24 Real-Girl Beauty Looks That Are Totally Sweat-Proof

Photographed by Tory Rust.
Raise your hand if your makeup is currently melting off your face. It's August, it's scorching, and putting on a full face just seems pointless. If you're asking yourself if it's possible to look hot AF when it's hot AF, you'll want to stick around and read this.

To answer that question, we went underground to the subway — that sweaty, muggy, sweltering cavern New Yorkers pile into every morning. Once down there, we looked for women who magically managed to look cool — even in the cars with no air-conditioning. (By the way, MTA, that is cruel and unusual punishment.) And damn, did they have some amazing hair and makeup. There were bold lips, chic braids, and flawless cat-eyes — all holding their own against the heat.

So, yes, you can look good when the mercury spikes. You just have to know the secrets. Click through to see the best beauty looks of our subterranean sisters. They're a good reminder that inspiration is everywhere, including your morning commute.
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Name: Laura Hajek
Job: Actor
What lipstick are you wearing? NARS in Cruella
What's your go-to makeup look? Minimal — lipstick and short hair to feel the breeze on my scalp
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Name: Carly Susman
Job: Freelance artist and developer
What makeup are you wearing? Nyx and Holika Holika
What's your go-to summer beauty look? A lot of glitter and not much else
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We wondered where the glitter was, and then we saw Carly's nails...
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Name: Bianca Alexis
Job: Photographer and retoucher
What makeup are you wearing? Make Up For Ever eyeshadow, MAC concealer powder, Lime Crime lip stain, Inglot blush, Buxom mascara
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Name: Faridah Folawiyo
Job: Restaurant manager
What lipstick are you wearing? Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro
What's your go-to summer look? Red lips, mascara, and bare skin
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We are living for this lip color.
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Name: Aelfie Oudghiri
Job: Founder of Aelfie
What are you wearing? Yves Saint Laurent lipstick, Face Stockholm eyeshadow, CVS eyeliner
What's your go-to summer beauty product? Herbivore Rose Face Mist
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Name: CayPaisley
Job: Fashion merchandising
What makeup are you wearing? MAC eyeliner
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Name: Courtney Button
Job: Costume designer
What makeup are you wearing? Glossier
What's your go-to summer makeup look? Wavy hair and a cat-eye
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Name: Miranda Starcevic
Job: Blogger and designer
What makeup are you wearing? Morphe on the eyes, Nyx and E.L.F. on the eyebrows, CoverGirl powder, and Jill Stuart gloss
What's your go-to summer makeup look? I always make sure my nails are painted fun colors, and I love a glittery gold on the lid. It makes my skin look nice and tan!
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Talk about a rainbow connection.
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Name: Makana Ching
Job: Designer
What makeup are you wearing? BareMinerals foundation, Kat Von D lipstick
What's your go-to summer beauty look? Edgy hair
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Name: Naomi Alabi
Job: Event planner
What makeup are you wearing? MAC lipstick
What's your go-to summer look? Bangs and red lips
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Name: Lin Le Quach
Job: Fashion retail
What makeup are you wearing? MAC and Benefit
What's your go-to summer look? Winged eyeliner, red lips, and Bettie Page bangs
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Name: Arianna Skye
Job: Hairstylist
What makeup are you wearing? NARS and Wet n Wild
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Name: Mariela Cabrera
Job: Hostess
What makeup are you wearing? MAC, Benefit, and Urban Decay
What's your go-to summer makeup look? Lipstick and mascara
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Name: Monique Holt
Job: Costumer
What's your go-to summer makeup look? Wearing no makeup! Summer is too hot for anything more than a light foundation.
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Name: Tayler Smith
Job: Membership director at Holyrad Studio
What makeup are you wearing? Maybelline Dream Fresh BB, Wet n Wild Precious Petals Highlighter, MAC Cherry Lip Pencil
What's your go-to makeup look? I go pretty minimal with makeup in the summer and get more diligent with skin care and sunscreen.
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Name: Meagan Morrison
Job: Illustrator
What makeup are you wearing? Urban Decay eyeshadow, Revlon ColorStay lip stain
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Name: Anne Parichon
Job: Dancer
What makeup are you wearing? Kat Von D lipstick, MAC blush
What's your go-to summer makeup look? Lots of lipstick!
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Name: Beth Oakley
Job: Teacher, nanny, and musician
What makeup are you wearing? Jane Iredale Mineral BB Cream, Diorshow mascara, NARS lipstick in Fire Down Below
What's your go-to summer makeup look? Light makeup and red lipstick. My hair is very thick, so I usually pin it up in braids.
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Name: Daniela Maria Amador
Job: Actor
What makeup are you wearing? NARS powder, Dior mascara, Make Up For Ever foundation
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Name: Louise Palmberg
Job: Advertising
What makeup are you wearing? Buxom lipstick, Clinique skin care
What's your go-to summer look? As a biker in the summer, I'm constantly hot. My eye makeup melts away instantly, so I go for a bold lip instead. Much more practical.
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Bonus points for matching those bold lips to her neck scarf.
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