No longer the domain of Mr. Heat Miser, inferno weather has become the norm in the heart of summer. Sure air conditioning or finding refuge under a shady tree may be your number one priority, but you can still look pretty while you’re enjoying that cool breeze. Heat and humidity cause excess sweat that clogs pores, and salt water and chlorine can dry you out, so it’s important to practice your skin routine as suggested by your dermatologist for your specific skin needs, to avoid both breakouts and stripping skin of its natural oils. Of course protecting your skin from punishing UV rays is a must.
In summer, thick layers of makeup can melt away, get gunky and/or clog pores—you want to keep it light and easy. It’s a lot to ask, but here are some products and formulas that help tamp down any oiliness, while making the most of your glow, and some others that will withstand the ravages of a pool or the beach.
Celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin is a Dior Brand Ambassador, Honest Beauty creative color consultant and the mastermind behind Meghan Markle’s now-famous natural makeup look seen by an estimated 1.9 billion people who watched the royal wedding.
Catch Multitasking Fever
“I am a big fan of multitasking products,” Martin said. “The Honest Beauty Lip Crayon in Sheer Sherbet ($12.99 honestbeauty.com) is my new go-to. I love to dab it on lips and cheek bones for a pop of color. It’s a great way to keep your makeup bag light if you’re traveling this summer.”
Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Rally ($24, milkmakeup.com) and NARS Multiples Stick ($39, narscosmetics.com) are also A+ multitaskers. Glossier’s sheer formulations, including Cloud Paint Cheek Color and Lidstar ($18, $30 glossier.com), can be layered and add modern, fresh sheen. Try both in “Dawn,” a sunny coral color hot on the Sunkist-color lid trend, perfect for bronzed skin. Lip stains give a hint of staying-power color to your pout. Clarins Water Lip Stain ($28, clarinsusa.com) is one of the best.
TSA-friendly foundation sticks include Clinique Chubby In The Nude Foundation Stick ($12.50, clinique.com), Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Cover Stick Foundation ($43, sephora.com), Fenty Beauty Match Stix Skin Sticks ($25, fentybeauty.com) and Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Sticks ($46, hourglasscosmetics.com).
Opt for cream highlighters such as RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer ($38, thedetoxmarket.com) and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Crème Highlighter ($38, beccacosmetics.com) to dab onto the brow bone and upper cheek. There are so many incredible body glow formulations this summer—it doesn’t hurt that Rihanna’s video, in which she applies her Fenty Beauty Body Lava, went viral. Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter is another 2018 cult favorite ($44, sephora.com). Note that lip gloss is back: Pat McGrath Labs completes your summer star-shine look ($28, sephora.com).
If nothing else, you must wear sunscreen. Choose a primer with SPF or a tinted sunscreen that lays lovely underneath makeup such as SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 ($34, skinceuticals.com), La Roche-Posay Anthelios Daily Mineral SPF 50 Primer With Sunscreen ($39, laroche-posay.us) and Laura Mercier SPF 30 Foundation Primer Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++ ($38, shop.nordstrom.com). Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF 50 Hydrating Shield ($68, elizabetharden.com) is made to also fight against pollution.
If your eye makeup devolves into a swampy, teary, smudgy mess when the heat and humidity get going, better to not wear it all. Good stay-put options include Diorshow Waterprof Mascara ($29.50, dior.com), Cargo Swimmables Longwear Brow Pencil ($20, cargocosmetics.com) and Make Up For Ever Aqua XL eyeliner ($21, sephora.com). A simple chic, colorful line of bright color on the top lid works wonders on an otherwise neutral face. A spritz of Urban Decay All Night Setting Spray ($32, sephora.com) is extra insurance to keep everything in place.