The Sweaty Girl’s Guide to Looking Put-Together

Who doesn’t love a little fun in the sun? Until that heat and humidity kicks in, that is! Mascara running down our face? Not exactly the vibe. But fear not; we’ve got you covered with some practical ways to look put-together even when the summer elements are working against you.

For the Face

Go a Little Lighter

We aren’t against going glam, but during the summer, a full face of makeup can be heavy – and melt. This summer, try a lighter routine. Start with sunscreen (a must), followed by a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Then, set it with lightweight powder and finish with a waterproof mascara. Oh, and don’t forget the SPF lip balm!

Our Pick: Rare Beauty Positive Light Tinted Moisturizer Broad-Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen ($30, shop here)

Become One With Your Bronzer

We know we just told you to lighten up your makeup routine, and now we’re telling you to add a step! But hear us out: Adding a sweep of bronzer to your high points (forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose – anywhere the sun naturally hits your face) can brighten your face.

Our Pick: Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer ($16.49, shop here)

Blotting Papers Are Still a Thing

We can’t be the only ones who kept a stash of blotting papers in our lockers during high school. Channel that energy this summer to keep the shine (and sweat) at bay.

Our Pick: PleasingCare Natural Face Oil Blotting Papers ($9.99, shop here)

Eye Primer Is a Must

If you like to wear any amount of eyeshadow or eyeliner, an eye primer will keep it all where it needs to be – especially during the hottest months.

Our Pick: e.l.f. Power Grip Primer ($10, shop here)

Opt for a Lip Stain

Lipstick can be heavy and wear off quickly. This, combined with the sweltering heat, is a recipe for disaster. A stain gives your lips lasting color that won’t run, and can be kept soft with a moisturizing (spf) lip balm.

Our Pick: Wonderskin Wonder Blading Lip Stain Kit ($22, shop here)

Finish With Setting Spray

No matter how much or little makeup you wear this summer, a good setting spray will help keep it in place.

Our Pick: NYX Professional Makeup Matte Finish Setting Spray ($9.97, shop here)

For the Body

Wet Wipes Work Wonders

Sometimes, we simply don’t have time to shower. For the days you need to remove the stink and grime, just pull out a wipe. And don’t forget about the rest of your body! Reach for a feminine wipe to stay feeling fresh.

Our Picks:

Cetaphil Face and Body Wipes ($13.01, shop here)

Summer’s Eve Simply Sensitive Feminine Wipes ($14.36, shop here)

For the Hair

Keep Frustrating Frizz at Bay

Texture, body, and volume are beautiful things, but frizz? No thanks. If you suffer from frizzy flyaways, try a spray to create a barrier between your hair and humidity, dirt, UV rays, and more.

Our Pick: Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray($28, shop here)

Instant Hair Refresh in a Can

If your hair gets greasy, toss a travel-size dry shampoo in your bag to whip out when needed.

Our Pick: Batiste Dry Shampoo Travel Size 3-Pack ($12.86, shop here)

For the Wardrobe

Keep It Cool

Cotton and linen are the best choices for staying cool and keeping sweat away. You should also pay attention to the color of your clothes. Gray tops tend to expose sweat stains more!

Stage 5 Clinger

Opt for clothing that is forgiving in areas that tend to be sweaty. For example, if you have a large bust, you might want to avoid tight-fitting tops that trap heat and sweat. Instead, choose flowy tanks or loose dresses that allow for more airflow and can keep you cool and comfortable.

Always Check the Weather

This is especially important during the summer when the weather can be unpredictable. There’s nothing worse than wearing tight jeans when you could have been in a breezy, loose-fitting linen dress.

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