Summer means lightening up in a lot of ways—including your makeup. We’re by no means suggesting going bare-faced until Labor Day, but there’s definitely no reason to be heavy-handed with anything cosmetic-related at the beach or pool. With that said, no one wants their makeup running down their face—or on their Missoni towel—and these celebrity-beloved picks are designed to stand up to heat, humidity, swimming and splashing.
This award-winning sunscreen ticks all the essential summer boxes: Broad-spectrum protection, water-resistance and a tinted, radiance-enhancing formula that lets you skip the foundation. It features 100% physical UV filters (making it perfect for all skin types, including sensitive) and plankton extract to shield skin from heat-related stress—and we bet SkinCeuticals devotees like Jennifer Lopez, Christina Hendricks and Kristen Stewart have this in their summer skincare/makeup rotation.
Offering the buildable color of a powder with the long-lasting color of a stain (and anti-aging ingredients!), this blush is a summer makeup MVP. Available in four shades, the micro-milled, talc-free formula glides on like a dream to leave a natural-looking, healthy flush that just won’t quit. Odds are you’ll find this blush in the makeup bags of It Cosmetics fans like Tracee Ellis Ross, Deborah Messing and Zendaya.
Not only are these cream shadows almost-indelible, the pint-sized tubes make them perfect for summer travel! With 20 shades that span the spectrum from the shimmery beige I-50 to the bold matte turquoise M-24, you can customize your coverage from a light wash to opaque. Simply swipe it on, blend, let it set and forget about it. Though designed for professionals, Make Up For Ever’s user-friendly formulas are coveted by makeup-loving celebrities like Mila Kunis, Mary-Kate Olsen, Miley Cyrus,Christina Aguilera and many others.
With this summer makeup must-have, you can help your favorite everyday mascara stand up to tears, sweat and any moisture that comes it way. The invisible formula creates a lightweight yet waterproof seal that protects mascara without causing clumps or affecting the finish you’ve come to love. This range also features a full assortment of waterproof makeup ranging from foundation and bronzer to eyeshadows and more, so it’s no wonder celebs like Mindy Kaling, Sarah Hyland, Laverne Cox, Jamie Chung and countless others are Cargo fans.
Beautiful brows are essential 24/7, and this life-saving four-in-one semi-permanent gel thickens, conditions, enhances color and keeps them in place until you decide to take it off. The hybrid applicator features both a sponge tip for precise application and a spoolie brush for getting stray hairs in line—and if you’ve ever noticed Marisa Tomei’s amazing arches, now you know her secret.