1. INSTEAD OF: Heat-styling your hair
You know humidity and sweat is going to immediately ruin all your hard work upon leaving the house. Plus, blow-drying when it’s hot is like an at-home simulation of what hell must be like.
TRY THIS: Anti-humidity styling products
Throw that round brush across the room and work some frizz-proofing gel or mousse through your hair. Problem solved.
2. INSTEAD OF: Leaving your hair down at all
Yes, certain frizz-fighting products may be awesome, but some days the thought of letting your hair battle the elements is just beyond you. It’s okay. This bunny gets it.
TRY THIS: A pretty braid that won’t weigh you down.
You can experiment with pretty braided styles if you simply can’t bear the thought of wearing it down on your sweaty neck on particularly sweaty summer days.
3. INSTEAD OF: Lipstick
Oh, cool, your $50 Guerlain lipstick just melted because your kept your purse near a sunny window. It’s so much fun how everything in your bag is covered in pink wax now!
TRY THIS: DIY lip stain
It’s waterproof, will last all day, and is also totally delicious. Plus, it won’t melt all over your cell phone.
4. INSTEAD OF: Liquid or powder foundation
OH MY GOD, MY PORES, THEY’RE SUFFOCATING. TELL MY CAT SHE CAN HAVE ALL MY MELTED LIPSTICKS WHEN I’M GONE.
TRY THIS: Tinted moisturizer or BB cream
In the heat, you want makeup that blends into your skin instead of sitting heavily on top of it. Also, you can get one with tons of SPF and have it double as your sunscreen!
5. INSTEAD OF: A makeup look with like 12 million steps
Love you, Chanel Winter 2009, but this look isn’t going to cut it for days at the beach, farmer’s market or county fair.
TRY THIS: A face that’s fresh to death.
Take a cue from this model’s gorgeous, pared-down makeup at Tracy Reese’s Spring 2012 show. All you need is a little cheek tint, a subtle lip, and mascara to duplicate it at home.
6. INSTEAD OF: Dark nails
You spent the winter wearing dark polish to match your wardrobe, right? It’s time to brighten things up!
TRY THIS: Picnic-inspired manicures!
As if it needed to be any harder to not chew on your nails, now they look like adorable little strawberries. This nail art is a blessing and a curse.
7. INSTEAD OF: Perfume with musky or woody notes
You smelled like an earthy forest all winter, but that’s a bit much for spring and summer. Get out of the woods and into the garden!
TRY THIS: A floral scent
It’s time to swap heavier fragrances for floral- or citrus-based ones! That way, you can smell as summery as you feel, even if you happen to be a cartoon skunk.
8. INSTEAD OF: Complicated smoky eyes
While these look great in colder months, they’re more prone to smudging in the summer unless you use a really good primer. Even then, it seems like a lot of effort when you could use that time to read a book in the park.
TRY THIS: A single shade of gel- or cream-based shadow
Pick a colorful one to make your eyes pop with minimal effort. Just swipe it onto your lids and get outside, already!
9. INSTEAD OF: Powder blush and bronzer
How are you going to layer a fake tan/flush onto your face when the sun is shining? All you need to do is walk outdoors to get these colors naturally.
TRY THIS: Cheek stain
If your skin tone isn’t one that tans easily, swipe on a liquid- or gel-based stain instead. That way, the color blends into your skin instead of looking like it was painted on.
10. INSTEAD OF: Cat-eye liquid liner
While this is a really cute look for cooler weather, it can be hard to make liquid liner stay all day when things get hot and humid.