The worst of summer’s temperatures may be behind us – but the humidity certainly isn’t.

Our running foundation and bouffant hair-dos are proof of that.

However one of the UAE’s most famous beauty gurus is on hand to provide some expert advice for beating the heat.

Mona Kattan, managing partner of Huda Beauty and social media star, has often been dubbed the UAE’s answer to Kim Kardashian… so who better to ask?

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So with no further ado, here are her top beauty tips for beating the summer heat:

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On how to drink more water

“After living in Dubai for over 14 years, I’ve definitely had to master ways to beat the heat during Dubai’s hottest months! Of course the most important thing (as with everything relating to beauty) is to start from within. I always stay super hydrated and carry water bottles with me absolutely everywhere I go. I tend to drink a lot more water if it’s in front of my face so I highly suggest keeping it around you at all times.

“If you’re a person who isn’t a fan of drinking water, try switching to coconut water or keep a bottle with a few fresh lemons slices and add in a dab of turmeric and honey – it’s super hydrating and helps quench your thirst.”

On her favourite SPF


“When it comes to makeup and skincare, it gets a bit more tricky – not only because our skin tends to become more oily, but especially if you’re a person who likes to tan. The sun is extremely strong and SPF is a must! I love Clinique’s SPF 30. I usually apply mine right over my primer.”

On the primer to try

Bobbi Brown's Skin Smoothening Pore Perfector

“I love Bobbi Brown’s Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector. Whether you’re wearing a liquid foundation or a mineral powder, make sure you prime first. If you haven’t started priming yet, it will change your life!”

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On her favourite serum


“When I want to give my skin a little extra love, I apply the serum from Shiseido. It’s extremely moisturising and instantly makes my skin look refreshed! It’s definitely my favourite skin care product right now.”

On what base to use

Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation

“I tend to wear a lot less foundation during the summer and I normally switch to Laura Mercier powder. My skin works a lot better with it and my makeup tends to stay in place more with it. When I do wear foundation, I usually stick to Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation. It has SPF and it’s super light with great coverage. Shiseido also has a great blotting paper which is perfect to use throughout the day!”

On the one hair product you need

Show Beauty dry shampoo

“Last but absolutely not least is to make sure your hair always looks fresh! A lot of people don’t realise this, but having well-groomed looking hair can transform you. Having a great dry shampoo is very, very necessary, especially during Dubai’s summers.

“I love using the Show Beauty dry shampoo from Bloomingdale’s. It one of the best dry shampoos I’ve ever tried and it smells amazing.”

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