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Looking and feeling your best shouldn’t be weather dependant—but with the climate varying from
state-to-state, there’s no one prescription for a perfect summer face. Whether you’re facing the
stickiness of humidity in the north of Queensland or the harsh dryness of a city like Adelaide,
you sorted this summer.
Tight-feeling skin, a concrete-like complexion and sun-scorched hair is entirely avoidable—so why
yourself susceptible to the beauty blunders of a dry-tempered summer? Dry air will rob your skin
moisture, making high-powered hydrators and dewy finishes that are heat-appropriate more
ever. Here’s your dew diligence.
A cooling mist will keep your skin happy and balanced pre- and post- makeup,
havoc on your finished look. With a surge of fatty acids, ceramides, electrolytes and fermented sake and kombucha, Drunk Elephant’s
Fermented Sake Spray is like a spiked sports drink for your skin.
While moisturiser is a no brainer, it’s the concentrated serums
that come before
that can make all the difference. Enter: hyaluronic acid, by way of Tatcha’s new The Dewy
which blends the famous acid with their signature fermented Hadasei-3™ concentrate and squalane,
or goop’s GOOPGLOW 20%
Vitamin C and
Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum, which pairs it with a megadose of vitamin
C and antioxidant-rich Kakadu plum.
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They moisturise, add a life-giving tint and subtle your-skin-but-better coverage, and, in the
case of Mecca
Cosmetica’s In A Good Light Face Tint, can have the bonus benefit of SPF—what more
could you want? Melting into the skin effortlessly atop your primary SPF, a tinted
moisturiser will even and boost your skin without the risk of cracks, flakes, or
patchiness. Laura Mercier’s cult Tinted Moisturiser won’t fail you either.
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With the air thick and, yes, moist, a soft glow can become sweat-struck shine quick fast, making
pore-refining, mattifying and longwearing beauty critical for looks that don’t melt, fall victim to gravity,
or turn unintentionally reflective. Try these.
Like magic, the microfine droplets of a good setting spray will lock in your makeup and create a barrier
for shine, transfer and meltaway. MECCA MAX’s Life Proof Setting Spray doubles down on light hydration, and Urban Decay’s iconic All Nighter Long
Lasting Makeup Setting Spray will keep your makeup in place for up to 16 hours no matter the
weather, thanks to their patented Temperature Control Technology (if you’re extra oily, try the mattifying variant).
In warm, humid environments, it’s common for your pores to enlarge to allow for increased sebum and sweat
production. To keep this—and excess oil and shine—under control, refining
tonics and detoxifying clay and charcoal masks should be at arm’s length. Our current
favourites include the Kiehl’s Rare
Earth Pore Refining Tonic, and Juice Beauty’s Blemish Clearing Bamboo Pore Refining Mask.
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Without the heaviness, caking or pore clogging (instead; light, silky formulas that dry down evenly,
don’t crease, and stay put) Too
Faced’s Born This Way Matte Foundation and Estée Lauder’s Double Wear are
your superglue-status bases for an even, mattified complexion, free from redness and patchy, short-lived
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secrets for sweat-proof beauty