Our Favorite Makeup Products for Glowy Summer Skin

As the weather warms and the natural makeup trend continues to gain momentum, it looks like the summer forecast is calling for dewy, sun-kissed skin. And, a well-applied base can make all the difference. Try out some of our makeup picks below for glowy skin that lasts through the heat!


A high-quality primer is a must during the summer! Not only will it ensure the longevity of your makeup, but it can provide a barrier between your skin and your cosmetics. While any old primer may be able to do those things, we think the best primers are multifunctional.

Our Pick: Supergoop! Glow Screen ($36, shop here) not only graces you with a dewy base for your makeup, but it also has SPF 40! That means your skin will look healthy and glow while shielding the sun’s harsh rays. With a clean formula featuring hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5, it’s a no-brainer why this primer made our list.


We know how difficult it is to find a dewy foundation that doesn’t crease or separate throughout the day, especially after some time sweating from the heat. That’s why our favorite summertime foundation is technically not a foundation at all; it’s a “complexion booster.”

Our Pick: Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter ($44, shop here) is not quite a foundation, not quite a serum, but we think it is magic in a bottle. This product is buildable and leaves you with natural, hydrated-looking skin with every use.


No-makeup makeup looks different for everyone: Some people like a little more coverage, while some prefer to keep more of their natural essence peeking through. Regardless of preference, it’s important to find a concealer that moves with your skin rather than sitting on top of it.

Our Pick: Actress and singer Selena Gomez has taken the cosmetics world by storm with her makeup line, Rare Beauty. One of our favorite items from her collection is the Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Brightening Concealer ($19, shop here), which offers medium-to-full coverage while leaving the skin looking natural, bright, and ultra-radiant.


Cream blushes have been on the up and up, and their forgiving formulas make us wonder why they haven’t always been a staple in our makeup bags. Blush is needed for a summertime base because it gives your skin a healthy warmth. And, when methodically placed, it can give you that cute “sunburnt” look you naturally have post-beach.

Our Pick: Our favorite blush formula for the warmer months is e.l.f. Cosmetics Putty Blush ($7, shop here). Thanks to the additions of argan oil and vitamin E, this blush melts into the skin, gifting you a sweet finish that seriously resembles the natural flush of blush. This product comes in five shades, but our favorites are Caribbean and Bali.


After using all the aforementioned products, you’re probably looking as dewy as can be; but if you want to amp up the glow, now’s the time to reach for a creamy highlighter. A cream formula will seamlessly blend with the rest of your makeup, leaving you with an eye-catching finish that doesn’t look too cakey.

Our Pick: Saie Beauty is dedicated to formulating effective cosmetics that don’t compromise the look of your skin, and the Saie Glowy Super Gel Highlighter ($28, shop here) represents that mission gorgeously. Thanks to a formula made of 75% water, the glow you’ll model after application will be from your skin drinking up all that hydration.

Setting Powder

Though we’re trying to achieve a dewy finish, there’s no way it can last all day without applying a light setting powder to the areas that tend to crease or are prone to getting oily throughout the day. Choose a powder with a translucent finish to keep it from defuncting your natural glow.

Our Pick: For a tried-and-true powder that’s loved for its 12-hour wear time, try Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Powder ($8.49, shop here). It comes with a sponge applicator and a mirror, making it a perfect addition to your on-the-go makeup bag. Simply press the powder under your eyes, around your nose, and on your chin and T-zone to keep the glow without looking too greasy.

Setting Spray

Last but not least, lock in that dew with a misting setting spray. Use one with a natural finish to maintain a fresh look. Our favorite sprays also double as primers and are meant to be used throughout your getting-ready process to ensure maximum longevity.

Our Pick: Arguably, the most popular drugstore setting spray is Milani Make It Last Setting Spray ($9.99, shop here). It’s affordable, a good size, and extremely effective. We recommend a light misting between each step of your routine for a 16-hour hold that will last through bonfires, picnics, and bike rides galore!

Have you tried out any of the products on this list? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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