Confession: I sweat. Like, a lot. You’d think living in the South my entire life (or you know, being Nigerian) my body would somehow adapt. But alas, I never have. I’ve always struggled with my makeup lasting all day and surviving the intense heat and humidity! So, if you’re like me you’re hoping to upgrade your summer makeup bag to something that can pack a punch when it comes to long-lasting products, I wrote this for you in mind!
I try not to use as much makeup in the summer, so that’s the inspiration behind a lot of the products featured. After researching countless YouTube videos and doing my own product reviews, here are a few of my faves! I’ve come a long way since getting friends to help me with my makeup, but I am in NO way an expert. Here are my summer makeup bag essentials that have taken me through the good, the bad, and the sweaty.
1. Becca Bronzer-
For a subtle glow without going full face, opt for a nice bronzer or highlighter! People will mistake your flawless cheekbones for the sun.
2. EOS Chapstick-
Keeping your lips hydrated through the summer is important. Keep them moisturized with my favorite lip balm or this one by Bobbi Brown with SPF.
3. Sasha Buttercup Setting Powder-
If you want your makeup to last all day, a good setting powder is MAJOR key. Use this on top of your concealer or on your smile lines to prevent creases. This one by Sasha is great because it was made by women in the Caribbean. It can definitely handle the heat! This one by Laura Mercier is also a crowd favorite.
4. Lancome Teint Idole Liquid Foundation-
I first heard about this foundation from Jackie Aina (aka my makeup goals guru) on Youtube and it’s definitely worth the price! Their shade range is unbeatable and the formula is somehow lightweight while providing full coverage. If you want a foundation that lasts all day (even through intense humidity) you’ll want to check this out.
5. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
I recently tried the blue, Great Lash Mascara and it was so fun! It’s perfect for festivals and beach getaways this summer.
6. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
Like I said, I sweat like crazy. I don’t need my pores being clogged more than they are! Micellar water has seriously helped my skin SO much. I immediately saw a difference when using it to remove my makeup. A few swipes of this before I use my Clarisonic and my skin has never been better.
7. Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray
Lock that makeup in! The full bottle is $30, but you can’t put a price on sweatproof perfection. The good news is that the full size lasted me a solid 2-3 months!
8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss-
A quick application of this ABH gloss and it instantly brightens your face. It’s not too sticky and it’s just what you need if you’re going for a minimal look.
9. Too Faced Born This Way Concealer-
This formula is so full coverage, you could use it without foundation!
10. Becca Primer-
If you’re trying to keep your makeup on all day and you’re not using primer, what’re you doing?! I used to think primer was a myth but after trying both, I know that it’s essential. This Becca primer also illuminates your skin so it’s a win-win!
11. Obagi Sunscreen
Sunburns aren’t cute. Get in the habit of wearing sunscreen every day! Your skin will thank you 20 years from now.
12. Better Than Sex Mascara
I seriously don’t know what I did for mascara before this! My short stubby lashes look like beautiful wisps after just one pass. Even better? The best-selling product just came out with a waterproof version. Perfect for summer by the pool!
13. Makeup Brush Set
It has pretty much all of your standard brushes if you’re building your first makeup bag. Plus, it’s only $10!!! What? I was actually really surprised by the quality considering the price, so they’re definitely a great find!
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Let me know if you’re a fan of any of these products! I could gush about these finds anytime. Do you have a summer makeup bag suggestion? Let me know below!