10 Lightweight Makeup Must-Haves to Keep You Cool This Summer

During those dog days of summer, aside from wearing a hearty layer of sunscreen, the last thing most of us want to do is put on a full face of makeup, too. It’s time to trade in those dark, heavy shadows and lipsticks that got you through fall and winter for brighter and lighter must-haves to avoid looking like a melting mess when temperatures rise.

From a not-so-basic tinted lip balm to foundation so lightweight it could almost pass for a tinted moisturizer, here are 10 makeup-for-summer products that will keep you cool and cute.

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Summer Beauty Prep: The Best Lightweight Makeup

Keep your cool this summer with these lightweight makeup must-haves.
(Photo: Quinn Lemmers for Yahoo Beauty)

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip

These cushiony art sticks pack a powerful punch of color that dry down to a nonsticky creamy finish that lasts for hours. They also add a swipe of moisture to your lips to keep them from getting chapped and rough. ($28, bobbibrowncosmetics.com) (Photo: Bobbi Brown)

Tom Ford Sheer Highlighting Duo

Add a few gentle swooshes of this shimmering bronzed highlighter to enhance your complexion without giving off greasy vibes. It also blends into skin easily and can be worn on the cheeks, around the eyes, or all over the face if you’re really trying to glow there. ($78, tomford.com) (Photo: Tom Ford)

It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment

There are those hot, sizzling days where we want to wear next to nothing, but we do prefer to apply a slight whisper of makeup just to say we tried. This hydrating balm has built-in Vitality Lip Flush Technology, which basically creates a natural swatch of pink that’s perfect for your skin tone and won’t feel nearly as thick in texture as a full coverage lipstick. ($24, itcosmetics.com)

MAC Cosmetics Next to Nothing Face Color

Just like the name suggests, this foundation feels like next to nothing on your skin and your pores actually have room to breathe behind it. Plus, it is formulated with light-reflecting opalescent microspheres to give you an all-over sun-kissed glow that’s sexy. ($31, maccosmetics.com)(Photo: MAC Cosmetics)

Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner

Instead of wearing a full eyelid of thick eyeshadow, try adding a stripe of one of these mesmerizing metallic hues to your eyes. The creamy liner easily glides on and won’t budge as soon as you break a sweat. ($27, lancome-usa.com) (Photo: Lancôme)

Catrice Illuminating Blush

On steamy days where you simply can’t bring yourself to put on any full coverage foundation or concealers, a few light sweeps of blush may be all you need to give a lit-from-within refresh to your face. This luminizing blush is not only budget-friendly, but it also adds a rose pearl-like pinch of color to your cheeks that’s simply stunning. ($6, ulta.com)

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain

No lipstick? No problem. Go for one of these satisfying sheer stains that deliver a fresh flush of color and there are not one but 10 gorgeous wearable colors to choose from. ($4, jordanacosmetics.com)

Milani Prime Light Face Primer

This oil-free primer enhances your complexion with a lumiousity that perks up the look of tired skin without clogging your pores due to its light texture. ($10, milanicosmetics.com)

Morphe Premium Lashes #218

Mascara can get a little fussy, especially in the summer when it ends up sliding black tears down your face. Go mascara-less and pop on a pair of these lightweight faux lashes for an instant-wow factor that’s tear-proof. ($3.45, universalnailsupplies.com) (Photo: Universal Nail Supplies)

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint

High in color payoff but low in weight, these superpigmented paints boast a soft texture that truly wears like a matte made in heaven. Plus, they are smudge-proof and stay in place all day. (Photo: Make Up For Ever)