How did you celebrate the official start of summer on June 21st? I was lucky enough to be in Vancouver this year and it was a rare sunny day in this lovely city. As a country that gets more cold days than hot, who can blame Canadians for wanting to soak up every bit of sunshine any chance they get? Unfortunately, the arrival of hot and sunny weather also means the appearance of high humidity and heat that can wreak havoc on perfectly set hair and make-up. Whether you are celebrating your big day as a bride, a bridesmaid or just being your regular awesome self, here are some products to ensure that you can enjoy every bit of summer while looking your absolute best!
Unisex Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer (Charlotte Tilbury): Can’t wait to get that healthy summer glow? Get a head start by slathering on this hydrating tinted moisturizer that contains natural tan pigments, that will help you transition your skin from spring to summer. In fact, you may choose to omit using foundation all together since this moisturizer is tinted. Sometimes less is more, especially during the humid summer months!
Clarifying Mask (Murad): Remove all the dirt and sweat built up from your crazy summer adventures by using a mask every week. This Murad mask removes impurities deep within the skin, and can minimize breakouts and acne, all of which are more common during the hotter summer months due to sweat (and beach parties).
Even Better Makeup SPF 15 (Clinique): Prolonged sun exposure can sometimes create dark spots (also called age spots) on your skin. Since we spend more time outside during the summer, it is important to wear sunscreen that is also oil-free and lightweight to prevent too much sweat and product from clogging our pores. This top-selling Clinique liquid foundation does all of the above. It contains SPF 15, is oil-free and is even specially formulated to improve skin tone over prolonged use. It glides on easily and does not feel greasy or too heavy in the hot weather, and the SPF also helps to prevent future age spots.
The POREfessional Face Primer (Benefit Cosmetics): Your makeup should always stay pristine whether you are going for drinks on a patio or running around the beach. So don’t let sweat and humidity ruin the day by making your makeup run. Putting on a primer before you apply makeup can ensure that your makeup stays put and not smudged throughout the day. An added bonus is that this primer drastically minimizes the appearance of imperfections and pores, cutting down on the need for heavy foundation or powder.
Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette (Tom Ford): Not only are the shades in this palette the perfect complement to sun-kissed skin, but the ivory and gold-trimmed case also brings to mind glamourous summer getaways. The four eye shadows, highlighter and blush in this palette come in two different colour waves, that of sultry, bronzed warmth or sweet, incandescent cool.
Rouge Dior Lipstick (Dior): Nowadays, matte lipstick seems to be the flavor du jour. Diversify your arsenal with this highly pigmented couture matte finish lipstick from Dior in the gorgeous 999 shade, which is the iconic perfect red of House Dior. Wear it for your bachelorette party and you’ll be guaranteed to turn heads.
Set + Refresh Perfecting Makeup Mist (Estée Lauder): Sweat can smudge perfectly applied makeup. Use this spray before applying makeup to help it set and reapply throughout the day to immediately revive skin and create a fresh dewy glow. This face spray is also a great way to cool down and feel refreshed when the temperature rises.
Blotting Papers (Sephora Collection): To keep your face looking fresh and shine-free, always keep a packet of these in your bag. They are the perfect tool for long road trips or hikes as they remove excess oil and sweat while leaving your make-up in place. The herbal rose version is even softly scented to give you the perfect floral pick-me-up when you need it.
Surf Spray (Bumble and Bumble) – A perennial favourite among those of us not lucky enough to live next to the ocean. This spray can make you look like you just spent the entire day at the beach instead of slaving away in your air-conditioned cubicle. Use it to get a head start on the perfect summer-day hairstyle.
Shampure Dry Shampoo & Shampure Thermal Dry Conditioner (Aveda): Is the summer heat making your hair greasier than usual, but you’d rather not wash it every day? Dry shampoo and dry conditioner can work wonders in stretching out the ‘just washed’ look during days of high humidity when you are short on time.