When the sun is beating down on your playdate at the park, you’re going to get sweaty. On your beach vacation, you’re going to get wet. And on your romantic dinner on a restaurant patio, you’re going to wish you had a portable fan handy. But to make sure you look and feel your sexiest and your most comfortable for all of these adventures, you need to use only the best products on your skin. In searching for summer skincare and made-to-last makeup, just remember this — moisture and humidity don’t mix. Keep this in mind as we share some of the best products to beat the summer heat.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream: The heavy moisturizer you use in the colder months isn't necessary in summer. It leaves your face feeling even more oily and, when you step outside, your makeup melts right off. When it’s hot and humid, swap your cream moisturizers for a gel. This moisturizer from Kiehl's ($26.50) is oil-free and fragrance-free for light hydrating coverage. It creates a balanced, healthy look for men and women alike and can be worn alone or under makeup.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup: This foundation by Estée Lauder ($38) can withstand long days out with the family with ease. It is long-wearing, smudge-free and won’t come off on your clothes as you change from day to night outfits. It comes in 30 semi-matte shades so matching your skin tone is simple.
Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer: To cover dark circles and minimize any trouble spots, try this concealer by Lancôme ($31). It’s a light color corrector that dries to create a matte finish. It comes in 13 shades to blend perfectly with your foundation and keep you looking fresh in the hottest of temperatures.
e.l.f. Studio Translucent Mattifying Powder: If you like to set your makeup or you need a midday touch-up, try this pressed powder by e.l.f. ($3). It’s a budget-friendly must-have for summer makeup that keeps your skin looking fresh, smooth and shine-free. It’s available in translucent and corrective (which is more yellow in color). Be careful not to overuse powders on humid days, as they can easily fill in fine lines and wrinkles to enhance their appearance rather than hide them.
Covergirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara: Don’t be the woman who comes out of the pool with black streaks running down her face. To make sure your mascara can withstand an afternoon in the water, apply this mascara from Covergirl ($7.99). It’s volume-boosting to make sure your eyes look fabulous in all those vacation photos!
Make Up Forever Aqua Cream Waterproof Cream Color: To keep your summer look natural, use neutral eyeshadows for a light and fresh highlight. This waterproof cream shadow from Make Up Forever ($23) comes in 26 colors from tame to funky and should be applied to clean, oil-free eyes. Cream eyeshadows don’t fade as fast as loose powders, and this brand’s can also double as a highlight, blush and lip color, making it your new favorite beauty essential.
Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets: In summer, oil happens. But you can quickly fix your shiny skin by cleaning your face with an oil absorbing sheet like these from Clean & Clear (about $5). They wipe the oil straight from your skin and allow you to see the excess oil on the sheet once you’re finished. You'll feel confident that your pore problem is solved.
Clinique 'After Sun' Rescue Balm with Aloe: Long, hot summer days are best when spent you’re in the sun, soaking up some vitamin D. But after sun exposure, it’s important to soothe your skin and protect it from damage. This rescue balm by Clinique ($23) minimizes peeling and contains aloe to calm sun-exposed skin. It claims to “prevent today’s sun exposure from becoming tomorrow’s visible damage.”
What are your summertime beauty go-tos to outlast the summer heat? Share with us below!