6 Beauty Tips To Master This Summer

Fussy beauty takes a backseat once the temperatures start to rise. And for good reason: When it's so hot and humid, why should you be worrying about your hair and makeup? There are margaritas to drink! And kabobs to grill! The only problem with the desire to do less is that over time, unofficial rules have become the norm — rules like "embrace your dewy skin," "tame your frizz," and "don't even think about turning on a hairdryer."

But what about people who feel more themselves with a matte powdered face, poolside? Or guys and gals who look smoking-hot with a head full of frizz, nary a drop of smoothing serum in sight? Well, since we're always down to bust up beauty rules, we are here for you. We tapped hairstylist Nate Rosenkranz and makeup artist Allie Smith to show us the right way to eschew the norm. Beauty is all about what you like to do — not what someone tells you to do.

Click through to see the rules you should absolutely break this summer. Oh, and spoiler alert: Don't retire your dark lipsticks just yet.
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Photographed by Hannah Khymych.
Rule #1: Embrace dewy skin.
It is easier to let your skin glow from June through August. But those of us with straight-up oily complexions don't necessarily want our skin to shine any time of the year — and summer is no different.

Smith suggests prepping skin with an oil-free moisturizer. "You're knocking out the shine early, so you don't have to powder later," she explains. We like a gel cream, like this one from NARS, followed by an oil-free foundation. The key to avoiding cakey-ness isn't just in the products, though, it's in dabbing your skin with blotting papers before you even powder.

Then, throughout the day, if you get a little shiny, use blotting papers, not powder, to avoid clumping.

Clinique Stay Matte Oil-Free Foundation, $24, available at Sephora; Nyx Studio Finishing Powder Translucent Finish, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Photographed by Hannah Khymych.
Rule #2: Don't blowdry your hair.
We get why this rule came about — who wants to be melting under a dryer when it's a million degrees out? But some of us worship our hot tools — or have hair textures that don't feel 100% when they're air-dried.

So go ahead and use your dryer. But rather than going the not-a-hair-out-of-place route, relax your standards a bit. Rosenkranz suggests prepping the hair with a blowout cream for extra smoothness from the mid-length to the ends, and then adding a volumizing mousse at the root. Then, blowdry with a round brush, but instead of finishing, once the hair is mostly dry, flip the brush vertically and blow the hair away from the face. "This will give you that sleek wave that looks more lived-in," Rosenkranz says. Finish with a mist of hairspray.

Alterna Haircare CC Cream for Hair, $25, available at Sephora; Tressemé Volumizing Mousse, $5.49, available at Ulta Beauty; Solow Curved Cutout Body Suit, $95, available at Solow; Ele Miško Fireworks Earrings, $60, available at Ele Miško.
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Photographed by Hannah Khymych.
Rule #3: Avoid dark makeup — especially lipstick.
"It's fun to mix it up," says Smith. "Every spring and summer, the colors tend to be coral, orange, or watermelon." But some badass babes are steadfast in their dark, moody colors. And we say you should do you.

The one note Smith makes is to reinforce the lip line. "Since you're working with dark, glossy textures in humidity, you want to keep them from sliding," she says. Just line your lips with a pencil in a coordinating hue, then rim around your mouth with a dusting of translucent powder. See? Moody shades don't have to be gone 'til November.

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga, $28, available at NARS; Armour Beauty Gloss in Barracuda, $24, available at Armour Beauty; Marion Vidal Klein Blue Ceramic Earring, $167, available at Valery Demure; Wouters & Hendrix Gold Plated Sun Hoop Earrings, $260, available at Wouters & Hendrix.
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Photographed by Hannah Khymych.
Rule #4: Do everything you can to tame frizz.
With all the frizz-tamers on the market, it's easy to think of fuzz as your hair's number-one enemy. But with the right hairstyle, you can make it look rad — not messy.

Rosenkranz created a ponytail that's high on fuzz by spritzing texture spray into dry hair for body. And to keep the scalp smooth, he has a pretty genius tip. "Start with a small ponytail at the crown of your hair, then slowly pull in sections from the outside in," he says. "It's kind of like you're working outwards from a bull's eye." This way, you don't get those weird lumps along your hairline.

The other great thing is that this hair is meant to be touched. Feel free to pull and rub on your strands to keep the texture looking fresh.

Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder, $12, available at Sephora; Flagpole Lynn Swimsuit, $375, available at Spring.
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Photographed by Hannah Khymych.
Rule #5: Keep your eye makeup simple.
With all of summer's vivid and vibrant trendy tones, it would be silly not to play a little. So we say go bright with your smoky eye. You just have to know how to make the zippy shades work.

The key to this, Smith says, is to work with tones from the same color family. That way, they'll look good as they blend. Here she chose blue, green, and a neon yellow. As the hues mix and melt together, they'll stay distinct, not muddy. Also? Reach for pencils before powders. "A good pencil base helps shadow look brighter and last longer," she says.

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette, $49, available at Urban Decay; YSL Beauty Couture Palette in 11 Ballets Russes, $60, available at YSL Beauty.
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Photographed by Hannah Khymych.
Rule #6: Your braids must be boho.
Braids are a summer mainstay, but they don't always have to be breezy and romantic. A cool, structured plait along the hairline packs a major punch. Best of all? If you braid tightly enough, it will last a couple of days.

For this rad reverse braid, Rosenkranz says to grab a section on the top of the head (it can be as large as you want) and start braiding toward the hairline. "Thread the pieces over top, not the bottom, so it lays flatter against the head," he says. Once the French braid lifts off the hairline, continue braiding, then secure with a clear elastic. Finally, pin the loose tail into a bun for some attitude.

Uncommon Matters earring.

Chromat Reactive Racer Top, $245, available at Chromat.
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