5 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Transition Your Makeup Routine for Summer
Say goodbye to cakey foundation and smeared lipstick.
It's summertime, and the living is hot and sweaty.
In the heat, the only product you should really layer is sunscreen. Otherwise, you can avoid a face full of melting makeup by simply transitioning your makeup routine for the warmer weather.
Yep, your go-to red lip and smoky eyes will still look amazing in the summer, just swap your heavy, full-coverage formulas to avoid them from caking, running, and getting sticky on your face.
Here, we've broken down five easy ways to summer-proof your current makeup routine.
1. Hybrid Skincare Products
You don't over-layer your clothing on hot summer days, so take a similar approach to your morning skincare routine, too. Using rich creams can feel heavy and greasy in the heat and humidity. Instead, streamline your routine by swapping your current product lineup for hybrid formulas. Think a matte-finish sunscreen that creates a smooth base for makeup application, or a lightweight moisturizer that doubles as a primer.
Supergoop! Mattescreen SPF 40
Mineral sunscreens have a bad rap for leaving a white cast on skin, which is what makes Supergoop!'s formula so exceptional. The featherweight SPF 40 doesn't leave chalky residue and smooths over pores for even makeup application. Herbal extracts minimize redness and irritation while also providing blue light protection.
To buy: $38; dermstore.com.
Glossier Priming Moisturizer
This lightweight cream leaves skin instantly soft and dewy — never greasy. But even though it provides adequate moisture in a single application, the formula is buildable, so it can be layered on those days when your skin feels extra dry. Another reason it's great for summer? It has an anti-redness complex that evens out skin tone. Less redness equals wearing less foundation or concealer in the heat.
To buy: $27; glossier.com.
2. One-Step Foundations
Yes, you can wear foundation during summer. With the right formula, your makeup won't get cakey or melt off. A tinted moisturizer is one option, while a foundation that doubles a concealer is great for anyone looking for full coverage.
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer
The oil-free formula is lightweight, moisturizing, and offers 24 hour full coverage that doesn't clog pores. Choose from a range of 40 shades.
To buy: $30; sephora.com.
bareMinerals Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This little tube combines three steps of your routine into a single product. This cult-favorite tinted moisturizer hydrates, provides SPF 30 protection, and sheer allover coverage. But the skincare benefits don't stop there. Infused with nut oils and extracts, the lightweight cream locks in moisture, enhances antioxidant protection, and leaves a natural, dewy finish.
To buy: $47; sephora.com.
3. Soft Contour & Highlight
Contouring doesn't always have to be complicated. A swipe on either side of your face, down your skin, and around your forehead is the simplest way to master the technique and add definition to your features. Finish off your routine with a highlighter on your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and forehead. A creamy stick is easy to blend out and can be built up, while a shimmery moisturizer can give you a subtle glow.
NYX Wonder Stick
This two-in-one highlighter and contour stick effortlessly melts into skin for an uber-natural finish. It comes in four different shade combinations to suit skin tone.
To buy: $12; ulta.com.
Victoria Beckham Beauty by Augustinus Bader Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer in Golden
While the bronze-tinted moisturizer Victoria Beckham created in collaboration with Augustinus Bader is great for an allover glow, it's even better as an illuminator. Tap it onto your cheekbones, the hollows of your cheeks, or the bridge of your nose for extra radiance. While the golden tint gives you an instant glow, the formula's rejuvenating ingredients brightens skin over time. A win-win situation.
To buy: $95; victoriabeckhambeauty.com.
4. Lip & Cheek Tint
Make summer the one season you don't stress about complimentary blush and lipstick pairing by using a cheek and lip tint. And don't stop at the lower half of your face. Many of these products look amazing swiped on your eyelids for a full-on monochromatic look.
lilah b. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in Fearless
Love a red lip year-round? Same. So ditch your traditional matte lipstick for a creamy balm. Thanks to a blend of nourishing coconut oil, aloe, and algar, lilah b.'s Lip & Cheek Duo goes on effortlessly. Apply one coat to your lips for a sheer tint or layer it for intense color. The same goes for the apples of your cheeks.
To buy: $46; sephora.com.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Monochromatic Multi Stick in Bronzed Cherry
Don't underestimate the compact size of this makeup stick. The shimmery cream-to-powder formula can be used on your lips, cheeks, and eyelids for a complete makeup look. All eight shades are universal, but we're partial to this warm bronze cherry.
To buy: $4; elfcosmetics.com.
It would be easy to write neutral eye makeup off as boring, but these shades are classic for a reason. The brown tones can be mixed-and-matched for a soft, smoky eye or worn alone, swept across the eyelid for definition. Bonus: These shadows can also act as brow filler.
Maybelline Color Strike Eyeshadow Pen
This unique cream eyeshadow dries down to a powder so it does not budge. Yes, even in the humidity. "Rally" is a versatile metallic chocolate brown shade. Use the precise cushion pen to apply the shadow like an eyeliner or add more definition to your lash line as part of a full-on eyeshadow look.
To buy: $7; amazon.com.
Mented Cosmetics Everyday Eyeshadow Palette
While Mented's palette was created to have enough pigment for melanin-rich skin, the nine shades are gorgeous for all skin tones and exactly what you need for any neutral eye makeup look. The shades are a combination of matte and shimmer.
To buy: $28; mentedcosmetics.com.
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