Summer is definitely the season that requires the biggest shift in your beauty stash. Heavy foundation and thick creams have no place in your summer beauty kit. Summer beauty is all about lightweight, dewy and waterproof. You need to switch up everything from your skincare to your haircare. And don’t get me started on SPF. SPF is year-round, but SPF is even more non-negotiable in summer. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite tried-and-true beauty products to get you all the way through the season while looking flawless and fresh.
A multipurpose product that leaves you with the perfect pop of natural color without any of the cakiness.
This newish product already has a cult following, and for good reason. It gives you healthy, dewy skin, with the lightest, most natural-looking coverage.
You can’t have a summer makeup kit without a makeup bag! This one is our absolute favorite. It’s “splash-proof” since it’s clear vinyl, which makes it great for touch-ups by the pool or at the beach. It’s easy to clean out if anything spills, and perfect for summer travels.
The perfect bronzer for a natural sun-kissed glow.
Rosewater, hyaluronic acid, caffeine and aloe make this little balm stick a powerhouse for cooling and brightening.
If you live in the water and the sun during the summer, your hair will need some weekly TLC.
If you’re looking for a dark bronzed glow, we’re particularly fond of the pineapple-scented tanning oil from Bali Body.
Keep summer products from sliding off your face with this setting spray that’s packed full of heat-friendly ingredients like coconut water and aloe vera.
Want long lashes but don’t want raccoon eyes after a day at the beach? A quality waterproof mascara is a must-have for your summer beauty kit.
This sunscreen doesn’t just protect your face from the sun, but also against the elements—environmental pollution and electronic pollution (like screen time).
This palette has everything you need for any occasion during the summer, whether it be a swipe of shimmer or a whole smokey eye.
Did you spend all day in the sun? This lotion is like a shot of wheatgrass for your skin.
Do you suffer from summer breakouts? You’ll definitely want to keep this facial mist in your beach bag for clearer, more hydrated skin.
Always keep a hydrating lip balm on hand after a long day in the hot sun. We love these universally flattering subtle shades.
Your hands need plenty of SPF, too. This one is specially formulated for the sensitive skin around your hands while hydrating and protecting.
No one wants smudgy eyebrows when they’re by the pool. The 12-hour-wear color can be applied directly onto the brow hairs as well as the skin, then blended for a natural-looking finish that stays in place.
This tag team duo is a must for summer haircare. The Hair in the Sun is a cream that acts as a mask to shield color-treated and untreated hair with a UV filter that lasts even after showering. It’s perfect for vacation and also acts as a styling product. Use Hair After The Sun to restore shine and moisture after a day in the sun’s powerful rays, which can damage and dry out your hair.
If you’re spending a lot of time outdoors this summer, you’ll definitely want a good scalp scrub in your beauty kit. It helps remove buildup that can come from chlorine or sweat, or even dry shampoo, which we tend to rely on during summer months.
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