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Keep cool in white or light-colored clothes this summer. This outfit is available at Gap.
Model in a Bottle, available at Sooo Lilly Cosmetics, will keep makeup in place all day.

 

By Linda Miller

Sweating out the summer in style can be a challenge in Oklahoma.

Triple-digit temperatures practically melt makeup. Hot winds leave skin feeling dry and chapped. High humidity makes you feel like you stepped into a sauna. Even worse, it can turn that early morning cute outfit into a hot mess by lunch time.

Living in Oklahoma gives new meaning to the phrase hot fun in the summertime. But it is possible to survive the heat and still look great.

Here are a few suggestions:

Embrace white and light colors. Lighter-colored clothes reflect light and heat and make you feel cooler. Instead of the expected little black dress, opt for one in white. It’s fresh and modern and a new take on a classic. When it comes to getting ready, there’s nothing easier than a dress. Just slip it on and go. White jeans are a cooler alternative to dark denim, too.

Hang it up. If the dress code calls for a suit jacket or blazer, slip it on a clothes hanger in the car for the ride to work.

Lighten up on accessories. An arm load of bangles or heavy, chunky jewelry can feel too heavy when temperatures heat up. Switch out those big, statement-makers for smaller, more delicate pieces.

Shorten your beauty routine. Keep cool by spending less time in front of the mirror. If your hair has some natural wave, skip blow drying and let your locks hang loose. Use multi-purpose products to speed up your routine. One swipe of Nars multi-purpose stick on eyes, cheeks and lips and you’re out the door. Use a foundation primer or product such as Model in a Bottle to keep makeup looking fresh all day.

Protect your peepers. Sunglasses will keep you from squinting and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. If you want a little style with function, slip on a pair of retro shapes

 

Go natural. Natural fabrics such as cotton, linen and silk will keep you more cool than polyester and rayon.

Wear a hat. Yes, it really will make you feel cooler if you’re outside, but it also keeps you from overheating and overexposure to the sun.

Drink water. Down several glasses a day to stay hydrated. Your skin will thank you.

Always wear sunscreen. You already knew that, didn’t you?

 

 

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