Summer Style Beauty Tips

Summer Style Beauty Tips

Summer Style Beauty Tips

Summer style isn’t just about wearing cute clothes that keep you cool; it’s about creating an easy, breezy look from head to toe.

So let’s look at some of the often-forgotten aspects of summer style – namely your beauty routine – so you can keep cool and feel confident on even the hottest days.

Why talk about this?

Because I often see women who don’t change their hair and makeup for decades, let alone each season.

They get into a rut and that’s it – that’s how they “do” their hair and makeup.

But the fashion industry changes every six months to accommodate the weather, and so should you.

So if you hate summer because your hair frizzes and your makeup beads and melts down your face, it’s probably because your beauty routine is stuck in the wrong season.

Let’s get it in the right one with these summer style beauty tips.

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Gorgeous Hair

How can you have a “good hair day” with sweat trickling down your scalp and deflating your hairdo?

You can’t.

So unless you work from home and never leave your air-conditioned house, odds are that you’re going to meet high temperatures at least a few times a day – particularly if you live in the desert, like Las Vegas, or in the sub-tropics, like New Orleans – where heat and humidity will flatten styled hair and give you soggy curls.

So what’s a girl to do?

You have a couple of options:

Shorter Hair

Try a shorter haircut for summer, a wash-and-wear style that doesn’t require a lot of styling or products.

Here are some of the latest hairstyle trends for summer 2019:


Summer Style Pixie


Summer Style

Chin Length

Summer style bob

Shoulder Length

Summer Style Shoulder Length


Opt for an easy-care style that works with your hair texture and whether it’s naturally straight or curly.  You don’t want to spend time with blow dryers or curling irons that heat up your bathroom and get you sweating before you even leave the house.

Pullbacks & Updos

If you have long hair and don’t want to cut it, then opt for styles that get it off your face and neck.  Pull it back in a ponytail, put it in a braid, or gather it into a twist, bun, or chignon.  Keep it casual for downtime, more formal for work or other formal events.


Summer style braid


Summer style bun


Summer style twist

See how simple yet elegant this is?

Hair Care

Just as you set aside your heavy clothes when it gets warm, so too should you set aside your heavy hair care products come summer.

Opt for deep-cleaning shampoos and light-as-air conditioners that won’t weigh hair down.  Wash after swimming in chlorinated water and take special care if you color your hair because chlorine can damage colored hair.

Not sure which products to use?  Try’s Sephora’s popular Hair Holy Grails Summer Essentials kits, which includes a dozen travel-size samples of shampoos, moisturizers, mists, hair balm, and more – everything you need for enviable hair.

Sephora's Holy Grail Summer Hair Essentials

Flawless Skin

If you use the same skin care products year ’round, assess how well they work in different seasons.

Often, the heavy formulations that keep your skin moisturized in winter tend to clog your pores in summer – especially if you lather on extra SPF when you’re out in the sun.

So what should you do?

Use lighter formulations for warm weather.

Sebum (oil) production increases with heat and humidity, so opt for barely-there moisturizers that do the job without weighing down your skin.

Popular summertime moisturizers include:

Sephora All Day Hydrator ($16) – a lightweight cream with hyaluronic acid that hydrates and leaves you glowing.

Sephora All Day Hydrator


Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb ($38) – a fluffy gel-cream that hydrates without feeling sticky; a favorite among those with dry skin.

Belif Aqua the


Tatcha The Water Cream ($68) – made from Japanese rose water, this lightweight formulation visibly minimizes pores and works well under makeup.

Summer Style Tatcha the Water

If you’re sure what might be best for you, always check out the reviews.  If you can get a sample before you buy, do.

Barely-There Makeup

Like everything else we’ve been talking about, you need to go lighter with makeup in the summertime so you don’t clog pores or have your “face” melt and pool around your jawline.

Here’s how you do it:


Skip your heavy winter cream foundation and opt for a water-based, powder-based, or tinted moisturizer instead.  You want light and barely-there so your skin can breathe in the heat.  Update throughout the summer as your tan darkens.

BareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum ($30) –  lightweight yet covers well and stays put during workouts and outdoor activities.

Summer style BareMinerals BareSkin


SmashBox Camera Ready BB Cream ($42) – lightweight BB cream that can be worn as a spot concealer or as a foundation.

Smashbox Cameral Ready BB Ceam


Dior DiorSkin Forever Undercover Foundation ($52) – lightweight, long-wearing water-based foundation that blends easily into skin.

Dior DiorSkin Forever Undercover

So now that you’ve evened out your skin tone with foundations, let’s look at…


Powder should be one of the staples of your summer beauty kit.  Use loose powder to set your makeup before you leave the house, and keep pressed powder in your bag to blot away shine while you’re on the go.  Having a matte finish on your face will make you look cool and chic.

Laura Mercier Setting Powder ($39) – long-lasting lightweight powder that sets makeup and gets rid of shine.

Laura Mercier loose

Clinique Stay-Matte Pressed Powder ($27) – absorbs oil, reduces shine, and gives you a matte finish.

Clinque stay-matte pressed

Makeup hack:  use pressed powder in lieu of foundation when you find yourself without your beauty bag, like after a swim, at the beach, etc.

Eye Makeup

Like everything else we’ve talked about, I encourage you to go lighter on eye makeup in warm weather than you do in cold weather, particularly if you’ll be outside.  Sunlight has a way of making dramatic eyebrows, eyeliner, and false eyelashes look made up and unnatural, and people will be so busy looking at your makeup that they won’t pay attention to you.  You don’t want that.  So keep it simple and natural-looking.

Huda Beauty Summer Eye Makeup

Huda Beauty Neutral PaletteHuda Nude Palette at

Lip Color

Wear clear lip gloss or nude lipstick for a natural look, or try colors of the season – like orange, cherry, or watermelon – for a fresh, in-season look.  Save the dark jewel tones (like ruby and amethyst) for cool weather.  Again, your goal is light and breezy.

Sephora Clear Lip Gloss ($12) – add shine without stickiness.

Sephora Clear Lip Gloss


Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick ($13) – hydrating formula, intense, long-lasting color.

Sephora Rouge Cream


Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Matte Lipstick ($38) – high pigment colors with lightweight, long-lasting wear.

Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani


So again, the theme for summer makeup is lightweight and natural.  If it won’t stand up to summer heat, don’t wear it.

Body Care

Three letters:  SPF

They stand for Sun Protection Factor, and if you want to protect your skin from sunburn and sun damage, slather yourself with high SPF sunscreen every time you walk out the door.

Hate the smell and stickiness?

Try Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen With SPF 50 ($19) – designed for playing on hot days, this sunscreen feels light, smells great, and absorbs quickly.  If you tend to burn easily, this will help.  If you have dark skin, it won’t leave a white residue.  A Sephora fan favorite.



Forgot to put on the sunscreen and now you’re sunburned?

Try Coola Radical Recovery After Sun ($32) with nutrients and aloe vera to cool the burn and help your skin recover.

Coola Radical Recover After


Did you know that fragrance families follow the seasons as well?

Fresh and floral notes for warm weather, woody and oriental notes for cool weather.

That’s because like everything else we’ve covered, you want to feel – and smell – light and breezy for summer.


Atelier Cologne Clementine California ($28) – this fresh family fragrance combines clementines and star anise for a light, citrusy smell.

Clementine California ingredients Atelier Cologne Clementine California


Atelier Cologne Iris Rebelle ($28) – this floral family fragrance combines iris and orange flower for a light, feminine scent.

Atelier Cologne Iris Rebelle Atelier Cologne Iris Rebelle

Nail Color

If you like to wear nail polish, think clear, French manicure, or seasonal colors like orange, cherry, or watermelon.  Like lip color, save the heavy jewel tones (ruby, amethyst) for winter.

Try Deborah Lipman’s Beyond The Sea Mini-Collection ($36) – fun summery colors that will look cute on the beach or at a backyard barbecue.

Deborah Lipman Beyond the

Foot Care

Make sure your feet are soft, supple, and summer-ready by giving them a little TLC.  Pamper yourself with a salon pedicure, or DIY at home. Either way, do it!  You’ll feel like a princess.

Sephora Collection Tough As Nails Manicure Kits ($20) – everything you need to get your nails in shape.

Sephora Tough As Nails Nail


Sephora Collection Pumice Stone ($4) – smooth those heels for sandal weather.

Sephora Collection Pumice


Sephora Collection Lavender Foot Masque ($5) – hydrate to make your feet soft and supple.

Sephora Lavender Foot


We’ve covered A LOT here.

So what’s the bottom line?

Just as you change your clothing and accessories for summer, so too should you change your beauty routine for warm weather.  Opt for lightweight products that allow your skin to breathe, and choose the colors of the season for lips and nails.

Want a complete breakdown of everything you need to remember for summer style?

The Summer Style MasterclassThen grab a copy of the Summer Style Masterclass, where we go in-depth on the clothing, accessories, and grooming routines you need to look cool and chic all summer long – even when it’s hot enough outside to fry eggs on the sidewalk.