Beat the Heat – How to Be Model-Ready in Hot Weather

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The UK is currently enjoying a heatwave, but as a country that doesn’t typically have to deal with hot weather, many of us find it a struggle to beat the heat and keep cool. The UK isn’t prepped for hot weather, and very few of our buildings have air-con other than large office buildings and supermarkets. Many of us dress purely with comfort, not looks, in mind.

But what about people whose job it is to look amazing year-round? Models must look amazing regardless of how how and sweaty it is outside!

Read on for our pro tips on how to beat the heat and stay looking fresh no matter how hot it gets.

Drink Lots of Water

It’s important to stay hydrated, particularly when it’s roasting outside. Exessive heat causes sweating which means we lose water more quickly. Invest in a reusable water bottle and keep yourself topped up, ensuring you drink lots throughout the day.

If water isn’t your favourite beverage, you can drink whatever you like – any form of liquid is going to keep you hydrated. Try to avoid sugary drinks, alcohol and caffeinated drinks (caffeine is a diuretic, meaning it makes you urinate more).

Adding some ice to your water will also help regulate your temperature and keep you cool. Insulated metal water bottles will help prevent ice cubes from melting too.

Wear Your Hair Up

Hair that is down can feel heavy and thick, much like a scarf. This can cause you to feel hotter and sweat more. Wearing your hair up will keep you cooler and allow the air to reach your neck, helping to cool you down.

Try a model-favourite low bun with a middle parting, or try an Ariana Grande-inspired high ponytail to look extra chic.

Wear SPF

Hate wearing SPF? Then you haven’t discovered the right one for you! Sunscreen is vital for protecting skin from burning. It’s also going to help prevent your skin from ageing, and it’ll protect you from skin cancer.

Some sunscreens can feel oily and smell horrible, but not all SPF’s are like this. Some come with built-in moisturising properties and feel just like a body lotion. Some are developed to smell incredible too, so you don’t have to worry about smelling like a walking pharmacy. There are plenty of options out there – figure out which one works best for you and don’t allow yourself to make excuses to skip applying it. The last thing a model wants is uneven burn/tan lines.

SPF can also look shiny and glossy, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Models like to apply oils to make their skin hydrated and beautiful. However, if you prefer a more matte appearance, you can always apply a silicone primer or use a powder to dull any shine.

You should wear SPF every single day (year-round) on your face. Even when it’s cloudy outside, the sun’s rays can penetrate through and damage your skin leading to premature ageing, sun spots, hyperpigmentation and a host of other skin problems – including skin cancer. Nearly all dermatologists agree that SPF is the most important part of your skincare routine.

Protect Your Eyes

Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion statement; they’re also ideal for protecting your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun. This will help you stop squinting, which can eventually cause wrinkles. Good sunglasses will also protect the delicate skin around the eyes from the sun.

Make sure to look for UV-protecting sunglasses to ensure you’re getting the protection you need.

Wear Linen

Linen really helps the skin to breathe, so it’s an excellent clothing choice when the weather gets warm. Lots of fashionable clothing is made in linen – a floaty dress is an easy and comfortable option.

Try to avoid fabrics like velvet, silk and polyester as these can stick to the skin and prevent the skin from breathing.

Choose Sandals

Sandals allow the feet to breathe. Wearing socks and snug shoes like boots or trainers can cause the feet to get hot, sweaty and swollen. Allow your feet to breathe in cute sandals or flip flops to keep you cool.

Use a Good Deodorant & Perfume/Body Spray

Is anything worse than the smell of BO? Even if you shower regularly, we can all be victims to the dreaded smell of old body odour. That’s why you need a high-quality deodorant to stop any funky smells and keep you smelling fresh.

Pro tip – deodorant can also be used on the inner thighs to help stop chafing that can occur when the skin rubs together!

Be Make-up Smart

Make-up can slide off the skin in hot weather due to sweat. While you can’t prevent yourself from sweating, there are things you can do to help your make-up stay looking beautiful.

  • Use a blotting pad to keep oil and sweat at bay.
  • Use a good primer to help “stick” your make-up to your skin.
  • Use a waterproof mascara.
  • Layer products on thinly
  • Use multiple brushes and sponges to work the foundation and make-up into the skin
  • Use as little as possible – the more you put on, the more likely it is to slide off. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a heavy coverage – just be smart about placement and work it onto the skin in thin layers, concentrating on where you need most coverage.
  • Use highlighter to emphasize the high points of the face and body – this will make any shine later look intentional


Setting sprays and hydrating mists can feel like a Godsend when the weather gets warm. Simply spray over the face to re-hydrate and give make-up a boost.

There are many different types of facial mists available. Some are developed purely to keep you cool, while others are created to help refresh make-up or leave the skin more dewy. If you have sensitive skin, look for sprays with no added perfumes and less harsh ingredients.

Do you have any other advice to help beat the heat? Comment down below!

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