Five Summer Makeup Essentials

The summer season is the ideal time to take a break from makeup. With the temperatures heating up, the last thing we want to worry about is melting makeup and hourly touch ups. However, if you’re like me, then you rarely like to go completely makeup-free – especially if you’re headed out of the house for date night or a summer get-together. So today, I’m sharing my five summer makeup essentials that help me – and hopefully you! – feel and look polished for any summer activity.

Five Summer Makeup Essentials

Five Summer Makeup Essentials


I love switching out my regular liquid foundations for lightweight BB creams in the summertime. BB cream formulas these days provide just as good, if not better, coverage than sheer-to-lightweight foundations. They also provide additional benefits to your skin – moisture, SPF, etc. I’ve sworn by this drugstore favorite for years – it gives good coverage, and it holds up even in the warmest conditions. I have yet to find a high-end BB cream that I like as much as this one!


Part of achieving glowy summer skin is keeping things bright. Instead of a traditional under eye concealer, I opt for a liquid brightener, such as this one from Maybelline, to conceal dark circles and brighten up the eye area. I also dab this around my nose, on the bridge of my nose, and around the corners of my mouth to conceal any redness. I don’t recommend using this on acne, though – the pink undertone will bring attention to the spots instead of hiding them. Instead, use your normal concealer that is closest to your skin tone.


There’s nothing prettier than a peachy-toned blush against sun kissed skin. And, peach blush is universally flattering on all skin tones regardless of your hair/eye color, etc.! I almost always go for matte blush because I want to control where I add “shine” to my face. Lorac’s Matte Buildable Blush in Technicolor has been a favorite for a few weeks now – it’s the prettiest shade of peach without being overpowering.


Highlighting is part of my routine year round, but I enjoy a cream highlighter more during the summer months because it kind of blends in with the natural sheen of my skin as the day goes on. Plus, it’s the ultimate product to get Victoria’s Secret angel skin (you all know what I’m talking about!). Influenster was kind enough to send me the new Marc Jacobs Glow Stick in Spotlight, and oh goodness – this stuff is the real deal. I’m a huge fan of the twist up packaging – there is a ton of product in there, which I’m happy to say will last a while. It’s easy enough to dip a synthetic brush or damp sponge into the product, but I prefer to swipe my ring finger across the product a few times and then apply it where I want it – top of my cheekbones, cupid’s bow, eyebrow arch, etc. It gives a gorgeous glow that isn’t overly obvious.


As much as I love lipstick, it can feel too heavy and drying on my lips when it’s warm out. Plus, since I want more of a natural, easy-going look most days, I’ve found a new appreciation for lip gloss. Revlon is my favorite formula since it’s not too sticky and has a slight pigment to it so I still have some color on my lips.

So, there you go – my five summer makeup essentials! Did any of your favorite products make the list? What are your go-to products in the summertime?


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  1. 1.28.19
    Amanda said:

    Yes! That BB Cream is my favorite of all time. I also like that concealer, except in the Neutralizer shade.

  2. 1.28.19
    Amanda said:

    Yes! That BB Cream is my favorite of all time! I also like the concealer, in the neutralizer shade.

  3. 6.27.16

    i love bb cream in the summer/all the time lol. and that maybelline stuff is my fave, but i have not tried the brightener one. i use the ‘light’ one as a concealer most days and that’s about it haha

  4. 6.20.16

    BB / CC creams are the best thing that has happened to summer in the beauty department!

  5. 6.20.16

    I always and only wear BB cream this time of year for sheer coverage and a smooth looking face, but I can’t stand having heavy foundation on in the heat. It feels like it melts! I love the Almay BB tinted cream!

  6. 6.16.16

    Ohhhhh that Marc Jacobs stick looks like something I’d be all over!

  7. 6.16.16
    mdb0112 said:

    I love that Marc Jacobs glow stick! I’ll have to give that a try! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

  8. 6.15.16
    Ashley said:

    Oh I love these recs! That blush is such a pretty color!

  9. 6.15.16
    Christina Sotherden said:

    I love that eye brightener – a friend recommended it to me once and now I’m wondering why I never refilled it!

  10. 6.15.16

    I am all about my BB cream right now for quick mornings! I have that same gloss in a different color and love it so much.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  11. 6.15.16

    I just made the summer switch to BB cream! Such a better texture for the heat and humidity. Reminds me I have to pick up some more and I will try this garnier kind to save my budget!

  12. 6.15.16

    Yes! This post couldn’t be more perfectly timed. I was not prepared for the heat in NYC and my makeup literally felt like it was dripping off. Gross. I’ve been on the search for a good lightweight foundation since then and will have to try the Garnier one. I’ve also heard good things about It Cosmetics CC cream – have you tried?

    • 6.19.16

      So glad it was helpful for you! I have tried the IT Cosmetics one, and it just didn’t work for my skin type – it wore off within a couple hours and caked up in other spots. The Garnier one still can’t be beat in my book.

  13. 6.15.16
    Jenn said:

    I haven’t tried BB Cream but I’ve heard really good things! Love that this one is light–perfect for the summer!

  14. 6.15.16
    Emily Dunham said:

    I need to try some BB cream! I always feel like my make up looks too heavy in the summer, although I like the coverage.

    • 6.19.16

      I think you’d like the Garnier one – I need coverage, too and it does just that but is still lightweight. Lasts great through the humidity, too!

  15. 6.15.16

    I always use BB cream instead of foundation unless I’m going on a date night, special occassison or getting photos taken. I LOVE and live by that Maybelline under eye concealer! It’s the best!

  16. 6.15.16

    Cream highlights are so pretty and I’ve been eyeing so many blushes lately even though I really don’t need them!

  17. 6.15.16

    BB cream and a good gloss are definite musts for the summer!

  18. 6.15.16

    I bought a BB Cream last year before our trip to Hawaii, and I love it so much! It really does feel so much lighter and wears so much better in the warmer weather! I also don’t think that you can go wrong with a great lipgloss or peachy cheeks!

  19. 6.15.16
    Debra Stachelski said:

    I’ve been using the Maybelline highlighter and concealer recently and I really like them. I love peach tones during the summer months, so I may just have to check out the pretty blush and lip gloss you’re showing here!

  20. 6.15.16

    All of those are great. Love the MJ because I love me some highlights!

  21. 6.15.16
    Biana Perez said:

    I swear by that BB cream – I have lost count over how many tubes I’ve gone through LOL! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  22. 6.15.16
    Pamela said:

    I’ve heard so many good things about that Marc Jacobs glow stick! Definitely going to have to look into that a little more! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes