Summertime beauty can be tricky – we get it. When the AC is limited (or non-existent) and you feel like your makeup has already melted off your face before you’re even out the door, there are plenty of products out there to fix that. It’s always a good idea to tweak your makeup and beauty routine for the changing seasons because it can make all the difference.
I’ve pulled together the 11 things I literally can’t live without when the temps rise. From sweat and water-proof foundation to tamers for that ungodly hair frizz and more, here are my top picks for summer beauty:
This stuff is SERIOUSLY amazing. It’s a “hyaluronic-based blurring surface finisher,” (fancy for primer) that you can mix WITH foundation or layer over OR under it. I prefer layering it under my makeup, myself, but it will work all three ways and your makeup will. Not. Budge.
For when you want just a little coverage, this tinted moisturizer is the “perfect blend of skincare and makeup.” It hydrates (without being super slick and shiny), protects from both UVB/UVA rays and blends imperfections without covering up your skin. (My favorite color is “sand,” and I love layering it over Laura Mercier’s foundation primer in “radiance” when I want a little extra glow.)
So this is the makeup I wore the entire time I was in North Carolina. My face didn’t burn once, despite not wearing any other sunscreen. It is full coverage, so if you like lighter coverage this may not be for you. But . . . this stuff never creases or cracks, hydrates your skin, camouflages dark spots (yasssss), protects from UVA/UVB rays and is infused with an anti-aging serum that makes your skin look better immediately and over time.
I’ve been searching for a lip and cheek tint that actually works for both lips and cheeks. This multi-stick honestly looks and feels good on both lips and cheeks and is formulated without harsh chemicals or toxins. (It contains 72% organic ingredients, is cruelty-free and has earned Sephora’s Clean Beauty Products seal.) I love it because it blends so easily into skin and looks more natural than powders for that summer glow.
Years have gone by, and this is still my favorite highlighter for summer. I try to stay away from heavy powders or creams when it gets really hot and this highlighter has a lighter consistency that’s perfect for adding a bit of glow. You only need the teensiest tiniest bit dabbed on your cheekbones (and down the bridge of your nose if you’re feeling fancy) for a gorgeous back-from-vacation radiance.
In lieu of my usual false lashes, I’ve been searching for a mascara that won’t smudge or flake at ALL. To test out this new formula, I wore it to the beach, laying out, in the rain (even to bed) . . . and it stayed without smudging underneath my eyes. (Ok, it smudged a little overnight, but we all know we’re supposed to remove it before bed, right?) I was impressed by the staying power, if not as much with the length or volume it added. If you want just a little bit of definition and color without having to worry about smudges, this is for you. (I recommend layering it over Tightline Waterproof Full Lash Mascara Primer from IT cosmetics for more drama that will stay PUT.)
I picked these up with Shana in mind. She’s always looking for the easiest way to apply a smokey eye that will last. These two shadow sticks can be worn alone or combined and are gorgeous either way. Super easy to blend and won’t budge once applied (and dried).
I hate applying makeup and then having to slather on sunscreen over it. I can layer it underneath, but then forget reapplying. This stuff makes it easy. It’s a setting spray that locks in your makeup, controls natural oils AND, most importantly, protects from UVA/UVB rays. Reapply over and over again without messing up your makeup. (The spray makes it easy to get sunscreen everywhere you need without having to rub it in too.)
To me, dry shampoo is an absolute must year-round, but especially during the summer. This one comes with UV filters to prevent the damaging and drying effects of the sun. This one doesn’t show up white on dark hair and can also be used as a volumizer (on both dirty or clean hair).
Ever since I cut my hair short and can’t put it up (my usual solution to frizzy hair), I’ve been SO happy I found this product. It’s a dry conditioner to use between washes that protects from UV rays and smooths and softens hair. (I’ve been really happy with everything from Living Proof’s No Frizz line, to be honest.)
Sweat, heat, sun, rain . . . this setting spray protects from all of it and keeps your makeup on soooo much longer. I use this on all of my brides and get so many comments about how long their makeup lasted. This is a great product to have year-round, but especially during these hot months.
P.S. Did we miss your favorite summer beauty product?? Let us know! We’re always on the hunt for new products to love.