Summer is the time to spend countless hours by the pool, soak up the sun, and look great doing it. And let’s be honest, that can be ten times harder with sweat running down your face — meaning we could all benefit from some summer beauty hacks. Whether you are jet-setting across the world or partying into the late night, you want to look your best and we’ve got you covered with a list of literal lifesavers to help you survive summer 2K22 and beyond.
Thanks to TikTok and our own research, we’ve gathered our top six summer beauty hacks to finally proclaim: this summer, less is more. We’ve been eyeing products that give us that lightweight but lasting summer glow. These bad boys are everything you need to look major with minimal effort. We even triple-checked our hacks with celebrity makeup artist Lilly Keys (known for working with the likes of Dua Lipa and Madison Beer). Keep reading to get prepped for effortless summer glam.
Mally Poreless Face Defender
The number one item you will need this season is Mally’s Poreless Face Defender, a high-tech alternative to traditional powder. Made to be used as a primer or a setting powder, it keeps unwanted oil and annoying shine at bay. Perfect for those borderline heatwaves where the last thing you want on your mind is if make-up is melting off of your face. The best part? It’s easy to forget you’re wearing make-up due to its lightweight formula, creating a soft-focus effect (like the IG Paris filter but IRL) that you can barely feel.
Mamacita Cosmetics Peel Off Glitter Glue Gel
Looking for something a little more fun and dramatic for your beauty looks? A day in the heat shouldn’t shy you away from an artsy look. Mamacita Cosmetics answered our wannabe-Euphoria prayers with their Peel-Off Glitter Glue Gel. The perfect product to keep in your arsenal of shocking eyeshadows. Say goodbye to messy, glitter eyelids and the god-awful removal process. With this peel-off method, adorn your favorite glitter pieces and simply apply the glue gel to your lids. At the end of a long day, no need to fret — it’s a clean and easy removal.
L’Oréal Color Mascara
The secret to jazzing up your eyes without the commitment of a complete eyeshadow look? Color mascara. Rather than wearing blush or eyeshadow, opt for a whisk of colorful mascara for an effortless yet shocking moment. “I love colored mascara as something fun and unexpected,” says Lilly. “If you’re a newbie at colored mascara, apply just on the tips of the lashes. It gives a subtle look yet still fun.” So, whenever you want to add color to your look, don’t hesitate to reach for L’Oréal Color Mascara. Available in seven vibrant shades, including cobalt blue and deep green, you’re sure to turn heads. If you could use a bit more convincing, watch Addison Rae apply blue mascara for that extra push to join the fun!
Bonus hack from Lilly: “You should choose a water-resistant mascara this summer, rather than waterproof mascara. Water-resistant mascara is kinder to your lashes and also sweatproof, whereas waterproof can be difficult to remove and not as reliable.”
EltaMD Tinted Sunscreen
For years, skin care gurus have stressed the importance of using sunscreen daily. Although during cooler seasons, the extra layer of protection works in favor of your makeup routine, during the summer less is more! Hence the infamous obsession with tinted moisturizers. It eliminates the need for a foundation while giving your skin a seamless dewy finish. I mean, what’s better than tinted moisturizer?! Tinted Sunscreen, that’s what. EltaMD Tinted Sunscreen, to be exact. Hailey Bieber says it’s her quick and easy go-to when she’s pressed for time. Coverage, moisture, and protection all-in-one.
Hide Premium Foundation
Wondering what base coverage should be your go-to for summer? Anything lightweight. The last thing you want to do this summer is layering products onto your skin. Luckily, Lilly shared her favorite foundation with us. “Personally, I love a fresh face in the summer months,” says Lilly. “I love HIDE Premium Foundation, which is weightless with a flawless finish… It feels like it isn’t even there. It’s made to resist sweat and won’t clog your skin.”
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm
This last cheat code is a major key to staying summertime-fine. We all know that feeling when our lipstick slowly becomes dry and faints over time. But with a tinted lip balm, your lips remain hydrated for up to eight hours and stained from the intentional tint of the balm. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm is absolutely brilliant for a lasting lip look, and get this, and it’s only five bucks!
Bonus hack again! “If you’re going to wear lipstick, be sure to apply hydrating lip balm 30 minutes before to ensure it’s penetrated your lips,” Lilly shares. “Remove any balm residue with a Q-tip before applying lipstick.”
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