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How to Do Summer Makeup

Learn how to do your makeup in the summer so your look is sweat proof. With Lancôme’s best foundation for summer and summer palettes, you’ll be set.


If you sweat your makeup off by midday, it may be time to reconsider your summer makeup routine. Between the heat and humidity, the usual makeup staples can seem heavy and slick. And besides, who wants to wear a full-coverage foundation to the beach? Instead, consider swapping your usual makeup products for formulas that are sheer, long-lasting or even waterproof.

Go for a Lip Gloss

Matte lipstick has a time and place, but in the summer, it’s all about gloss. Lip gloss is low-maintenance and can feel more playful than your usual lipstick —touch up without a mirror and layer on different shades to get a fun, glossy effect. Juicy Tubes lip gloss comes in an array of shades, but we recommend a bright color like Framboise Pop for a summery feel. It pairs high shine with up to four hours of hydration for easy wearing, too.

Find Your Summer Foundation

The usual lineup of full-coverage foundation, powder, bronzer and beyond can take a vacation this summer. Instead, consider a tinted moisturizer your new summer foundation; these multitaskers often contain moisturizing ingredients, a sheer tint, and even built-in sunscreen. In the case of Skin Feels Good Skin Nourishing Foundation, the oil-free formula is buildable so you can customize your coverage. It also contains hyaluronic acid and broad-spectrum SPF 23 to defend skin from UV rays — which is why it’s one of our best foundations for summer.

Choose Your Summer Eyeshadow

If your eyeshadow pulls a disappearing act — be it from oily eyelids or sweat — don’t just add more. (That can be a little much for an outdoor barbecue.) Instead, think of your summer eyeshadow as one that lasts long and is simple to use. Lancôme Ombre Hypnôse Stylo Shadow Stick not only delivers rich pigment but is also easy to blend and even lasts up to 24 hours. Plus, you can use it as an eyeliner. Your summer eye makeup look couldn’t be easier.

Make It Waterproof

As good for everyday wear as it is for a swim, a waterproof mascara helps ensure that the sweat and humidity won’t leave streaks down your face. We’re fans of Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara, since the waterproof, sweat-proof formula lasts up to 24 hours and won’t smudge all over. Plus, it offers buildable volume and length, keeping your summer eye makeup on point.

Lock In Your Look

If you don’t already use setting spray, it should be an absolute must in your summer makeup routine. Fix It Forget It Setting Spray does exactly what is says! This hydrating, antioxidant rich setting spray extends your makeup for up to 24 hours and helps you stay shine-free all day long.

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