It wasn't until recently that I noticed how drastically my beauty routine has changed with the weather. Even as I write that sentence, I realize it sounds obvious—we all switch up our skincare and makeup to go along with the climate, right? Well, the thing is, I never have. It took a conversation in the office with a few other co-workers to realize this was new for a lot of us.
"I can't wear eyeliner anymore," our smokey eye–obsessed editorial director told me. "It's too hot." Granted, this is her first New York summer, and I'm sure that has something to do with it. Still, it got me thinking about our summer beauty routines and how they change. The textures become more blendable, we swap powder for cream and brushes for our fingers. It just feels easier that way.
Below, find our go-to summer beauty routines and where to shop our favorite products.
"Aside from amping up my SPF usage, I tend to take a more minimalistic approach to my summer beauty routine, as compared to the rest of the year. Something about spending more time outdoors calls for a more natural look, in my opinion, not to mention that it's simply more practical: What's the point in wearing tons of makeup if it's just going to slide off my face by noon?
"I stick with my Laneige BB Cushion Compact ($38) all year, but it's especially great in the summer since it has built-in SPF and offers sheer, dewy coverage. If I already have a layer of SPF on (usually it's Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen, $65, since it has a matte, airbrushed finish), I'll just use a Beautyblender ($20) to add foundation wherever necessary rather than all over. (For me, that's generally my T-zone.) After spot-concealing, my one extra step I take in the summer is to fortify that coverage with translucent powder—I never use powder during the rest of the year since I prefer a dewier texture, but I'll dab on a tiny bit of RMS Beauty 'Un' Powder ($34) under my eyes and around my nose to ensure that my concealer and foundation doesn't crease or slide off in those areas.
"Aside from that, I like playing up the fact that my skin is more shine-prone during this time of year, and I'll dab on a bit of RMS Beauty Master Mixer ($38) on my cheekbones, brow bones, and Cupid's bow to enhance my glow. Then, it's just a little bit of hair oil on my ends to keep them from getting too dry."
Shop Victoria's Go-Tos
"I don't know if it's because of the weather or the fact that I'm just lazier in the summer, but when it comes to warm-weather makeup, I can't be bothered with brushes. Suddenly all I want to work with is cream and liquid formulas I can use with my fingers, nothing powdery or cumbersome.
"This Tarte CC Concealer ($25) is so buttery and blendable and never flakes out on my dry under eyes. Same goes for Kjaer Weiss Cream Blush ($56), which is also the only creamy cheek color I've found that comes in shades that flatter my skin, and it stays on all day. Then there's Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist in Coral ($50), my holy grail summer product, a delightfully pigmented, glossy balm I use on my eyes, lips, and cheeks for a popsicle-stained, monochromatic look. I also couldn't go a summer without my Benefit Brow Gel ($12), which matches my brows flawlessly and allows me to fill them in to perfection in all of 15 seconds."
Shop Amanda's Go-Tos
"During summer, I use the heat to my advantage and fully embrace the dewy (read: sweaty) look. Swiftness is key, since there are rooftop bars to frequent and outdoor concerts to enjoy, so I swap my powder eye shadows and liquid liners for cream, well, everything. I recently discovered First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Triple Protection Skin Tint ($34), and use it every day in lieu of my foundation. It blurs out any imperfections, and most importantly, it's extremely blendable and easy to apply with your fingers. Then, it's all about adding a glow. I'm obsessed with Wander Beauty On-the-Glow in Coral Rose/Nude Glow ($42), which I'm convinced is the reason people keep telling me I'm tan (having transitioned from L.A. to NYC, trust me when I say I've never been paler).
"I use the coral side as blush, as well as a lip balm, and then I smudge the highlighter on my cheekbones and above my Cupid's bow. I toss RMS Beauty Signature Set in Mod Collection ($44) in my purse to touch up on the go (all the formulas are creamy and blendable, no brushes needed) and slather Nars Monoi Body Glow ($59) all over myself because it smells amazing, keeps mosquitos at bay, and adds a slight shimmer to my skin; basically, I want to look as lit as possible (literally).
"Hair-wise, I'm obsessed with Leonor Greyl Lait Lavant à la Banane ($45), which is a gentle herbal foam that rinses out and leaves your hair feeling silky and clean without fully shampooing. It's amazing for humid days when you're dripping with sweat by the time you get home from work, but also just shampooed the day before (I'm a full member of team shampoo-every-three-days, and I will not change). R+Co High Dive Moisture + Shine Creme ($27) smells like summer, and I apply it to my damp strands so they air-dry into shiny waves, and then I reapply in between shampoos. It magicallly never feels heavy or leaves my newly blond hair feeling greasy."
Shop Faith's Go-Tos
"I honestly continue to wear the same thick, full-coverage foundation in the summertime for the same reason I wear it during the other seasons: because it prevents shine and oil and covers any discoloration. But when I have a tan (which, I know, isn't great for my skin), I feel like I can ease up on the foundation and take a more bare-faced approach. My favorite foundation replacement is Dr. Dennis Gross Instant Radiance ($42) because it delivers the most luminous finish while still offering coverage. I follow up with a bit of loose setting powder to hide shine, and then I pop on a bit of La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush ($70)—it melts as soon as you touch it to the skin, and it blends flawlessly. I then apply a bit of Mary Kay Lash Love Waterproof Mascara ($15), because, you know, sweaty summer weather, ILIA Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner ($26), and fill in my brows with Nyx Micro Brow Pencil ($10). If I notice I'm starting to lose my tan, I'll mix in some St. Tropez self-tanner with my moisturizer before bed."
Shop Lindsey's Go-Tos
"I'm a newly transformed woman—as in, for the first time in my life, summer has inspired me to get more creative with my makeup choices. Usually, I'm a brand loyalist, using the same time-tested foundation, shadows, and lipsticks for as long as I can remember. But something happened in between trying this BB cream for the first time and playing with RMS Beauty Luminizer X Quad ($48) that changed up my entire beauty routine.
"Naturally, while living in New York and frequenting the humid oven that is the subway, it's best to accept shine as a fact. You will get sweaty. So, I've pretty much nixed every mattifying product I own in lieu of offerings that will allow for my beads of sweat to look more like 'glow,' or at least that's what I tell myself. I start with Becca First Light Filter Face Primer ($38), a product Faith gave me to prove I can't possibly hate all primers. She was right. It's tinted purple to 'scatter translucent, cool violet light,' which basically means it blurs, covers imperfections, and gives my face this nice, dewy quality without looking overly slick. I follow up with 3Lab Aqua BB Cream ($100), my new obsession, and blend it all in with a damp sponge.
"If I need a tiny bit more coverage, I'll go in and blend out a few drops of Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation ($48) around my nose and mouth. I use Benefit Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer ($20)—it's texture is light but still so creamy. It adds a bouncy, moisturized look to my often-tired under eyes and even works to freshen up throughout the day. My summer beauty pièce de résistance? It's all about the aforementioned Luminizer X Quad ($48). It includes four shimmery, buttery, dewy, glowy highlighting options that I rub all over my face—the inner corners of each eye, on top of my cheekbones, along my Cupid's bow, below my brow bone, etc. I finish the look off with a hydrating lip balm, and I go on my way."
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