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There’s literally nothing easier than getting your body ready for summer. Have a body? Is it summer? You’re done! Updating your makeup bag, on the other hand, requires a bit of seasonal strategizing. It’s time for the heavyweight champs, like thick moisturizer and full-coverage foundation, to tap out; they’re no match for the sun, heat, and—let’s be honest—sweat that summer brings.
The new game plan? Mattify, bronze, and protect! Read on for 10 summer beauty swaps to make ASAP.
Level Up Your SPF
Say it with me: SUN-PRO-TEC-TION. No beauty routine is complete without it, which can be frustrating considering many SPF formulas make your face feel greasy or leave behind a white cast. This one doesn’t. It’s oil-free and packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid, so it’s perfect for layering under makeup.
Buff Away Winter Buildup
If “buildup” isn’t the least sexy word in existence, what is? Luckily, there’s a quick fix: Dissolve away the dry flakes and dead skin cells winter may have left behind with a gentle chemical exfoliator. Lactic acid is resurfacing and moisture-boosting—in other words, it’s the one you want. And a word to the wise: Always use SPF after exfoliating, especially in the summer, because your skin is fresh and sensitive AKA perfect bait for a burn.
Practice Safe Sun with Self-Tanner
I’m sure you don’t even need this reminder, because you’re an intelligent adult human who’s well aware of the risks of UV damage (like wrinkles, age spots, and the big one: skin cancer). Get a safe summer glow with a self-tanner specifically formulated for faces.
Opt for a Lightweight Foundation
You probably need a new foundation on two accounts: texture and tone. A lightweight formula that’s silky (not cakey!) is ideal. This one glides onto skin evenly and really lasts. Added bonus: It has Broad Spectrum SPF 55 protection.
Set Your Look with a Mattifying Pressed Powder
Cake-face isn’t cute, and the combination of sun, sweat, and loose setting powder is basically an Easy Bake Oven: Beauty Edition. Use a sheer pressed powder with a slight matte finish to set your foundation instead.
Lighten Up Your Shadow
I mean, you can never go wrong with a smoky eye, but why not switch out winter’s classic black smoke-out for a shimmery nude version? When the sunlight hits, it’s sparkle city.
Make Sure Your Mascara Is Waterproof
Factor in beach days, pool days, and humidity levels, and you’re gonna need a longer-lasting lash boost. This waterproof mascara offers length, volume, and all-day wear that can survive any summer splash.
Use Cream Highlighter To Go with the Glow
Things are about to get sweaty, which, honestly, is a good thing. Lean into that natural sheen by switching out your powder highlighter for a creamy, dewy, light-reflecting version.
Swipe on a Bright Lip Balm with SPF
Retire drying matte lipsticks in favor of a glossy, coral tint and a healthy dose of SPF (because sunburnt lips are kind of the worst, right?). This cucumber-spiked “lip soother” from Neutrogena checks all the boxes.
Trade Blush For Extra Bronzer
Take your faux-glow to the next level by opting for bronzer over blush. Simply swirl a warm shade like this one across your cheeks, the bridge of your nose, and the center of your chin and forehead, and voilà: a “suntan” sans sun damage.