Beauty Products to Beat the City Heat

Although Manhattan summers are notoriously hot and humid, this year's heat wave floored even lifetime New Yorkers when we hit 103 degrees in mid-July. As an intern in the Marie Claire beauty closet, I learned firsthand which products are essential — and which ones to avoid — when braving the city's airless subway tunnels and crowded sidewalks.

1. Lip MoisturizerPrevent a messy handbag situation by ditching any lip balms prone to melting, such as softer formulas in tins or jars. Switch them out for a solid stick with SPF to protect against uncomfortable lip burns. Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer SPF 15 (about $3) is a favorite.

2. Solid FragranceI like to carry solid or roller-ball versions of favorite fragrances to use on my way in and out of the office. Tocca makes some pretty and portable solid scents ($30) that are light enough for summer, when the hot air seems to magnify all the less-than-desirable scents around us.

3. Blotting SheetsThese sheets are a great way to combat shiny skin, especially when followed with a super-light translucent powder. Boscia Rose Blotting Linens ($10) have a floral scent that I love.

4. Dry ShampooBeachy waves are the ultimate no-fuss summer style. However, no matter how many sea salt sprays I try, nothing seems to achieve the same effect as real waves and sun. Dry shampoo is a great way to keep the look for an extra day past the weekend. Try Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo To Go ($12). The small bottle is perfect for mid-day spritzes.

5. Whitening GumIced coffee is a summer staple. After your first (or third) cup of the day, however, you should grab a piece of whitening gum to keep breath fresh and teeth sparkling. Supersmile Professional Whitening Gum ($4) is also sugar-free.

6. Pastel Nail PolishI'm rarely minding my pedicure during days in the closet, as the other interns and I dash to gather products for upcoming stories. While I often end the day with chipped polish, I've learned to keep the bottle on hand for fast touchups. Pastels complement a bronzer-than-usual complexion. For a twist, try light green instead of the classic baby pink, like Priti Non-Toxic Polish in Green Goddess ($12.50). The earth-friendly ingredients are a bonus!

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