Winter is coming – even though it might not feel like it. Until then, stand up to the summer heat with Savoir Flair’s top heat-fighting beauty hacks to keep you hair and makeup looking perfect, no matter how high those temperatures soar.
Melt-Proof Your Makeup
“It’s better to use cream eyeshadow in the heat, because powder tends to melt into the creases of the eyelids,” explains international makeup artist and Max Factor ambassador Caroline Barnes, who is famed for helping an impressive array of A-list celebrities get red-carpet ready. “In contrast, a cream glistens and glides over your eyes, leaving a better finish. I love the ‘Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow Pot in Bronze’ by Max Factor – it’s the perfect shade to accentuate a tan. There’s also nothing worse than panda eyes around the pool, so swap your regular mascara for a waterproof formula. It won’t budge in the heat or if you’re splashing around in the water.”
Raise Your Brow Game
“I always feel great if my eyebrows are groomed and in place, but normal brow makeup can often melt and smudge in the heat,” says Barnes. “The ‘Wunderbrow’ gel by Wunder2 is ideal. It’s a water-resistant brow gel that’s great in the heat. It is also sweat resistant and lasts for days, even if you’re in and out of the pool.”
Wunder2 ‘Wunderbrow Gel’
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Stop Straw-Like Strands
“I enjoy lazing around the pool all day, but chlorine can really frazzle colored hair, so I always thoroughly shampoo my hair at the end of the day to avoid damaging and drying out my locks,” says London’s color queen Lisa Shepherd. “I wash my hair twice with a gentle shampoo for colored hair. I then use an intense-shine conditioner to soften and nourish my hair, creating an instantly high-gloss finish.”
Bumble and Bumble ‘Color Minded Shampoo’
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Apply a Top Coat
“Chlorine, sun cream, and sand can really take the shine off your nails, so regularly apply a high-shine top coat with UV filters like OPI’s ‘RapiDry Top Coat’ to protect your manicure and prevent nail color from fading,” says nail expert Bryony McMillan.
Banish Oily Roots
Extreme heat can stimulate your scalp to produce more oil. The result? Hair that quickly turns greasy and lank, even if you’ve just washed it. “Make sure you gently wash your hair with warm water that isn’t too hot or too cold,” advises hairstylist Caroline Bufalini. “Also avoid massaging the scalp too aggressively when you’re washing it.” A sebum-regulating shampoo will help as well. Try the Klorane ‘Shampoo with Nettle’. During trials, 83 percent of users reported that their hair felt less greasy after use.
Klorane ‘Shampoo with Nettle’
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Set Your Makeup
The Coola ‘Makeup Setting Spray’ is the most genius product of the summer when it comes to stopping makeup from sliding off in the heat. It’s a setting spray that freezes your makeup in time, buying you a worry-free day regardless of how much you sweat. It also contains high-quality SPF30 and can be reapplied any time you feel the need to ramp up the broad-spectrum protection.
Coola ‘Makeup Setting Spray’
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Prevent Hair Color from Fading
Burning your hair in the sun is just as damaging as burning your skin. “It’s just as important to protect hair from UV rays as it is the skin, so I apply the Color Wow ‘Pop & Lock’ before a day in the sun,” says Nicola Clarke, Creative Color Director of John Frieda haircare. “It’s a lightweight glosser that I add to my hair whilst poolside or by the beach. It helps seal each strand, protecting it from damage, and contains a natural SPF15 to prevent color from leaching. It also gives my hair a slick, groomed look.”
Color Wow ‘Pop & Lock’
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