How to Look Good When It’s a Million Degrees in NYC
The official guide
Summer in the city: It’s the best because there’s so much to do. It’s the worst because you show up to drinks drenched in sweat with mascara melting down your face.
Here are eight ways to stay and look cool this summer, even when it’s a million degrees in NYC.
DITCH THE BLOW-DRYER
Unless you’re some kind of billionaire, you probably don’t have air conditioning in the bathroom to cool you off while you’re blasting hot air at your head. Rock the messy look until September--or if you must use the blow-dryer, stick with the cool setting.
AVOID THE EMPTY SUBWAY CAR
It’s one of the ten commandments of living in New York City: Thou shalt not get on a deserted subway car, because empty means the air is broken (or something far worse) and it’s a literal oven in there. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
PUT ON DEODORANT AT NIGHT
Did you know the best time to put on antiperspirant isn’t in the morning? It’s actually at night before you go to sleep, so it has the opportunity to absorb into your skin and block your sweat ducts. (Although on a hot summer day, it never hurts to have a spare stick in your purse, just in case.)
...AND PUT IT ON YOUR THIGHS, TOO
We learned this little trick from Amy Schumer, and it really works. Before getting dressed, rub a little deodorant on the inside of your upper thighs to prevent chafing. Because nobody likes chafing. No one.
WEAR COTTON FABRICS
Polyester and acrylic? Sorry, you guys are off-limits until winter. Stick with breathable cotton fabric to wick away moisture (read: sweat) instead.
KEEP YOUR MAKEUP LIGHT
When you’re clomping around the city in the hot sun, your face is going to get sweaty--it’s just a fact. Instead of wiping away smudges all day, start with light foundation, lip gloss and waterproof mascara. You can always add eye shadow and eyeliner when the sun sets and the temperature cools down.
WHEN IN DOUBT, BLOT
...And no, you don’t have to buy makeup blotters from the store. Use Starbucks napkins, paper towels, coffee filters, toilet seat covers, anything that absorbs oil. And always have a wad stashed in your purse.
BE 15 MINUTES EARLY TO EVERYTHING
Sometimes you just have to accept it: When it’s 100 degrees, you’re probably going to arrive to an important meeting with sweat on your upper lip. Always plan ahead so you can do a quick mirror check, reapply makeup and blot your forehead. Plus, when you’re not rushing to catch the train, you’ll sweat less. Win-win.