It’s the hottest day of the year! From frizz-free hair to melt-proof makeup, these 10 tips will help you deal

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2011

As I write this from my air-conditioned abode, the Weather Network tells me that it “feels like” 47 degrees outside (in Celsius—that’s 115 in Farenheit). Crazy, right? If I head outside, into that soupy, sauna-like air, I’m pretty sure I might melt in a pool of my own sweat.

It’s not cute. Makeup slides right off, T-zones get instantly shiny and even MY hair starts to frizz.

But seeing as this heat wave is supposed to continue, we might as well learn to deal with it, if not outright embrace it. (One serious bonus: humid weather tends to plump up your skin like nothing else.) Here are 10 beauty tips ‘n tricks for looking HAWT in the hot weather. 

1. SHUT THAT FRIZZ DOWN.

Marc by Marc Jacobs 2010 Its the hottest day of the year! From frizz free hair to melt proof makeup, these 10 tips will help you deal

Okay, quick lesson on how frizz happens. When it’s really humid, moisture in the air gets into your hair, causing it to become damp, lose its style and go frizzy. Lovely! But did you know that the way to prevent it is by prepping your with a lightweight styling product? It can be a gel, spray, cream, foam or mousse (whatever you prefer), but all will seal your hair and keep moisture out. If you’re really serious, buy anti-humectant prodz that specifically repel humidity. John Frieda has a line called Weather Works (this puppy is $10.49 at Well.ca—free shipping in Canada and no minimum order):

John Frieda Weather Works Weather Proofing Style Sealant Creme Its the hottest day of the year! From frizz free hair to melt proof makeup, these 10 tips will help you deal

2. LOCK IN YOUR STYLE.

Once you’ve finished styling your hair, lock everything in with a light coat of hairspray—it’s just an extra layer of protection—and a smoothing hair serum on your ends, if they’re a bit fuzzy. Bonus tip: If you keep your hair hydrated with regular deep conditioning masks and/or leave-in conditioners, and, as Marie Robinson recommends, not heat styling too much, it should also help cut down on the frizz factor.

3. IF YOU DO HAVE FRIZZ, WORK IT!

david babaii wildaid beach spray Its the hottest day of the year! From frizz free hair to melt proof makeup, these 10 tips will help you dealThree words: Sea Salt Spray. (Or Beach Hair Spray/Texturizer etc.) I like Marc Anthony’s new one, David Babaii’s (above), Kevin Murphy’s, and of course, the classic by Bumble and Bumble. Spray on and scrunch, scrunch, scrunch.

4. I ENDORSE THE TOP KNOT. AND THE SIDE BRAID.

Keri Russell top knot Its the hottest day of the year! From frizz free hair to melt proof makeup, these 10 tips will help you deal

So you’re not seriously going to wear your hair down in a heat wave, are you? The Glitter Geek posted an adorb pic of herself in a glorious top knot, so head on over here to learn how to copy her ‘do. Or, if you’re feeling more side braid-ish, I’ve got instructions here.

5. IT’S NOT SWEATY—IT’S “DEWY.”

Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousse SPF 30 Its the hottest day of the year! From frizz free hair to melt proof makeup, these 10 tips will help you deal

Let’s get this straight: you can’t hope for a matte complexion on days like today. Not going to happen. But you can try to minimize the oil slick—or should I say, “dew.” Start with primer: Shu’s is the only one that has ever really gone the distance for me when faced with high heat and a sweaty complexion. But it’s also important not to pile on the makeup anyway, because the more you apply, the more stuff there is to melt off. I usually just prime (this one doubles as a sunscreen actually) and then do concealer and a tiny amount of HD powder applied with a domed eyeshadow brush. For touch-ups, PLEASE use either the HD stuff or blotting papers—combined with sweat, repeat applications of regular powders will make you disastrously cakey.

6. BUST OUT THE WATERPROOF EVERYTHING.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Its the hottest day of the year! From frizz free hair to melt proof makeup, these 10 tips will help you deal

New discovery: this waterproof concealer from It Cosmetics, available at The Shopping Channel. I love this product. It’s technically for the under-eye area (hence the name), but is so creamy and highly pigmented—trust me, a little goes a long way—that you could use it on blemishes too. But it’s probably a bit heavy for just general redness around the nose, chin, etc.

As for mascara, a waterproof one is essential even if you’re not going in the water: as you might recall, I recently fell in love with this one from Urban Decay. I also heart waterproof eyeshadows. Giorgio Armani does an amazing line of them, and L’Oréal Paris just came out with these dupes:

LOreal Color Infallible Eye Shadow Its the hottest day of the year! From frizz free hair to melt proof makeup, these 10 tips will help you deal

You can buy them here for $9.99 each at Well.ca.

7. FORGET EYELINER—IT’S A GOOD TIME TO TRY A BRIGHT LIP.

orange lipstick Its the hottest day of the year! From frizz free hair to melt proof makeup, these 10 tips will help you deal

As much as I adore my waterproof eyeliners, I think it’s asking too much to expect perfect performance when sweat is sliding down your face. (They all tend to smudge a bit after a few hours, although some are obviously better than others.) Instead, let’s all embrace colour on our LIPS.

I suggest orange (which looks amazing on blondes) or fuchsia. Speaking of which, every time I pass by this Glow magazine cover, I love it a little bit more—the contrast of the pink with the model’s warm skin and hair just goes to show you that this post is TRUTH.

Glow magazine summer 2011 Its the hottest day of the year! From frizz free hair to melt proof makeup, these 10 tips will help you deal

8. THIS IS A DAY FOR CLINICAL-STRENGTH SWEAT PROTECTION.

It just is. I’m all for natural deodorants (you’ll find some of my favourites here), but there is a time and a place for them, and it’s not now. One of the newest clinical-strength antiperspirants is from Dry Idea, which you can buy here for $7.65. I like it because it’s unscented.

Dry Idea Clinical Its the hottest day of the year! From frizz free hair to melt proof makeup, these 10 tips will help you deal

9. THIS SUNSCREEN WILL STAY ON—EVEN IF YOU’RE SLICK WITH SWEAT.

Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreens Its the hottest day of the year! From frizz free hair to melt proof makeup, these 10 tips will help you deal

Another new discovery: sunscreens from Neutrogena that go on evenly and stay on—even when you apply them to dripping wet skin (whether from sweat or well, actual water). They’re also waterproof! Just remember that the two-hour re-application rule still applies.

10. TAN TOWELS ARE THE ANSWER TO NON-STICKY SELF-TANNER APPLICATION.

Tan Towel Its the hottest day of the year! From frizz free hair to melt proof makeup, these 10 tips will help you deal

Despite listing a bunch of very good faux tanning options already this year, I’m still testing, testing, testing (a beauty editor’s work is never done), and my new love is the Tan Towel. That’s the brand name and also the product concept, and it’s SO, SO good when you don’t feel like getting yourself all sticky with lotion. Available at The Shopping Channel, they come in two sizes (half-body vs. full-body) and two shades. And if you’ve ever struggled with self-tanner application, you will find these a breeze to use: you just rub the towel (which is kind of like a Wet One) all over your body in circular motions. It’s super-light, smells lemony and dries almost instantly. You don’t get a drastic colour change, so these are great for maintenance—or you can just repeat applications until you get to the shade you want.

Tell me:

Are you loving or hating this weather?
What beauty voodoo do you swear by to combat what it’s doing to your hair and skin?
Have you tried any of these prodz or tips?

29 Comments

QuiteLight
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 2:55 pm

Timely! But I’m afraid my hair LAUGHED at the hair suggestions; air-dryed with gel, blow-dried with mousse, frizz still abounds. (Fine, slightly wavy shoulder length hair.) I may try silicone liquid tomorrow. On to the updo!

I am NOT a hot-house flower, but I do like that least for a month or 2, my dry skin flakies will be minimal.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 6:05 pm

Oh no – your hair laughed? :-) I’m afraid I will never fully understand hard-core frizziness… I think if the most heavy-duty, silicone-filled, weather-proofing styling products don’t work then you’ve just gotta embrace it and go straight to tip #3 or 4…

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Rebekah
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 3:39 pm

Great article! I’ve totally given up fighting with my hair in the summer. The best way to embrace my frizz is messy/textured pony tails and updos. Plus I hate having sweaty hair on my neck!

By the way, TOTALLY agree with you on the cover of Glow. I’m all for seasonal colour analysis but sometimes it’s fun to break the rules. Unfortunately, I still can’t pull off a fuschia lipstick :(

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 6:06 pm

What about orange? I’m loving that more this summer (on me) than pink.

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Rebekah
Friday, July 22/2011 at 4:24 pm

Agreed. I’m on a coral/peach kick right now! Coral cheeks and lips = heaven.

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Arianne
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 4:12 pm

Oh my, I’m blushing over here! :) Lots of hair powder and bobby pins — those are essential for my topknot.

I’m actually wearing (smudged) eyeliner at the moment. It’s by Giorgio Armani and it’s waterproof — from the spring collection I think. It hasn’t slid off yet. Oh and of course, waterproof CoverGirl Lash Blast.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 6:08 pm

Oh nice! I don’t think I have that one so good to hear that it’s held up for you. I’ve been successfully wearing YSL’s new ones lately… but I feel like I shouldn’t push it in this kind of weather!

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Kat
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 4:59 pm

Here’s my nice trick for this weather… stay the f*** inside and crank the air conditioning! :P

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 6:08 pm

Word!

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Thomas
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 5:12 pm

I hate the heat. Even the slightest humid weather and I turn into a hot mess!! Honestly think it would be better to move to Antarctica than my planned NYC, but there you go. Also, as for the John Frieda thing, my mother has the type of hair that this post was made for, the sort that when you step outside into the heat its like opening a can of insta-afro – in short, this product SAVED HER FRINGE from the dreaded wayward curls that used to dominate her head. Hallelujah!

Huge fan, fellow blonderexic of the moment Thomas xx

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 6:09 pm

That’s amazing! QuiteLight – have you tried that one?

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QuiteLight
Friday, July 22/2011 at 9:58 am

Not the John Frieda Weather Works, still working my way through a bottle of regular silicone drops. If Thomas swears by it, I’ll snap some up when I see it. Regular version or specifically the Weather Works?

Most days I just spray it into crunchy, crunchy submission (desperately trying to harness the volume without the frizz) or tie it back. Today I have helmet head (motorcycle helmets are lethally flattening) AND a frizz halo!

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Thomas
Friday, July 22/2011 at 4:49 pm

Heyy QuiteLight, the one I can vouch for is the smallish regular frizz ease serum (thermal protection I think) in the yellow bottle, here it is… http://www.ocado.com/catalog/images-hires/33861011_H.jpg?identifier=38732407d38373b7309faf59f44d34ec
Hope this helps :)

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QuiteLight
Saturday, July 23/2011 at 11:18 am

Thanks, Thomas! I think the packaging is different here, but now I know where to start. If this fixes the frizz, you & Michelle will be my Summer Hair Heros!

Kaite
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 5:35 pm

I love the heat so I’m totally in my element right now
I def rocked the side braid today though and the waterproof like everything
I refuse to complain about the heat because I’ve lived enough Canadian winters to know that in about 4 months I’ll be cold as an ice cube wishing it was warm again haha

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 6:10 pm

Totally! I actually love this weather and don’t find it to be too much at all. Then again I used to live in Australia and did a ton of traveling in SE Asia… so in comparison this is nothing!

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Melissa
Thursday, July 21/2011 at 9:09 pm

Totally with you on the “dew” excuse… ha! Actually have been reusing a lot of makeup I gave up on before since I thought it made me look too oily. Now that it’s the season for “dewy,” they suddenly have been making regular appearances… I mean, the powder blush just looks too weird this summer.

So I hustled the Shu Uemura base from my mom when she recently visited me from Asia, since you recommended it. The mousse application really really put me off at first – just not used to it I guess – and I think I ended up pumping a little too much out. But so far I am more than happy – my makeup isn’t melting off like every other day in this disgusting Chicago weather, and the SPF thrown in means I am a responsible grown up. Thanks for the rec!!

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Makeup Morsels
Friday, July 22/2011 at 12:34 am

Yeesh, Arianne always looks so cute, I don’t know how she does it!

I am not a fan of summer weather, but on the plus side, I’m finally discovering the joys of self tanner! No need to stay NC15 pale year-round just because I don’t want to sit outside and bake. I’m trying out those new UD liquid liners right now, fingers crossed that they’ll stay put, even in this heat.

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Jenna
Friday, July 22/2011 at 3:59 am

Totally bookmarking this – I’m heading your way next week for a month-long holiday, and the part of Australia I’m in is near the hole in the ozone layer, so we get very very dry heat, not humidity. But I definitely embrace the pony/top knot/braid thing in summer, there’s nothing worse than limp sticky hair gluing itself to your neck (or face, or even decolletage for those of us with some length!). Btw, I have a list of Canadian/US beauty purchases to do thanks to your blog, yay for a good exchange rate atm!

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Lindsay
Friday, July 22/2011 at 4:27 pm

I have the kind of short hair that, unfortunately, requires blowdrying. Which seems quite foolish this week. I’ve been trying to get away with this all week. Is it working?

But yesterday I bought Benefit’s Benetint. Love! At least I feel somewhat made up when I leave the house. Sigh.

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Anya
Friday, July 22/2011 at 8:25 pm

Now I’m inspired to try out my Tan Towels. Especially because I’m pale as a vampire — no sun in Vancouver.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, July 31/2011 at 11:50 am

I almost didn’t bother trying them but so glad I did – I think I like them better than regular tanner now because they’re so easy to apply… not sticky… and smell like lemon! Colour is really light too (it’s always my fear that I’m going to look too dark and fake).

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Nomadic D
Saturday, July 23/2011 at 10:39 am

I am a huge believe in clinical strength deodorants. And I like to think I’m not exceptionally stinky or sweaty or anything, but still, the difference is noticeable. I myself love the Certain Dri solid, you put it on at night before you go to bed. Amazing stuff. And as for hot weather makeup, I’m totally with you on the bright lip. Still obsessed with my own fuchsia lipstick that I posted about here:

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/2011/06/fuchsia.html

Stay inside where there’s air conditioning!

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, July 31/2011 at 11:47 am

Yeah, I used to be very anti-anti-perspirant (because of the chemicals) but then I did a story on it where a couple of derms explained to me how they work (by plugging up the pores in your armpit area). So the aluminum or whatever isn’t even getting absorbed… I’m all for it in the summer then to prevent sweaty pits! And I like the unscentedness because so many deos smell awful.

That lip is so gorgeous on you!!

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Nomadic D
Sunday, July 31/2011 at 5:45 pm

Aw, thanks so much! You’re so sweet! And you know I’m totally addicted to your blog, so I get all excited when I see that you’ve stopped by and left a comment on mine!

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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Samantha
Monday, July 25/2011 at 6:31 pm

If anyone wants to see how to do different makeup looks you should check out makeupbyeman on youtube. She is a makeup artist in Canada and does amazing makeup tutorials.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, July 31/2011 at 11:11 am

Thanks for the tip – will check her out! She’s so pretty.

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Jessica
Thursday, July 28/2011 at 3:57 pm

Nothing has worked for my frizzy hair, yet. (Long, wavy/curly hair).
I’ll try these ones!

I adore your tips. Just wanted to let you know. (:

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, July 31/2011 at 10:08 am

Hope they work for you!

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