Your regular makeup routine might consist of a full face of foundation, eye shadow, and a matte lip, but add humidity and heat to the equation, and you’re bound to have a drippy mess. Now, we’re not saying summer has to mean no makeup; it just means different makeup. It’s the one season in the year that a pared-down routine is actually necessary. Replacing smoothing creams for hair oils (we’re currently coveting this Sun Bum one) and ditching foundation for a barely there tint will have you spending less time in the mirror and more time at the beach.
Keep scrolling to see what’s in our summer arsenal.
When it’s summer and all we want to do is get to the beach, we’re not going to wait for our skincare products—specifically serums—to soak in. And guess what? We don’t have to. Similar to their liquid counterparts, stick serums even skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and revitalize skin. Rub the stick over your face post-cleansing, and continue with the rest of your routine.
Yes, it’s hot, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice coverage. Trade your heavy foundation for a lighter option that'll let your skin breathe, like a tinted face lotion. This new, lightweight formula from Sun Bum provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection (SPF 30 to be exact), while also blending easily into the skin, giving you an is-she-or-isn't-she-wearing-makeup look.
Highlighters are the easiest solution for a lit-from-within, diffused glow (even if you're stuck at your desk all day), so we’re not telling you to ditch that effect. Just swap messy powder formulas for a multitasking pencil, like this Nudestix one that requires no tools (just your fingers). Dot it along your cheekbones, over lids, and even on lips for an effortless glow. Then stash it in your bag for midday touch-ups.
This probably doesn’t cross your mind on a regular basis, but shiny glosses can actually reflect sunlight and increase your risk of getting a burn. So lip SPF is totally necessary. Look for options that have a subtle, natural color—think your lips but better—with an SPF of at least 15. This Sun Bum formula is infused with coconut oil to keep your lips moisturized and healthy-looking.
While we love a bold, filled-in brow, soaring temps can cause your tint to melt (not a good look). So this summer we're embracing natural—but still groomed—brows. Brush through your set with a dry spoolie brush, then set them with a clear gel. It’s a win-win: You get ready more quickly, and you don’t have to constantly check if your brows are in tact.
Smoothing creams might be good for taming frizz, but oil treatments tend to be lighter, make hair silkier, and take less time to use. Right now, we’re into Shine On, which is made from five oils: argan, coconut, almond, sunflower seed, and jojoba. The nourishing formula is perfect for dehydrated locks as it smooths strands, restores the look of healthy hair, and prevents split ends and flyaways. Use it fresh out of the shower or to give hair a boost post-beach. Bonus: It works wonders on your skin too!