The summer season is all about neutral looks and shades like light pinks and browns that look great on tanned skin. Which makes sense, since it’s hard to walk around the sweaty streets with extremely dark smoky eyes and caked on foundation, especially when it will eventually end up melting down your face and making you look like a hot mess. To achieve that perfect makeup look without worrying about the heat getting in the way, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite foolproof products that work hard in even the hottest of temperatures to make sure that your look is always on point.
the best eyeshadow
Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Palette, $59
There is quite a selection of eyeshadows that you can choose from within this neutral palette – 30 to be exact. It’s got a great selection of summery makeup colors like light pinks, golds, and light browns with absolutely adorable names like Bunny Nose and Satin Sheets. These pigmented shades are perfect for sunny beach days, while the darker colors, like Stiletto and Night Fever, can be easily blended into your eyelid for a unique summer smoky eye.
the best foundation
BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation, $44
This brand, BECCA, offers up a fantastic foundation in all types of colors so that you can correctly match it to your skin tone. The formula is designed to blend completely into your skin and is made to eliminate that cakey look that can often be painfully tough to avoid. The ingredients within the formula give an extra glow and brightness to your face, but not so much that you start looking a little greasy. This product has also been awarded the “Best of Beauty” award by Allure.
the best mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, $23
The iconic mascara brand that makeup lovers have fallen in love with has now gone an extra mile to make sure it has you covered all summer long: it’s gone waterproof, and we are all loving it! This waterproof mascara does the same thing that the regular stuff does – that is, it thickens and lengthens your lashes – but instead of immediately running down your face when it meets water, it stay on completely and doesn’t clump your lashes together like regular mascara would. And no water damage, of course, means no sweat damage, and if there’s any element you need your makeup to fight against in the summer, it’s sweat. The only downside to this beauty superstar is what you might expect: the extra resilient product is going to be a little tough to take off at the end of the day.
the best highlighter
NARS Copacabana Illuminator, $30
This liquid highlighter gives your face exactly what it wants and needs: the perfect highlight that won’t lose it’s glow as the heat gets a hold of you. Instead of giving your skin a powdery look, it glides right on and catches the natural light from the sun. You should apply it to your cheekbones, brow lines, and down your nose for the best shine. Don’t take it all the way down your nose though or you could end up having an oily look to your skin.