Enjoy warmer weather and still look great with these pro strategies to combat summer beauty problems.
This article originally appeared on Health.
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Powder eye shadow plus high temps equals major creasing. Substitute a cream like Cargo Swimmables Longwear Eye Shadow Stick ($20; kohls.com) or liquid formula that locks in once it's dry, such as Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow. Pat it on with your finger to create a sheer finish, or layer it for more pigment payoff. At night, add a swipe of clear eye gloss on top to catch the light.
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These creamy formulas, like Glossier Cloud Paint ($18; glossier.com) and Pixi Beauty Sheer Cheek Gel melt into skin like watercolor on canvas for a natural wash of color. Though the blush sheers out as you apply it, a little goes a long way. Dab a pea-size amount onto the apples of your cheeks and blend in a circular motion (think less Nike swoosh and more doll face).
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You know the tint left behind after sucking on a Popsicle? Lip stains like Milk Makeup Oil Lip Stain ($18;sephora.com) and MAC Cosmetics Versicolour Stain give the same effect without the sugar high. With your finger, apply a little to the center of your lips, then rub your lips together to distribute the color. This keeps the pigment in the middle for a not-too-perfect pop of color that's less likely to bleed.
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Post-run, rely on your go-to: Dry shampoo. Psssst Instant Dry Shampoo in Tropical has a time-release technology to reactivate the formula throughout the day (meaning strands smell lovelier every time you brush—genius). Give extra attention to hairline wisps, which "tend to be drier and soak up more sweat," says Sheenon Olson, celebrity hairstylist at Atma Beauty Miami. Blast them with cool air from your blow-dryer as you smooth.
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Sure, exercise leaves you with that endorphin glow, but you may also notice some not-so-pretty side effects, like flare-ups on your chest, back, or rear. "Those areas are filled with hair follicles," explains Dr. Jegasothy, "making them extra susceptible to breakouts." So if showering after your ab routine isn't enough, regularly use an acne-busting body wash, like Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash ($12,amazon.com), to reduce the number of bacteria on your skin. (The germs can ultimately lead to rashes and blemishes.) As for already-existing spots, run a body wipe with at least 2 percent salicylic acid over them once a day. A good choice:Stridex Maximum Strength Acne Pads. Buh-bye, bacne!
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Rough heels happen—whether you're an avid runner or just a flip-flop walker. On your foot, "cell turnover slows down as you get older, and dead skin collects there," says Dr. Jegasothy. Stay on top of the situation by filing down scaly patches with a foot file, like the Amope Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry. Do so after showering, when skin is softest.
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Estee Lauder Double Wear Waterproof Concealer can stand up to high humidity and won't smudge or crease, even after a dip in the pool.
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Go for a pop of color on your lips with ARROW BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm, which adapts to your pH and results in a perfect-for-you tint. No messy, migrating lipstick!
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Do your pores seem bigger post-sweat session? It's not in your head: "There is a connection between chronically enlarged pores and working out excessively," notes S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD, a dermatologist in Miami. You can minimize the appearance of pores by using a lactic-acid-based solution, such as Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Facial Water. "The lactic acid gets into sweaty pores and absorbs the oil," says Dr. Jegasothy.
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If fun in the sun is wrecking your mani, opt for a long-wear polish. Try Essie Gel Couture ($12; dermstore.com), which promises 14 days of glossy nails. Just swipe on two coats of color (no base coat required) and finish with the corresponding topcoat. To further guard against chips, "add extra topcoat to seal edges prior to working out," says New York City celebrity manicurist Tracylee. "This prevents moisture from getting in, which can lead to polish flaking off." Keep Cote Traveler Base and Top Coat—a mini bottle!—in your gym or beach bag.
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Know this: It is possible to get through a sweat session without ruining your blowout. First, avoid using too many stylers. "Product buildup weighs down your hair, making it harder to salvage afterward," says Suave Professionals celebrity hairstylist Jenny Cho. Before you head out, secure a ponytail or bun with something nonslip, like theInvisibobble Power. And fight enemy number one—sweat—by wearing a cotton headband over your harline to sop up moisture.
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Stash Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Work it! Full! Flared! Fit! Mascara in your makeup bag to look hot (in a good way) all summer long. Thanks to nourishing ingredients like vitamins A, C, and E, there's no risk of dry, brittle lashes with this formula.
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When the mercury is climbing, it can feel like your skin is on fire. Besides chugging plenty of water, what can you do? Try using a cooling treatment that hydrates skin. We like Origins Hit Refresh ($33, macys.com), a body moisturizer that replenishes water and vital minerals lost during your workout; the super-light cream-gel formula soothes skin on contact. Is your complexion red and blotchy? Apply Milk Makeup Cooling Water on puffy, irritated patches for immediate relief.
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When you don’t have co-wash or oils on hand, a quick warm water rinse will prevent some post-swimming breakage. Consider CurlyChic’s sponge theory: if you place a wet sponge in a pool of water, it will only absorb a small quantity of water. The same applies to your hair and chlorine. Avoid jumping into a pool with dry hair when you can.
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