bobbi Brown, and they won’t come right off at the first sign of sweat like powder eyeshadows will.

3. Water-proof, smudge-proof, life-proof everything.

On the contrary to my previous tip, powders can be used if they are intended to withstand sweat. For example, Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush (I use the color Bali) is long-wearing and water-resistant. Even sweat won’t smudge a good gel eyeliner and waterproof mascara can even withstand a dip in the pool after a long day in the sun.

4. Go natural.

A little goes a long way when your makeup starts melting down your face. It’s time to set aside your growing collection of liquid lipsticks and instead opt for a glossier look. The magic effect of lip oils like these from Clarins? Hydration. Either prime your lips with it before lipstick application or wear it on its own—the perfect way to achieve that barely-there summer makeup look.

If you still want that matte lip look, try L’Oreal Colour Riche Matte Lipstick or ByTerry Click Sticks.

5. Setting spray is your new best friend.

Your best beauty bet in weather like this? Setting spray. From Cover FX’s mattifying option to Urban Decay’s cooling one, there’s a setting spray for all your beauty needs. A couple spritzes before you head out the door and you’re ready to take on the heat.

6. Pack a bag.

Put some blotting papers in your purse or take a powder on the go with you for quick touch-ups throughout the day. Throw in your favorite lip balm and some hair elastics in too—nothing says ponytail weather like 40 percent humidity.

7. Don’t let the weather put a (literal) damper on your day.

Like I said, sweat happens. It’s your body’s natural way of maintaining it’s proper temperature. Wear deodorant—no one (and I mean no one) likes body odor. To prevent greasiness in your hair, try an oil control shampoo or spray some dry shampoo to make your blowout last.

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8. Just chill.

Let your skin relax when you’re not outside. After-sun moisturizing masks (like this one from KORRES) will help with any redness or irritation. If you’re applying makeup after a day in the sun, use MILK MAKEUP’s Cooling Water to help your skin relax.

So, welcome back to the beautiful albeit toasty state of Texas. Remember to take care of yourself: Stay hydrated and find some shade if you’re feeling overheated. And don’t worry. It’ll cool down by late November.

All products mentioned can be purchased at Sephora, Forty Five Ten, Blue Mercury, or CVS.

Samantha Klaassen

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