Makeup Artists Reveal Their Go-To Products for Beating the Summer Heat

A.k.a how to prevent your look from turning into a drippy mess.

summer makeup

Every time summer rolls around, I'm reminded that you can't have the good (rooftop parties! outdoor happy hour) without the bad (the stifling humidity and blazing sun). When it comes to switching up your wardrobe to deal with these seasonal changes, it's pretty straightforward—throw off the warm winter garb and slip into short dresses and strappy sandals. Unfortunately, summer makeup is a bit more difficult to figure out. Do you stop wearing makeup completely? Do you opt for lightweight formulas? Or should you reach for waterproof products, instead? To help us crack the summer makeup code, we reached out to Ashley Rebecca, an editorial makeup artist, and Adam Burrell, a celebrity makeup artist, to give us all the answers.

What's the one makeup product that you can't live without in the summer?

"Honestly, it's sunscreen and concealer for me." —Ashley Rebecca

" BareMinerals BAREPRO Glow Bronzer is a liquid bronzer that I use all summer. I use it on the body, I'll add it to foundations and tinted moisturizers, or I'll use it alone. It's the ultimate way to enhance tan skin or fake a bronzed glow." —Adam Burrell

Barepro Glow Bronzer

Bare Minerals

What's the best lightweight lip product to wear during warmer months?

"Juicy, glossy, and sheer lip products look great in the sun. Fenty Beauty has some great formulas and colors—I've been loving the Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick. It has summer written all over it." —Burrell

"Victoria Beckham Beauty has amazing lip tints—the shades Amour or Cherie are the best for a light stain that lasts." —Rebecca

Bitten Lip Tint

Victoria Beckham Beauty

Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

How do you reapply sunscreen over makeup in the summer?

"I love aerosol sunscreens—not only do they give your body the best sheen, but they are so easy to re-spritz throughout the day. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Lightweight Sunscreen Spray is a cult favorite for that exact reason." —Burrell

"I'll use Supergoop's loose SPF powder and dust it all over my face. Or, I'll take some of Supergoop's Glowscreen and lightly press it on top of my makeup to add extra glow." —Rebecca

What complexion products give you long-lasting coverage in the intense summer heat?

"I love to use Clé de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation and [Clé de Peau's] concealer—they really stay put." —Rebecca

"Coverage and summer heat isn't the best combo, but what I like to do is start with a tinted moisturizer, like the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer. Not only does it have SPF 25, but you'd be surprised at how much it actually covers. Then I'll go in with Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick to add coverage over the areas that need a little extra help." —Burrell

Radiant Fluid Foundation SPF 24

Clé de Peau Beauté

What's your favorite way to set makeup without going overboard on setting powder?

"I always keep powder to a minimum—set it with a light hand, then carry the Beauty Blender Blotterazzi with you for touch-ups. These are a washable and reusable alternative to blotting papers; they soak up excess shine, so you don't have to reapply powder." —Burrell

"I like to use a light setting spray, like Tatcha's Dewy Luminous Mist, to lock in makeup while also adding a subtle glow to the skin ." —Rebecca

Blotterazzi Pro

Beauty Blender

What are your favorite eye products for the summer?

"Pairing Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise with the brand's Colour Chameleons is a quick way to create a professional-level eye look that's long-wearing and waterproof." —Burrell

"I'm super into Grande Cosmetics GrandeDrama mascara, Benefit's clear brow gel, and any kind of cream eyeshadow." —Rebecca

What is your favorite lightweight blush?

"I love cream and liquid blushes. MOB Beauty has these amazing cream blushes that hold up really well under heat." —Rebecca

"It's cream blushes for me no matter the season, but especially in summer. The NARS Multiples are a staple, and their shade, Orgasm, is my all-time favorite." —Burrell


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