7 Summer Makeup Essentials for a Glowy, Clean Look

In the sweltering summer heat, applying a full face of makeup can seem like the biggest task. Makeup also comes off due to sweat and oils produced by the skin, which means reapplying them in short intervals. But achieving a natural, glowy and clean look is not that difficult – you only need a few good products which are long-lasting, smudge proof, and sweat resistant. Here are some summer makeup essentials you can incorporate into your daily routine to enhance your features while taking care of your skin by protecting it with SPF.

Tinted sunscreen

Sunscreen is essential to protect your skin from harmful UV rays all year long. During the summer, when the sun is glaring down on you, it is also very important to reapply sunscreen every few hours when you are out. Tinted sunscreens come in various shades to match your skin tone and include SPF active ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide along with tinted pigments, doubling up to provide a smooth and glowy finish along with sun protection. You can choose to forego foundation while using a tinted sunscreen as it provides light to medium coverage and helps even out your skin’s complexion. The La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Ultra Fluid Spf 50 Facial Sunscreen boasts an “ultra-fluid, weightless and non-greasy texture” to give your face a natural, matte glow. The Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 40 is another cult favourite, formulated with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to hydrate your face and give it a lit-from-within glow.


The right concealer can essentially act as a magic eraser to make your skin imperfections – including dark circles, bags, redness, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, age spots and discoloration – disappear. For the summer, a crease-proof, lightweight concealer works best to ensure that it does not get cakey and to give your face a dewy finish. The IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer is a multitasking, full-coverage concealer infused with anti-aging peptides, vitamins, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is a great choice. It has a lightweight liquid formula that is long-lasting and oil-free. 

Brow soap or eyebrow gel

The “soap brow” trend took over TikTok in a storm, and it is here to stay for the summer. It involves carefully brushing and shaping your eyebrows to separate the strands, and is considered essential for the “clean look” aesthetic. While you can use a bar of glycerin soap and a disposable spoolie brush to achieve the look, you can go a step further to achieve a long-lasting effect by using a clear eyebrow gel or a special browsoap. West Barn Co’s Soap Brows® has moisturizing ingredients and a strong hold, which means you do not have to worry about checking your eyebrows throughout the day. The NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Eyebrow Gel is a great vegan drugstore option that offers a clear, non-sticky formula to volumize and tame your brows.

Cream bronzer

Cream bronzers are a must-have to get a sunkissed look in the summer. It is easy to apply and blends beautifully into the skin to give it a natural-looking bronzy glow. Applying a bit of bronzer to the side of the cheekbones, around the hairline, and below the jaw sculpts the face by accentuating the angles of your bones. Rose Inc’s Solar Infusion Moisturizing Cream Bronzer

has a cream-to-powder formula with tourmaline and quartz which illuminates without a shimmery finish. It also contains rose oil and squalane to hydrate and revitalize dull skin. The e.l.f. Putty Bronzer, which does not break the bank, also has a putty-to-powder lightweight formula with a semi-matte finish and is enriched with moisturizing argan oil and vitamin E.

Cream blush

Cream blushes have gained a lot of popularity over social media recently – people love the natural flush they give to the skin and the relative ease of application. Cream blushes blend easily into skin, and you can even use your fingers to dab the product onto your cheeks to give them a dewy, healthy glow. Rare Beauty’s Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush is a water-resistant, lightweight, liquid-like cream that melts and blends to give a smooth, satin finish. The Maybelline New York Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush is a budget-friendly option with a water-infused gel formula and offers a natural finish.

Lip Tint

Here is another trend we are more than happy to hop on to – lip tints. Lip tints give a natural look to the lips, long-lasting color and a plumping effect. And the best part is that lip stains usually require zero touch-ups, as the pigment simply starts fading evenly after a while and leaves behind a softer shade of the same colour. The Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Rose Lip Blush & Cheek Tint offers a lightweight formula that is smudge-proof and transfer-proof with a sheer finish. Sephora Collection’s Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick is an ultra-pigmented lip color which offers more than 50 shades. It is also infused with avocado oil, which makes it glide smoothly over the lips.

Setting Spray

Setting spray is an essential summer makeup item, as it ensures that your makeup stays in place and does not move, especially in sweltering heat. It also has finishing properties that help to melt the makeup and make it look skin-like. Smudge-proof and transfer proof setting sprays will prevent your skin from producing sweat and oil in hot and humid weather. The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray is a cult-favourite that even celebrities swear by. The hydrating, weightless spray sets makeup for up to 16 hours without melting and blurs the appearance of pores. The Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray is an award-winning option that also locks in your makeup for up to 16 hours.