While some beauty products can be used all year round, it’s undeniable that certain items are highly seasonal. Rich, ultra-hydrating moisturizers can be moved to the back to the beauty cabinet to make room for lightweight, mattifying ones this time of year. And shiny, liquidy lip glosses should be replaced with long-lasting lip colors that can stand up to sweat drips. However, not all switches are quite so obvious. Here, find the ultimate makeup and skin care kit that will keep your skin looking and feeling fresh and sweat-free all summer long.
Step number one all year round should always, always, always be sun protection. And a light, easy-to-apply sunscreen that won’t get sweated off and leaves no trace of residue is the best option. Look for something that’s broad spectrum (meaning it protects from both UVA and UVB rays), and slather it on every morning—more often if you’re spending time outside.
Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35, $34
Sun-Shielding Skin Tint
Anyone who is looking for sun protection and color correction in one product will love this lightweight skin tint. It offers physical sun protection for those wary of chemicals. And the shade gives a healthy glow to most skin tones. This product provides the best of both worlds.
Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense, $36
This two-in-one product is the ultimate oil banisher and an ideal addition to any beach bag arsenal. On one side, you’ve got blotting papers to soak up excess shine in a pinch, and on the other, a balm that reduces the look of oil and makes pores disappear.
TréStique Magic Balm and Blotting Sheet Mattifying Duo, $34
Melt-Proof Lip Color
It might seem tough to wear bold lip color when temperatures heat up, but it’s all about having the right sweat-resistant product. This liquid lipstick has a light texture and is guaranteed to last for for 14 hours, making it immune to sweat droplets and absent-minded face wiping.
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick, $28
Whether used right after cleansing for a toner-like effect or while out and about as a way to cool down, a fresh-feeling mist is a great idea when the forecast turns steamy. This one uses zinc sulfate, which helps fight breakouts exacerbated by heat and also has a mattifying effect, leaving skin smooth and dry.
La Roche-Posay Serozinc, $15
A longtime classic, this eyeliner is a no-brainer purchase any time of year, but especially in the summer. It comes in tons of colors and won’t budge from the moment you put it on until your post-evening-workout shower.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, $22
Heat can make skin red and inflamed, so a soothing toner that works to calm and clear the complexion is essential. Bonus: This one’s made with natural ingredients.
Pai Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Tonic, $56
The opposite of clumpy, this organic mascara is perfectly light and never runs, even when you hit a hot yoga class. On the other hand, it’s not completely waterproof, so it’s not a fight to remove at the end of the day. It also smartly comes in a small tube that only has a three month supply, which discourages bacteria from forming inside and ensures that you get to use all of the product before it dries out.
Kjaer Weis Mascara, $38
This multipurpose mask can be used as a treatment or a deep cleanser—either way, it reduces oil and the look of pores. Once or twice a week should be enough to help stop oil and sweat-related breakouts in their tracks.
Cooling Eye Gels
At the end of a super hot day, nothing feels better than an under-eye mask straight out of the fridge. Leave these handy gels packed with antioxidant and anti-aging ingredients on for 10 minutes while you cool down, and your skin will feel firmer afterwards.
SKYN Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, $30