Warm weather beauty swaps
The sun is starting to show its face, which means it’s time to weather-proof your beauty bag. With simple swaps to your makeup trove and a few skincare and hair tweaks, you can combat humidity and all the beauty challenges that come with the rise in temperature. Here, we call upon the experts to chat through sunscreen, powerhouse setting sprays, frizz-free hairstyles and more.
Broad-spectrum is your new BFF
Sunscreen should be in your beauty bag year-round as the Australian sun packs a punch, however with temperatures rising it’s time to up your SPF game. The key to maintaining youthful skin is applying a broad spectrum 50+ product regularly – even if only spending short increments outside. The team at Allure recommend finding a multi-duty moisturiser with SPF included in the formulation as these types of products provide a double-duty dose of hydration while protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. There are lots of lightweight SPF products on the market which work nicely underneath makeup and don’t give off a ghostly white sheen. Do the research and trial a few different formulations to see what works for you.
Turn up the heat and fight the frizz
Ahhh humidity… a hair styling nightmare. When it’s hot and humid, and a blow-dry is too much to bear, swap slick, smooth hairdos for no-fuss tousles and loose waves. Achieve a stylised look with heated curling tongs, or for something more undone braid damp hair, tie with a scrunchie and allow to dry naturally to create a relaxed wave. To take the look from day to evening, work waves into a textured ponytail or a loose high bun and secure with clips to create a point of interest. Gemma Watts of beauty bible Glow Journal is the queen of textured tresses crediting her cool-girl waves to a GHD Creative Curl Wand and a spritz of Salt Spray.
Setting powder and spray is a non-negotiable
When the temperature turns up, everyone wants that holiday glow, however, it’s important to have the right beauty products to give off a luminous, sun-kissed look instead of a sweaty, sparkly sheen. In an interview with Popsugar, Assistant Editor of Makeup.com, Genesis Rivas says, “I like transitioning my makeup products to creamy formulas to achieve a lit-from-within glow that looks like I've been laying out on a beach all day, even if I've just been hanging at home.” The key to maintaining this type of dewy makeup look is to lock in your foundation and bronzer with a mattifying setting powder or spray that eliminates unnecessary shine.
Switch smoky eyes for something more electric
Bright, bold eye makeup looks are here to stay [link to beauty trends blog discussing mustard eye shadow], so give that smoky eyeshadow palette a hiatus. In an interview with beauty crew, Sydney-based makeup artist Leah Baines predicts that eyeshadow trends like the neon wash, coloured cat-eye and wet-look lids will continue their popularity. When working with a bold shade, Baines admits matte finishes work best, and the aim is to “buff, buff, buff to make the look seamless and soft”. From lemon and lilac shades to neon green and cool cerulean – create some wow factor and don’t be afraid to be brave
Keep it natural
The past few months have provided a prime opportunity to experiment with daring polish colours and trends like gradient nails, however it’s time to give your hands the TLC they deserve. Get back to basics with natural nails, opting for baby pink and nude shades. Go for a DIY home mani and purchase a cuticle oil, nourishing hand cream and French manicure kit and work on your at-home beauty skills.