Tuesday Ten: My Summer Beauty Secrets

Tuesday Ten: My Summer Beauty Secrets

When it comes to facing the sweltering, sticky summer elements, I’ll be the first to admit that my beauty regimen is not so hot on the season’s trying temps. That said, when summertime rolls around I like to pull out a few of my favorite beauty tricks to combat unwanted raccoon eyes and green-tinged post-pool strands.

To keep your face from melting off and your hair from frizzing up, I’ve put together 10 of my favorite beauty tips for you so you can keep your look cool, calm and collected no matter how hot and humid things get…

  1. Prime. Use primer to keep your makeup in place throughout the day. It also helps reduce unwanted shine too. Apply it after your SPF and moisturizer and allow it to dry completely before putting on your face makeup.
  2. Love liquid. While pencil liners are great, a good waterproof liquid liner won’t smudge or run when things get hot (or wet). This one is my favorite. (I’m wearing it as I type this blog!)
  3. Scrub and soothe. Be sure to give those gams a good scrub. And don’t forget your feet too. To get your tootsies sandal ready, give them a scrub in the shower and then slather them with lotion afterward. Next, slip your feet into a pair of cotton socks and hit the hay. When you wake up, your feet will be soft as a baby’s bottom and ready for their close up.
  4. Ditch your dryer (and your bathroom). Since the summer is characteristically a very dry season, it’s a great time to let your strands air-dry. I find that a simple low pony (pulled to the front on one side) is a great fallback, as is a loose side braid. But if you must blow dry your hair, do not do it in the bathroom right after you have showered. The humidity will only make your hair frizzier. For a super sleek summer blowout, head into another (dry) room and dry your hair there.
  5. Shave smart. After shaving your legs, use an alcohol-free lotion to avoid razor burn and irritation.
  6. Chill out. It may sound unpleasant, but cold showers are much better for your skin because hot showers leech your skin of its moisture. Hot showers also wreak havoc on dry hair because it opens your hair follicles, causing them to dehydrate. Instead, opt for a lukewarm or tepid shower. At the end of your shower, turn the water to cold to seal your hair follicles and quench your skin. This will make your hair extra shiny and your skin extra smooth.
  7. Don’t go green. To prevent your hair from turning an unpleasant shade of green after a dip in chlorinated water, slater it with oil (it can be baby oil, olive oil, coconut oil etc.). If all else fails, simply rinse your hair with tap water before jumping in.
  8. Lighten up. Since cake-face is never a good look, I like to dilute my cover-up with a little eye cream during the warmer months. It makes this traditionally heavier makeup a bit lighter and sheerer, which is ideal for summer. It’s also a good idea to use less foundation (unless you’re up for risking a serious facial landslide) and preferably one that is silicone-based to prevent smudging and sliding. During the summer, less is more!
  9. De-puff. After a day spent in the sun (and possibly drinking margaritas), you will most likely find yourself with a major case of puffy eyes the next morning. To reduce puffiness, slice up a few refrigerated potatoes, soak them in water for a moment or two and then place them over your lids for 15 minutes. Works like a charm.
  10. Go sheer. While I love a great red lip, thicker “sticks should be saved for other seasons. During the summer I like to swap out my favorite lipsticks for their sheerer counterparts. Lip-glosses, tints and balms are other summertime favorites for me as well.


Do you have any summertime beauty secrets to share? If so, sound off in the comments below!

XO Lauren

P.S. It’s also a good idea to give yourself a mid-summer facial. Be sure to check out my DIY 5 Step Facial.

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  • Larissa Wilhelm

    These are great tips! Thanks Lauren!


  • Sarah Heckle

    I love how everything is pared down during summer! I let my hair air dry, and I use tinted moisturizer, rather than foundation!



  • Melissa Panici

    Love the tips Lauren! Nice to know about the blow drying and cold showers!! I had no idea:) Thanks girl!

  • Liesl

    Thanks for the great tips! <3

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    Liesl xxx

  • Melissa mould

    i need a primer, living in london i feel i need some city protection. I must invest. I reviewed Benefit Porefessionals on my blog a while ago


  • Rachael Yanta

    These are great tips! Thanks for sharing! My hairdresser told me the tip of a cold shower and I always do that in the warmer months too. Instead of foundation I use Garnier’s BB Cream (http://www.garnierusa.com/_en/_us/our_products/product.aspx?tpcode=our_products%5Eprd_skincare%5Eskin_renew%5Eskin_renew_discover) ….. I love it and it is perfect coverage for this time of year!


  • Alba Cuci

    Fantastic tips!

  • Elizabeth Jade

    I don’t ever like to wear foundation, unless I am having one of those nasty “”time of the month”” breakouts. I do enjoy wearing a tinted moisturizer though. I use Garnier B. B. Cream and it works great on coverage and keeping my skin smooth and moisturized! It also has SPF in it which I love for wearing in the summer.

  • Ali L

    GREAT TIP – I always like to rock the beach wavy look during summer, but split ends are my arch nemisis and if I cut my hair anymore I would have a bob! New tip I just found out, apparentley soaking your hair in beer for 5 minutes before your regular shampoor and conitioning helps bind the ends of your hair back together. Has anyone had any luck with this trick? Seems a shame to waste on your hair but hey, I’lll do anything to get rid of split ends!.

  • Meghan Conard

    Great tips! I always let my hair air dry. Luckily my hair dries perfectly straight so I can just shower & go! I definitely need to look into a lighter foundation this season.



  • Melissa Panici

    @Ali L I have a split end problem as well but have never tried beer! I’m going to give it a try! lol

  • Hanny R

    Using Aloe Vera is not only great for after sun but for sensitive skin. It helps either calm those allergy bumps or acne and depends on your skin, but it doesn’t make my skin oily at all. P.S: to add an extra “”cool ah reshreshing”” moment put in your fridge for a couple of hours (or Freezer if you are in a hurry).

  • Martin M

    De-puff and lighten up are my top secrets as well. Its always good to let your skin ahve a relax time after beeing at the sun. Still love to enjoy a day on the ebach :) Greetings from germany! XOXO :)



  • Ashburnite

    Great tips….however, summer is only dry on the west coast. Those of us in the Mid-Atlantic and South need our dryers in the summer. Because of the humidity, my hair will only air-dry if I stay indoors. Otherwise, it’s a damp, frizzy mess.

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  • Liz

    love these tips they are great! I have supper sensitive skin so I have to be careful!

  • Marielisa Gomez

    Great tips! Very needed!!

    I also gathered some great advice for summertime! Take a look: http://primpandwear.blogspot.com/2012/06/summer-lovin.html


  • Emma Kershaw

    Great tips! Check out my blog for more beauty news!


  • Eva Kosec

    Great tips, as always :) I love summer because my hair get so much better when I dont dry them as much, natural wind is so much better :)



  • Julia Pitts

    Any recommendations for summer moisturizer? I feel like my normal ones always make me too shiny when it’s hot out!

  • Tori Sykes

    That potato trick is much-needed! Will have to be trying that ASAP.

  • Lauren Austin

    Great tips! The cocunut oil really does do magic on my hair. With my highlights already it makes my hair look lighter, and more sun-kissed too!

  • Cluny Grey

    I’d love to know about a good primer for very sensitive skin. Morroccan Argan oil used sparingly is great on the ends of hair and to keep the frizzies at bay!



  • Kellie Norton

    On the days where I know it’s going to be a hot and humid mess outside, I always wear my hair in a top-knot to avoid looking like a hot and humid mess :-)

  • Melissa LaRose

    Love these tips!!! :):)

    <3 Melissa


  • Jill J.

    Yes!! I always blow dry in another room to prevent frizzies! It’s amazing how it helps – and it’s not as hot!

    I never thought of mixing cover up with eye cream…I am going to have to try it!

    Since I have a phobia of potatoes, I am going to skip the potato de-puffing trick and stick with cucumbers! :)


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  • Vanessa R

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing

  • Emma Fox

    Good tips!

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  • Giselle Escamilla

    Great tips Lauren! Another great lipstick that I use for a summer it a pretty pink lipstick with a little shine!

  • Karie Frost

    I have a hard time with shaving, so I use Tend Skin after – I swear by it. Read more here: http://www.fearnobeauty.com/skin-saited/i-link-it-which-at-home-hair-removal-is-right-for-you/

    Also, I am a big fan of liquid eyeliner, especially Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner and Stila Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, which both don’t move.


    :) karie

  • Christina Graci

    To revive your pedicure after a day in the sand at the beach, simply apply top coat over your dull polish. Instantly, your pedi looks fresh again :)


  • Petra Zeller

    Great post. Great tips. Thank you.
    xo, Petra

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  • Umbrella Drink

    Thanks for the tips!


  • Madison Montgomery

    Great post! Very helpful. I’ll definitely be ditching the blowdryer :).



  • Michelle LaPorte

    Get a pedi!! I love having my toes in tip top shape for the summer!!



  • Mia Stanley

    Thank you for the first tip. I have been wondering in what order to apply sunscreen, moisturizer, and primer. Now I know!

  • Rebecca Bakofsky

    Thank you so much for this post!! Love you, Lauren!

  • Leanne

    Great tips

    Love from South Africca


  • Susie Leckie

    Can anyone give me some advice for beeauty tips in the midwest? I am from california and used to the dry heat, but I’m going to Indiana for a wedding and I was looking at the weather and there is 50-60% humidity everyday! And the temperature is in the 80’s-90’s! Ahhh I feel like I am just going to be a wet mess and I don’t want that. Can someone send me a message with any tips?? I would really appreciate it!!!

  • Linh Ly

    Thank you for the advice about the cold/hot shower for our hair! I usually take really hot showers, but now that I know, I’ll have to tone down the hot water to take care of my hair. Thanks Lauren!



  • Emilie

    I love simplifying my look in summer :) Makes life easier and then there is more time for fun!

    xo Emilie

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  • Kaleigh Y

    Definitely agree with the tip on feet – theres nothing worse than dry heels in sandles. A great tip i have for this is to get rid of dry skin with a foot file then soak your feet in warm water with rock salt in for about 20mins then put lotion on – the salt is great for healing any cracks and makes your skin baby soft!

  • Alyssa

    Drinking lots of water over the summer is sooo important! I’ve seen a difference with my skin and feeling more energized! The only way I’m able to drink the 8 glasses necessary is bringing a huge ice-filled waterbottle (that has a straw) to work every day. For some reason I drink more water if it has a straw lol! Then just keep refilling it. Sometimes I get bored with regular water so I add lemon juice in it to spice it up :)

    I totally agree with limiting blow dries as well! I went 40 days without any blow drier/curling iron/straightener/nothin! My crazy curly/wavy hair was a mess but I bought good product and a bunch of cute hair bands and it worked out great! After those 40 days I could tell that my hair was stronger, had more shine, and I even felt like it grew faster! Lastly, only washing your hair every other day helps your hair stay healthier by using it’s natural oils. :) Hope this helps!!

  • Stacie Christopoulos

    Wearing Jamberry Nail shields is my fave summer beauty routine! No smelly nail polish or acetone to deal with! http://www.trendynails.jamberrynails.com

  • Jo Taylor

    I agree with Alyssa, the drinking lots of water tip should be a no brainer, but I too have struggled in the past. I now bring in a big waterbottle pre-filled for my journey’s to and from work and fill it up again in the newsroom so fingers crossed my intake is getting better and I will reap the benefits soon…..hopefully!


  • Taryn Rhodes

    These are amazing tips but the issue I have is rosecea on my cheeks..it makes going light with makeup super hard! Any tips??

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  • Olivia Sullivan

    Whats your favourite make up product in the whole world?

  • Katherine Brophy

    My favorite thing to do in the summer is to wear SUNSCREEN!

  • Melissa mould

    i’ve just started using a new tanning lotion and really moisturing my face more and it feels so much nicer for summer πŸ˜€


  • Rebekah W

    great tips and tricks :) and it reminds me to buy a new scrub o.O mine is all gone :’D



  • Martin M

    A cold shower is my secret tip. It is perfect for the skin!! :) XOXO from Germany!!



  • Rosa Castillo

    Jergens Natural Glow is my beauty secret to a flawless shimmery tan just tan at the beach or pool then once you’re out of the shower afterwards apply to your body for your new tan to shimmer and shine like the sun is your spotlight even in the dimmest of lightning!

  • Deanne Castro
  • Jordan Weaver

    Nothing beats sunscreen & surf spray! You can see my entire list of summer essentials here: http://nourishandbenourished.com/2011/05/02/summer-beauty-essentials/ !

  • Ja

    always keep ur brows polish. instant pretty.

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  • Crzll

    Thanks for the tip!!

  • JillianCW

    I like to use a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation and HD powder instead of thicker matte powders. This combination is way lighter but still offers coverage, perfect for summer. Elf brand at Target also has both items for $3-6, which is awesome!

  • Sofia Alleyne

    Thanks for sharing. Keep posting stuff like this…

  • Lorena

    Havaianas sandals, from Brazil! πŸ˜‰

  • Delaney carroll

    put your facial moisturizers in the fridge so wen you lather up its a cool refresher!

  • Nat

    Maybelline Color Whisper lipsticks are AMAZING for the summer! “”Bare to Be Nude”” is a great one to add an innocent touch to a sexy smoky eye or just for a nice casual trip to the market. It’s also moisturizing, like a tinted lip balm!


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