The weather is finally gorgeous, and life has adapted to the easy, breezy days of summer. Whether you’re heading out on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation or staying close to home, the days feel full of endless possibility and fun. With the temperatures spiking and outdoor activities filling our schedules, thus, it can be hard to fit in beauty routines—or find the motivation to squeeze in all the steps of our typical regiments. Spending hours primping seems like the least exciting thing when so many summer adventures await us.
Still, we all know that beauty routines are important because they help us feel our best.
You don’t have to sacrifice your confidence or your time in the sun, however, to look and feel beautiful. There are ways to still feel ready for your best social media picture and maximize your time outside. Check out our three tips for effortless summer beauty looks that don’t steal your time in the sun.
- Choose Heat-Free Hairstyles
When the sun is blazing, no one wants to spend hours under a hot blow dryer, curling iron, or flat iron. Speed up your hair routine but still feel great by choosing heat-free hairstyles. There are dozens of products designed to help you achieve gorgeous, shiny hair by air drying. Try a salt-spray product to get effortless, air-dried waves. Just spray into damp hair and let it dry. These products offer texture and work with your natural hair to give you a style that takes no time at all.
Braids can also be your best friend this time of year depending on your hair length and style. Check out social media for some quick braiding tutorials. If you’re spending the day poolside or beachside, you can even consider adding a leave-in conditioning treatment with your braids or a hair mask to reap extra benefits.
If braids aren’t your favorite look to sport outside the home, you can still use them to get perfect, tousled beach hair. Braid slightly damp hair before bed and wake up to perfect beach waves with zero time. Just remove the hair ties, remove the braids, and tousle the hair for a gorgeous, modern look.
Cutting out the hair tools gives you more time in the sun and also gives your hair a much-needed break.
Nails are always a great addition to your beauty routine. The perfect nail color and design expresses your personality and adds a pop of fun, sophistication, and style to any look. They also really improve your social media photos and help you feel your absolute best. Cute nails are always a highlight in photos and help you feel put together. Still, over the summer, no one wants to spend hours in a nail salon just to get results that might not make it through the whole beach trip. Busy schedules can lead some women to skipping their nail appointments. However, there’s an even better solution.
Nail strips are a perfect solution for any time of year but especially in the summer. If you’ve tried them in the past and didn’t love them, trust me—you need to give them a try again because they have changed. The latest options are so simple to apply, affordable, and they really, truly last. No matter what your nails look like, they are easy to fit to your specific nail shape to get the desired look. They also give your nails a break because there is no sanding required. You just buff and shape your nail, clean them properly, and apply the nail sticker. One application at home and you’re set for potentially several weeks, even with the wear and tear from your summer adventures.
Danni & Toni gel nail stickers are used with a LED lamp to cure them and give you long-lasting nail looks that are salon worthy. They have a gorgeous shine to them and stay smooth unlike some other brands that tend to bubble. The best news is your budget will also thank you because they are extremely affordable. Use your saved cash towards your summer plans and still look amazing in all of your photos.
For the summer months, don’t be afraid to go bold and pick a bright color or a wild design. Even if you skip other parts of your beauty routine, you’ll feel great with gorgeous, trendy nails.
- Simplify Your Makeup Products
Over the summer, a full face of makeup takes too much time and doesn’t usually hold up well in the hot, sticky weather. Cut back on your product routine in the summer. Be sure to keep sunscreen and moisturizer in your skin regiment but try to cut back on your cosmetics list. Focusing on one feature frees up time and effort.
A bold lip makes you look polished, put together, and lively with little effort. Just aim for a quick swipe of your favorite lip and then minimal products for the rest of your face. Swap a full foundation routine for some dots of concealer and a setting spray. Use waterproof mascara for a day by the pool. If eyes are your favorite feature, do some quick, simple eyeshadow and eye liner and opt for a clear gloss.
Less can really be more, especially if it means more time with family and friends doing activities you love.
---by Lindsay Detwiler