23 Simple Summer Beauty Hacks You Need In Your Life

July 13, 2015 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

Hot and hazy summer days definitely call for no-fuss summer beauty hacks that will keep you gorgeous rain or shine. Here, 23 of the best from beauty experts around the country.

Summer Hair Hacks

1. Embrace hat hair. Your scalp needs protection from UVA rays and skin damage and the number one way to ensure you don’t burn is by wearing a seriously cute hat with SPF protection built right into the fabric. “You may think that hair acts as a protective layer over your skin in the summer, but your strands are susceptible to sun damage, too,” says Dr. Rebecca Kazin, a dermatologist with the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery. “Cumulative exposure to damaging UV rays causes hair to be brittle, break easily, and leaves it dehydrated and unmanageable.”

2. Part smart. Change up your part every few days when you know you’ll be out in the sun to avoid one area soaking up all of the sun exposure, Kazin says.

3. Hold the heat. Give your hair a much-needed break between blowouts, especially when the weather is hot and humid. “If you must heat style, use a leave-in conditioner and don’t blow dry or iron your hair without using a heat protectant first,” Kazin says. One she loves: Phyto Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray.

4.  Cut your drying time in half. Matrix Celebrity Stylist George Papanikolas knows a quality product is the key to reducing summer frizz and speeding up your blow-dry time. If being at one with your natural locks isn’t your thing, consider Matrix’s Turbo Dryer Blow Dry Spray, which tames frizz and gives you 2x a faster blow dry.

5. Use double-duty products. Products that perform more than one function (and won’t take up extra space in our weekend bags) are a must during the summer months. Cricket Ultra Smooth Coconut Detangling Comb is made with coconut oil and keratin and helps reduce frizz. After a swim, run the comb through your hair and watch in wonder as you get perfect beachy waves.

6. Coat your hair with conditioner before you swim. Don’t wait until chlorine and salt water damage your hair. Makeup Artist Karol Young Moses of I.C. Artistry suggests taking control of the situation by applying conditioner to damp hair before hitting the beach or pool to protect your hair. AG Hair Fast Food Leave On Conditioner contains SPF to protect your hair and is made with hydrating aloe and abyssinian oils. And for a natural solution: pure coconut oil works just as well.

7. Rethink dry shampoo. At all other times of the year, dry shampoo is a helpful product that allows us to stretch out the time between shampoos. During the summer, when our scalps sweat more often, it’s a total necessity. Dante Pronio, senior stylist at Mizu New York Salon, cautions women to stay away from baby powder and dry shampoos in powder form because they cake up the scalp. Pronio relies instead on an aerosol spray like Death Valley by R+Co.

8. Apply apple cider vinegar. No, not to your salad, though we’re sure that makes for a tasty summer treat. Makeup Artist Susan Posnick says rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar will help hold the color and keep your hair clean an extra day or two.

Summer Makeup Hacks

9. Highlight your pout. Instead of using a dark lip liner, beauty expert Jessica Wallert, founder of Perfume Mini Mart, suggests lining the outer edge of your lips with a highlighter pencil. Smudge slightly to blend. Fill lips with nude color. Then add gloss on top to get sexy, full summer lips.

10. Apply a white eyeshadow base. “Always apply white eye shadow underneath another shadow,” Wallert says. “It will keep it from rubbing off in the summer heat–plus it makes the shadow appear brighter.”

11. Create you own lip treatment. Summertime lips are susceptible to freckling, dryness, and even sun blisters, but beauty guru Scott-Vincent Borba has a delicious DIY recipe for lips. ” To restore moisture to dry lips, purée 1/3 of a peeled cucumber to extract the juice,” Borba says. “Pour this into 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt then stir until your balm is blended. Apply like lip gloss and allow it to absorb into your lips. Of course it’s edible, but treat it, don’t eat it!”

12. Mind your brows. It’s one thing when our eye shadow fades, but quite another when our eyebrows begin to melt off! Moses says you can avoid this beauty blunder by using a waterproof eyeshadow base/ lid primer on your brows before filling them in to make sure the shape and color won’t fade when you perspire.

13. Choose creamy eye shadows. Give your powders a rest when temps heats up, Moses says, and opt instead for cream eye shadows, which she says hold color and texture much longer on a hot day.

14. Forget foundation. BB and CC creams or tinted moisturizers are a godsend in the summer. Replace your foundation with one of your favorite creams and pair it with a matte bronzer for a look that won’t run or smear when you get your face wet, Moses said.

15. Mix acne medication into your makeup. If you’re plagued by oily skin and forever battling summer breakouts, skincare expert Jolie Martin from NYC’s SKINNEY Medspa suggests mixing a bit of benzoyl peroxide with your foundation or tinted moisturizer for daytime coverage and to help treat and prevent acne.

16. Make your bronzer work overtime. Lucky enough to find yourself being whisked away to a beach house for a weekend, but forced to pack light? Posnick suggests using your bronzer to both warm your skin and highlight your eyes as an eye shadow.

17. Set your makeup. You wouldn’t eat dinner without setting the table, right? Leaving home with a full face of makeup and a spritz of lightweight makeup setting spray pretty much guarantees your face will look the same hours later, which is convenient when you want to dance the night away. Posnick likes Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

Summer Skin Hacks

18. Give your feet sweet dreams. The best time of day to let your feet soak in moisture is at night. Posnick’s tip for restoring hydration to tired, achy feet: “Apply an enriched cream or oil on your feet and sleep in cotton socks.”

19. Prevent odor… down there. There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just come out with it. If you’re worried that your vagina may not smell like a rose in the summer, Hibba Kapil, founder of Hibba NYC, has a magic potion for you. Once a week, soak a paper towel in a mixture of baking soda, lemon, and a little water and place it down there to prevent odor and stains. Just don’t do this on the same day you plan on shaving or waxing.

20. Kill underarm odor. It’s 10 a.m. and already 90 degrees in the shade–and you’re out of deodorant. Quick! Grab a lemon or a lime from your fridge, cut it in half, and rub it along your armpits to prevent odor, Martin said. Be sure not to do this if you’ve just shaved.

21. Remove odors from clothing. Are you constantly doing laundry during the summer? To ensure you remove all of those lovely sweat odors from shirts, Martin suggests spraying them with a mix of white vinegar and water before throwing them in the wash.

22. Give nails a break. I love you, gel manicures, but summer is not the time when I want to commit to an hour at a nail salon. Give yourself a fun, DIY manicure poolside with Jamberry nails or forgo color altogether and trim, buff, and shape your nails, then add a cuticle cream like Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.

23. Get a thigh gap–the healthy kind. Legs and thighs sweat in the summer. When they sweat, they sometimes have this annoying habit of rubbing together and chafing, which results in painful welts and unsightly red marks. Bandelettes are the sexiest solution on Earth: they look like the tops of gorgeous, vintage stockings, but keep your thighs from chafing.

For more beauty tips, check out How to get foundation makeup off your clothing and The best and worst ways to get rid of facial hair.


Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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