Summer Must-Haves When You Don’t Like Summer

Summer is here, and I hate it.

I don’t like the beach, I don’t like swimming, and I sure as hell don’t like the sun.

It’s a little problematic if you live in a tropical country like I do.

See, you’re not just dealing with the oppressive heat; you’re dealing with unrelenting humidity. It ruins your hair, your makeup, and your day, leaving you looking like that poor dumb Nazi bastard at the end of Raiders.

The good news is that I now have a trusty arsenal of summer favorites to make this horrendous weather a lot more bearable, at least until the rainy season rolls around in a couple of months.

Life in monsoon Asia — what a blast.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

There’s really no point in wearing a full face of makeup in this weather.

Admit it: your makeup will never look as fresh as it did this morning. The traffic situation in Metro Manila would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic, and there’s no way your face beat will survive both the summer heat and the MRT.

Avoid makeup meltdown by sticking to a light base and then doing pinpoint concealing as necessary. Glossier’s Skin Tint barely has any coverage, but it does have a blurring effect that helps blur out blemishes and texture.

I also find that the dewy finish keeps me looking healthy and glowing throughout the day, even when my nose inevitably oils up.

BLK Cosmetics Creamy All-Over Paint in Peony

I have naturally flushed cheeks, which sounds cuter than it really is. I’m not talking about that girly peach-pink hue that offers a youthful glow. No. The tiniest amount of exertion leaves me bright red, like an elderly Maru-chan.

Fighting the redness in this heat is an uphill battle that I’m not prepared to face, so I’ve completely given up. You know what they say, right? If you can’t beat them, pick a blush that enhances that natural flush and just run with ’em.


BLK’s Creamy All-Over Paint in Peony perfectly mimics my natural flush, so a few dabs on the apples of my cheeks gives me that healthy and vibrant post-workout glow. (A magnificent lie, to be honest. I always look like I’m two sets of Russian twists away from death after I exercise.)

I have to use a light hand with Peony, though, otherwise I’ll quickly go from sun-kissed to sun-stroked.

Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer in Inda Sun

Here’s the tea: I didn’t buy this for bronzing; I bought it to contour.

For the longest time, I thought I wouldn’t ever need to mess with contouring, because I’m not a Kardashian and don’t plan to be one anytime soon. But then I saw Tiffany Young’s Vogue video and it was a lightbulb moment.

Like most people of East Asian descent, I have a flat face. I normally don’t mind so much but when I apply base makeup, there’s always a tendency towards exacerbating that flatness, which looks unnatural.

Watching Tiffany’s video, I finally understood that contouring isn’t about that overly chiseled Instagram look; it’s about adding dimension!

The trick, really, is in finding the right shade. Too warm and you could end up orange; too cool and you could end up grey. Thankfully, Inda Sun is the perfect neutral-warm shade that fits my complexion exactly.

I lightly brush the bronzer along the perimeters of my face (but not the forehead, because mine is tiny as it is) to minimize the overall flatness. For added dimension, I apply a little more along the jawline and right under my cheekbones.

Voila, I am 3D.

It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s efficient — especially during hot summer days when I want maximum impact with minimal effort.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

The battle against humidity is no joke, at least as far as my hair is concerned. I could shower in the morning, leave my hair untouched for a couple hours, and still find it flat and Snape-y by mid-afternoon.

No one wants to be Snape, just so you know.

So I finally found a dry shampoo that I don’t hate! That’s major. I’ve tried a lot of them, but this one from Batiste works best for me. It isn’t too smelly, it doesn’t look weird and it doesn’t make my hair stiff. It doesn’t lead to unnecessarily weird tangles, either.

I know they have a smaller travel version, but I only have the huge one so I just stick it in my gigantic bag and tote it around as insurance.

What are your summer must-haves?

(No seriously, I am constantly looking for better tools to manage this goddamn heat. Send help.)

Photo by Kent Pilcher on Unsplash

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