16 common summer beauty issues, and how to fix them
Sunshine, salt water and swimming pools-- summer is a great time to be outdoors, but our activities can have harsh effects on our skin, hair and nails. We found 15 quick fixes, both fun and practical, to solve this season's woes.
By Meghan Giannotta
Sweating off makeup Want to keep your makeup in place even on the most humid of days? Spritz your finished look with Mary Kay Makeup Finishing Spray by Skindinavia and it will stay on for up to 16 hours; $18 at marykay.com.
Damaged strands Chlorine and sun from all that pool time is harsh on your hair. Get strong beautiful locks this summer with Pantene’s new line of Age Defy hair care products. The Advanced Thickening Treatment thickens hair naturally to help create a fuller look; $18.99 at target.com.
Dry . . . everything! Parched summer skin can be a pain, so moisturize from head to toe with just one product. Brazil Nut Beautifying Oil by The Body Shop can be used on face, body, and hair; $14 at thebodyshop.com.
Running mascara Looking good for a pool party can be a challenge. Swimming or not, you never know when an unexpected splash will leave you with black streaks running down your face. Some waterproof mascaras can be harsh and dry out lashes, but bareMinerals flawless definition waterproof mascara is made with natural extracts to condition and strengthen lashes; $18 at sephora.com.
Over-exposure You want to be outside enjoying your summer, but don't forget to protect your skin! Aveeno's new Protect + Hydrate line of sunscreens uses Enviroguard technology and Active Naturals colloidal oatmeal to keep skin protected, moist and healthy; $9.34 at drugstore.com.
Cakey eyeshadow On hot, humid days, no one wants to put on (and ultimately sweat off) heavy eyeshadow. In comes Clinique's new Chubby Stick Eye Shadow, which is lightweight, creamy and glides on with a quick and easy swipe; $16 at nordstrom.com.
Blotchy skin Sunburn can leave you with redness and uneven skin, but you want to avoid being weighed down by foundation this season. Instead, go for a light, moisturizing, tinted BB Cream like this one from Olay Fresh Effects for a flawless, glowing complexion. It has SPF, too; $12.99 at olay.com.
Stubborn waterproof makeup After a long day in the sun, the last thing your skin needs is to get irritated as you scrub off your stubborn waterproof makeup. The Sephora Collection's 2-in-1 waterproof eye makeup remover gel is soothing and moisturizes your skin and lashes for a refreshed face; $10 at sephora.com.
Dull nails The sun's harsh rays will inevitably fade your polish, so the best bet is to start out as bright as you can. Clinique has a bold new line of summer nail polish colors, made for sensitive skin; $16 each at clinique.com.
Unruly locks No one wants to blow dry their hair in the summer. Embrace your natural mess and get that fresh out of the waves look whether you were at the beach or not with Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray. The salt infused formula will add volume and texture; $15 at sephora.com.
Sun sensitive skin Feeling downright pasty among tanned beach-going goddesses? If your skin can't handle the sun, it's time to take action indoors. Kardashian Beauty's new Instant Sunless Lotion is streak free and enhanced with vitamins C and E, to give you a healthy, sun-free tan; $19.99 at ulta.com.
Body odor Heat leads to sweat, and sweat leads to a less than pleasant scent. To keep smelling fresh, spritz on Clinique’s Happy Summer Spray, a light, floral perfume made just for the season; $63 at macys.com.
Sunburnt lips Lips are always sensitive to the sun, and when they're burnt they'll bother you all day long. Get a quick fix with this Studio Lip Exfoliator by E.L.F. studio, which gently removes dry, chapped skin; $3 at eyeslipsface.com.
Boring hair Sun-bleached strands give off that effortlessly cool beach babe vibe, but take it up a notch with Nordstrom’s Hair Chalk. The lightweight chalk washes out in seconds, making it easy to ad a pop of color, even if just for a day; $15 at nordstrom.com.
A drab routine Summer is a great time to let your natural beauty shine, but what about those fun summer nights out? If you find yourself bored with your minimal makeup routine this season, Maybelline’s new Eyestudio Master Duo liquid liner will make you feel like a makeup artist. It has an adjustable brush that can help you create both thick and thin styles, and it's long lasting so you can dance the night away worry free; $7.99 at maybelline.com.
A too-heavy scent Trade in your stronger winter perfume for a light body spray in the newest scent from Bath and Body Works, Pure Paradise. It comes in a lotion, shower gel and hair mist, too; $11-14.50 at bathandbodyworks.com.
Less than perfect cleavage OK so this is a different kind of beauty issue, but many women are self-conscious in a bathing suit top. Boob Glue rolls on and gives instant lift right where you want it; $34.95 at bosomcouture.com.