You wake up every morning and start your beauty routine without giving it so much as a thought. It becomes so ingrained into your daily activities that you never stop to think about it — get up, brush teeth, moisturize, sunscreen, apply makeup, brush hair, get dressed, make coffee (mmm, coffee) and go — without ever even realizing that your routine would be much more efficient if it were based on your exact location.
What do we mean? Well, do you ever walk out with sleek, straight hair and come back home with frizzy locks? Or apply foundation and within hours it’s cracking? Or maybe your “dewy” skin looks a little more on the greasy side by lunchtime? That’s because it’s time for some climate control, ladies. Little did you know, the city you live in is actually messing with your beauty routine. So, whether you have to deal with the dry, desert heat, constant rainfall, humid summers or blistering cold winters, here’s ALL you need to know to keep your hair, makeup and skin under control.
If you’re living in Las Vegas, chances are your hair and skin are both as dry as the sand itself. The hot desert climate of Vegas means that hydrating moisturizers with SPF and deep conditioning treatments are your bestest friends, ever. And while sunshine year-round sounds like a dream come true, you have to remember to apply sun protection daily, otherwise hello dark spots and premature aging!
Layering more than one moisturizer will protect your skin from the dry heat and allow your foundation to settle without flaking off, while a primer packed with soothing ingredients will keep your makeup in place. Opt in for a liquid foundation formula, as powders tend to make your skin appear dryer and finish off with a hydrating facial mist like Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray to prevent dry patches.
Other Dry Cities: Phoenix, Denver, Albuquerque
Living in Atlanta makes frizzy hair and oily skin your biggest beauty culprit! While you can’t wish the humidity away, you can better prepare for it by styling smart. Using a humidity-resistant, styling cream like L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream on damp hair before blow drying will keep your strands frizz-free for up to three days. And when it comes to the heavy rain of Atlanta, your best bet is a stylish hat!
Keeping frizz and flyaways at bay is one thing, but “shiny” skin is a whole other beauty ball game. Keep your oil production under control all day by starting off with a mattifying moisturizer like The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream and a mattifying pressed powder foundation like Lancôme Translucence. If shine starts to show midday, keep a bottle of Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray in your purse for on-the-go oil control!
Because of the heat and humidity, your skin might feel sticky … and maybe just a little blah! So, be sure to scrub away excess dirt and oil with a cleanser containing salicylic acid for gentle exfoliation and give yourself a clay facial weekly to draw out dirt, oil and toxins. We love Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque!
Other Humid Cities: Miami, New Orleans, Houston
The weather in the Windy City is ALL over the place. That’s why it’s important to get the right routine down so that your skin (and everything else, for that matter) doesn’t freak out when the elements take a drastic turn! Depending on the season, your skin can be dry, oily OR perfectly pleasant (thank you, autumn!).
For those extra hot and humid summers, a translucent powder with sunscreen like Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Compact with SPF 34 will leave your skin looking smooth, luminous and oil-free throughout the day. NYX Blotting Paper should also be on your person at all times! Trust us, when your makeup feels like it’s melting (and it will!) these sheets will save your life. Once the unbelievably, frostbite-inducing cold kicks in (possibly the very next day, yeah … Chicagoans get it), powders go out the window and cream or liquid-based coverage like YSL Fusion Ink Foundation takes their place due to the much-needed moisture. A creamy blush or lip and cheek stain is the perfect way to play up those fresh and flushed winter cheeks — sans flakes (and we don’t mean the snow kind — there are plenty of those)!
Speaking of windy city, if you’re in downtown, a low pony or messy bun are perfect (and nearly effortless) hairstyles to get you through a lunchtime stroll, so that you don’t return to the office with wind tunnel strands … yikes!
Other Windy Cities: Amarillo, Oklahoma City, Boston
Cold, damp winters and summer heat that can surpass 100 degrees — fahgettaboudit! Like Chicago, your beauty routine typically varies based on the season. Spring and fall are totally unpredictable while summers can exceed a 70 percent humidity level. And winter? Well … let’s just say it makes the “No Pants Subway Ride” in January practically unbearable!
While the climate can be complicated, your routine doesn’t have to be. Protect your sensitive skin from harsh winter winds by going simple. Try Kiehl’s Centella Recovery Skin Slave, a calming moisturizer to keep irritation away and opt in for a light, tinted moisturizer or BB/CC cream with SPF, like La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream to keep skin hydrated during the winter months, but still provide enough coverage to leave skin looking (and feeling!) flawless. K, boss?
The essentials to withstanding a NYC summer includes an oil-free primer, mattifying mineral powder, a waterproof mascara formula like Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara (no raccoon eyes here!), and remember those oil-blotting sheets? Yeah, you’ll need those too! When it comes to those luscious locks — snow or shine, braids are the perfect way to keep your hair happy in dry or humid conditions. Just be sure to treat your strands with a nourishing mask weekly. We love Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Treatment!
Other Chilly Cities: Fargo, Minneapolis, Iowa City
Livin’ in LA has its perks — sunshine year-round, for example. But, just like any big city, environmental damage like free radicals, pollution and smog can take a toll on your complexion. That’s why it’s important to eat right and treat your skin to an antioxidant and anti-aging cocktail like SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E, to improve radiance and diminish signs of aging caused by the elements.
This goes for every city, but especially in the city of Angels (and sunshine!) — SPF is of prime importance! We cannot stress this enough. Apply it every morning in the form of physical sunscreen like La Roche-Posay Anthelios 30 and bring mineral makeup with sun protection along with you everywhere you go to reapply. Since summer air is on the dryer side, follow with a hydrating moisturizer and illuminating primer to show off that California glow! And for a touch of color, NYX Rouge Cream Blush will add a sheer pop of pink to your cheeks for a dewy finish.
When it comes to cleansing, be sure to gently scrub away all makeup daily with your Clarisonic, to remove any dry or flaky patches caused by the lack of moisture in the air. And when in LA, do as the Angelenos do and rock some beach waves or these hairstyles when riding with the top down!
Other Sunny Cities: Yuma, Reno, El Paso
We know what you’re known for, Seattle — rain, rain and more rain! But your wet weather isn’t going to stop us from looking our best! Fortunately for you coffee-loving Seattleites, there are ways to weather the elements. When it comes to rain, practicality is key.
Start with your favorite primer (we swear by Lancôme La Base Pro), which is used to make sure makeup stays in place. Use a lightweight illuminating balm or tinted moisturizer like Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm. Stay away from any formulas that are too heavy as they can streak when wet. Blend in a liquid bronzer like Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer to brighten up your complexion and stick to waterproof makeup on your peepers!
Other Rainy Cities: Portland, Mobile, Pensacola
What city to do you live in and how does your beauty routine withstand the weather? Share in the comments below!
About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.