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Summer Beauty

Your Summer Beauty Problems Solved!

Expert tips on makeup and hair for those heat-induced beauty troubles you told us ranked high on your list

Kathy Sena

Making Life Better asked their Facebook fans to share their most frustrating summer beauty problems, then enlisted the help of Atlanta-based professional makeup artist Kylie Evans. (According to, Atlanta’s average humidity level in July is 88%. Heat- and humidity-related beauty issues? Evans has seen ’em all!) Check out her summer makeup tips so you can look fresh and pulled-together, no matter how high the mercury soars.

Q: I have oily skin that’s fine in the winter but a pain in the summer. How do I keep my foundation from smudging and running?

A: In hot, humid weather, blotting paper is your friend! Instead of piling on the powder to combat shine, keep some oil-blotting tissues or rice paper with you. Both will remove shine while keeping your summer makeup in place.

Also, you might want to go a bit lighter with your makeup at this time of year. Tinted moisturizers are great to use in the summer because many combine the moisturizer with sunscreen and medium coverage. Apply a thin layer on your face and neck. Next, cover any blemishes or dark circles with concealer, and finish with a translucent powder.

Bonus makeup tip: Press the blotting paper or rice paper to your face in a blotting motion, not a rubbing motion. It works wonders on areas where oil and perspiration may be an issue.

Q: Humidity + my naturally curly hair = frizz. Help!

A: Try using a leave-in conditioner when styling your curls. Follow up with a serum or oil to help keep your hair shiny. Mix a little of the conditioner with a bit of water in a small spray bottle for touch-ups throughout the day.

Q: Perspiration around my hairline and on my face and neck makes my hair go limp. What can I do?

A: Headbands, scarves, braids and updos are always great to incorporate into your style during these hot months — and the hair accessories are a fun way to complement your summer outfits.

Bonus beauty tip: Lavender blue is one of the trendiest fashion hues this summer. Add this color to your collection of summer hair accessories for an inexpensive look that will keep you looking cool and pulled together.

Q: I seem to sweat off my eye makeup in the summer. How can I keep it in place?

A: Start with an eye-makeup primer to create a good base before applying your shadow. Then switch to waterproof/smudge-proof mascara and eyeliner. When removing your summer makeup, use a water-based eye-makeup remover so you’re not adding more oil to the eye area.

Bonus makeup tip: Stash a few Q-tips® cotton swabs in a snack-size plastic bag in your purse for quick makeup touch-ups during the day. They’re great for gently wiping away traces of mascara, eyeliner or shadow that drifted during the day.

Kathy Sena, whose work has appeared in Woman’s Day®, Family Circle® and many other publications, covers such topics as parenting, kids’ health, women’s health, and family activities.