Your Summer Beauty Survival Guide

During summer less is more — and no, I’m not talking about clothes. Although, with this heat, that may be a valid argument.

The topic today is makeup. To beat the heat you need reliable makeup that isn’t going to melt off. Whether you’re hiking, biking, camping or surfing we’re all after products that aren’t heavy but do their job. During summer it’s all about the essentials. Put your foundation, heavy liquids and creams away.

Here’s a list of the only beauty products you need to tackle summer like a champ:

Laura Mercier’s Tinted Facial Moisturizer ($44): this lightweight formula gives coverage without even looking like you’re wearing makeup. It hydrates and conditions while enhancing your natural skin tone. Plus, it contains SPF 20 which is perfect for any daytime activity. I tested it out with a hike in 90 degree weather. It stayed on and didn’t clog my pores … perfect win in my book!

Nars Blush in Orgasm ($30): this cult-classic continues to make our list every year. The peachy pink color has a hint of gold and is great for any skin tone because it’s so buildable. One swipe for a soft daytime pink or more for a late-night bold look. Bonus … this season Nars made a limited-edition collectable compact so this is a must-have for all you loyal fans (no shame, us too!)

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé ($24): by far the most nourishing lip treatment on the market. This rosy tint protects your lips with SPF, repairs dry skin and provides long-lasting moisture. With 14 different colors to choose from you’ll have no problem finding your perfect match. My go-to is Rosé … because why not?

Anastasia Brow Definer ($23): eyebrows are so important and with the warm weather you need a dependable pencil that won’t smudge or melt. Enter eyebrow vet Anastasia Beverly Hills. This slanted angle will help you achieve three different looks — fine, thick and bold. I’ve been wearing this in 100 degree heat and it stays all day without any need to reapply at night. I’ve also tested it in the pool and I’m happy to report it doesn’t budge!

NYX Away We Glow in Gold Rush ($7): a summer look isn’t complete without a highlighter. I’ve tried expensive ones, but nothing compares to this liquid highlighter. Illuminate the skin by brushing and blending it along your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and above your lip. You know how some women have skin that just glows? They use this.

Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Waterproof Mascara ($27): this super maximizing mascara lengthens and volumizes lashes to their fullest potential. The S-shaped brush grabs hold of every lash making it appear like you’re wearing false lashes. No clumps, no flakes and definitely no running. The waterproof formula withstood all my pool tests and a crying fit.

Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer ($20): a concealer should brighten and cover without looking heavy. This concealer does just that. We discovered this product through Birchbox recently and instantly became obsessed. It’s waterproof, doesn’t crease and in a study of 20 women it was found to last 10 hours.

e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set ($3): this mist can be used anytime to rejuvenate the skin. Use it after applying makeup to set the products or throughout the day to freshen and wake the skin. For $3 this little bottle is a bargain. Full of cucumber, aloe and green tea this formula soothes and hydrates the skin … all while smelling and feeling amazing!

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