Dry or humid? How to customise your beauty to your climate

Looking and feeling your best shouldn’t be weather dependant—but with the climate varying from state-to-state, there’s no one prescription for a perfect summer face. Whether you’re facing the dense stickiness of humidity in the north of Queensland or the harsh dryness of a city like Adelaide, we’ve got you sorted this summer.


Tight-feeling skin, a concrete-like complexion and sun-scorched hair is entirely avoidable—so why leave yourself susceptible to the beauty blunders of a dry-tempered summer? Dry air will rob your skin of moisture, making high-powered hydrators and dewy finishes that are heat-appropriate more important than ever. Here’s your dew diligence.

Make a mist your right-hand-hydrator:

A cooling mist will keep your skin happy and balanced pre- and post- makeup, without wreaking havoc on your finished look. With a surge of fatty acids, ceramides, electrolytes and fermented sake and kombucha, Drunk Elephant’s Sweet Biome Fermented Sake Spray is like a spiked sports drink for your skin.

When it comes to skincare, go for glow:

While moisturiser is a no brainer, it’s the concentrated serums that come before that can make all the difference. Enter: hyaluronic acid, by way of Tatcha’s new The Dewy Serum, which blends the famous acid with their signature fermented Hadasei-3™ concentrate and squalane, or goop’s GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum, which pairs it with a megadose of vitamin C and antioxidant-rich Kakadu plum.

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Tinted moisturisers are your BFF:

They moisturise, add a life-giving tint and subtle your-skin-but-better coverage, and, in the case of Mecca Cosmetica’s In A Good Light Face Tint, can have the bonus benefit of SPF—what more could you want? Melting into the skin effortlessly atop your primary SPF, a tinted moisturiser will even and boost your skin without the risk of cracks, flakes, or patchiness. Laura Mercier’s cult Tinted Moisturiser won’t fail you either.

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With the air thick and, yes, moist, a soft glow can become sweat-struck shine quick fast, making pore-refining, mattifying and longwearing beauty critical for looks that don’t melt, fall victim to gravity, or turn unintentionally reflective. Try these.

Meet your saviour—the humble setting spray:

Like magic, the microfine droplets of a good setting spray will lock in your makeup and create a barrier for shine, transfer and meltaway. MECCA MAX’s Life Proof Setting Spray doubles down on light hydration, and Urban Decay’s iconic All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray will keep your makeup in place for up to 16 hours no matter the weather, thanks to their patented Temperature Control Technology (if you’re extra oily, try the mattifying variant).

If your pores seem larger or oilier than usual, try these:

In warm, humid environments, it’s common for your pores to enlarge to allow for increased sebum and sweat production. To keep this—and excess oil and shine—under control, refining tonics and detoxifying clay and charcoal masks should be at arm’s length. Our current favourites include the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic, and Juice Beauty’s Blemish Clearing Bamboo Pore Refining Mask.

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