Trying to figure out which products you need for a perfect hair and makeup combo this summer and fall? Check out our favorites!
Summer may be more than halfway over, but that doesn’t mean the heat nor the humidity are. The temperature is still gross; the humidity is still so, so much grosser. If you have a lengthy commute or, really, any time outside prior to arriving at work or an event, you may feel stressed out about how you look when you get there. This morning, in fact, I resigned myself to a simple bun because I lacked the time or energy to do anything else.
For years, I have lived in places where I almost always drove to work, so at the very least, I didn’t have to deal with walking a ton. Now that I live in New York City, I basically just witness the not-so-slow-but-very-painful death of my intended hairstyle from my peripheral vision. It is unfun. And whether it’s May or September, the weather can really get to you. So what are we to do if we want to look good without getting a blowout every three days and taking cabs all the time? Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been trying out different products to determine which ones work well and last a long time regardless of my inability to stop sweating; now, I can share them with you!
For more tips and tricks on how to use some of these products, see my makeup and hair tutorial from a couple weeks ago—got questions? Feel free to ask ’em.
BROO Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo & Conditioner
Ever heard that age-old tale of beer leaving your hair nice and shiny? This 100% vegan pair lathers big, rinses well, and gives your hair a serious gloss to it.
Napoleon Perdis Auto-Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer
An excellent look starts with an excellent primer. For a long time, I would skip this important step because I dismissed it as being frivolous unless I was going to a big event or taking photos. However, it makes a huge difference in how long your makeup lasts — base, blush, eyes, all of it. This one from NP is amazing (not to mention the packaging is adorable).
Old Spice Swagger
I know it sounds stupid, I know, but “Swagger” by Old Spice is crazy amazing. I don’t wear antiperspirant, and I do not like floral scents for deodorant (I find that they smell too chalky for me), so the smell of this is great. Plus, it doesn’t seem to leave nearly as awful white streaks if it gets on my clothes, which is a huge plus since I am 12-years-old and still incapable of avoiding those.
Agave Healing Oil Treatment
Seriously. This stuff is brilliant. Get it. Go on; I’ll be here when you get back.
Besame Crimson Cream Rouge
A friend of mine got this for me as a gift because she thought I’d love the packaging (I do). But besides having just a pretty outside, this cream blush is also incredible in so many other ways. The shade is vivid without being unrealistic in its hue; the color lasts for ages; a little bit of product goes a long way; the tin is well-sealed, so you can carry it in your purse without ever worrying if it’ll break open and make a mess. Basically, it’s gorgeous. Highly recommended.
TheBalm En Root Dry Shampoo
I’m finally adjusting to using dry shampoo on a regular basis, so I’ve been trying out a ton of them. Plus, it’s an incredibly lightweight bottle, so it won’t be annoying to pop in your bag before work if you plan on going to the gym after.
Amore Pacific Time Response Skin Renewal Mist
You know when that point halfway through the day when your face starts to look dull and your makeup has ceased to look quite so fresh? Spray on this unbelievably lightweight mist that contains ingredients like green tea stem cells and botanical extracts to keep skin looking fresh without negatively affecting makeup at all.
MAC Lipstick (Ruby Woo)
The best red ever that lasts for days and days.
Kryolan Ultra Foundation
This product is beloved by actors and dancers alike, but it can also be a great tool to maintain good coverage throughout the day, even if you’re going to be running around the city.
Palladio Lip Stain
Looking for a lip color that won’t come off no matter how many cups of water you drink? Try this one from Palladio, which maintains a soft color without drying out your lips or falling into the cracks.
Eufora Uplift Finishing Spray
Need to maintain a style for the whole day? This hairspray keeps the look in place while controlling frizz and protecting color from the sun while never looking stiff or crispy (which is the primary reason I tend to avoid sprays typically). It contains Chamomile, Horsetail, Nettle, and Henna, so hair looks and feels great all day.
Wet N Wild H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend a ton of money on makeup that will function well. In fact, this liquid liner is under $4, and, just a couple days ago, it lasted on my lids throughout a long bus ride, an anniversary party in the sun, and a night out drinking. It is excellent; I highly recommend the Smoky color.
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic
This tonic contains rose water, Vitamin B3 and Zinc, so when it’s spritzed on your skin, it locks in moisture and sets your makeup to prevent it from sliding around throughout the day.
Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation
I’ve found most foundations with SPF that go on smoothly have very little coverage, but this one is different: I can put it on my spots to cover them up without anything looking too heavy or cake-y, while it’s still lightweight enough to apply all over the face and neck. If you want it to be a little more translucent, add a bit of moisturizing lotion.
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa Calming & Cooling Mask
I do not have air conditioning. This makes my overheated face even more overheated and, in turn, bright pink. This lovely take-home mask cools the skin down, allowing it to go back to its normal shade while perking it up and brightening its tone.
Amala Purifying Mattifier
Amala is a great, all-natural brand for people with sensitive skin. This primer is a great means by which to achieve a beautiful, soft skin complexion, whether you apply makeup overtop or not.
Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin
These little twirly pins from Goody are something I never thought I’d be able to use. I’ll be honest: I’m not great at styling my own hair, and lots of work doing so is kind of not my thing. Plus, hanging onto a million bobby pins is impossible; they all wind up on the floor. Regardless, since these were sent to me and I wanted to get my hair off my neck, I figured I’d give them a try. Lo and behold, they are absurdly easy to use and wind up making me look like I actually tried to do a fancy updo that day, but are also simple enough to remove that if the weather necessitates a change of style, I can do it quickly and simply without taking a ton of time sorting out pins and hair ties.
White Sands UnderCover Hair Styling Spray
This gluten-free product uses silk proteins to attain a gorgeously soft, shiny finish for hair. Both myself and Caitlin of our sister site are obsessed.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
A lightweight, perfectly translucent powder that keeps makeup on and oil away from the surface of your skin.
got2b Oil-licious Opulant Smooth Shampoo
The scent of this stuff is fantastic and lasts for quite a while, so you don’t have to be afraid of your hair smelling like sweat or pollution or whatever else your environment exposes you to throughout the day.
Fekkai Summer Hair Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream
Need a product that adds texture, smooths flyaways, hydrates ends, and doesn’t weigh your locks down? This is an excellent option.
gloMinerals Sheer Tint Illuminator
This sheer formula stays on smoothly all day while offering enough coverage to make skin glow.
Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray
Not only does this setting spray keep your makeup in place, but it also cools off your face. That rhyme was unintentional, but I hope you enjoyed it nonetheless.