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7 Products for an Effortless Summer Makeup Look

Next-level glow in a flash.

By: Hannah Baxter
Photography: Ben Ritter

When it’s boiling hot outside and you’re desperately trying to disguise your back sweat when exiting the train (woof), the last thing you want to think about is your makeup melting down your face. That’s why we rarely spend more than a few minutes on our summer beauty look, so any product that can deliver a bright, dewy, and fresh-looking face is a must these days. Think lots of rose or peachy cream formulas that can pull double duty on your lips and cheeks, or a deeper, darker shade that can both contour your cheekbones and define the eyes for the evening. The goal is to keep things beautiful and easy, so you spend less time on a face beat and more on parading that gorgeous complexion around the park with your friends. Or at the beach. Or under a cabana off the coast of Portugal. Wherever you are, all you need are these seven products to get the ultimate glow-up for summer.


Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops, $48

Skin care plus a dewy highlight is textbook summer beauty, which is why this oil (and its added iridescent pearls) needs to be on your bathroom shelf. Just a few drops are enough to make your skin look impossibly dewy.

RMS Buriti Bronzer, $28

If sun-kissed is your goal, then stock up on this all-natural bronzing cream from RMS. We’re fans of the formula for your temples and under the cheekbones to contour, on the bridge of the nose for some faux tan, and in the eye creases for a little drama.

Perricone MD No Makeup Blush, $35

Vitamin C is one of our hero ingredients for skin brightening, so color us thrilled that this new blush is packed full of it and comes with a handy doe-foot applicator. Just add a few dots onto the apples of your cheeks and blend out for a healthy, radiant glow.

CHANEL Baume Essentiel, $45

This highlighter is 100 percent foolproof, we swear. Just swipe it onto the tops of your cheekbones, beneath your brows, and in the corners of your eyes, and you’ll be glowing in no time. And since there’s no added pigment, you’ll reflect the sunlight/moonlight/disco ball wherever you are that day.

Shiseido ColorGel LipBalm, $26

Keeping your lips hydrated doesn’t stop once the cold weather disappears. A semi-sheer color product is our ideal way to brighten up the face and give your pout some much-deserved moisture. You can’t go wrong with a reddish orange this season.

Ciaté London’s Marbled Metals Metallic-Glitter Shadows, $24

Sometimes a girl needs to sparkle, and that’s where these velvety eye shadows come in. Just use your finger and pat a thin layer onto a dry lid, then stand back and admire your handiwork. High impact in ten seconds or less.

Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara, $31

We’ve all experienced the dreaded racoon eye at the end of a long workday, but thanks to this waterproof formula from Bobbi Brown, your mascara will remain on your lashes from morning to night. It will *not* move for anything—until you break out the micellar water during your nighttime skin-care routine.