Makeup meltdown will be a thing of the past, thanks to these six standouts.
Bare feet buried in the sand, a chilled glass of rosé, lazy days spent lounging on the beach… the list of things we love about summer is nearly endless. What we don’t love so much—the inevitable makeup mess that comes with rising temps and humidity levels. Foundation starts to slip and slide, mascara and liner leave telltale smudges, lipstick comes right off… it’s anything but pretty. And while you likely already make swaps to your skincare regimen come summer, similar changes should also be made to your makeup lineup. Happily, there’s no need to replace every product in your cosmetic case—summer beauty is all about looking fresh and effortless. All you need is a handful of products that can survive even the hottest summer day. Pick up the six staples below, and you’ll be able to enjoy the most glorious season without ever worrying about makeup meltdown.
A Powder With Protection
Tinted sunscreen powders make it easier than ever to reapply your SPF and give your complexion a little coverage, too. New York City makeup artist and beauty expert Neil Scibelli is a big fan of the Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen SPF 50. “The mineral powder is also great for absorbing oil throughout the day, without disrupting other makeup,” he says.
To buy: $64; sephora.com.
A Multi-Tasking Lip Color
Scibelli raves about the Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother SPF 20: “You get a pop of color, a hint of shine, and sunscreen, all in one product,” he says. Another plus: The formula is loaded with hydrating glycerin, chamomile, and cucumber to soothe and stave off chapped lips. Plus, it comes in four flattering shades.
To buy: $6.69; jet.com.
A Creamy Blush
Powder formulas are more prone to streaking in hot weather, so opt for a cream cheek color. “They also blend seamlessly into the skin, for a more realistic flush,” adds Scibelli, who likes the antioxidant-infused Honest Beauty Crème Blush. Use your fingertips to dab it onto the apples of your cheeks.
To buy: $22; honestbeauty.com.
A Waterproof Eyeliner
“I’ve been using Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner Singles on my clients during the warmer months and for outdoor events. The pigments are incredible and don’t budge once they’re on,” says Scibelli. Pair with a waterproof mascara and you can enjoy every pool and beach day, without stressing about winding up with raccoon eyes.
To buy: $18; mallybeauty.com.
An All-in-One Complexion Perfector
The more products you layer on your skin, the more likely they are to slide off your face. The solution? Pick one product that can do it all, advises Scibelli: “So many tinted moisturizers these days also have built-in primers, plus protective antioxidants and sunscreen.” His current fave: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50.
To buy: $38; sephora.com.
A Matte Bronzer
To stay sun-kissed all summer long, Scibelli suggests the Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals Self-Tanning Bronzing Minerals, which delivers both an instant bronze and lasting tan. “Because it’s finely milled, it doesn’t look like you have anything on your complexion,” he adds. The matte finish is another plus, since shimmery textures can make skin appear greasy once it gets oily or sweaty.
To buy: $55; vitaliberata.com.