Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

The heat is in: Make the beauty best of a hot hot summer

Frizzy locks, sweaty faces and melting maquillage are classic summer conundrums. This year, beat the season at its own game by taking a cue from some of the top hair and makeup looks that embrace the humidity to stunning effect. Photography by Andrew Soule Makeup by Simone Otis, using Joe Fresh Cosmetic for Hair by Cody Alain using TRESemmé for

1 of 6

Loose change
Make the most of flyaways with a grunge twist on a beachy do.
According to Toronto-based hairstylist Cody Alain, who created the hair looks shown on these pages, “you want it to be a bit dishevelled, so it works with humidity and frizz.”

Get the look
Apply a volumizing cream to damp hair, concentrating the product on your roots. Blow-dry using a round brush to create lift at the base of the hair shaft. Once dry, twist various sections of hair around a wand or curling iron until you’ve achieved the desired volume; to avoid a uniform look, make sure the pieces are of varying widths and thicknesses. Lastly, set your waves with a texturizing spray to give them a touch of grit. “The contrast between polished and frizzy is what makes the look modern,” Alain says.

On the model:
Helmut Lang top, $295 at Holt Renfrew ( Carole Tanenbaum Lucite Necklace, $450 at select boutiques across Canada (visit for locations).

Andrew Soule

2 of 6

The inspiration
Beachy waves, the perennial summer-beauty staple, got an urban update this season with the textured, slightly greasy styles shown on the runways at Kenzo and (as seen here on model Elsa Sylvan) at 3.1 Phillip Lim.

T3 SinglePass Whirl, $150 through
T3 BodyWaver Styling Iron, $175 through
Raincry Professional Large Magnesium Curling Brush, $59.95 at salons across Canada and through
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $44 at Holt Renfrew (
Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Triple Action Volume Mousse, $5.99 at drugstores and mass-market retailers.
Moroccanoil Illuminating Finishing Spray, $23.80 at salons across Canada.
Cream Blush in Melon and Rose, $6 each at Joe Fresh (

3 of 6

Dew of a kind
Embrace glistening skin for a strong, summery statement.
To get a glossy glow, apply sheer layers of makeup using a mille-feuille technique. “You want a flawless complexion, but you don’t want too much makeup on your face because it won’t last in the heat,” says Toronto-based makeup artist Simone Otis.

Get the look
Use a cream with light-reflecting particles under a tinted moisturizer to even your skin tone, then, to achieve a deliberate sheen, blend a pearl- or champagne-coloured cream highlighter over your temples, upper cheekbones, bridge of the nose and Cupid’s bow. Finish with a light dusting of powder over the face and stow a hydrating mist in your purse for a midday refresher.

On the model:Arthur Mendonça top, price on request through Carole Tanenbaum Lucite Collar Necklace, $2,500 at select boutiques across Canada (visit for locations).

4 of 6

The inspiration
From New York to Milan – think Preen (as seen here on model Emily Baker), Catherine Malandrino and Bottega Veneta – models rocked a dewy, almost sweaty complexion.

Guerlain Météorites Powder for the Face, $67 at Guerlain counters across Canada.
NARSskin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer, $68 at Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and select Sephora and Murale locations.
Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free SPF 15, $70 at Sephora (www.sephora. com).
Kat Von D Lock ’N Load Makeup Setting Mist, $31 at Sephora.
M.A.C Cream Colour Base in Pearl, $22 at M.A.C locations across Canada (

Antonello Trio/

Story continues below advertisement

5 of 6

Smudge match
Take melted-looking eye makeup from sloppy to sultry.

“This [look] is about lived-in colour that’s a bit greasy but still looks elegant,” says Otis, who suggests using a blue and grey palette because it’s sultry, feminine and flattering to every skin tone. “The key is to blend and create soft shadows that gradually build intensity.”

Get the look
Apply a navy shadow all over the lid, then blend in a peacock-blue hue to add brightness and dimension. Next, apply a light grey shadow to the crease and along your lower lash line. Slowly blend outward for a smudgy effect. Line your bottom waterline with black or charcoal eyeliner for added impact and finish with a coat of mascara on the top and bottom lashes.

On the model The Row top, $1,090 at Holt Renfrew (

6 of 6

The inspiration
The smudged smoky eyes shown at Carolina Herrera’s spring/ summer show (as seen here on model Karlie Kloss) are ideal for steamy evenings that typically cause makeup to migrate down the face.


Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Dark Grey and Black, $23 each at Sephora (www.sephora. com).
Sephora Collection Le Waterproof Mascara, $15 at Sephora.
Eye Shadow in Petrol, $6 at Joe Fresh (
Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Snow Shadow, $40 at Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Murale, select Shoppers Drug Mart locations, Jean Coutu, London Drugs and Ogilvy.
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Silver Flame, $9.99 at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada.

Alessandro Lucioni

Report an error