Summer Snafu 1: Sunglass Tan
You wore sunglasses for protection against the rays and wound up with a reverse-raccoon tan.
Stop it before it starts: Even though you already know you should be doing this, slather a sunscreen with SPF 30 on your entire face to reduce greatly the amount of sun you’ll get throughout the day. No sunscreen to date blocks out 100 percent of the sun’s rays, but using a broad spectrum UVA/UVB formula every two hours will make your tan line minimal … even cute.
Salvage it: Using a foundation shade that matches your tanned skin, dab a couple of dots under your eyes and blend, blend, blend, says makeup pro Sonia Kashuk. (Don’t use concealer, since it won’t blend well enough.) Also, go for nude or light brown eye shadow to help balance things out.
Summer Snafu 2: Sun-Damaged Polish
After two days in the sun, your sheer pastel nail polish has turned an ugly yellow tint.
Stop it before it starts: “Light pink and beige shades turn yellowish when they’re exposed to the sun,” says celebrity manicurist Maria Salandra. The solution: Use a clear top coat specially formulated to prevent UV rays from altering the hue of your favorite lacquer. Also, when you’re at the beach, rub sunscreen over your nails each time you apply it to your body (which, as we said, should be about every two hours).
Salvage it: If your digits have jaundiced and you don’t have time to redo your manicure, try this quick trick: “Since only the surface will have changed color, just removing the top layer will get rid of the problem,” says Salandra. Use the finest-grain side of a block file to buff away the yellow gently. “Seal with a top coat for shine and you’re set,” says Salandra.
Summer Snafu 3: Blisters
Those sandals may look hot, but a night out in them has left you limping from blisters.
Stop it before it starts: Reduce the shoe-on-skin rubbing that creates a blister by sprinkling your feet with a foot powder to keep them from sweating, says Chappaqua, New York, dermatologist Lydia Evans. If you begin to feel the rub, protect the sensitive spot with a bandage.
Salvage it: If you already have a mean blister, baby it back to health. “If it’s intact, sanitize a needle with alcohol, then pop the blister to let the fluid out,” says Dr. Evans. Don’t peel off the skin, though, she warns. If it has already been torn open, apply an antibiotic ointment like Polysporin to prevent an infection, then cover it with a bandage.
Summer Snafu 4: Liquid Lipstick
You open your lipstick and get a handful of melted mess.
Stop it before it starts: If you’re heading to the beach or park equipped with a cooler for your soda, toss your lipstick in. Or bring a pot of gloss or a tube with a wand instead of a bullet of lipstick. This way, if the color melts, it will cool into the same shape.
Salvage it: If your lipstick is soft but not yet dribbling, place it in the fridge or prop it up near an air conditioner. If it’s really liquidy, scoop the lipstick into a small empty plastic pot, and voilà! — a new carrier for your favorite color.
Summer Snafu 5: Frizzy Curls
The humidity has frizzed out your curly hair to epic proportions.
Stop it before it starts: The drier hair is, the more it’ll frizz in humid weather, so keep your locks hydrated by using a rich conditioner. Postshower, spritz on a leave-in conditioning spray, then put on a baseball cap to prevent hair from expanding as it dries, says Brigitte Danyi, a stylist at the Louis Licari Salon in Los Angeles.
Salvage it: If the humidity has already struck, wet your hands and run them over the top layer of your hair to put moisture back in and calm frizz, says Danyi. Next, use a wax or texturizer to add control. “Then twist curls around your finger to re-form them,” she says.
Summer Snafu 6: Razor Rash
You prepped for the beach by shaving your bikini line. Now you have a bumpy razor rash.
Stop it before it starts: Always use a fresh razor blade on your sensitive bikini line. Also, use a gel (skip the soap; the results won’t be as smooth) and let it sit on the skin for a couple of minutes to soften the hair before you shave. Always shave the bikini line in the direction of hair growth to minimize irritation.
Salvage it: Reduce the rash by applying a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream to the area. If the skin isn’t broken, conceal the redness with a tinted facial moisturizer. Still bashful about bumps? Work a sexy sarong look when you’re not in the water.
Summer Snafu 7: Brassy Highlights
Those gorgeous golden highlights you paid beaucoup bucks for are turning brassy faster than you can say “Boo-hoo.”
Stop it before it starts: Highlighted hair that’s naturally medium brown or warm blond is most likely to get coppery since those shades have more red in them. And all streaked strands are more porous, making them susceptible to oxidation caused by the sun seeping into them, says NYC salon owner Haime Muñoz. (The process is similar to how an apple slice will turn brown if it’s left out for a while.) To prevent this, cover up with a hat or a head scarf when outdoors, says L.A. colorist Stuart Gavert. Also use styling aids that block UV rays. (It will call this out on the package).
Salvage it: If your hair hue is already trashed, your best bet for resuscitating the color is to head to the salon for a color gloss, which will tone down the brassiness and add shine for less than the cost of getting the highlights redone.