9 Breathtakingly Brilliant Hot Weather Beauty Hacks

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The joy of bright blue skies and sunny days can too often be replaced by a fear of unsightly sweat patches, melting makeup and smudged mascara. But fear not, with these genius beauty hacks you can get on with enjoying your summer and stay feeling fresh. 

So whether you want to look extra glam in your beach selfies or just need to keep your makeup intact during barbecues and picnics, take note of these top tricks to look your best this summer. 
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1. Keep a Phone Fan Handy

You’re never without your phone and with one of these nifty and affordable gadgets you’ll never have to be without a fan either. Plug a phone fan into your headphone jack or lightning port and voila! Instant sweat relief. 

Use phone fans sparingly as they will drain your battery, but they’re perfect for a quick cool down or to get through a particularly sweaty commute. And, as a bonus, they’ll take your selfies to the next level by banishing that sheen and giving your hair an extra boost for that ‘hair blowing in the breeze’ look. 
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2. Sleep On a Chillow Pillow

Save yourself some tossing and turning in the night with one of these ingenious gadgets. The Chillow pillow uses innovative cooling technology to keep you chilled. All you need to do is fill the pillow with water and set your preferred sleeping temperature. It also doubles up as pain relief for backaches, bumps and bruises and tired feet. 

If you’d rather stick to your favourite bedding, then stay away from synthetic materials as they absorb heat. Instead, go for lighter, down-filled options – or even a silk pillow case if you’re feeling fancy – to keep you cool. 
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3. Make Your Own Aftersun

Nothing ruins a summer picnic or your ability to wear cute summer dresses quite like sunburn. Tackle the problem as soon as you spot any red patches with this homemade remedy. 

Pour some Aloe Vera gel into an ice cube tray and leave it to freeze, then remove one ice cube at a time to rub on the sorest areas and it will instantly relieve pain and cool you down. 
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4. Stock Up On Dryer Sheets

They don’t look like much but dryer sheets are about to become your new best friend in hotter weather. Stick one on your fan or air conditioning to keep your room smelling clean, stuff a few down your shoes to absorb odours and even keep some in your pockets to repel bugs and mosquitoes. 
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5. Invest In a Smart Fan

With the progression of smart technology, there’s really no need to melt in the sweltering heat of your own home. With the weather heating up, now's a good time to invest in a smart fan. 

Models like the Dyson AM06 may look like quidditch hoops but they're actually bladeless fans. With no blades – hence no fear of trapped fingers – they're supposedly 75% quieter than normal fans, keeping your house nice and cool without the annoying noises. They also come with a remote control so you don't even need to get up to turn them on.
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6. Have a Steady Supply of Blotting Paper

A shiny forehead or a sweaty upper lip is never a good look but face-blotting pads offer a cheap and easy solution. Keep a packet in your handbag and lightly dab any shiny patches to remove oils and sheen while leaving your makeup intact. 
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7. Use Dry Shampoo... On Your Feet

Dry shampoo is essential for giving your hair volume and keeping it looking fresh and clean between washes… but have you ever tried it on your feet? It may sound strange but a quick squirt will keep your shoes and socks smelling fresh throughout the day – not always easy to do in hot weather. If you spray less than an inch away from the sole, it will also cool down your shoes so they’re nice and easy to slip on. 
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8. Never Forget Your Makeup Primer

You may have spent ages perfecting your makeup in the morning but when hot weather strikes, it melts in minutes, making you wish you hadn’t bothered. This is when you need makeup primer. 

A good-quality primer will keep your makeup from sliding down your face and hold even the trickiest eyeshadow layering firmly in place. Make sure you think about your skin type before buying, as different formulas can tackle different skin concerns. If you have oily skin that’s made worse by sweating, choose a mattifying primer to help keep shine under control. 
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9. Switch Up Your Wardrobe

It’s time to give your favourite jeans and leather jacket a break in favour of more weather-appropriate materials.

Keep sweat patches at bay with flowing fabrics and designs such as loose-fitting maxi skirts and dresses – or midi ones. Stick to breathable fabrics such as cotton, which absorbs sweat quickly and dries fast. It doesn’t have to be comfort over style either, as this season’s flowing culottes and floaty Bardot tops will keep you looking good without overheating. 
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