Be cool this summer

Stay cool while looking chic with these tips.

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It's summer. It really is.  So, don't be shy. Pull out that cute maxi dress you've been dying to wear all summer, even if it's rainy out.  Open your umbrella and have some fun.

Hair, hair, everywhere

Letting down your mane may not be the most ideal choice, even in the rain. And when it's hot, it's not. Now before you pull your hair into a practical pony, why not opt for a ballerina bun? A few bobby pins and 60 seconds of your time, is all that's required to keep you cool and refreshed all summer.

Lauren Conrad. Photo courtesy of Fashion Fame

A fishtail braid is also another sensible option. It a fresh alternative compared to the traditional braid. Pull out a few strands of hair or loosen the tail to give it a less "made-up" appearance.

Leona Lewis. Photo courtesy of Daily Makeover

Sun-proof your hair

We all know that our skin deserves protection against the harmful UVA and UVB rays. But that doesn't mean that we should neglect our hair as well. Our constant exposure to the sun can considerably damage our scalp, and possibly cause hair loss. 

Vanessa Hudgens, Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian. Photo courtesy of Sauci Style

With that said, floppy hats are the easiest way to protect your hair from the sun. Not only is it practical but it also adds an element of glamour to any of your summer outfits. 

Less is more...

...especially when it comes to make-up this summer. Refrain from piling layers of foundation and let your skin breathe. Apply a tinted moisturizer instead which creates a light, natural coverage while also providing SPF protection. If you feel that your skin needs a heavier coverage, use a powder-based foundation, but don't go overboard.

Avoid this:

   

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And opt for this instead:

Photo courtesy of Lina Hanson Beauty

Using a cream blush or cheek stain can help you avoid a melted face (especially those with oily skin). Unlike powdered blush, it tends to outlast the heat.  

Waterproof eyeliner and mascara are guaranteed to prevent frustratingly smudgy or flaky eyes. With respect to waterproof mascara, however, use it sparingly. Though it certainly resists the tough heat, much of the chemicals can be damaging to your lashes.

Easy, breezy, beautiful, summer girl

Black is known for providing a slimming look, but it's also known for absorbing heat. So instead of putting yourself through that torture, wear brighter and lighter colours instead. It reflects the heat and keeps you cooler.

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Choose sheer, ethereal fabrics for your wardrobe - the breathable material is refreshing against your skin and it's guaranteed to keep you conditioned throughout any occasion. Maxi dresses are a chic option as well as midi skirts.

Armani's 2009 Spring Collection. Photo courtesy of Fashion Lover

Stay cool, ladies.

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