South Africans know that the first two months of the year can get extremely hot, regardless of whether you live on the coast or inland. While the heat is great for beach days, outdoor events and evenings spent around the braai, it’s not always so great for your hair and makeup.
Follow these simple tips to ensure your hair and makeup withstands the summer heat.
Have you ever applied foundation in the morning, only to notice it’s melted off your skin by lunch time? Most foundation formulas are not able to withstand extreme heat, and when your skin gets really warm, it can literally slide off. The best way to counteract this is to use a primer. When you apply foundation over a primer, that primer increases its longevity and keeps it in place – even in warm temperatures. wet n wild Prime Focus Primer Serum (R169.95) creates the perfect canvas for a smooth, even complexion, allowing your foundation to glide on effortlessly for a luminous, flawless finish. This lightweight, ultra-hydrating water-based serum refines skin for longer-lasting makeup application. Allow two to three minutes for the primer to settle on your skin before applying your foundation.
Selecting the right formula
Matte and waterproof makeup formulas are your best friends in summer. Some women avoid matte formulas during winter because they can be drying, but in summer they’re the perfect choice as they help manage oil control (meaning less shine) and they tend to stay put. Try wet n wild Photo Focus Matte Foundation (R139.95). This high-performing, skin-perfecting foundation underwent testing under seven different photo lighting conditions to deliver flawless camera-ready make-up every time. Specially made with a matte, light-diffusing complex to give your skin no-filter perfection. Another matte favourite in summer is lipstick. Try wet n wild Mega Last Matte Lipstick (R104.95); a creamy, lightweight and long-lasting lipstick that gives you full-coverage colour in one application. It glides on effortlessly and won’t cake.
Waterproof formulas are not just there to preserve your makeup when you’re swimming; they are also meant to withstand sweat. Waterproof eye makeup comes in handy when you’re spending time outdoors and can also help prevent the dreaded panda eyes associated with running eyeliner and mascara. Try wet n wild Mega Protein Waterproof Mascara in Very Black (R132.95). It lifts, volumizes and lengthens your lashes with a waterproof formula while conditioning and hydrating lashes with a combination of acai oil, hydrolysed soy protein and soy lecithin. If you love a liquid liner then wet n wild H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner (R84.95) is a great summer option. It’s loaded with intense colour that is formulated to stay on for longer. It is water- and smudge-proof, so every bold line stays where it’s meant to.
Set your makeup
Once you’ve completed your makeup look for the day, seal it in with a setting spray. We love wet n wild Fight Dirty Clarifying Setting Spray (R199.95) because it keeps your makeup looking perfect from morning until evening. The ultra-fine mist contains chamomile, witch hazel, vegetable collagen, tea tree and eucalyptus, making it suitable for all skin types.
Have you ever left home with perfectly shaped curls, only to find they’ve become frizzy and unmanageable a few hours later? That’s because the humidity increases during summer. When the humidity level in the air is greater than the level of water in your hair, the humidity can rearrange the bonds inside each fibre, leading to unruly frizz. Products containing emollients like shea butter and natural oils may help minimise frizz and shield your hair from humidity. Try Curls In Bloom Shine Me! Anti-Frizz Perfume Spray (R69.95). This light and nourishing formula delicately scents the hair while fighting frizz, leaving hair soft and nourished with renewed shine. To seal in moisture while minimising frizz, try Cantu Shea Butter For Natural Hair Coconut Oil Shine & Hold Mist (R215.00). It combines two of nature’s most moisturising ingredients in a rich, nourishing formulation that was specifically designed to seal in moisture and control flyaways and frizz.
Beat the sweat
Just like the skin on the rest of your body, your scalp is likely to sweat more when it’s hot. This can lead to greasy-looking roots, and you may need to wash your hair more regularly to keep it looking fresh. Make sure that you invest in a lighter shampoo during summer that’s gentle enough for everyday or frequent washing (you don’t want to strip the natural oils from your scalp or dry your hair out). We recommend Hask Shampoo Shea Butter (R190.00). Its nourishing formula contains a blend of shea butter and hibiscus oil, which hydrate hair, reduce breakage, and tame frizz. Free of sulphates and parabens – perfect for summer!
Refresh with a mist
The heat and humidity may leave your hair needing a pick-me-up throughout the day. The best thing to do is to keep a bottle of trusted hair mist nearby, and give your hair a few refreshing spritzes whenever necessary. Try the Umberto Giannini Grow Long + Smooth Wonder Blow Dry Spray (R170) applicable for all hair types this spray has a combination of caffeine, organic pea sprout, seaweed and heat – protective polymer to deliver ridiculously smooth and shiny hair. The polymer repels moisture and humidity and banishes frizz.
Don’t let the heat get you down – a few small tweaks to your existing beauty regime and you’ll look your best all summer long.