This is the best makeup to keep you fresh-faced and matte no matter how much the summer sun beats down on you.

By Claudia Fisher
Updated June 27, 2018
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The Best Makeup for Summer Will Keep You Matte
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There are two common fallacies when it comes to preventing your face from getting shiny in the summer. The first is that when sweat starts to dot your skin, the more powder the better. It's true that a little powder can go a long way when it comes to dabbing out oil or sheen, but too much can have the opposite effect and create a cakey or clumpy look that accentuates oil.

The second is that if you have oily skin or are prone to getting shiny, you should dry out your skin with harsh products. Doing this actually makes your skin want to produce more oil to make up for what you're depleting. The trick is, somewhat counterintuitively, to hydrate your skin to keep it plumped up with water and happy.

The best makeup products for summer are a mix of weightless powders and cream formulas that strike the perfect balance between coverage and sheerness while keeping you fresh-faced and matte no matter how much the heat gets to you.

Below are our top picks for your summer makeup lineup.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Mattifying Hydrator, Best Makeup for Summer

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Mattifying Hydrator

Keeping your face matte during the summer starts before you apply any makeup. Dr. Brandt's Mattifying Hydrator creates a smooth canvas for your makeup, and works throughout the day to minimize shine while keeping your skin hydrated and happy.

To buy: $48;

Best Makeup for Summer, Foundation

Wunder2 Last & Foundation

Wunder2's foundation is perfect for summer because of its unique texture. It comes out as a thin, lightweight liquid but gets more solid and fixed in place as you smooth it over your face. It provides a good level of coverage without being heavy on your skin and stays in place all day long because of the hard-to-smudge consistency when it's dry.

To buy: $30;

Armani Neo Nude A-Line Liquid Blush

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Line Blush

Armani Beauty compares its new liquid blush to "watercolors." Using a lip-gloss-like brush, you paint the A-Line blush onto your skin for more of a glow than a distinct blushed look. I particularly like liquid and cream blushes for summer because they blend more seamlessly into your skin than powder, so even if you get a little sweaty, the color will remain natural-looking rather than like makeup sitting on then slipping off your face.

To buy: $38;

Best Makeup for Summer, Setting Powder With SPF

Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45

Just like your matte beauty routine starts pre-makeup, it continues post. Set your look with a translucent powder, which will help keep your foundation and blush in place while dabbing out any excess sheen from the dewy products.

The extra benefit of Supergoop's Invincible Setting Powder is that it packs broad-spectrum sun protection at SPF 45. The loose mineral powder comes with a built-in brush, making it easy to carry with you and reapply as the day, and the heat, goes on.

To buy: $30;

RevitaLash Hi-Def Tinted Eyebrow Gel, the Best Makeup Looks for Summer

RevitaLash Hi-Def Tinted Eyebrow Gel

Eyebrow gel is, I guess, more of a hair product than skin, but your eyebrows are still on your face. OK, and Revitalash’s Eyebrow Gel doesn’t exactly make you more matte... but it does keep your eyebrows coiffed in place no matter what weather elements get thrown your way.

The gel solidifies eyebrow hairs in place without making them look too thick or clumpy, so even if a little sweat ruffles your feathers, it won’t ruffle your brows.

To buy: $32;