12 Ways to Look Hot and Feel Cool This Summer

12 Ways to Look Hot and Feel Cool
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12 Ways to Look Hot and Feel Cool This Summer

Get Creative With Salt Spray

Yes, beachy waves are gorgeous, but salt spray can do more than Gisele-ify your strands: 

• To stop your hair from getting sweaty, "Aim salt spray at damp roots in the morning, and then let your hair air-dry," says hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins. "That will give your roots some volume and soak up sweat and oil throughout the day." 

• If your hair is fine and you like a tousled finish,mist dry hair three or four times from an arm's length away. "You get a messy texture that creates tons of body," says Hawkins.

• Turn a stodgy updo into a stylish one by spraying and scrunching a bun or braid to "create a roughed-up texture in about three seconds," says hairstylist Mark Townsend.

Protect Your Skin Where You Need It The Most

Of course you're going to slather on sunscreen—but did you know some spots need more than others? The areas where the rims of your sunglasses hit your cheeks are particularly prone to burning because the sunglasses reflect light. So are your chest, preexisting sun spots, and the highest points of your face (your cheekbones and nose). The takeaway: Always use SPF 30 (or higher) on these areas, and reapply frequently.

Chill Out At The Office

Running to a meeting from the steamy subway? Spray on a facial mist with mint or eucalyptus, like Aveda Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist. When the water or alcohol in the spritz evaporates, it'll cool you down, and the minty scent "triggers cold receptors in your brain," says Alan Hirsch, a neurologist and psychiatrist at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. You could also brush M.A.C. Magically Cool Powder over your cheekbones—it has methyl compound that "evaporates the second it touches your skin, creating a cooling effect," says cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson.

Wind Hair Into A Breezy Updo

To get your hair off your neck stylishly, try this topknot with a twist: Pull your hair into a tight ponytail just below the crown and secure it with a thin elastic. Loosely braid the ponytail, tie the end with another thin elastic, and coil it into a topknot. Slip in two bobby pins, crisscrossing them into an X shape for a secure hold. "The whole thing will take two minutes," says Townsend, who created the style Jennifer Lawrence wore to the Independent Spirit Awards.

Cool Off At A Party

You don't have to dunk your head in the punch bowl. Just rest a frosty glass on your wrist or an ice cube against your neck. "Pressing anything cold against a pulse point brings down your core temperature," says David Bank, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. Or use the power of scent: "Smelling anything you associate with cooling off, like a mojito, will make you feel cooler," says Hirsch

Cleanse Thoroughly At Night

"Water- and sweat-resistant sunscreens work because they adhere to the skin better than most," says Ellen Marmur, a dermatologist in New York City. "But that means they may leave behind a residue that can clog pores." To really remove them, use a gentle exfoliant with microbeads.

Maximize Your SPF

Your SPF already works well, but it could work even better. "If you apply an antioxidant serum first, it'll help neutralize free radicals that get through your sunscreen before they can damage your skin," says Elizabeth Hale, a dermatologist in New York City. Try SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Serum or switch to a sunscreen with antioxidants, like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 45.

Stash Products In Your Fridge

Give these beauty products—and yourself—some relief by keeping them chilled:

• Face creams. A cool moisturizer feels awesome and, if you're flushed, "instantly constricts the dilated blood vessels that cause redness," says Bank. Ones with anti-inflammatory ingredients, like niacinamide (found in CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM SPF 30), also help keep redness from returning.

• Nail polish. "Cold temperatures make lacquers thinner, so they're easier to paint on evenly, and they dry faster," says manicurist Jin Soon Choi. They'll also last longer in the fridge: "Heat activates solvents that cause pigments to separate."

• Perfume. Any temperature over 75 degrees can alter scents in as little as one year. Keep them chilled, and you can get an extra five years out of each bottle. 

• After-sun lotions. Cooling sunburned skin is a quick way to bring relief. Keep a gel with aloe (like Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion) in the fridge, just in case.

Try The Coolest Metallic

When it's hot, wearing a cool silver shadow or liner feels light and looks stylish. Try one of our three favorite methods: Trace your upper lash line with a silver liner and your lower one with a black waterproof pencil; swipe a creamy silver shadow over just your lids with your finger, and finish by tracing a black eyeliner pencil along both the upper and lower lashes; or smudge a silver powder shadow at the inner corners of your eyes to make them look wide open.

Tie On An Urban Turban

To pull off a head wrap, you either have to have innate style...or be coached by hairstylist Guido, who tied on bright, summery, totally unposeur-y scarves for the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring show. His top tips: 

1. "Bright colors like neons work best in the summer. Just make sure they don't match your outfit," says Guido. "A white dress with a brightly patterned or solid scarf is your safest bet."

2. Prep dry hair with texturizing spray. "You need that dry texture to give your look a messy nonchalance—and also to keep the scarf from slipping off," Guido says. 

3. Tie it right. Fold your scarf into a three-inch-wide strip and place the middle against your nape. "Pull the ends forward, crossing them above the center of your forehead and just behind your hairline," says Guido. "Bring the ends back to the nape—partially overlapping the fabric to create a turban effect—and knot them at the nape."

Make Eyes Smudgey, Not Melt-y

Eyeliner holds up about as well as a Mister Softee—which is why we love this intentionally imperfect look: Scribble a creamy, black or brown waterproof liner, like Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black or Black Brown, on your hand to warm up the tip, then "draw a thin line along your upper and lower lashes, and smudge that with your fingers," says makeup artist Lucia Pieroni. Pat on an undereye concealer (and a little loose powder) afterward. "That helps prevent it from smearing."

Freeze Your Look

Makeup setting sprays use the same ingredients that give hair sprays their hold but at much smaller concentrations, so they don't feel sticky. But they also don't last as long. "If you use one before you start sweating, your makeup may look fresh for an extra hour or so," says Wilson. The one that's gotten some Allure editors through wedding season is Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray —which also feels cool.


Cruel summer? Pffft. With just a handful of simple tricks, you can turn up the heat without breaking a sweat.

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