Top 10 Beauty Must-Haves for Summer

Beat the heat with these hot tips!

The hot and humid summer months don’t mean you have to ditch your beauty routine – whether you’re protecting your skin while beaching it or glamming it up at a poolside party, use these tips to melt your worries, not your makeup.

1. SPF!   

Whether you’re out and about in town or baking in the sun, protecting your skin is a must! For your body, you’ll want to opt for an SPF between 30-50. I recommend going with a water-resistant formula, such as Kiehl’s Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50.

When it comes to your face, you’ll want to use a separate product that won’t clog pores. My favorite is the tinted MAC Prep & Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF35 because it evens out my face and controls oil while protecting my skin.

Don’t forget about your lips! Sunburned lips are not comfortable, so opt for a balm with an SPF of at least 15 like Nars Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment.

2. Long Wearing Foundation

Thanks to advances in formulations, there are several foundations on the market now that are resistant to humidity and sweat while some are even waterproof. MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation is oil-free, blends naturally, and wears 24 hours!

Bright Lip 

Summer is the best season for a bold lip and naked-looking eyes! Whether you opt for a hot pink or a poppy coral, any fun shade complements sun-kissed skin. You’ll want to opt for a saturated formula that won’t smear or bleed in the heat like Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick.

Waterproof Eyes  

Whether you are looking for a little definition for your eyes or enhancing your lashes, you’ll need an eyeliner and mascara that don’t smudge or streak in the humidity. Bring out your eyes for summer with waterproof products like Too Faced Perfect Eyes Eyeliner and MAC False Lashes Waterproof Mascara.

5. Summer Nails 

Needing the perfect pedi for the obligatory feet at the beach photo? Choose a polish that won’t crack under pressure! Sally Hansen Miracle Gel gives you salon quality manis and pedis in their 2-step no-light-needed gel polish that lasts at least a week! For realsies.

6. Face Refresher 

Does your face need a pick-me-up during the midday heat? Using a face mist can refresh your look and add the look and feel of life back to your skin.  MAC Minerlize Charged Water Revitalizing Energy is an all natural hydrating spritz that revitalizes and energizes the skin. I keep mine in the fridge when I need a quick cooldown and freshening up!

7. Bronzer



Whether you’re a tanned goddess or a porcelain princess, adding subtle warmth to your skin with a bronzer is a healthy way to achieve a sunkissed look. Place it only where the sun hits you first: forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin for a natural, bronzed beauty.  Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer blends softly for warmth and dimension.

8. Luminous Highlight 

A summer beauty look isn’t complete without radiant skin! Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder gives glowing skin without seeing flakes or specks and is available in 6 shades to suit any undertone. Look lit-from-within and never oily by placing this above your cheekbones, around your tearducts, and above your Cupid’s bow for flattering, subtle luminousity.

9. Body Bronzer 

Protecting your porcelain perfection? Or tan but in need of some evening out? Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs is available in 5 shades that allow anything from enhancing subtle color to achieving bronze goddess status. With enough coverage to perfect your skin, this body makeupis also resistant to water and transferring.

10. Setting Spray 

Last, and certainly not least, the final summer must-have is makeup setting spray. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a product that lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep it looking fresh all day? Oh, wait. There is! Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray locks in your hard work and prevents your face from melting in the sultry summer heat.
Let me know if your favorite products made the list!

What are some of your favorite summer products?

Until next time! xoxo


1 comment

  1. ElizReply

    I absolutely LOVE the stuff! I have rellay red skin and it covers it up without that gooey feeling. And it lasts! I bought the one they sell at Nordstrom, Bare Escentuals, and the sales people are rellay great at showing you how to do it properly. There rellay is a method to it. Less is more! They have a great cover-up too called Well Rested that covers up the dark circles and other imperfections very well. And I love the lip gloss called Buxom which makes your lips a little fuller and tingles!

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