While we don’t want to complain about the heat after what seemed like the longest winter ever, there are days when our makeup is melting, our hair is somehow both sweaty and dry and we don’t smell quite as fresh as we’d like to. Not exactly the visions we had playing through our head mid-December as we daydreamed of July. Well, you don’t have to accept feeling like a hot mess. Add these five products to your beauty arsenal and make every day feel like a carefree run through a field of daisies.
1. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $39, clinique.ca
When it’s really hot out, skip heavy foundation and powders and opt for something lighter. A CC Cream, like Clinique’s, corrects imperfections like redness, sallowness and a dull complexion while providing light coverage. It also moisturizes and has an SPF of 30 meaning that you can skip both your moisturizer and your sunblock (until it’s time to reapply your SPF, of course). You’ll look glowy, dewy and radiant, not sweaty.
2. Sephora Collection Perfecting Eye Primer, $18, sephora.com
If even the hottest temperatures can’t turn you off of wearing eyeshadow or liner, start with a primer to prevent that eye colour from ending up right under your eyebrows or, even worse, under your eyes. Sephora’s eye primer not only keeps makeup in place, it fills wrinkles, brightens dark circles and reduces puffiness, so feel free to use it under eyes before concealer, too!
3. Cargo Better Than Water-proof Mascara, $24, murale.ca
Waterproof mascara isn’t just for the beach or pool parties. Sweat and humidity can cause mascara to run and smudge. Protect your face from makeup that looks like you slept in it with this waterproof mascara that’s gentle enough for daily wear. The formula forms tubes around the lashes that can be removed easily with warm water and a bit of pressure, but the tubes stay put even in a pool—unless you physically pull them off. Brilliant!
4. Leaves of Trees Deodorant, $15, freshfaced.ca
Traditional deodorant and antiperspirant can flake and form little white balls when you sweat a lot. And while this deodorant is totally natural and won’t prevent sweating, it will prevent the not-so-pretty scent that often accompanies super-hot days. And unlike many other natural deodorants, this one comes in multiple scents: Lavender Tangerine and Eucalyptus Mint. It combines baking soda to deodorize, kaolin clay to help you feel dry and argan oil to moisturize.
5. Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray, $20.50, sephora.com
There’s nothing worse than spending an hour blowing out or straightening your hair to then feel it grow and get frizzy the moment you step out the door. Protect your hard work with an anti-humidity hair spray. Alterna’s spray promises to prevent frizz and keep your locks in place.