The City of Hot and Humid
Jun 9, 2010
I hate humidity like a true Western girl should. I hate humidity so much that I would move out of D.C. just to get away from it, and I am.not.kidding. But over the last five years, I’ve learned some tricks for how to keep up appearances when the weather gets wet and wild.
The humidity causes your makeup to melt like the Wicked Witch of the West. To prevent slippage invest in a good primer. I like City Block from Clinique because it’s oil-free, contains sunblock and doesn’t feel heavy.
No matter how good your primer is, mattification is tough to find in the humid Mid-Atlantic. So I always keep a few blotting papers on hand for when my face starts to resemble a two-way mirror. Don’t want to pay for these powdered papers? The cheap, eco-friendly Kleenex that we use in the House works almost as well, just remember: Dab don’t rub.
Until I moved to D.C., I thought waterproof mascara was just for brides and scuba divers. But once you’ve looked in the mirror and seen Tammy Faye Baker (may she and her big hair rest in peace) looking back at you, you’ll make the switch for realz. Raccoon eyes only look good on the Olsen Twins.
Yes, this product is a relic of the 1980s. Yes, you really have to search the bottom shelf to find it. And yes, it really does work when you need to stop perspiration somewhere other than your under arms.
Whether you want to admit it or not, you smell. And the hotter and more humid it gets, the more obvious that natural fragrance becomes.
To cover it up, you’ll need to choose a Summer fragrance. I also suggest that you layer the scent by purchasing the companion lotion and/or shower gel.
When humidity strikes, the natural tendency is to wash your hair everyday to prevent greasy buildup. But daily shampooing shortens the life of your color and strips your hair’s natural oils. This is no bueno.
Replacing your daily wash with a spritz of this phenomenal dry shampoo restores volume and life to your locks. You should also keep another can in your desk for pre-cocktail hour touch ups. If $23 seems like a lot for shampoo the Pssst brand is just as effective and only costs $8.
If your goal is curl retention, you need this product. Loaded with glycerine, Versastyler helps maintain bouncy curls all day long. Just remember, a nickel sized amount is more than enough.
If you’re problem is too much curl/frizz, then Versastyler is not for you. Instead, try a brand called Living Proof available at Sephora.
Their products are designed to maintain your desired look (straight or curly) in even the most oppressive humidity. They also formulate their products for different types of hair, this is very helpful for those of us with fine hair.