Beat the Heat In Style tells me it’s nearly 100 degrees today, and this scorching summer heat won’t be dying down anytime soon. So how do you stay cool (and cute, of course) in such sweltering conditions? I’ve picked up a few simple tricks to help you stay looking your best, no matter how high the thermometer climbs.

1) Streamline your makeup routine

With so many products out now that already contain sunscreen, it’s easy to get protection from the harmful rays without an extra step. I am personally a fan of Bare Minerals, and have been using the products for a few years now. It is all natural, good for your skin, and has SPF 15 built right in. The base powder itself is generally $25, which is expensive, but you need so little of it (really!) that a single container lasts for months and months. Another benefit is that it’s natural, so it’s actually improving your skin while you wear it, and you don’t have to worry about it clogging your pores. Perfect for summer, when multiple touch ups are the norm throughout the day.

Besides powders, there are lip balms, bronzers, and other makeup essentials that already have sunscreen in them. (And if you plan on spending time in the water, don’t forget to switch out your usual mascara for waterproof!) So if you shop sun-smart, you can put on your make-up and go- and spare your face the greasy suntan lotion.

2) Speaking of grease..

No one likes it. The shiny forehead and T-zone seem to be unmistakable signs of summer heat, but there are ways you can avoid it. Target actually has small, discrete packages of oil blotting sheets for only $1 (e.l.f. brand). Yes, 50 sheets for only $1. At that price, you can stash one in your purse, in your car, in your OTHER purse….wherever you may need a touch up. And as an added bonus- the sheets don’t smudge your makeup (and are just as good as the more expensive brands!).

3) Hair accessories

Too hot to leave your hair down? Or perhaps more likely- is the heat making you not want to even bother with your hair? No biggie, we’ve all been there. But even if you decide to throw your hair in a simple pony or messy bun, the addition of a cute headband, flower, bow, or any other “bling” takes your hair from lazy to lovely in no time flat. And who doesn’t want that? One of my favorite places to pick up some summer hair staples is (of course) Forever 21, though Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply, and even Target usually have some good finds as well.

4) The scents of summer

If you’re like me and love your perfumes, but don’t love the way they fade in the heat, just run into Ulta and grab a roll-on version of your favorite scent for quick touch-ups. For around $20, you can get a full sized or mini roll-on perfume that’s perfect for your pocket, wristlet, or purse. The full size are about the size of a pen, and the minis are comparable to the size of a standard chapstick or lip-gloss. Practical and portable!

Now that you’re ready to beat the heat in style, grab your shorts and shades and get outside! 🙂

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