Summer is supposed to be the most carefree season on the calendar, but if we’re being brutally honest, it totally kills our beauty routine.
In just minutes, the uncomfortable heat, hair-clenching humidity, and barrels of sweat turn your once perfectly contoured face into an oily, melted mess. Slapping on makeup in the first place feels like a waste of time and product — not to mention you’re not putting your best face forward.
We’re not Mother Nature. We can’t change the weather, lower the humidity, or have a gigantic fan follow you every time you step outside. What we can do is offer you 10 summer-proof beauty products you’ll want to have on hand this season, from moisturizers to mascara. Have a look.
1. Tinted moisturizer
Why slather on moisturizer and then cake on foundation when you can do two steps in one? Listen, it’s the summertime. It’s hot and humid and we’re cranky enough without three layers of makeup on. So why subject our skin to so much? Enter Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer. Available in a variety of skin tones, this moisturizer will give you just the right amount of coverage without feeling too heavy. Best of all? It has SPF 20, which is especially important when spending an extended period of time outside.
2. Blotting papers
You’re going to sweat this summer — a lot. Try as you might, there’s simply no way to get around this. Fortunately, you can keep oily patches to a minimum with a set of blotting papers. Korean skin care company Too Cool for School’s papers are infused with mulberry, charcoal, and green tea to keep you looking fresh all day.
3. Waterproof mascara
Unless you want to have raccoon eyes by lunchtime, do yourself a favor and get some waterproof mascara. Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara has been an American favorite for over 40 years — and its waterproof iteration is perfect for those sweaty dog days of summer.
4. Acne treatment
While most skin care experts recommend you wash your face twice a day — once in the morning and once at night — that gross sweat is just sitting on your face throughout the day and potentially clogging your pores. If seasonal acne is of concern, have a look at Indie Lee’s Blemish Stick. A blend of salicylic acid, witch hazel, and isopropyl alcohol, this solution goes on clear so you can dab it on any problem areas before a big interview or first date, then see results hours later.
5. Setting spray
Don’t want to uproot your entire makeup routine this summer? Invest in some setting spray. Spritz Urban Decay’s All-Nighter spray after you apply your makeup, and you’ll have a perfect, just-applied look for up to 16 hours. If this isn’t a miracle product, what is?
6. Liquid lipstick
Staying hydrated is key for any hot summer day. Whether your choice of poison is a huge margarita or a reusable water bottle, one thing’s for sure: Applying and reapplying your lipstick after each sip is a pain. This option from Huda goes on like a gloss but looks like a lipstick once dried. Best of all? It stays put for hours on end. Some liquid lipsticks have the tendency to dry out your pout; however, this one promises to actually hydrate your lips in the process.
7. Waterproof eyeliner
Nothing lasts forever — and that includes your cat-eye on a incredibly hot summer day. For a smudge-free look that can withstand the hottest of heat waves, try Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Liner on for size. Not only is it a waterproof solution, its precision tip makes it incredibly easy to line your eyes. It’s currently available in 12 colors, ranging from neutral browns to bright green.
8. Cream eye shadow
Consider cream eye shadow a must for your summer routine. Most formulas boast crease-free, long lasting results. Plus it’s extremely easy to apply — you don’t even need a brush! Makeup company Bobbi Brown claims its version will look good for up to 12 hours.
Very few things are as frustrating as spending an entire vacation baking in the sun, only to come home with a streaky — and partially burnt — tan. If you want to take your summery complexion into your own hands, Banana Boat promises its solution will offer streak-free, glowing results. Not bad for $7.
Whether you’re going to the beach or running in the park, you should have SPF on hand at all times. Bare Republic’s Clear Sunscreen Gel acts like a shield against harsh UVA and UVB rays — and has a delicious coconut-mango scent.