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Ah, summer in the city. Instagram-worthy skyline sunsets. The sweet song of the ice-cream truck. And…pit stains? Mastering summer beauty is a science and an art. Luckily, you’re a savvy New Yorker, and there are hassle-free ways to keep your look put together and fresh. Here, eight easy tips for looking (and feeling) cool from now until Labor Day.

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Michael Dumler

Master Day-to-Night Hair

Lazy summer hair can still look polished and pretty. Before work, brush damp hair and pull it up into a topknot, then secure with a soft hair tie (we like Mane Message). Later, shake out your tresses and finger-comb them into beachy waves. You’re ready to let loose just in time for sunset cocktails.


Rethink Your Foundation

This is not the time to try out the mattefied look. Embrace your “dewy” (er, sweaty) complexion with a lightweight BB cream that offers a touch of coverage. Added bonus: your morning routine just got easier too.


Don’t Sweat It

This city is a hot mess in the summer. And when you’re out of your apartment from dawn to dusk (and beyond), all-day protection is essential. That’s where Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid ($12) comes in. The Adapts and Responds™ technology adjusts to your own unpredictable ups and downs and responds with personalized sweat and odor protection to stop odor before it starts. So it’s easy to look and feel fresh, from your crowded commute to a busy day of meetings to after-work cocktails.

Face Mist

Spritz Your Face

Reduce redness and calm irritated skin with an easy DIY spray. Add four drops each of lavender and lemon essential oils to a water-filled spray bottle, then spritz your face, neck and décolletage as needed. Keep it in the fridge for a cool boost all summer long.

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Make Eyes

Yes, you can do a smudge-proof cat eye in August. The latest gel eyeliners give you the precision of a liquid liner with the ease of a gel-based formula, plus they glide on smoothly and dry quickly for a long-wearing, water-resistant finish. Summer date night, here you come.

Peppermint Soap

Get Your Pep With Peppermint

We all love mint for instantly freshening our breath on the fly. But why stop at your mouth? Try a mint-based soap in the shower or a peppermint foot cream to soothe achy feet at the end of the day.

Baking Soda

Fight The Funk

Ah, the old baby powder in your shoes trick. There’s a reason this hack has been around since your grandmother was in grade school: It. Really. Works.

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Banish Frizz

Tame flyaways forever with everybody’s favorite cure-all: coconut oil. Warm a small amount in your palms and work it through your tresses, starting at the ends and working up toward the roots. Swipe any excess oil down your arms and legs for a natural, dewy sheen.

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