Beat the Heat: How to Get Through Your Beauty Routine When It's So Hot You're Sweating

It’s getting hot in here … but not in a good way! You’re blow-drying your hair, but as soon as it’s dry, your roots are soaked with sweat. You’re done applying your makeup, but before you can even reach for your setting powder, the dreaded drops of perspiration have sprouted up on your perfectly blended foundation. Sound familiar? Summer days present a variety of beauty challenges, but one of the most obnoxious of them all is when your sweat is pouring before you’re even out the door. It can be a real battle! Not ready to wave the white flag just yet and give up on looking decent on a hot day? With these tricks, not only will you be able to look great before you leave the house but you’ll also look great all day! Talk about winning the battle and the war!

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Step 1: Hack Your Shower Routine

If you’re like most of us, you get out of the shower, and the whole room is hot and sticky. This is already a recipe for disaster if you don’t have another place to do your hair and makeup. (For those of you lucky enough to have a vanity outside the bathroom, you can skip this section!) Even if you have central A/C blasting throughout your home, the bathroom will still likely feel too hot to function on a really hot day.

So before you even get in the shower, make sure all the vents are on and, if possible, keep the bathroom door open. Then, keep your shower to a minimum so the rest of the bathroom doesn’t get too hot. Lastly, and probably most important, is to preemptively raise your body temperature by standing under icy cold water for as long as you can handle right before you get out of the shower. Rinsing your hair under cold water is something you should be doing for shiny hair anyway, so we consider the moments of relative discomfort worth it.

Bonus tip: If you use ice to depuff your eyes after you shower, you’ll also feel cooler before you start your makeup routine.

Step 2: Speed Through Your Makeup Routine

After you’ve applied your deodorant (hello, Captain Obvious), make sure your wet hair is down and loose so it can cool you off a little while you apply your makeup. Letting it down out of a towel also allows it a few additional minutes to dry without heat. And then get to work on your makeup. You want a simplified look, because the quicker you can get through applying your makeup, the less sweaty you will be by the time you’re done. Sweatproof makeup is also key, as it won’t run as soon as you start sweating. Here are our favorite waterproof makeup products, and click here if you want our best tips on getting through your makeup routine in 10 minutes or less.

Step 3: Set Your Makeup

If you’re already sweating, sometimes using a setting powder can leave concentrated powder marks on your freshly made-up face. Not exactly ideal, right? In this instance, we recommend using a setting spray, specifically Urban Decay Cooling & Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray because, well, the words “cooling” probably never sounded so good.

Step 4: Do Your Hair Without Heat

It already feels like 200 degrees in your bathroom already, so turning on a hot blowdryer or curling iron is definitely not in your best interest. But if you washed your hair, it’s probably still pretty wet. But dry hair is overrated anyway, and the wet-hair look is so in. Here are three hairstyles that look great on wet hair. Spritz some Redken Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Spray, and you’re good to walk out the door!

Looking for more great summertime survival tips? Check out our latest and greatest makeup tips and tutorials!

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