Cool for the summer

By you desk
Tue, 05, 18

With sunny days and humid nights upon us, girls struggle to keep their makeup from melting and hair from frizzing.....


With sunny days and humid nights upon us, girls struggle to keep their makeup from melting and hair from frizzing. This week, You! brings you some useful tips and tricks for the perfect summer look...

It’s summer time, ladies! The sun is scorching during the day and humidity is at an all-time high. Not only is your ice-cream melting in the heat like your face, but your hair is up in the air, refusing to be tamed. While the warm weather is an enemy to our hair and makeup, we are determined to turn these afflictions into beauty advantages. Taking inspiration from the fashion runways at home and abroad, we have put together a list of looks that are bound stay gorgeous even after a few hours outdoors. You! takes a look...

Au Naturale is the way to go for summers! Image Courtesy: Vogue India

Makeup to follow Primer all the way

Do not forget to use a primer in summers. It will hold your foundation well and keep it together as summers are the time when your foundation can easily melt and get blotchy.

Primer is a shield between the foundation and your skin’s oils - it prevents the oils of your skin from melting the foundation on your face.

Apply bronzer right

Highlight the natural hues of your skin. Apply it lightly on your forehead, cheekbones or near your mouth for that extra oomph.

Stay away from heavy bronzing and let your natural contours shine through.

Make sure you apply less because that is more than enough. You just need a little to highlight your features and blend the harsh lines on your skin.

Use light shades

Summers are the time to shift to lighter shades - be it lipsticks, eye shadows, nail polish, etc. It is all about going au naturale during the summer season.

Your skin already gets a beautiful sun-kissed glow and all you must do is enhance it with pleasant and light shades of makeup.

The smoky, smudgy eye

Apart from light shades, a smoky eye that gets smudgier as the night goes on can work really well during this season. 

Easy enough, but first things first, set up some guidelines. Sweep some shimmery eye shadow along the upper and lower crease of your eye. Lightly blend with a brown or kohl liner, slick on some mascara and let the heat/gravity do its thing.

Focus on lip care

The skin of your lips is very sensitive. The hot sun during summers dries the delicate lip tissue and leads to thinning, scales, and spots.

Get a luscious lip balm with SPF and slather it generously on your lips to protect them from the sun.

Summers are a great time to go outdoors (not during peak afternoon hours, though). While you enjoy a pleasant walk or a quick swim at the beach, your skin and hair shouldn’t suffer.

Let your eyeliner and mascara melt into an effortless smokey eye!

The stain

This looks pretty effortless and it is even easier to recreate this sweet Giles look. Here are the two ways.

Easy way: Using your fingers, blot on a lip and cheek stain, concentrating the liquid in the centre of the mouth. Easier way: Eat a Popsicle. The longer it sits, the more it seeps in, giving off rosy, are-you-jealous-I’ve-got-this-much-natural-colour vibes.

The ultimate hair goals  

Shift to clarifying shampoo

Summers cause a build-up of sweat on the scalp, leading to irritation. Sweat attracts pollution and dust, which builds up in your hair. You need to clean it off regularly with a deep cleaning shampoo.

Also, you might be swimming pretty often, and the chlorine present in the pool penetrates your hair strands; which makes them brittle and dry. To break down the build-up and clear up the chlorine, you need a clarifying shampoo.

Lip stains are the new sexy this season. Image Courtesy: Nabila Salon

Deep condition

The high humidity and heat during summers damage your hair texture and build. It causes dryness and a lot of frizz. Deep condition your hair to add life back to it and provide it with the moisture it needs.

The best way to do so is by giving your hair a warm coconut oil treatment. Heat a cup of coconut oil, massage it into your hair and scalp, wrap your head in a warm towel and leave it on for an hour. Wash the oil off, and you can feel your hair getting soft and nourished.

Spritz your scalp

Summers heat up your head. It is a good idea to spritz your scalp with cool water from time to time. Or you can choose a styling hairspray that provides a great hold on your hair while making it smell great.

-You! desk