Summer weather can wreak havoc on your beauty routine, especially in the harsh climate of the Middle East. Sweat, heat, and humidity can make for runny makeup, red skin, and frizzy hair. There are easy ways to adjust to the heat, and many products that will keep your look fresh and unfettered so you can enjoy the season worry-free.
From setting sprays and delicious-smelling hair oils to mattifying powders and sturdy top coats, Huda Kattan has revealed her best suggestions to Savoir Flair for maintaining your look no matter how miserable it gets outside.
Mattify Your Skin
The summer heat in the Middle East is intense, which makes melting makeup and oily skin hard to avoid. The best way to tackle these problems is to keep makeup light in areas like your t-zone and underneath your eyes, and, where makeup is a must, to set with a good oil-absorbing powder. Finding the right product that will properly absorb the oil on your face is key.
Ilia ‘Soft Focus Finishing Powder’
AED117 / SAR119
Fake Beach Hair
While we may not all be blessed with gorgeous, loosely waved hair, that doesn’t mean we can’t recreate the look at home. A great way to achieve the look is to end your freshly blown-out hair with beach spray. Simply add a few squirts to separate sections of hair, and then scrunch with your hands.
Sachajuan ‘Ocean Mist’
AED115 / SAR117
Set Your Makeup
Whether you apply makeup like a pro or not, just a few hours in the sun can melt it away and leave you looking less than desirable. To keep your makeup in place, try switching to a gel moisturizer for the summer, and then setting your makeup with a spray. Not only will that add just the right amount of moisture to your skin, but it will also keep makeup in place for much longer.
Urban Decay ‘All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray’
AED127 / SAR130
Deodorize Your Feet
Warm weather means gorgeous sandals and strappy heels, but often with a downside: blisters. The combination of sweat and friction from the straps will lead to blisters that not only stop you from wearing your favorite shoes in the summer, but that can also leave permanent scars. Using deodorant on your feet will stop the sweating and thereby prevent the blisters.
Lush ‘T for Toes Foot Powder’
AED60 / SAR61
Extend Your Manicure
While keeping your nails brightly colored during the summer season is a must, spending time in chlorinated pools, salty seas, and playing outdoor sports can make that task extra difficult. Adding two layers of chip-free top coat to your manicure and pedicure is one of the best ways to make your polish last longer. For best results, apply the top coat every alternate day after your mani-pedi session.
Fight Hair Frizz
With humidity levels reaching a hundred percent in Dubai, keeping your hair under control is a serious issue. But it’s not impossible. In the hot and humid summer months, turn to frizz-fighting serum. The best ones actually seal hair follicles, protecting them against any humidity in the air and ensuring your ‘do lasts all day.
Ghd ‘Smooth & Finish Serum’
AED62 / SAR63