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You've planned the perfect vacation, picked out the perfect bikini, and even perfected your abs to show off in said swimsuit. But despite all that prep work, the coming heat wave could still KO your hair and makeup. (Sweating rivulets of blush and mascara? Not sexy.) To keep looking cool and collected, use these expert tricks.
Use primer. Makeup artist Laura Mercier recommends smoothing a pea-size drop of oil-free primer onto clean, moisturized skin before applying anything else. "Primers are lightweight, so you won't feel the extra layer, but you will notice that your makeup lasts much longer," she says.
Simplify your routine. Fewer products means there's less to slide off when things heat up. If possible, skip foundation, and limit yourself to sunscreen, an oil-free moisturizer, blush, and concealer, plus a final dusting of translucent loose powder to keep everything in place.
Read the product label. "Look for sheer creams, liquids, and gels that contain silicone," says Mercier. "It prevents them from melting when your skin warms."
Consider texture. For eyes, makeup artist Gucci Westman likes powder shadows because they absorb oil and last longer than cream ones. "And I love liquid eyeliner and waterproof mascara if you're going to be running around getting sweaty — they hold all day," she says.
Opt for color. "I find that dark colors, like berry, red, or fuchsia, last longer than light shades because even after they have worn off, a little bit of pigment remains on the lips, almost like a stain," says Westman.
Get a golden glow. Liquid bronzers add a realistic glow to your face (mix a dot into your moisturizer and blend it over your cheekbones, nose, and chin). To get your body burnished, exfoliate and apply a self-tanner made for pale skin, such as Neutrogena Build-a-Tan. "Try to rub in that first coat as evenly as you can, working in a circular motion, and then wait a full 24 hours to see how it looks," says makeup artist Scott Andrew. "You can always add another layer, but you can't take it away."
Control frizz. Head off the finger-in-the-socket look by applying a moisturizing cream or serum, such as Kérastase Serum Oléo-Relax, while hair is still damp. If you're marooned without frizz-fighting products, tie hair back with a retro scarf worn from the forehead to the crown, or wind damp hair into a bun and call it an updo: "If you get a little fuzz around the hairline, there's this gorgeous halo effect," says hairstylist Oribe.
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