Your summer beauty survival guide

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Your summer beauty survival guide
Despite the weather heating up, you still want your hair, skin and makeup to look flawless. Here are five simple steps to look fabulous in this heat wave

Summer is currently in full swing: Hands up if you've stepped out of your bathroom after a shower recently and felt that blast of humidity cling to your face like a needy friend you just can't seem to get rid of. This cloying, sticky feeling is the reason why we all want to switch up our beauty routine so we don't go to meetings with makeup melting off our face and dreadful frizz on our head. Instead, think about maintaining glowing skin, lustrous locks and a hint of that perfect summer scent trailing you wherever you go. Our game-changers? Easily absorbed formulations, fresh fragrances, lightweight sunscreens, cooling mists and frizz busters. Yes, reason for a whole new beauty arsenal.


Ditch your heavy, cakey bases and stick to lighter, sweat-proof tints, BB creams and serum foundations. Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30/PA+++ sits gorgeously on your skin and delivers a natural finish and shine control all in one swipe. It comes charged with transparent blurring powders to blur imperfections and even out skin tone, and a rose fruit extract to refine the appearance of pores. For medium to high coverage, Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation is an ultra-fluid base loaded with volatile oils that evaporate instantly upon application and blend weightlessly into your skin.

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30/PA+++, $70 and Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation, $88

Toting around a face mist might seem like too much extra effort, but its benefits far outweigh the hassle. When it's sweltering outside, a spritz of this refreshing spray is a godsend. It also acts protects skin against environmental pollution and harmful free radicals, helps to set makeup and gives you a beautifully natural, dewy look. Go for Ren Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist or Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Toner Mist and spray liberally for best results.

Ren Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist, $69 and Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Toner Mist, $69

"Just using shampoo and conditioner is unfortunately not sufficient for our climate where our hair is constantly exposed to the effects of humidity and UV rays, often resulting in frizzy hair," says Ken Hong, salon director at Evolve Salon and part of John Frieda House of Experts (Singapore). Try John Frieda's Frizz Ease 10 Day Tamer Pre-Wash Treatment, a dry hair formula that addresses frizz and kinks at the source for softer, shinier locks. A great spray alternative? Living Proof Humidity Shield, for last-minute touch ups before that weekend brunch soiree.

John Frieda Frizz Ease 10 Day Tamer Pre-Wash Treatment, $21.90 and Living Proof Humidity Shield, $34

Summer heat amplifies fragrances and causes it to evaporate faster. Powerful, heavy scents that are infused with the likes of vanilla and patchouli can prove to be too sickly and overwhelming in summer. Go for fresh and herbaceous perfumes that cut through the heat with its uplifting notes-like Terry de Gunzberg Thé Glacé Aqua Parfum. Inspired by freshness à la iced tea French Riviera style, this sparkling scent is infused with delicious notes of lime, grapefruit, verbena, black tea, almonds and lavender. To keep your scent on longer amidst the rising temperatures, try layering your perfume first with body oil. Tom Ford's Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil adds a wonderfully spicy, floral touch.

Terry de Gunzberg Thé Glacé Aqua Parfum, $250 and Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil, $160

Smearing your skin with thick, sticky sunscreen can add fuel to your inevitable sweat pool. Our solution? Lightweight formulations like Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen SPF 50 deliver active antioxidant protection with an incredibly fine, transparent texture. It absorbs rapidly into your skin, leaving behind a smooth, matte finish perfectly primed for makeup. After a day out  in the scorching sun, generously apply Aesop Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel to refresh and calm your skin. Packed with aloe vera, panthenol and extracts of petitgrain, grapefruit and lemon, this invigorating gel swiftly restores hydration to parched areas.

Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen SPF 50, $74 and Aesop Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel, $53 (in stores 5 June)

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