The Beauty Guru’s Guide To Surviving NYC’s Next Blackout

PSA, New Yorkers: it’s happening again. There are few adjectives to describe last weekend’s Midtown power outage other than debacle (read: theater goers serenaded on the street by Broadway stars, various elevator incidents and Upper West Side movie patrons unceremoniously ousted onto the sidewalk), and we may be in for another hit the near future.


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According to The Weather Channel, possibilities of another New York City blackout is pretty high, amplified by the impending 100+ degree weather. This is probably the only situation in which “FOMO” should not be a concern (I will be indoors hopefully shivering from my 60 degree A/C). But for those brave souls braving the Sahara-like temperatures outdoors, here are the beauty products you’ll need to leave the house with, or even prep with the night before…because bad weather shouldn’t have to mean bad skin. 


Milk Makeup

Cooling Water



This gel-formulated stick basically screams summer protection. It’s infused with caffeine to wake up your skin, as well as seawater to calm and hydrate—a heatwave survivalist essential.


I Dew Care

Cake My Day Hydrating Sprinkle Wash-Off Mask



Besides being insanely Instagram-worthy, this mask is infused with hyaluronic acid to nourish and plump the skin, and squalane to improve moisture retention. Do you hear that? It’s your thirsty pores thanking you. 


Benefit Cosmetics

Roller Liner Liquid Eyeliner



If you can’t help leaving the house with a cat eye, Benefit’s roller liquid eyeliner is a must. This matte liner has a quick dry, waterproof formula that lasts up to 24 hours, so your meticulously-crafted wings will stay put through the humidity. Rest assured that no matter how much you sweat, you’ll look fierce from dawn to dusk. 






Don’t want your makeup to look like a melted popsicle? Enter: this setting powder. It has a mattifying finish that keeps sweat streaks and fine lines at bay, plus it comes in five different shades to avoid dreaded flash-back in your mid-heat wave selfies.



Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40


Did you really think you could survive the blistering sun’s UV rays without sun protection? If white-cast and breakouts are your concern, allow me to introduce you to this holy grail sunscreen: its sheer, matte finish keeps your complexion grease-free, and the primer-like texture sits perfectly on top of your skin sans the clogged pores.

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