30 Summer Beauty Products That Sweat-Proof Your Look
A flawless summer look? No sweat!
With temperatures rising, that makeup look can go from fierce in the morning to fearsome by the time 5 p.m. rolls around. As any beauty-lover knows, the summer heat will have your mascara running, your hair poofing up, and your self-tan screaming for help. Luckily, as beauty products get more innovative (and mattifying!), we’re getting ever-closer to a time where you can walk outside in 90-degree heat and still slay. We’ve rounded up the best of the best summer beauty products, helping you keep your cool no matter what Mother Nature throws at you. And for more greater summer buys, check out these 30 Perfect Summer Sandals Under $30.
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Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray
$33; buy now at Sephora
Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray is the holy grail product when it comes to keeping your makeup in place. Spray this over your entire face after you finish your makeup and your look will stay put all day and night. And for more warm weather must-haves, check out these 25 Outdoor Party Essentials Under $25 for the Ultimate Summer Bash.
Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Primer
$32; buy now at Sephora
Another key to keeping your makeup locked in throughout the day? Using a good primer first. Apply the Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Primer before any other makeup to keep your products from slipping off in the summer heat.
Nars Tinted Moisturizer
$45; buy now at Sephora
Even if you’re a die-hard foundation lover, you probably don’t love seeing it cake up or smear when the temperature rises. For a lighter alternative, try Nars’ Tinted Moisturizer. This moisturizer is so light you won’t even notice it’s there, but its tint will still hide any redness or discoloration.
James Read Sleep Mask Tan
$38; buy now at Dermstore
Go to bed with pale skin, and wake up with a glowing tan! James Read’s Gradual Tan is about as easy a sunless tanner as you’ll find—it can be applied before bed, so you sleep as you tan. Not only is the formula easy to use, the resulting tan works gradually, so it leaves you looking sun-kissed, not Oompa Loompa orange.
St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse
$44; buy now at Ulta
While there are many great self-tanning products on the market these days, St. Tropez is a cult favorite that’s more than earned its rabid following. Beauty gurus keep coming back to this self-tanner—and for good reason: St. Tropez leaves you with a natural-looking tan that is streak-free and lasts for days.
La Mer’s The Broad Spectrum
$95; buy now at Nordstrom
Though it’s undeniably pricey, La Mer’s broad-spectrum SPF is well worth the money. Its ingredients are especially beneficial to those who break out with other sunscreens—even reviewers with acne-prone skin say La Mer’s formula keeps them blemish-free.
Nars Soft Velvet Pressed Powder
$37; buy now at Nars Cosmetics
This pressed powder from Nars is velvety smooth and sure to keep you matte during in heat. It absorbs the shine that collects on your face during the day and leaves a smooth finish without feeling heavy or drying. Plus, its compact size makes it easy to carry around for touchups throughout the day.
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
$39; buy now at Sephora
If pressed powders aren’t your thing, then Laura Mercier’s loose setting powder might just be the solution you’ve been looking for. This finely-milled powder creates a matte finish that flawlessly blurs fine lines and imperfections, and it comes in both a translucent shade for fair to medium skin and a medium deep translucent shade for darker skin tones.
Guerlain Terracotta Highlighter Stick
$47; buy now at Bloomingdale’s
It may seem pointless to put on a highlight in summer when your sweat is making you shine well enough, but Guerlain’s Terracotta Highlighter Stick is a luxury you can’t pass up—especially in warm weather! This creamy highlighter stick is made to last, and its pearlescent particles make your skin really shine as the sun hits. Plus, the formula is said to keep skin hydrated for up to six hours. And for more great summer purchases, check out these 100 Amazing Summer Buys Under $100.
L’Oréal Infallible Liquid Lipstick
$8; buy now at Walmart
If you’re looking for a lipstick that will stay in place all day, look no further than L’Oréal’s Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick. The Matador shade is the perfect punch of color for any summer night, and it won’t come off in a mess, even when you eat!
Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray
$19; buy now at Sephora
Evian’s Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray may seem just like water in a can, but beauty gurus swear by it. The ultra-fine mist cools down your face on hot summer days without messing up your skillfully-crafted makeup. It can even be used as a setting pray in the morning—or just a means of keeping your cool when the temperature starts to rise.
Yes To Coconut Cleansing Wipes
$6; buy now at Target
The one thing every fan of long-lasting makeup needs? A makeup wipe that can actually remove it. Fortunately, these Yes To Coconut Cleansing Wipes not only remove any stubborn mascara leftovers, they also cleanse and hydrate at the same time!
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen
$24; buy now at Fresh
When you’re putting on sunscreen this summer, there’s one body part you can’t afford to miss: your lips! The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen, which comes in SPF 15, keeps your pout nourished in the heat—because there’s nothing worse than dry, cracked lips.
Milk Cooling Water
$24; buy now at Sephora
Milk’s Cooling Stick has gel-infused ingredients that quickly de-puff and soothe your skin, even when you’re rapidly overheating. And not only will it keep you cool, it’s also cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, talc-free, and fragrance-free.
Dior Diorshow Cooling Stick Cooling Effect Eyeshadow
$25; buy now at Dior
Dior’s innovative Cooling Eyeshadow Stick is loaded with water, providing an immediate cooling sensation, and its wet effect creates amazing pigment payoff on your skin.
Earth Therapeutics Gel Bead Sleep Mask
$8; buy now at Ulta
Hot summer days mean something even worse is to come: sweaty summer nights. If you’re looking for a deep, restful sleep, but can’t seem to get it because of the heat, check out Earth Therapeutics’ Gel Bead Sleep mask. Not only does it keep you cool during your slumber, it also relieves puffiness in the morning. And for more ways to get better sleep, check out The Best and Worst Sleeping Positions—According to a Sleep Doctor.
PUR Botanicals Ice Roller
$13; buy now at Amazon
Then PUR Botanicals’ Ice Roller is a must-have for combatting dull summer skin. The roller also acts as a massager that soothes sore, aching muscles. At only $13, this two-in-one product is as kind to your body as it is to your budget.
Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara
$23; buy now at Tarte Cosmetics
Waterproof mascara is the only way to make it through a sweaty summer without raccoon eyes by the end of the day. Luckily for any makeup-wearer, Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara puts up a valiant fight against any level of heat—it’ll even stick with you if you decide to go for a dip in the pool.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Gel
$18; buy now at Ulta
Eyebrows are everything in the beauty world these days, and people spend hundreds trying to get the perfect bushy brows. There’s no point in spending so much, however, if your brows are just going to sweat off with the heat. The good news? Anastasia Beverly Hills’s Dipbrow Gel keeps your brows locked in place so you don’t have to worry about them going missing, even if you’re starting to sweat.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
$20; buy now at Kat Von D Beauty
Even if you have waterproof mascara, you may still not be safe from raccoon eyes if you’re an eyeliner-wearer. Many eyeliners will bleed throughout the day, and they get even worse with the heat. Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner, however, is practically as permanent as its namesake. If you’re not looking to give up your go-to cat-eye during the summer, then make this your go-to eyeliner.
Fenty Warmth Bronzer
$30; buy now at Sephora
Not everyone was blessed with sun-kissed skin—but with Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Instant Warmth Bronzer, you’ll get a subtle glow that makes you look as if you just stepped off the beach.
Chica Y Chico Cool Night Peel-Off Mask
$15; buy now at Amazon
Face masks are a year-round must-have, but your skin could likely use a little more TLC from those masks in the summer. The Chica Y Chico’s Cool Night Peel-Off Mask has cooling, tightening, calming, and cleansing effects that make it the ultimate all-in-one face-mask for those hot days. And for more effective skin treatments, check out these 13 Creepy Skin Care Routines That Actually Work.
BECCA Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer
$32; buy now at Ulta
Those long summer nights don’t leave a lot of time for sleep, but no worries! Infused with cucumber, matcha green tea, and caffeine, BECCA’s Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer is a wake-up call for tired eyes that preps the skin and reduces under-eye puffiness.
Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal
$42; buy now at Amazon
With the sun beating down, your scalp can sustain a surprising amount of damage in the summertime. Briogeo’s Scalp Revival Characoal, however, revives any dryness or patchiness on your scalp in no time.
Lancome Juicy Shaker
$22; buy now at Lancôme
Lancôme’s Juicy Lip Shaker is a pigment-infused lip oil that gives your pout pillowy softness, accompanied by the perfect hint of color. This summer, try out the trendy Mint to Be shade, which adds a unique, bright blue tint to your lips.
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturing Sea Salt Spray
$6; buy now at Ulta
It’s hard to find energy to do your hair in the summer when you know the heat and humidity can ruin your style in seconds. However, when it’s too warm for hot tools and hairspray, Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Sea Salt Spray will give you natural-looking waves that will fool anyone into thinking you just got back from the beach. And for more great beach gear, check out these 25 Beach Essentials You Won’t Believe Are From Target.
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Fragrance
$148; buy now at Sephora
Tom Ford‘s Neroli Portofino is the scent of the summer, thanks to its sweet, citrusy smell—one that’ll leave you fantasizing about sipping cocktails on a tropical island somewhere. And, while it comes with a hefty price tag, it’s well worth it, since the fragrance lasts all day.
Sephora’s After-Sun Mask
$5; buy now at Sephora
While it’s fun to spend all day in the sun, it’s definitely not as fun for your skin. For only a Lincoln, Sephora’s Watermelon After-Sun Mask will repair your damaged, sun-exposed skin, leaving it feeling refreshed in no time.
Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer
$52; buy now at Tatcha
If you’re looking for a next-level primer, Tatcha’s Silk Canvas Primer is that product. Its smooth silk feel will minimize clogged pores and breakouts while making your makeup last longer during the hot summer days.
Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum
$60; buy now at Perricone MD
If you’re not looking for a heavy foundation, but feel as though tinted moisturizer doesn’t quite give you the coverage you need, look no further than Perricone MD’s No Makeup Foundation Serum. Not only will it give you the perfect “no makeup” look during the summer, it’s also infused with SPF 20 to keep your skin guarded from the sun’s harmful rays. And for some easy ways to keep the rest of your crew cool, check out these 20 Genius Pet Accessories to Keep Your Furry Friends Cooler All Summer.
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