The Best Makeup Products to Make You Dewy, Not Sticky, All Summer
Add these products to your summer makeup kit and you'll dazzle, not blind, the people around you.
Your makeup line-up for summer should get you to a dewy place, but it can be tricky to be dewy and not shiny when you're hot and sweaty. There's more to getting the right amount of summer sheen than just swiping on highlighter and hoping for the best, especially if you want the makeup look to last for very long.
From the products you put on your face leading up to the makeup to your finishing touches, every step of your makeup routine can make a difference in how the makeup turns out how long before starts sliding off your face. To help you achieve a dewy look that won't smudge or somehow dematerialize, I rounded up the best makeup products for enhancing a summer glow.
1 C'est Moi Gentle Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, Broad Spectrum SPF 30
The best makeup for summer starts with sunscreen, which you obviously should be wearing every single day. C'est Moi's mineral sunscreen lotion can replace your daily moisturizer, which means you can avoid an extra layer of product that might make you extra oily. This sunscreen absorbs quickly and leaves skin matte, so it's a seamless makeup base.
To buy: $15; amazon.com.
2 Dr. Brandt Skincare Pore Refiner Primer
Primer kind of sets the tone for how the rest of your makeup goes on after your moisturizer and sunscreen steps. Dr. Brandt's Pore Refiner Primer, which is part of the Pores No More family, is an airy primer that smooths over your face like an invisible silk cloth. If there's any residual sheen from your moisturizer and sunscreen, this primer mattes it out.In the summer especially, I use primer to help my makeup wear longer and stay securely in place. The brand even describes this primer as "melt-proof" because of the way it's formulated.
To buy: $45; sephora.com.
3 Nuest Jelly Highlighter
Highlighter can be a bit tricky in the summer. On the one hand, you want to be a little shimmery, but it's so easy to go from zero to 100 in the flick of a makeup brush. What I like about Nuest's Jelly highlighter is that it goes on almost translucent, and you can build up to the level of iridescent twinkle you want. I'm also a huge fan of creamy textures for summer makeup because the products blend into my skin more naturally than heavier powders, which look a little flatter and less natural.
Nuest makes five shades of this highlighter, and even in a brighter shade like the dark pink Ruby Kiss, the Jelly Highlighter is super lightweight and subtle.
To buy: $28; nuestcosmetics.com.
4 Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops
Cover FX's Custom Enhancer Drops are a unique beauty product. Refusing to be boxed into one category, these drops are somehow a single piece of makeup and a part of all makeup at once. You can dab some on your face as a highlighter, mix the drops into your face makeup for a universal glow, or use one of the bronzing colors to look more sun-kissed.
To buy: $42; sephora.com.
5 Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Cream Eyeshadow
Liquid eyeshadow is a buzzy beauty topic these days, and there's no better time to dabble in lid painting than summer. When liquid eyeshadows dry, they don't budge until you wash them off. While the placement is rigid, the texture looks silky and soft. A lot of liquid eyeshadows come in multidimensional and iridescent colors, too, amplifying the fluid illusion.Urban Decay makes its Liquid Moondust Cream Eyeshadow comes in eight metallic shades, and it comes in a tube similar to those of lip gloss. The applicator is also akin to a lip gloss brush, which is good for precise application and special details. My favorite thing to do with this kind of eyeshadow and brush is to add a little colored shimmer to the inner corners of my eyes by tracing a very small amount along the tear ducts.
To buy: $22; sephora.com.
6 ColoreScience Sunforgettable Brush-On Shield SPF 50
ColoreScience's sun-shielding face powder is probably the easiest way to reapply sunscreen throughout the day, and it has the added benefits of touching up your makeup and reducing any unwanted shine that the sun, heat, and humidity might have wrought on your face.The powder comes in four shades–fair, medium, tan, deep–and the container has a built-in brush, making it a real one-stop, refreshing makeup shop.
To buy: $53; amazon.com.
7 Rohto Mentholatum Lip Fondue
OK, I know this seems extremely random (what even is lip fondue?), but I get compliments whenever I wear this on my lips. In the summer, getting your hair stuck in your lip gloss every time the wind blows is the actual worst, so I usually stay away from lip glosses altogether if I'm going to be outside.
I picked this lip product up in scarlet pink from a drug store in Japan, and it's my go-to when I want to add a little natural-looking rosiness and shine to my pout–dewy, not sticky.
To buy: $7; amazon.com.