There’s literally nothing easier than getting your body ready for summer. Have a body? Is it summer? You’re done! Updating your make-up bag, on the other hand, requires a bit of seasonal strategising. It’s time for the heavyweight champs, like thick moisturiser and full-coverage foundation, to tap out; they’re no match for the sun, heat, and—let’s be honest—sweat that summer brings.
The new game plan? Mattify, bronze, and protect! Read on for 10 summer beauty swaps to make ASAP.
1. Level Up Your SPF
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPF 50 (Pack of 3)
Say it with me: SUN-PRO-TEC-TION. No beauty routine is complete without it, which can be frustrating considering many SPF formulas make your face feel greasy or leave behind a white cast. This one doesn’t. It’s oil-free and packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid, so it’s perfect for layering under makeup.
2. Buff Away Winter Buildup
Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
If “buildup” isn’t the least appealing word in existence, what is? Luckily, there’s a quick fix: Dissolve away the dry flakes and dead skin cells winter may have left behind with a gentle chemical exfoliator. Lactic acid is resurfacing and moisture-boosting—in other words, it’s the one you want. And a word to the wise: Always use SPF after exfoliating, especially in the summer, because your skin is fresh and sensitive AKA perfect bait for a burn.
3. Practicing Safe Sun with Self-Tanner
Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops
I’m sure you don’t even need this reminder, because you’re an intelligent adult human who’s well aware of the risks of UV damage (like wrinkles, age spots, and the big one: skin cancer). Get a safe summer glow with a self-tanner specifically formulated for faces.
4. Opt for a Lightweight Foundation
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55
You probably need a new foundation on two accounts: texture and tone. A lightweight formula that’s silky (not cakey!) is ideal. This one glides onto skin evenly and really lasts. Added bonus: It has Broad Spectrum SPF 55 protection.
5. Set Your Look with a Mattifying Pressed Powder
Laura Mercier Invisible Pressed Powder Compact
Cake-face isn’t cute, and the combination of sun, sweat, and loose setting powder is basically an Easy Bake Oven: Beauty Edition. Use a sheer pressed powder with a slight matte finish to set your foundation instead.
6. Lighten Up Your Shadow
Too Faced Natural Lust Powder
I mean, you can never go wrong with a smoky eye, but why not switch out winter’s classic black smoke-out for a shimmery nude version? When the sunlight hits, it’s sparkle city.
7. Make Sure Your Mascara is Waterproof
Dior Diorshow Pump'N'Volume Waterproof Mascara
Factor in beach days, pool days, and humidity levels, and you’re gonna need a longer-lasting lash boost. This waterproof mascara offers length, volume, and all-day wear that can survive any summer splash.
8. Use Cream Highlighter to Go with the Glow
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick
Things are about to get sweaty, which, honestly, is a good thing. Lean into that natural sheen by switching out your powder highlighter for a creamy, dewy, light-reflecting version.
9. Swipe on a Bright Lip Balm with SPF
Neutrogena Moistureshine Lip Soother SPF 20 in Glaze
Retire drying matte lipsticks in favour of a glossy, coral tint and a healthy dose of SPF (because sunburnt lips are kind of the worst, right?). This cucumber-spiked “lip soother” from Neutrogena checks all the boxes.
10. Trade Blush for Extra Bronzer
Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder
Take your faux-glow to the next level by opting for bronzer over blush. Simply swirl a warm shade like this one across your cheeks, the bridge of your nose, and the center of your chin and forehead, and voilà: a “suntan” sans sun damage.