BEAT THE HEAT: Stylist Tools to Keep Cool


New York & Miami

  • "Have a hair dryer or 2 in your kit to quickly dry off an actor’s under arm area, clothing & shoes on set.
  • A great way to control under arm perspiration is by adhering women’s thin panty liners, or under arm guards, to the inside of the Talents shirts.
  • A great way to avoid sweat stains on men is by simply putting on a white undershirt.
  • It’s advised to stick to lighter colors on the actors to show the least amount of perspiration.
  • I have the Talent bring a comfortable outfit to quickly change into in between takes, and for lunch break.  This way they wear the Hero outfit for as little time as possible, and it gives the Wardrobe Dept. the chance to re-steam and refresh the look.
  • Have a roll of paper towels handy.
  • Have a small Febreze refresher bottle in your kit to refresh shoes, clothing and the wardrobe area in general.  Summer is hot, space is confined, and people are going to sweat, so this is for everyone’s comfort.
  • For female Talent, I usually have them wear a tank top under any blouse as a perspiration barrier.
  • Putting baby powder in the Talents’ shoes is always a good idea for sweaty feet.
  • When there is water involved in the treatment, another precaution I take in the summer is to buy duplicates of the Main Characters’ wardrobe.  A back up is never a bad idea."




"I also almost always bring an umbrella for outdoor shoots because sometimes the models can't wear sunblock, or aren't allowed to sweat, or are in direct sunlight, so between takes I run over with an umbrella to relieve them. I had a photo assistant take mine on a shoot recently to hold over the photographer, but I had to apologize and let them know that I needed it for the model. (Producers, I'm sure you already do this, but take note if not and bring extra!).

There's only so much you can do to stay cool while on a hot location, but I keep paper fans in my kit that I got from Vietnam and even Pearl River in SoHo. I once was on a shoot where someone ran out and got good old-fashioned Sea Breeze and soaked it on paper towels, and we all kept them on our necks. It definitely had a cooling effect that kept the crew much happier. 

I style for a lot of athletic clients on outdoor locations, but sometimes I shoot, say, fall fashion outside in the summer, and the model may sweat through the clothing and it will show. I keep armpit shields from the Manhattan Wardrobe Supply (yes that's a thing) in my kit, but if you're in a pinch, I've used panty liners in the armpits of the garments as well. Both work wonders and have saved the day, though the shields have better coverage, especially on motion shoots.

Of course in addition to sweating on the wardrobe, models tend to sweat on my undergarments, so I keep a laundry bag in my kit and my assistants throw in those pieces in their so I wash for the next shoot.





When thinking about wardrobe options for shooting in the heat, these are a couple things I like to take into consideration:

Fabric - How fast will it start wrinkling and showing sweat? If I really want something that I know doesn’t have durability in the heat, I make sure to have multiples of that option so we can change out and replace quickly on our model.

Silhouette - I try to avoid looks that are super clingy that will show perspiration quickly, and prefer to work with sleeveless styles if the story permits.




It can be very difficult to actually keep models from sweating when it's hot, but Dani uses these tools to set and mattify makeup:

Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15 | PA ++ 

Make Up For Ever Professional HD High Definition Powder 

Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix 

Laura Mercier Secret Finish + Mattifying