Must-Have Summer Beauty Products That Beat Sweat, Frizz & Sunburn

Summer is coming, and with beach days and pool parties come sweat, humidity, and sunburn. Unless you want to look haggard af and not be cute enough to get into the rooftop pool bars (is this a thing everywhere?), you need an arsenal of beauty products on hand at all times. You should be focusing on pounding margs on a weekday that you called in sick to work, not how to hide your very obvi pit stains in the 110 degree weather. Not to mention, nothing—and I mean nothing—makes me more miserable than when I am too hot. If I am overheated and hungry, there is a good chance someone will die. Stay cool and chic no matter what the sun does to you with these summer beauty products.

1. SPF and Cooling Setting Spray

Get a makeup setting spray to stash in your purse (they even come in mini versions) to keep your makeup from melting down to your cheekbones in the worst of humidity and sweating. Make sure it has SPF, so you can reapply sunscreen without fucking up your makeup, and you won’t get the oh-so-sexy sunglasses burn halfway through happy hour. Bonus points if it’s also cooling and smells good to cover up the smell you get when you’re outside for long periods of time that I can only refer to as “recess”. You fucking know exactly what I’m talking about. This one from Supergoop! is my fav. It smells like rosemary and mint, keeps your cat eye on point, and is SPF 50. Btw, I hope you’re not still paying full price for shit at Sephora right? You can find a mini version of this pretty often as a points reward, so it’s technically free.

SUPERGOOP! Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50

2. Mini Deodorant

I don’t care if it’s summer or not, always, always carry mini deodorant—and perfume, for that matter—in your purse in case of emergency. I can’t think of a single thing that will make me blind-rage-hate you faster than having to smell your B.O. because something happened—like, idk, it’s hot out—and you are sweating. Please spare us the grossness by taking fucking showers before hanging out with me, and also, bringing backup. This mini deodorant is natural and smells like vanilla, so it won’t give you cancer and will cover your scent.

LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant Mini

3. Waterproof Mascara

Is anything sexier than raccoon eyes from your mascara dripping down your face? Fuck yes, and it’s literally everything else in the world. Spare yourself the nasty mascara goop thing that happens when you’re sweating or excessively oily by investing in a good waterproof mascara. This Dior one is the best, mostly because it isn’t flaky like many other waterproof formulas and goes on pretty much exactly like the regular, except it’s bulletproof and impossible to get off. But like, in a good way. A good waterproof mascara will take you from your 9-5 to happy hour at the beach to getting hammered and jumping in the ocean to accidentally killing a guy and hiding the body, without a single under eye crease. Idk, I don’t know your life.

DIOR Diorshow Waterproof Mascara

4. SPF Lip Balm

Your lip skin is super delicate and can be burnt just like any part of your body. Especially in the heat where you’re sweating, dehydrated, and probs not drinking enough water, you want to load up on the lip balm. Prevent your lips from burning, which fucking hurts and makes them peel and crack and look repulsive, with a thick af lip balm with SPF. This Jack Black one lasts forever and is mint flavored so it’s soothing and will disguise your margarita breath. But like, also bring Listerine strips or breath mints, you heathen.

JACK BLACK Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

5. Sea Salt Spray

My rule when it comes to dealing with humidity is to embrace the frizz instead of piling on so much oil product that you look like a drowned rat. A sea salt spray creates texture and gives you chic Serena Van Der Woodsen beach waves with little to no effort. Also, it’s way easier than trying to straighten your hair and the humidity giving you a fucking crease halfway through the day that you can’t fix. This set from Sephora has a few different ones to try so you can find what works best with your hair.

SEPHORA FAVORITES Instant Texture Dry Styling Spray Collection

6. Evian Spray

This is extra, but if you’re bougie af, it’s really a have-to-have. This mini Evian spray is sooooo refreshing and keeps your skin hydrated throughout the day. Especially if you’re outside for a while—think walking anywhere, sports games, beach days, theme parks, etc. It’s great to have on hand to cool you down quickly before the sweat ruins your blowout.

EVIAN Brumisateur® Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray

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Holly Hammond
Holly Hammond
Holly is an ex-sorority girl with the personality of Elle Woods meets Wednesday Addams. She is an artist, writer, animator, and part-time magician. Her parents are v proud but also like to ask her when she's going to get a real job. Buy art from her so she can pay for her bulldog's dermatologist.