Skip the powder. These products keep your look light, fresh, and glowy (in a good way) even when it’s hot and humid.

By Erica Metzger
June 04, 2019

Longer days, family getaways, backyard grill-outs, reading by the pool—there are many things to love about summer. The way your makeup seems to melt the second you step out the door? Not so much. Don't worry though, it is possible to keep your complexion fresh and glowing—no matter the mercury level. We've found seven sweat-, heat-, and humidity-proof makeup products to help you look your very best all season long.

Best Brightening Primer

Makeup primer helps foundation last longer. Because this formula’s sunny tint imparts a subtle glow, anything on top looks fresher, says Nam Vo, a New York City makeup artist. This primer works for any skin type and with the power of vitamin C, will help with dullness and signs of aging.

Buy It: Olehenriksen Banana Bright Face Primer, $36, Sephora

Best Oil-Control Matte Foundation

Makeup with built-in mattifying properties is a must for oily skin (especially in summer). This lightweight matte foundation from Mary Kay provides up to 12 hours of oil control, and it'll stand up to sweat and humidity.

Buy It: Mary Kay TimeWise Matte 3D Foundation, $25, Mary Kay

Best Microfiber Makeup Sponge

Hot temps and heavy makeup are a bad mix. Use a damp makeup sponge to dab on cream or liquid formulas in sheer layers or blot away excess product. Makeup sponges are also useful for blending makeup (just make sure to clean it after every few uses).

Buy It: Juno & Co. Microfiber Velvet Sponge, $6, Juno & Co.

Best Aloe-Infused Cheek Tint

This aloe-infused blush feels refreshing and highlights your cheekbones with a healthy flush. It comes in three universal shades that blend easily into cheeks or lips. Traveling light? Leave the powder blush and brushes at home; a multitasking tint like this makes it easy to touch up your look anywhere.

Buy It: NYX Bare With Me Cheek Tint, $10, Ulta

Best Crease-Proof Cream Shadow

Even a bold shade of a cream shadow looks soft when it's blurred over the lid and not competing with intense eyeliner, Vo says. Almay's Velvet Foil Cream Shadow gives lids a high-intensity metallic shine that won't smudge or crease with wear.

Buy It: Almay Velvet Foil Cream Shadow, $6.99, Amazon

Best Waterproof Mascara

Why the bendy wand, you ask? It’s easier to lift and coat all your lashes at an angle, giving you intense lash length. Waterproof formula means you don't have to worry about smearing your eye makeup (or having raccoon eyes) while you're out and about.

Buy It: L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Length and Lift Waterproof Mascara, $12.99, Ulta

Best Glossy Lip Balm

Fruit punch shades are just ripe for the season, and this lip formula's nonsticky finish makes it a makeup bag staple. This liquid lip balm combines full coverage color with hydrating shine, and it comes in 13 juicy colors.

Buy It: Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip Balm, $26, Nordstrom

With these summer-proof beauty products, you can spend less time touching up your makeup and more time having fun in the sun. You can also ensure your strands stay healthy and hydrated with these SPF products for hair and scalp.

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