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Are the heat and humidity getting you down? We’re right in the thick of summer, so it’s only understandable that you’re feeling a tad fed up, especially when it comes to your beauty routine. After all, there’s nothing worse than putting on a full face of flawless makeup only to sweat it off minutes later!
Navigating summer beauty is tricky, but once you know which switch ups to make, everything will fall into place. From oil-controlling skincare to mattifying makeup, texture-embracing haircare and more, these summer beauty tips are sure to help you survive the heatwave we all know is just on the horizon.
Keep on reading to find out how you can get your beauty routine summer ready and avoid any sticky situations ’til things cool back down. Hint hint — the RY Summer Edit is a pretty good place to start your summer beauty shopping!
We all know the incredibly gross feeling that occurs when heavy makeup meets blistering heat. That doesn’t mean you have to give up your full coverage faves come summer, though — there’s a far easier way to ensure all the products you’ve so carefully placed stay put. Enter mattifying makeup. From setting sprays to powders, gels and more, summer slippage will quickly become a thing of the past.
Spritz that flawless face of makeup into place with a setting spray. If you want something super heavy-duty, we can’t go past the Kryolan Professional Makeup Ultra Setting Spray. The benefit of setting spray is that it leaves the skin feeling refreshed and hydrated, and won’t change the overall feel of your makeup.
If you prefer powder, opt for something translucent, such as the elf Cosmetics Perfect Finish HD Powder. This will control shine throughout the day and won’t leave a white cast to the skin.
Finally, this one’s a little off-centre, but key if you really want to lock everything in. Designed for the stage and screen, the Mehron TouchUp Matte Finishing Anti-Shine Gel Treatment can be applied over the top of your makeup to create a waterproof seal-like effect.
Where winter is all about dark, vampy hues and spring welcomes pastel shades, summer is an entirely different ball game. The scorching heat makes it the perfect time to whip out bright colours, such as oranges, reds, hot pinks, yellows and lime greens. We’re not saying you have to go too crazy, but use the new season as your opportunity to try something different.
Bold lips are always the big thing come summertime, and they make the perfect statement addition to any look. Paint your pout with a coral or hot pink that’ll turn heads. The Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick Pencil in Fuchsia Desire is perhaps the most vibrant pink we’ve ever seen, and we’re sure we’ll spot it on everyone’s lips this summer.
If you prefer to let your eyes do the talking, go crazy with shadow colours as the weather heats up. We’re obsessing over sunrise and sunset-inspired eye looks, complete with tons of orange and yellow shadows blended into a gorgeous halo. The Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow is our go-to formula for creating out there looks, with unrivalled pigmentation and staying power. Rifle through their huge shade selection to dream up your perfect look — ‘Vapour’ and ‘Hype’ are amongst our summer beauty favourites.
Brights are perfect for when it’s stinkin’ hot, as they’ll fade better than your paler, nude shades. Although sipping cocktails by the pool may wear a little of that pink lippie away, you’ll be left with a just-bitten stain, and your look will stay fresh.
In addition to investing in some mattifying makeup picks, oil-controlling skincare is also the way to go come summertime. Your summer beauty routine will be practically foolproof when using a combo of the two on a daily basis.
Start off by swiping skin with the Philosophy Total Matteness Oil-Free Mattifying Pore Refiner. This unique product feels like a gentle toner on the skin, and controls shine almost immediately. It’s ideal for applying pre-matte moisturiser to create a barrier against greasiness.
Then, it’s time to take your pick of moisturisers. If you’re heading outside somewhere (beach day, anyone?) then SPF is essential. The Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30 is fantastic for application all over the face, and also helps to clear up breakouts and imperfections. For regular days where you don’t need or want SPF, we love the Skinstitut Moisture Defence Oily Skin moisturiser.
Aussie makeup guru Napoleon Perdis says “not to prime is a crime,” and boy, is he right. Preparing your skin for makeup application is an ultra-important step, especially in summer when things tend to slip and slide. Before buffing foundation onto the face, first start with a quality primer suited to your skin type.
Most of our complexions get oilier come summer time (blame the humidity), so mattifying primers are generally the way to go. Our pick is the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. However, if you do experience dryness even in the hotter months, we recommend you opt for something hydrating that offers a semi-matte to satin finish. Throughout the day, your natural oils will start to peek through, giving you that coveted dewy look. The Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer is always an ideal go-to.
Plus, don’t neglect your eyes — ensure shadow stays put with an eyelid primer. You’ll wonder what you ever did without theBalm Put a Lid on It Eyelid Primer in your collection. Not only does it keep your eye looks from creasing or fading, but it also amplifies the colour payoff of the products you use.
If you live in Australia, summer means endless trips to the beach, soaking up the sun and splashing around in the surf. A little side benefit? Beach hair. Salty, wavy and perfectly tousled, everyone’s lovin’ on themselves and embracing the swimwear model vibes, post-beach visit.
Even if you live miles from the beach, though, there are tons of ways to replicate that surfy texture at home. On the other hand, if you’re a beach bum, these products will accentuate and perfect what the ocean gave you. If your hair needs a little volume, opt for a ‘sea’ shampoo or conditioner. Cult-fave brand Sachajuan make an Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo which will densify and texturise your locks without tangling them.
Another favourite is the humble sea spray. Enriched with salts and tons of other goodies, spray a little of the Verb Sea Spray on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. If you want a slightly more precise look, run a curling iron through the ends of hair to add a defined wave, spritzing your sea spray as you go.
The best thing about beachy hair is that it’s also perfect for disguising oiliness mid-heatwave. Pop a little dry shampoo into your hands and run through the roots to mid-lengths, then crunching some more sea spray into it (this stuff is a miracle worker!). No matter how many times you head to the beach to beat the heat, you’ll always be able to refresh that fresh outta the surf look with these haircare must-haves.
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I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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