Summer is here and that means it’s time to do as little as possible! With pool days and full moon parties on the agenda, your 10-step K-beauty routine is neither convenient for holiday travels or your busy schedule. So the key is knowing how to look your best with the least amount of effort – we know, you’re skeptical! However, the key to doing less is by using products that do all the work for you – you don’t want to be carrying your entire makeup kit through the beaches of Bali, so little pieces of purse-sized magic are ideal. To keep it simple yet effective, these multipurpose products are here to save your makeup, time, and valuable purse space. Here’s everything you need to do summer like a beauty pro.
An instant highlighter
If you’re a human being like us, and not a fictional Baywatch babe, you probably don’t sweat glitter. So, a highlighter in stick or balm form will give you that glow in one quick sweep across your cheekbones and collarbones. We love the Wet ’n’ Wild’s MegaGlo Makeup Stick, $4, and the Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinsticks, $25, which come in ten glistening shades, for giving a subtle, sun-kissed shimmer.
A do-it-all concealer
is the perfect product to keep on-hand for an instant wake-up post-late-night. The hydrating eye cream is packed full of ingredients to make your under-eyes feel firmer and hydrated, while the concealer contains light-reflecting micro-particles to conceal dark circles.
Mascara that defies the elements
Whether you’re prone to sweating (or sparkling,) you fancy a swim or you’ve been crying tears of joy at your new summer wardrobe, you need a mascara that’s got your back. This sweatproof, waterproof and completely vegan mascara,$23, will last from day to night – even if you don’t!
A light, unmovable foundation
Liquid foundations can feel a little heavy in the heat, so you need something that’s going to look flawless but doesn’t slide down to your feet by the end of the day. Becca’sprovides buildable coverage for a lightweight finish with antioxidant-rich ingredients.
SPF, SPF, SPF
Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is SO important, and if there’s one product you MUST use this summer, it’s SPF. This 3-in-1, weightless Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50, $28, by controls oil and shine, keeps your makeup in place, and most importantly, contains SPF. Plus, it’s the perfect size to carry around in your bag, and you can reapply every couple of hours to keep your skin protected.
A 2-in-1 brow sculptor
Your brows are the window to your soul. Or is that your eyes? Well, brows are seriously important but sometimes, they can take some work. For natural-looking brows with an edge,is exactly that – goof-proof. With a pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other, the 12-hour waterproof pencil glides onto your brows and stays put, all day.
A hair-reviving spray
Dry shampoo is our savior for fighting oil, but heat, salt, and sun can wreak havoc on the ends of our hair too. Drybar’s Detox Dry Conditioner, $23, is packed with oil, mango butter, and tiara flower, and it’s the answer to reviving your dry and frizzy ends when there’s no time for a hair wash and hair mask.
A multi-purpose moisturizer
The ultimate multi-functional product,works as a nourishing and protective treatment for areas of severe dehydration (like elbows and cracked heels!), or as a highlighter, illuminator or even a lip gloss. It’s also 100% vegan, how’s that for guilt-free beauty?
A tan enhancer
Show the sun exactly how to shine with a Shimmering Dry Oil, $33. Not only will it give you a golden glow that would make an Oscar jealous, but it softens and illuminates your skin and hair, plus it’s fast absorbing so it won’t leave you feeling oily.like Nuxe’s
Check out our dermatologist’s guide for how you should switch up your summer skincare routine here.