Whether you live in a perpetually hot city or plan on traveling to a warmer climate this holiday season, there's one thing that you have to prepare for: Humidity. Although enjoying an exotic locale while everyone else is bundled up is certainly a treat, it's hard to feel festive when flyaways and oily skin are in the mix, especially if you have a major holiday party to prepare for. To help you look your best in any setting, here are some foolproof tips from some warm-weather beauty pros.
Skin: Go Matte
To avoid looking oil-slicked half way through dinner, Jouer founder Christina Zilber recommends reaching for a makeup base that contains mattifying properties: "Jouer Matte Moisture Tint gives skin a flawless, shine-free finish, and has added SPF protection in case you're dining al fresco." Set your look by dusting a translucent powder, like Jouer Sheer Matte Powder Bronzer Duo, all over your face. Supergoop SPF 35 CC Cream provides another skin-saving option with its lightweight coverage and sun-blocking formula.
Eyes: Sparkle Without Smudging
For those lovely sparklers, you can't go wrong with a classic cat eye, as demonstrated above by Miami fashion blogger Ria Michelle. Zilber suggests using Jouer’s Liquid Shimmer Eyeliner to master a precise swoosh that will stay put—even in 80 degree heat. To avoid moisture-induced creasing, apply BY TERRY Hyaluronic Eye Primer before layering on your festive eye shadow.
Lips: Go Bright
Sunny skies go hand and hand with bright colors. For a stellar style statement, swipe on the poppy colors offered in the travel-friendly LAQA & Co. Lil' Lip Duo, which are highly-pigmented and incredibly moisturizing thanks to a dose of Shea butter. Keeping it classic? Channel Michelle's perfect red lip with Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Grace or Ava.
Hair: Spray Away
Don’t let pesky flyaways prevent you from letting your hair hang loose. We love the taming tendencies of Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray, which is eco-friendly and filled with natural botanicals. A spritz of Tony & Guy Casual Sea Salt Spray is a another quick way to add sleek texture sans humidity-induced frizz. No stranger to warm weather holidays, Miamian Michelle adds that "Kerastase makes a killer blow dry gel that offers volume and amazing hold to keep your hair looking like you haven't just done battle with Mother Nature."
If wearing your hair down in high temperatures is out of the question, throw it up in a superchic topknot, which Zilber describes as "a hassle–free style that won't be affected by humidity." Twistband Packs are sure to keep your strands in place for hours on end.
What to Pack: Everything Else
After you've nailed your looks, pack your handbag with a few essentials. (Remember that LAQA & Co. Lil' Lip Duo so tiny, it’ll fit in even the daintiest clutch.) Don't leave home without Tatcha Aburatorigami Blotting Papers for those unexpected shine spots and, as Michelle notes, "bring a travel-sized bottle of perfume, because you might need a refresher after any prolonged outdoor activity." Spoken like a true pro. You can find some fantastic rollerball fragrance options here.
Photo: Courtesy of Ria Michelle