Beauty tips to help you cope with summer

Summer, sun and the beach are just around the corner – but these things can wreak havoc on your skin and makeup, and force you to plan your outfits a bit more carefully. After all, in winter you can wear jeans and a long sleeve top, maybe with a jacket, during the day and at night – but in the Australian summer that kind of thing is just too hot!

Sun protection

The sun can severely damage your skin, and cause both unsightly sunburning and uneven tanning. The last thing you want to be worrying about as you get ready for a date or a night out is a face that is almost glowing pink, or peeling!

Even if you’re one of those people who are lucky enough to not burn easily you can still get tan lines, and these can be very obvious. A sunglasses tan, for example, is even more obvious than sunburn, while bikini or singlet lines can limit the kids of outfits you can wear to festivals or fun days (and nights) out.

So remember to slip, slop and slap to keep the sun off your skin, particularly if you are fair, and wear a hat or stay in the shade as much as you can. If you do start to get obvious tan lines, fake tan is your friend. Finally, if you do get sunburnt, aloe vera is fantastic for alleviating the pain and the problems it causes.

Use waterproof makeup

In summer in Australia it is usually either hot or raining outside. This means that you often will have things like mascara run and end up with streaks running down your cheeks, either from moisture or just sweat. Waterproof makeup simply makes sense for the climate.

This doesn’t just apply during the day, by the way – on a night out it may be a bit cooler but you will still face quite high levels of humidity, and if you need to do much walking or want to dance then you are likely to sweat.

Plan your outfit carefully

If you want to spend the day at the beach and then go for drinks without having to head home and change then you need to plan your outfit carefully. For girls this could be a light dress, skirt or shorts (or even skorts) and top or playsuit over a bikini, or even a nice one piece swimming costume with shorts or a skirt.

For men it’s a bit harder, as men often can’t get away with shorts in nice venues, and it’s hard to wear swimmers under your street clothes unless you go with budgie smugglers (which no one wants to see unless you’re a Hemsworth). You will probably need a backpack with jeans to get changed after the beach.

Footwear is also a lot easier for girls than guys. Women are more likely to be able to wear open footwear to a pub, and are less likely to need socks. Men, on the other hand, will just need to wear shoes to the beach and take them off before you go on the sand.

Christian Woods
Christian Woods
Christian is a morning reporter and technology columnist for Best in Australia. Christian has worked in the media since 2000, in a range of locations. He joined Best in Australia in 2018, and began working in Melbourne in 2019.
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