Let’s face it, summertime is a perfect chance for tasty ice cream treats, boating on the lake, floating around in the pool with friends, or getting a little bit of sunshine on the grass. However, as a redhead, there are some extra steps you need to take to keep yourself protected from those harsh UV rays, along with tips when it comes to beauty care.

Here are my top four tips when it comes to being a redhead in the summer, and how you can survive those sizzling temperatures:

1. Sunburns happen but try your very best to prevent it.

I am extremely pale, so whenever I am out in the sun (both summer, winter, fall, spring – you should use sunscreen during all seasons) I pile on the SPF. There are a variety of ways you can get your SPF, and I like to use Coola Body SPF 30 Unscented Moisturizer. Not only does it have SPF 30 in it, but it’s the type of product that will not irritate my sensitive skin. Plus, it doesn’t have a typical sunscreen smell (you know what I am talking about!)

2. Try a waterproof mascara.

I love wearing a waterproof mascara when it comes to my summertime beauty routine. My favorite one lately is Dior Diorshow Lash-Extension Effect Volume Mascara (also listed in our Top Waterproof Mascara for Redheads post. This mascara gives me extra definition and lasts throughout the day, even when I decide that I want to take a dip in the pool.

3. Less is more.

This is true especially when it comes to wearing foundation in the summer months. I like to wear a tinted moisturizer, such as Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. It glides on like a dream and a little bit of coverage is all I need in the summer.

4. Bronze up.

Honestly, I love to channel my favorite movie stars, you know, the ones who always look so perfectly tan and like they have their life together, ha! As a pale redhead, my favorite little trick is to put on bronzer to make it look like I’ve spent hours in the summer (but most likely didn’t). Take a large fluffy brush, swirl it in your favorite bronzer, and then apply it to your cheekbones, bridge of your nose and temples to give you a nice glow. I like to apply just a little bit at the start and build as I go.

The above tutorial is demonstrating the Tarte ‘Park Avenue Princess’ bronzer from the June H2BAR Box! Subscribe now. 

Rock it like a Redhead!

Main photo credit: Alice and Sarah by Ellen Dahl in “Summer Don’t Leave Me” for Fashion Gone Rogue