Ugh, humidity. My sworn enemy. It is the ruiner of things, period, the end — most noticeably any hairstyle and/or makeup look I try to pull off between the months of June and September. There is nothing that makes me feel more uncomfortable, and it leaves me looking like a flat, melted, sweaty mess. Which is why I’ve made it my life’s mission (one of many) to find products that will ward off the effects of humidity and keep me looking so fresh and so clean, clean. I have yet to find a product that keeps me from sweating uncontrollably on city subway platforms in the dead of July, but here’s hoping. Until then, these are my favorites for keeping me lookin’ fresh from head to toe.
As a naturally curly-haired girl, the absolute most difficult thing to wrangle in the summertime is the mop atop my head. I love my hair, I really do, it’s soft and pretty and does what it’s told when it comes to styling, but when humidity shows up to the party, it turns into that girl who’s had too many jello shots and is now passed out on the couch while the party rages on — in simpler terms, a total train wreck.
The Oribe Anti-Humidity Spray is the best product I’ve found to stay the effects of humidity on my tresses. It keeps my ‘do in place, acting as both a hairspray and a smoothing agent. It’s not cheap, it goes for around $40 a bottle, but a little goes a long way, and for me, the price tag is worth it. Frizz be gone!
If there’s one step I absolutely do not skip in summer makeup application, it is the application of primer. This nifty little product is the best way to keep everything on your face in its proper place — it grabs on to your foundation or tinted moisturizer and keeps it from creasing or melting or wearing off, so you’ll look as fresh at 6pm as you do at 8am, all the while evening your skin tone and adding an extra layer of SPF.
My favorite primer of late is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It glides on beautifully and creates the perfect palette for your foundation. It almost has a powder-like finish, and I can’t even believe how fresh my foundation looks throughout the day. Minimal touch ups required — this, my friends, is a miracle product.
Need even more staying power? If you’re prepping for a formal event or a night out on the town, add a spritz of makeup setting spray once your makeup is fully applied to really lock in your look.
I have a confession. I am a sweater. No, not a knitted garment often worn in cooler weather. I am a sweater, in that I sweat. A lot. It’s one of those things I hate most about my body, but it’s always been that way. I don’t understand those girls who can flit about in the summertime and look perfectly dewy and effortlessly cool; I’m the girl just next to them who has sweat stains on my t-shirt and a glistening upper lip. It’s gross, but it’s my truth. I’m glad I can talk about it here, dear readers. I’m hoping one or two of you out there feel me on this.
So, in an effort to counteract my overactive glands, I scoot, nay RUN, over to Lush the minute there’s a hint of humidity in the air, and I buy them out of their stock of Silky Underwear Dusting Powder. Truth be told, I kind of hate the name, but I looooove the effects of this miracle powder. I use this liberally in the summertime; a dash here and sprinkle there, both in the nooks and crannies that are sweat magnets (back of the knee sweat, anyone?) and on the rest of my body as a light moisturizer (one of its main ingredients is cocoa butter). It leaves your skin with a lovely jasmine scent, and it does a nice job of keeping you fresh and dry throughout the day. I keep a travel size in my bag so I can touch up during the day (or after a particularly sweaty subway ride).
The moral of the story: Nothing can completely mitigate the effects of a humid day, but hopefully with these products in your arsenal, you’ll look fresh and pretty even when you feel anything but.