Skip to content

Slideshow: Hot Summer Makeup and Beauty Tips

Slide of
woman in earth tone makeup

All Eyes on You

Come summer, the easiest way to create a fresh-faced look is with less eye makeup -- so stash the heavy eyeliner until fall. A sparkly cream shadow in a light shade (from lash line to brow bone) leaves a wash of color. Top with mascara for gorgeous Read More

woman with make up in pool

Orange Is the New Red!

Orange lips are a summer trend, but one shade does not fit all. Instead of falling for your first orange crush, play with a few different shades to make sure the tone works with your skin color. If bold and bright isn’t your style, try a more subtle tinted balm or lip Read More

high gloss lips

Protect Your Pout

Your lips need sun protection, too, so slip on a product with SPF 30 every morning. It might also help you prevent cold sores, since the sun's UV rays can trigger flare-ups. Save the shine for hot summer nights -- glossy formulas make delicate skin more prone to Read More

woman with braided hair

Hot Hairstyles That Keep You Cool

The best way to beat the heat is to keep hair off your neck. Ponytails, braids, ballerina buns, and topknots are classic summer looks. If you need help keeping your locks in place, use dry shampoo or hair powder to add grip, texture, and volume. A shorter, cropped ’do is an easier option -- Read More

woman on rooftop

Defend Your Tresses

Just like your skin, UV rays can damage your hair. Too much sun dries it out and makes it prone to breakage. You should also protect your scalp. The best way is with a hat, or spray sunscreen onto your part and work it into the roots.

woman wearing chic head wrap

Extra TLC for Healthy Hair

Baby your summer hair with more moisture. Use a mask once or twice a week to condition, repair, and strengthen. If it's going on extremely dry, damaged, and brittle locks, mix in a few drops of oil before applying. Then, wrap hair in a warm, wet towel, and cover with a plastic bag for 5-10 Read More

close up of sunglasses

Easy on the Eyes

The sun’s UV rays can hurt your eyes and your vision. They can create temporary sunburn-like damage that causes redness and tearing, or worse over the long term. Look for sunglasses that block at least 99% of UVA and UVB rays and 75%-90% of visible Read More

woman under falling water

Drink Up!

Healthy beauty comes from within, so drink plenty of water, especially in the summer heat. Beauty bonus: Hydrated skin looks more youthful, because the extra liquid plumps up fine lines and wrinkles.

brightly painted toenails

Nail It!

Summer is all about super-bright colors, sparkles, and metallics for both fingers and toes, and the opaque white trend still gets a thumbs-up. Use your hands and feet to try out textured polishes, too.

tan lines from sandals

Forget-Me-Not Spots

The most frequently missed areas when you put on sunscreen are the ears, lips, neck, and hands. Don't just get your face. Apply sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF on the tops of your feet, too.

woman with frizzy hair

Up Your Tame Game

Fight frizz and land those fly-aways with regular moisturizing. It repairs and strengthens the hair. Use treatment oils before styling (or a few drops mixed into your conditioner) to smooth strands as well. Finish your style with a humidity-resistant Read More

woman using blow dryer

Ditch the Dryer

Taking the heat out of styling is a great way to stay cool (and keep hair healthy). With shorter styles, it’s easy to wash and go. To get loose, beachy waves, twist longer locks into a bun or topknot after washing at night. Take it down in the morning, smooth on a shine or texturizing product, Read More

woman using foam cleanser

Add to Your Arsenal

Use a secret weapon in your summer routine to help protect your skin. Products with vitamin C or green tea can help your sunscreen work better and prevent damage after you get some sun. If you wear foundation, you should still layer something with SPF under it, since most women don’t wear Read More

aloe plant and lotion

Treat Sunburn Correctly

When you have a sunburn, your skin is irritated. Calm it down. Apply towels soaked in ice water for 15-minute periods to curb redness and swelling. Take ibuprofen as directed, apply hydrocortisone cream, and moisturize frequently. Aloe vera is soothing, but avoid products with added Read More

woman using brush to exfoliate

Fake It, Don’t Bake It

For best self-tan results, use a face or body scrub with granules beforehand. Avoid oil-based products, which can cause streaks. If you’re nervous or a novice, use a formula that gradually darkens your skin over a few days. When doing your face, include your ears, and blend into your Read More

woman applying sunscreen

Be Sunscreen Savvy

The biggest mistake people make is not applying enough. To get the protection promised on the bottle, you need 1 ounce (the size of a golf ball) for your body, and a quarter-sized amount for your face. Reapply it every 2 hours. Also, give yourself a little lead time: Put sunscreen on 15 Read More

woman using spray on sunscreen

Find Your Best Formula

With so many sunscreens to choose from, it’s best to think about your skin type and what you’ll do while wearing it. If you’re going to be active, look for water-resistant SPF 30. If you’re concerned about shine or greasy residue, try an oil-free formula or one that contains micronized Read More

woman applying cream to pimple

Keep Summer Breakouts at Bay

Summer heat can make blemishes worse. Wash your face twice daily (and after sweating) to help keep it under control. It’s a myth that the sun clears up pimples, and many acne treatments can make your skin more likely to burn. If you tend to break out, look for sunscreens that say Read More

woman shaving legs

Ingrowns, Be Gone!

Bathing suit season means more shaving -- and more potential for ingrown hairs. But whatever you do, don’t pick or squeeze them, because this can trigger an infection. Instead, apply cortisone cream to ease the irritation and allow them to heal on their own. The best way to prevent Read More

woman in pain from waxing

Plan Your Smooth Move

Waxing keeps you smooth and fuzz-free for a few weeks or more, but don’t hit the beach right after your appointment. Exposing inflamed skin to UV rays can cause it to change color, so try to stay out of the sun for at least 24 hours after waxing. Apply sunscreen to freshly waxed areas and seek Read More

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH on February 04, 2014

Sources:

This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information:

URAC: Accredited Health Web Site TRUSTe online privacy certification HONcode Seal AdChoices