Summer Drugstore Beauty Essentials – Makeup and Skincare You Need for Summer!
I cannot believe that summer is just around the corner! The year is going by so fast, it’s crazy!
When I think of summer makeup, I think of two things:
- Glowy bronze goddess vibes
- Bright, bold, and colorful – it’s the season to take chances with your makeup!
Although both of those images can be meshed into one makeup look, it’s more likely that you’ll choose one or the other.
And whichever one you choose, I’m here to tell you exactly which drugstore makeup and skincare products would work perfectly!
We can already feel the weather getting warmer and more humid – any makeup wearer knows that humidity is the absolute worst for makeup!
No one likes to feel their makeup moving around and melting off their face, right?!
That is why in today’s post, I’ll share some key products that will help extend the wear of your makeup, making it sweat-proof and heat-proof for the grueling summer heat.
(Well, as sweat-proof and heat-proof as makeup can be.)
And I live in Hawaii where it’s hot and humid all year round! So, I’d like to say that I know my stuff when if comes to making makeup last a long time. 😉
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
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Drugstore Makeup and Skincare Products for Summer
Moisturizer is a super important step in your skincare (and makeup) routine, regardless of the season it is.
Since it is summer, and our skin will naturally get oilier and shinier than during other seasons, we don’t want to add to that by using a heavy moisturizer.
Instead, opt for a lightweight oil-free moisturizer that’ll give your skin the moisture it needs while prepping it for the makeup to come and that leaves your skin feeling nice and fresh!
And yes, you do still need moisturizer even if you have oily skin (I know you were wondering!)
Did you know that your skin will overcompensate when it’s lacking hydration and produce even more oil?
A few great oil-free moisturizer options are:
A refreshing, lightweight water gel that instantly quenches and continuously hydrates skin.
Formulated with hyaluronic acid, it boosts hydration and locks it in so skin stays hydrated, smooth and supple day after day.
Applies effortlessly, absorbing quickly into skin without leaving behind an oily or greasy feel.
Help protect your skin from dryness, pollution, and sun damage with Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield Water Gel with Broad Spectrum SPF 25.
Suitable for all skin types, this hydrating water gel helps fight the signs of tired, dull-looking skin.
It contains broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen boosted with a complex of purified hyaluronic acid, which acts as a sponge for dry skin by absorbing up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
Sunscreen is another very important step in you skincare (and makeup) routine, even if you don’t live in a super sunny place or go out in the sun very often!
(I really should take my own advice on this one.)
The UV rays from the sun are way stronger than we think and even if you don’t see effects from the sun now, the sun is no doubt damaging (and aging) our skin every single day.
And this is especially true in the summer when the weather is warmer and we spend more time outside.
Slow down the process by wearing a lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen every day, even under makeup.
Here are a few sunscreens that are made for applying on the face and do well under makeup:
This non-chemical sunscreen lotion delivers a refreshingly luxurious, powdery clean feel, while the subtle tint seamlessly blends into any skin tone yet washes away with water.
Specially designed for sensitive facial skin, this lotion won’t clog pores and is fragrance free.
Won’t cause break-outs: ultra-light, oil-free, waterproof. Clinically tested on acne prone skin.
Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores); waterproof, sweatproof; fragrance free; paba free.
Neutrogena Clear Face Sunblock provides break-out free sun protection – superior protection from the sun while helping keep skin clear of sunscreen break-outs.
CeraVe Ultra-Light Face Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 moisturizes with a matte finish & helps repair the protective skin barrier.
Delivered through a patented, controlled-release technology, this formula with Ceramides 1,3 and 6-II helps rebuild the skin’s protective barrier and locks in moisture all day.
Formulated with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost with Helioplex Sunscreen SPF 50 delivers powerful broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with a water-light feel.
With hyaluronic acid, the formula quenches skin with vital hydration all day long.
Primer to Extend Wear of Makeup:
Oh primer is so important in the longevity of your foundation! Using the right primer can extend the wear of your foundation for hours!
Especially in the summer when makeup is more prone to slip and slide around, using a primer that will create an ideal surface for makeup application and that your foundation will adhere to is super important!
Foundation will totally get oily quicker in the summer, so a good choice would be a mattifying primer, unless your skin is super dry.
If your skin is on the dry side, opt for a primer that will smooth your skin and leave it a little tacky for the foundation to grab onto.
If you have dry skin:
This perfecting Poreless Putty Primer by e.l.f. Cosmetics creates smooth skin and preps it with Squalane to moisturize and grip makeup for all-day wear.
The velvety texture glides over the skin, smoothing over imperfections for a poreless effect.
Loaded with beneficial ingredients for your skin, this gel primer is infused with honey, gold and collagen.
Honey is a natural antiseptic, while the gold flecks increase skin radiance and collagen strengthens skin.
Get smoother skin with this hydrating formula that fills in fine lines and moisturizes dry spots.
If you have normal to oily skin:
NYX Professional Makeup’s soft formula spreads like butter and lays like silk on the face.
It protects and creates a smooth, matte finish on the skin to absorb and spread foundation and powder evenly.
The finished look is flawless. Clear shade helps reduce fine lines and large pores.
Mattify shine and control oil all day with the Essence Prime+Studio Mattifying Primer.
It won’t clog pores or cause breakouts, and it dramatically reduces the look of pores while smoothing your complexion and prepping skin for makeup application.
The airy, light texture with black clay reduces oil without weighing down the skin. Vegan and Paraben Free. No Animal Testing
Discover the secret for longwear matte makeup that lasts. L’Oreal’s Infallible Pro Matte Lock Primer primes and perfects while it smoothes skin for a better makeup application.
Face primer blurs imperfections and keeps oil at bay locking in a matte finish that lasts all day.
Light Foundation / Concealer Only
Makeup tends to move around most during summer when it’s hot and humid, so the logical thing to do would be to wear less of it, although I can’t bring myself to wear less of it LOL.
If you are comfortable with wearing less base makeup, a light foundation, a bb cream, a tinted moisturizer, or even just concealer on certain areas would work very well in the summer.
Some great options are:
NYX Professional Makeup’s lightweight miracle worker BB Cream was developed to hydrate and prime for skin that looks perfectly beautiful.
The result is skin that appears smoother and more radiant. The luxurious oil-free and mineral enriched formula is versatile, delivering multiple benefits all in one.
This is more of a medium-coverage foundation, but it’s so lightweight that it might as well be light-coverage! One of my favorite drugstore foundations!
Infallible Fresh Wear 24HR Foundation provides medium-to-full buildable coverage that lasts all day and allows the skin to breathe.
The formula’s three oil absorbers resist sweat, water, and transfer. The ultra-thin liquid goes on smoothly to give a fresh, healthy-looking complexion that lasts.
Color stays true and blends in evenly, so your makeup looks fresh all day. Non-comedogenic and formulated with SPF, this foundation is suitable for all skin types.
In 30 shades for every skin tone.
Seen in: Best Drugstore Foundations in 2019
If you want to do concealer only:
My all-time favorite concealer! It blends out beautifully and makes the skin look so good! Totally one of my drugstore holy grails!
Maybelline’s SuperStay Better Skin Concealer is a 2-in-1 targeted concealer and correcter with Actyl-C, an ingredient known for its antioxidant benefits.
The concealer instantly provides all-day flawless correction and visibly reduces the appearance of dark circles, spots and imperfections in just 3 weeks.
This concealer unfortunately doesn’t come in a shade light enough for me to use it under my eyes, but if it did, I would really love this concealer. It provides such great coverage, which is perfect for covering dark under-eye circles.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer instantly creates a radiant, refreshed looking eye area.
Super concentrated formula with goji berry and haloxyl helps to erase the appearance of dark circles and fine lines, while visibly diminishing the appearance of puffiness around the eyes.
Matte Foundation + Setting Powder
If you’re like me and just can’t get away from full-coverage makeup, a matte foundation with loose setting powder will be your best friend during the summer.
Matte foundations will often have oil-absorbing properties that will help to control oil throughout the day.
And setting foundation in place with a loose setting powder will help control shine and extend the wear of your foundation even more.
You can even bake the areas you really want to set in place with loose powder!
Some of my favorite long-lasting matte foundations are:
L’Oréal’s Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation has an air-light texture with a demi-matte finish.
This super gliding mattifying formula has a high water content for maximum comfort that lasts!
Contains Shine Defy Blotting Spheres that act like blotting paper, instantly absorbing sweat and oil without disturbing color pigments.
Saturated color pigments provide an ultra-transforming effect in this long-lasting foundation.
The lightweight, yet high-impact coverage formula glides onto the skin for a flawless finish that lasts all day. Oil-free.
Both foundations seen in: Best Drugstore Foundations for Oily Skin
And my favorite setting powders are:
My absolute favorite drugstore loose setting powder. Totally one of my holy grails!
Provides the perfect finishing touch to your makeup base. Mineral-based formula helps to control shine and smooth skin’s texture.
Helps keep foundation set. Gives a sheer hint of color
Makeup Revolution’s Loose Baking Powder is a favorite for prolonging the wear of makeup, banishing shine, brightening and balancing skin tone.
Loose powders are a good option for those who desire a luminous, silky and even finish.
When I think about summer, a glowy bronze is definitely what comes to mind first!
But really, when do I not want to be a glowy bronze goddess?! I’m thinking total JLO bronze vibes here.
I like using glowy bronzers all the time, but if that’s not for you, what better time to try it out than during summer?
Summer is definitely the time to be tan and have a sun-kissed glow, and a bronzer with a hint of gold shimmer is the perfect way to achieve that (especially if you can’t go to the beach).
Here are some glowy bronzers for you to try:
Crafted on Italian terracotta tiles, Milani Baked Bronzer is all about a warm, beautiful glow with a delicate shimmer finish.
Choose from soft gold to tantalizingly tan and dust it lightly on face and body.
Seen in: March 2019 Favorites
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer leaves skin with an instant sun-kissed glow.
Buildable bronzing powder can be used to create an all-over bronzed complexion or contour for a radiant, sculpted look.
Shimmer bronzer, formulated in 3 shades, is designed to flatter light, medium & deep skin tones.
Provides an instant and tasting tan-boost that blends and builds to your desired level of bronze.
Ultra-lightweight powder glides on smoothly for a totally uniform and even, healthy-looking tan glow.
Bronzing micropearls deliver a flawless, radiant finish.
This jumbo bronzer is designed to be dusted all over the face and body.
Featuring a creamy texture, our all-over powder bronzer with soft pearls delivers a warm faux glow with a flattering satin finish.
The super blendable formula is perf for contouring or creating an airbrushed, second-skin effect, no more patchy spots!
Each carefully curated shade blends smoothly across the face or body to warm up every complexion for that sunkissed glow all year round.
To go with our glowy bronze goddess vibe, a golden shade of highlighter would amplify the look perfectly!
I sometimes even use a gold/bronze highlighter that’s too dark for me to use as a highlighter to lightly dust a little bit of extra glow on top the areas I applied bronzer.
Some of my favorite golden highlighters are:
What’s happening now? The chrome effect. Now, skin heats up with a warm metallic sheen.
This Maybelline FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter is infused with metallic pigments that create a reflective finish.
Seen in: Best Drugstore Makeup Under $10
Super Shock Highlighter, this long-wearing crème powder cheek formula is the BFF of ColourPop’s famous Super Shock Shadows;
it shares the same unique texture that is extremely buildable and blends smoothly to leave the cheeks looking healthy.
The Super Shock formula has a bouncy texture that creates the ultimate glow. It’s buildable, blendable, and so buttery soft.
Shimmer and shine in all the right places with the same formula as Wet n Wild’s must-have MegaGlo Highlighting Powder.
Back by popular demand, their #1 highlighting powder is here to stay! Its ultra-pearly finish and easy-to-blend formula make it a fan favorite!
The silky smooth, highly-pigmented powder gives an all over glow when applied to the cheek bones, brow bone, and cupid’s bow.
Seen in: Best Drugstore Makeup Under $5
Eyeshadow Primer to Lock in Your Shadow
There is nothing worse than spending forever blending that eyeshadow out and getting a perfect cut crease only to have it look like a muddy mess by the end of a hot and humid summer day.
That’s where eyeshadow primer comes in!
Especially if your eyelids tend to get oily and your eyeshadow creases after a while, primer will do wonders!
Not only does it help eyeshadow adhere to the lid and extend the wear of your shadow, it also allows the color of the shadows to show up more vibrantly.
Here are some great eyeshadow primers to make your eyeshadow last all day:
Prep your lids for more vibrant eyeshadow color with Milani Eyeshadow Primer.
A nude shade that dries invisibly, it smooths and intensifies eyeshadow for day to night lasting color.
Intensify your shadows and extend makeup wear with NYX Professional Makeup durable and waterproof Proof It Eyeshadow Primer.
Simply smooth the eye primer onto lids before applying shadows and voila! Your eye makeup will stay in place, no matter what the weather, without creasing or smudging.
This waterproof eyelid primer not only increases the longevity of powder eyeshadows for everyday wear, but also protects from fading or smudging if wet.
Although this eyeshadow base is marketed to use for cut creases, it can be used for other eyeshadow looks, just like any other eyeshadow primer.
A full coverage eyeshadow base with an innovative built-in brush for easy application.
Whether you’re a professional or a beginner, this is the shortcut you need for a defined canvas for a cut crease with glitter, foil or eyeshadow.
Alternatively, you can use a concealer for an eyeshadow base. I use the Maybelline Better Skin Concealer as an eyeshadow base and it works great!
Neutral Warm / Colorful Bold Eyeshadow
Similar to what I said in the beginning that to me, summer means glowy bronze or bold and colorful, I think of three main eyeshadow looks when it comes to summer:
- Super natural eye with gold/bronze shimmer to go with our golden goddess vibe
- Very warm shades – like a sunset
- Super bold, colorful and exciting
These are some awesome palettes to give you some summer eyeshadow look ideas:
Capture the essence of a tropical paradise with the Hangin’ in Hawaii – 16 Color Shadow Palette by BH Cosmetics.
This lush mix of richly pigmented hues and finishes – ranging from high-shine bronzes and golds to buttery-soft mattes in melon and spice shades – offers endless radiant looks for day and night.
The Warm Neutrals palette features a variety of neutral colors to play with for any skin tone, from light champagne to warm chocolate brown.
Go for that subtle, bare look or highlight an intense high look with these nude eyeshadows.
Inspired by the heat and hues of an island paradise, this eclectic palette is saturated with 10 blendable tones in a lush range of metallic, matte and satin finishes.
Go Off Tropic by adding a playful pop of color to your everyday makeup, or by layering your way to a bold look in full bloom.
ColourPop’s original fixed 12 pan Yes, Please! Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette is all about that golden hour glow – the hottest shades inspired by our fave time of the day.
Waterproof Smudge-Proof Eyeliner
If you’re a liquid liner wearer, make sure it’s waterproof!
You don’t want to leave the house with two perfect wings then look in the mirror halfway through the day and see that they’ve smudged from the humidity!
A tip for making sure liquid liner stays in place is to set it with a black eyeshadow after you’ve applied it. Just like you set your liquid foundation with powder to keep it in place! An angled eyebrow brush works perfectly for this.
The best waterproof smudge-proof liquid liners are:
This eye liner pen makes drawing intensely pigmented lines a breeze.
Perfect your feline flick with this ultra-pigmented, waterproof pen that creates liquid lines effortlessly.
Featuring a slender and flexible brush tip, this precise liquid eye liner lets you achieve a defined and smooth satin finish.
A makeup artist must-have for both bold and classic looks, this eye liquid liner makes achieving the perfect cat eye effortless.
Matte Liquid Liner gives a thicker, smoother line quicker than most eye liner gel, while allowing easy control of each line.
This smudge-proof formula glides onto lids without any tugging to create a long-lasting defined eye look.
The precision brush tip allows you to effortlessly achieve an ultra-fine opaque black line and exquisite matte finish.
Maybelline New York’s Eyestudio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner delivers intense precision for the most defined line.
The liquid eyeliner features an ultra-fine 0.4 millimeter brush felt tip to deliver precise definition in one single stroke.
The ink intensity pen’s continuous flow provides smooth even lines for the perfect cat eye. The highly pigmented formula will keep your eyeliner look last all day, for up to 12 hours.
The waterproof and smudge proof liquid eyeliner is fragrance free and is ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested.
Lip Balm with SPF
I mentioned the importance of sunscreen for your skin earlier, but we can’t forget your lips!
Protecting your lips from the sun is definitely one of the most overlooked steps in a beauty routine (I’m totally guilty of it, too).
Especially in the hot summer when we’re spending more time being exposed to sunlight, using a lip balm with SPF will not only protect your lips, but also moisturize them!
Check out these lip balms with SPF:
Sun Bum Lip Balm SPF 30 protects your lips from sun and wind damage.
Aloe vera soothes dry, chapped lips while cocoa butter softens, repairs and enhances skin renewal.
Use over bare lips or under your favorite lip color for added skin protection.
Sun Bum is not really into cosmetics but a lot of their girls wanted a little color with their lip protection so they created a Sun Bum Tinted Lip Balm collection giving their lips subtle, natural tones.
Revlon Kiss Balm Lip Balm is ultra hydrating lip care that provides instantly softer, smoother, kissable lips.
The hydrating formula is infused with natural fruit oils, in sheer juicy color and comes with SPF 20 protection.
Hydrating Lip Gloss
If just using a lip balm doesn’t quite cut it for you, throw a hydrating gloss on top of it!
Summer is totally all about having juicy, glossy lips that will look super shiny and healthy in the sun.
Some lip glosses are even infused with plumping ingredients to give you the appearance of fuller lips!
Try a peach or pink shade for a natural summer look, or go bold with a bright orange.
Here are some great lip glosses to consider:
This long-lasting lip gloss glides on as smooth as butter to leave lips soft, supple and kissable.
Your lips will be melting over these fan-fave glosses that always deliver a dash of glistening color.
Get full, glossy lips without that sticky sensation. Butter Lip Gloss works to soften and condition lips while giving a hint of color and gloss.
Turn up the hydration with this soothing lip moisturizer to make lips look more plump, shimmery and full.
Get the ultimate glossy, high shine finish with ColourPop’s So Juicy Plumping Lip Gloss.
Loaded with cooling, lip plumping peptides to create fuller looking, pouty lips, this gloss has it all.
Refreshing peppermint tingles while nourishing Vitamin E hydrates and conditions lips.
This sheer coverage gloss delivers all day shine in a cushiony, comfortable, non-sticky formula.
Swipe it on with its easy-to-use, built-in applicator or use with a lip brush for more precision.
Plump up the volume with Milani’s Keep It Full Nourishing Lip Plumper, a multi-tasking, luxurious lipgloss and nourishing treatment in one that fills in and smooths lips over time.
Features a lightweight, non-sticky formula that boosts collagen production to plump, and hyaluronic acid to seal in moisture.
Features a lip maximizing applicator to deliver a creamy sheer finish in one swipe.
Long-Lasting Setting Spray
Setting spray is always an important step in my makeup routine, but it’s even more important during the summer when makeup has more of a tendency to wear off sooner.
Using a setting spray to lock your makeup in at the end of your routine can totally make a difference of hours in wear time – it also helps make your makeup sweat-proof and transfer-proof!
Check out these setting sprays:
I know this isn’t a drugstore setting spray, but it’s cost is at a similar level. It’s one of my favorite setting sprays because of the continuous mist, so I just HAD to include it!
Say hello to your new fave setting spray and goodbye to melting, caking or fading.
Morphe’s continuous, air-powered Setting Mist delivers even and controlled application.
The micro-fine mist sets liquid or powder makeup with a radiant finish. You’ll be obsessed.
Seen in: March 2019 Favorites
Say goodbye to shine! This finish is ideal for those looking for a shine-free face free of any oil.
With its long-lasting matte finishing formula, Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray works to reduce and combat shine, while leaving a silky-smooth, poreless complexion behind.
This sheer and smooth mattifying spray is the finishing touch to your beauty routine that you need to add to your makeup bag ASAP.
Lock in makeup’s just-applied look for all day wear up to 16 hours with Milani Make It Last Setting Spray Prime + Correct + Set.
Spray under makeup for a mattifying primer and over makeup for lasting, crease-free, fade-free wear in any climate.
Setting spray and blotting paper in one!
The innovating, oil absorbing Make it Last Matte Charcoal Setting Spray features micro-fine charcoal powder and silica to set makeup, reduce the appearance of pores, and mattify skin for up to 16 hours.
Body Bronzer/ Highlighter
A glow-boosting bronzing product is totally trending this summer. More than just a self-tanner – like a highlighter and bronzer in one. Like, Fenty’s Body Lava.
Since this is a drugstore beauty post, you can get the same effect using these products:
You can use a bronze highlighter like this one to lightly brush onto areas like your collarbone and shoulders.
Golden light reflecting pigments add beautiful luminescence to cheeks, temples, and brow bone for a gorgeous glow.
The baked formula applies smoothly while the light texture blends easily for a natural finish. Not tested on animals.
Seen in: Best Drugstore Makeup Under $10
Mixing a liquid/cream highlighter with a lotion is the perfect way to get a nice glow and some hydration!
These glow drops illuminate skin to create a highlighted, dewy glow look.
Apply alone or add a drop into your favorite skincare, foundation and makeup products to customize your glow complexion.
The ultra-lightweight formula has a thin texture allowing for buildable luminosity.
Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters are a buildable formulation perfect for both face and body.
Seen in: Best Drugstore Makeup of 2018
I have not tried the following product out, but it apparently makes products waterproof!
Can’t hurt to try mixing in a few drops in with your foundation!
Make it waterproof! The Catrice Prime And Fine Make Up Transformer Drops instantly turn any liquid foundation into a waterproof formula!
Simply add 1-3 drops into your favorite foundation and blend well. Perfect for summer, vacation, weddings, and other special events.
Sunscreen Spray for Extra Shine
I don’t know if you saw Tati’s video where she got her makeup done by Scott Barnes (JLO’s makeup artist), but he used this sunscreen on her body and it gave her the most gorgeous glow!
It was his little secret and you could tell he was hesitant to reveal it to all of Tati’s viewers!
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF 70 provides broad-spectrum UV protection in an ultra light sheer mist.
Stabilized with Helioplex, it provides superior balanced broad-spectrum protection against UVA-aging and UVB-burning rays in an ultra-light, non-greasy finish.
This weightless formula applies easily to even hard-to-reach areas. Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock is waterproof, sweatproof and resists running into eyes.
And that’s it for this list of drugstore makeup and skincare must-haves for summer!
Will you be picking any of these products up to create your perfect summer makeup look?
If these products don’t vibe with your image of summer, which products do? What comes to your mind when you think of summer?
Be sure to let me know down in the comments!
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