Being the kind of writer who does most of her work from the confines of an artificially cooled office, the idea that there are street-style paparazzi clicking along cobble stone streets in 103 degree heat strikes me as a novel, if slightly hazardous, concept. So novel, in fact, I decided to leave the comfort of my 70-degree office yesterday to do some face hunting myself. But as I sweatily tramped around the island of Manhattan, I wasn’t searching for the jazziest outfit, the stealthiest stomp, or the new ‘it’ lipstick shade: I was curious to find out just how girls on the go were keeping their makeup from running down their faces. Not surprisingly, at peak heat yesterday afternoon, there weren’t a large number of girls trotting around Nolita. In fact, many of the girls who were taking a stroll were so concerned with the state of their frizzing hair or sweat-stained T, they refused to have their photos snapped. The gals who were doing it right (somehow managing to keep a cool brow while I sneaked into coffee shops for napkins and brief moments of AC reprieve) were happy to share their big secret: keep it simple, take the subway, and have a cocktail.
Megan Ross, Prospect Heights “I’m about to try to grill at my friend’s apartment, but it seem like a better plan to stay inside, directly in front of an air conditioner.” Spotted: Waiting for her friend on a bench on Mott near Spring Street. How She’s Keeping Her Cool: I’m wearing really loose clothing. Besides that, just drinking a ton of water and taking the subway—the subway was actually heaven compared to walking around on the streets today. Melt-Proof Beauty Tricks: I’m not wearing any makeup, just sunscreen—LaRoche-Posey Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen—and very large sunglasses.
Laurel Lang, Williamsburg “I don’t have air conditioning, but I’ve been doing my best to find reasons to be in places that do.” Spotted: On her way to work at Public, on Elizabeth between Prince and Spring Streets. How She’s Keeping Her Cool: I’ve just discovered the most amazing iced lollies from this place next to Saltie in Williamsburg. I found them as I was wandering into places that had AC. I also spent the day at the beer garden Radegast Hall to watch the soccer match. Basically, I just stay out of my place as much as possible. Melt-Proof Beauty Tricks: I can’t say enough about waterproof. Waterproof liner and mascara is all I’m wearing right now.
Moa and Saga, Sweden “We had to put a lot of thought into what to wear today because we didn’t want to carry a lot of stuff, and we packed nothing for this kind of weather.” Spotted: On the way to get frozen margaritas to go, on the corner of Stanton and Chrystie. How They’re Keeping Their Cool: We’re staying in a hostel that has air conditioning, but unfortunately they are having some problems with the electricity because it it so terribly hot. So now we are going around, looking for ways to keep cool. We heard about this margarita stand that has frozen drinks to go, so we’ll try that. We also have to be creative with what we are wearing—I’m (Saga) tying up this dress to make it shorter. Melt-Proof Beauty Tricks: Go natural—no makeup is the best thing to do to keep your face from feeling like it’s melting off.
Elsewhere in the City
Alma Jodorowsky, Paris Spotted: Strolling the High Line
Marina Tregubova, New York City Spotted: The “L” Train