Summer’s officially here, which means it’s time to trade in those heavy-duty creams and full coverage foundations with mattifying powders and weightless formulas. Yup, it’s not just your wardrobe that needs to change; your beauty regime needs to be updated too. As things heat up, acclimatizing your makeup essentials is key, aka it needs to be as sweatproof and splash-proof as possible – for all those pool parties and beach days! These are the products that’ll make that happen, and transform your winter makeup bag…
1. A Lightweight Base
SAVE: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth, $8
During the summer months, if you want to opt for a lighter foundation, try the Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation; it’s been one of our faves for years. It literally melts into your skin and has a natural luminous finish with light to medium coverage. Plus, it has SPF 18 to help protect against sun damage – although, you should still wear SPF 30 underneath.
SPLURGE: It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40, $39
This medium-coverage formula is perfect if you have oily or acne-prone skin as it contains charcoal to detoxify, colloidal clay to absorb oil, and tea tree extract to combat blemishes. Plus, it’s infused with hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants to hydrate and replenish the skin, while also providing sun protection. We can also testify that this has incredible mattifying powers!
2. A Long-Lasting Brow Product
SAVE: Maybelline TattooStudio Brow Pomade, $10
This brow pomade is a triple threat; it’s smudge-proof, waterproof, and will last up to 24 hours. It’s available in eight shade and comes with a double-sided tool; at one end there’s a densely-packed, angled brush and at the other, a spoolie to blur and tame. Find out our full review here.
SPLURGE: Urban Decay Brow Blade Ink Stain + Waterproof Pencil, $26
This brow product is ideal for summer as it’s super long-lasting so no matter if you’re hitting the beach or just tackling high humidity, it’ll see you through the day. It’s also extra easy to use as it has an ink stain for creating tiny hair-like strokes, as well as a pencil to sculpt and shape your brows. Read our full review here.
3. A Light, Bright Lip Color
SAVE: Milani Cosmetics Amore Satin Matte Lip Crème, $9
This transfer-proof liquid matte is our latest lipstick obsession! It’s crazy pigmented so within just one layer the color payoff is unreal. It comes in 12 stunning shades; we love the 03 Fancy; a pretty pink, which is perfect for an everyday summer look. Read our full review here.
SPLURGE: Huda Beauty Demi Matte, $27
Okay, so we realize we may be a little biased, but our Demi Matte is one of our summer essentials. The intense color is long-lasting, and it has a hint of menthol, so it gives a temporary plumping and tingling sensation. The creamy formula has a dewy finish but it can be worn as a matte too – simply blot away the shine with tissue – depending on your mood.
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4. A Sculpting Bronzer
SAVE: Rimmel Natural Bronzer, $6
This bronzer has been a beauty junkie’s staple for years. It blends well and is easily buildable so you can choose between a sun-kissed glow and chiseled glam.
SPLURGE: Huda Beauty Tantour
In case you haven’t heard about our latest product: Tantour, it’s a cream to powder contour that’ll give you a natural yet sculpted finish. It has the perfect balance of a shadow and warmth that’ll make you look like a bronzed goddess.
5. A Mattifying Powder
SAVE: L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup, $11
This powder is another makeup essential if you’re prone to midday shine! The buildable coverage will take you from a quick touch up to medium coverage. Plus, the formula contains pearl pigments to give your skin a radiant finish.
SPLURGE: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish, $45
This one is for all our oily gals out there that need a little shine-control throughout the day. The powder will instantly mattify your makeup and give an airbrushed finish as it’ll help blur out imperfections. We keep it with us at all times.
6. A Waterproof Mascara
SAVE: L’Oreal Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara, $10
A good waterproof mascara is a summer staple: no one wants to be caught with panda eyes at a pool party. And this mascara has a cult following; even Queen Bee herself uses it. It gives your lashes a seriously dramatic, volumized and lengthened, very sexy feathered finish – we’re obsessed.
SPLURGE: Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, $24
While the name may be a pretty wild claim, it is one of our favorite mascaras to date; it thickens, lengthens and curls leaving you with Bambi-level lashes. Yes, it’s that good!
7. A Liquid Eyeshadow
SAVE: NYX Glitter Goals Liquid Eyeshadow, $8
These liquid shadows are ideal for those summer nights when the party doesn’t stop. The lightweight glitter formula is easily buildable, and you can wear them alone or layer with different shadows. There are eight shades, but we’re currently crushin’ over the Metropical pink.
SPLURGE: Huda Beauty Matte and Metal Melted Shadows, $25
Ever since we created our Melted Shadows, we’ve been wearing them daily. The dual-ended liquid eyeshadows are so easy to use, and you can create a lewk in less than a minute, plus they won’t budge all day long. There are ten shades (from bright yellow and mint to purple and nude), and each one has a matte shade and a complementary shimmer that can be used as a liner, topper or to add a little shimmer to your inner corner. They’re quick and super easy to apply, so you can take them on the go with you, plus they’ll fit in your tiniest bag.
Let us know if you guys have tried any of these products in the comments below and what your summer staples are.