Hot Hot Heat: Summer Beauty Product Swaps

The other day I took a peek inside my trusty makeup bag that holds my favorite products of the moment. I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t realized it sooner, but much of the makeup inside was still geared for winter and spring beauty looks. I saw earth toned palettes, dark lip colors, and powder everything. Since I update my wardrobe, accessories and even my hairstyle with the change of the seasons, I have always believed that my makeup bag deserves a little overhaul as well.

I’m not big on powdered products in the warmer months. I feel that piling on powder creates a cakey look, whereas cream-based and sheer products leave my face looking natural. You won’t need much makeup with sun kissed skin (or a great faux tan). So go for the glowy look with natural eyes and a pop of color on lips and nails. With this beauty palette in mind, this is how I swapped out my makeup products for summer…


Skin: Swap your heavy liquid foundation for a tinted moisturizer. Make sure you use one that has at least SPF 15, like Laura Mercier’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer (which actually comes packed with SPF 20). That way, it’s a 3-in-1 foundation, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

Cheeks: Swap your powder blush for cream blush. As I said above, I like the way cream-based beauty products give my skin a glow in the summer. Try using Yves Saint Laurent Crème de Blush in powdery rose.

Eyes: Swap heavy liquid liner for voluminous lashes. You all know by now that my signature beauty look is winged eyeliner on my eyes. But on beach days when I’m in and out of the water and laying in the sun, the last thing I want is a time-consuming beauty routine. Trade in your liquid liner for Maybelline’s Full ‘N’ Soft Waterproof Mascara.

Lips: Swap matte lips for a colorful, glossy pout. Matte lips are very pretty with a fall, winter or spring beauty look. But in the summer I like gloss and lots of color. Change out your berry and pastel hues for punchy pinks and pretty corals. Cherry red glossy lips also look great with a tan and a white dress. Try Stila Lip Glaze in Peach, Watermelon, or Strawberry.

Nails: Swap earth-toned and pastel polish for brights. This might seem a little obvious, but summer is a time to have fun with your mani-pedis. The best accessory to your favorite bikini is a colorful pedicure. So don’t shy away from blues, greens, oranges—whatever your heart desires. Lately, I’m loving Essie’s summer collection. The coral color called “Sunday Funday” is the perfect peach.

While these are my product preferences for my summer makeup bag, you might have your own favorites. And I’d love to hear about them…

What beauty essentials do you keep in your summer makeup bag?

Leave your list below!

XO Lauren

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  • Ashley Rizzardo

    Great post! I actually did a post like this on my blog today too! Great minds think alike :) I always keep a can of Evian Mineral Water spray in my bag just in case I feel my face get a little gross. I just give it a spritz and go on my way.


  • Sarah @ Sequin Doll

    I am absolutely loving cream blush right now! NYX has some great options that won’t break the bank. The Josie Maran Cheek Gelee’s are an AMAZING high end option (although I guess those aren’t *technically* a cream).

  • suzanne

    Love this post! I think it is so hard to find good products that don’t “”melt”” off my face :) Sometimes I just use a little concealer with a light powder and a tinted lipbalm with SPF!
    Suzanne from

  • Ashley

    These are good tips to keep in mind!

  • Meghan Conard

    My go-to summer look is bronzer & bright lipstick!
    Check out my new outfit post

  • redheadrachel

    I love Tarte’s Cheek Stain in Tipsy for the summer months. It lasts all day and smells like apricots!


  • Sam

    thanks so much for the nail tips!



    That’s a great tip – especially on super hot days!

  • Taanjaa

    I love the difference between fall and spring nail polish :)

  • elisabeth

    I love this post! I did not realize that the same thing was happening to me! I live in Florida and it is way too hot to be wearing anything thick on my face. I am definitely going to incorporate some of these tips into my makeup bag :) Thanks Lauren!

    xo, Elisabeth

  • Rachel Trampel

    Love this! That Essie nail color is so pretty!

  • Kelby Peachey

    I only use tinted moisturizer, so recently I’ve switched over to only SPF face lotion. Let the all natural me, shine!


  • Ana Sofia

    Great tips…usually everyone forget to change their makeup with the seasons (me included!) I think the most important makeup product in summer is the cream with SPF.


  • Shannon Karpinski

    Great tips Lauren! I follow pretty much all of these, but my make up bag mostly contains drug store items.

    I use the Garnier Oil Free BB cream as a tinted moisturizer/foundation. I love it because it evens out my complexion without looking caked on, and contains SPF 20 so it’s perfect for the beach. On top of that I usually throw on a tiny bit of Covergirl’s Clean foundation for sensitive skin just to cover some of my blemishes.

    I have also been forgoing the eyeliner I usually use and just putting a little bit of mascara on to accentuate my eyes. I’ve been using Covergirl’s Exact Eyelights mascara for blue eyes because it doesn’t clump and adds a little flair to my otherwise natural eye makeup.

    As far as lips go, I just recently got really into lip stains. I have been using Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous. It’s a beautiful coral color that lasts long and has a glossy/balmy look because of the lip balm built into the color.

  • Deanne Castro

    Great tips! I like the lip gloss to lip stick change and the nail polish dark to light!

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  • Renuka

    love these alternatives for the summer! my favourite thing to do is to brighten up my nail polish!

  • Ashley at Sincerely Miss Ash

    I do exactly all of these, especially brightening the nails and using a tinted moisturizer with an SPF..


  • Patr

    Hello Lauren :)
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  • Dana Ivy

    Think your summer beauty picks are perfect. I’m also partial to this BB Primer: and this amazing mascara:

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  • Patricia Guzman

    I definitely need to get a tinted moisturizer ASAP! I checked out Josie Maran’s but I might give the Laura Mercier a try & I’m wearing “”Sunday funday”” on my toes right now.

  • Megan Elliott

    Great tips! I use BB Cream and mascara (ok, maybe a little concealer too…) during the summerime. Gotta keep it light! :)

    xo Megan,

  • Katelin Absher

    I definitely keep bright pops of lip color!! I’m very passionate with makeup so I def don’t stay with a neutral eye I love playing with different looks so I basically just switch up my darks for lights and maybe a little more bronze and more highlighter!

  • eliseElise dagenais guertin

    Hi Lauren! Well I really appreciate this text on summer make-up since my routine is pretty much the same as yours. But I’m using BB cream from Garnier cuz I find that it even my skin tone and them I use powder for a little shine and blush too :) for the nails I’m totally ceazy about Essie summer collection as well haha I did buy Sunday funday and
    Rock the boat shades couldnt help myself :) enjoy the summer and thanks again for tips

  • Angie Hogge

    I love the suggestions here! I too swap out certain products for summer and skip powder for softer looks. I use Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer as well, along with Nars The Multiple for cheek color. For nails I love bright summery colors; right now I have OPI’s Minnie Mouse Couture de Mouse Collection in rotation. I love the different texture of their liquid sand polish.

  • Laura Thomson

    Great ideas!!! I was wondering what to do on my holiday and these are perfect solutions :-) <3


    it’s so nice to switch up your makeup routine now & then :)


    That polish is definitely a summer fave!


    Thank you for sharing your tips with us here on :)

  • Raven Locks

    I love this! Wearing foundation always seems so pointless in the heat of the summertime. I’ve been hearing a lot about tinted moisturizers…I may need to try it out!

    xo Azu

  • Rachel Elkins

    I just wrote a blog piece about something like this! Check it out! Thanks! :)

  • photosbyjaana

    right now i’m loving just a little oil-free BB cream, mascara and lip gloss.

  • Rachele

    great tip for summer beauty products overhaul for make bag/kit!! I always try to go for a more natural sun-kiseed look over the summer months, and almost all the prods I use have some spf. Also don’t forget to drink lots og h20!!

  • Rachele

    Great tips for summer beauty products overhaul for makeup bag/kit!! I always try to go for a more natural sun-kiseed look over the summer months, and almost all the prods I use have some spf. Also don’t forget to drink lots og h20!!

  • Rachele

    Great tips for summer beauty products overhaul for makeup bag/kit!! I always try to go for a more natural sun-kiseed look over the summer months, and almost all the prods I use have some spf. Also don’t forget to drink lots of h20!!

  • Denisse md

    Something that I do to soften my spring and summer makeup is change to brown liquid eyeliner belive it or not it softens your face because is not as heavy as black try it !!!!!!

  • katie

    I LOOOOOOVE the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer….I use it for all seasons. It’s great for anyone who has clear skin and just wants to even out any little imperfections.

  • Andrea Nicole

    Thank you for this! I love liquid eyeliner, but I feel odd wearing it in summer. Looks like I’ve got some shopping to do!

  • Courtney Pfligler

    A great tip is to take a small empty bottle of some sort, like you can find in the travel section at the drug store, and mix half of your moisturizer and half your foundation and it creates a tinted moisturizer.

  • Nellie

    Maybelline’s Full N’ Soft Mascara is simply the best mascara! I have been using it for years and have never found anything close to it! you can put on a ton of coats and your lashes are still flexible and not stiff like other mascaras make your lashes.

  • Nellie

    Maybelline’s Full N’ Soft Mascara is simply the best mascara! I have been using it for years and have never found anything close to it! you can put on a ton of coats and your lashes are still flexible and not stiff like other mascaras make your lashes.

  • gunjan

    Hey Lauren can you post a blog on what kind of makeup to wear in high school

  • Roukas

    Hey Lauren, i have a question regarding tinted moisturizer,is it for all skin types ? If not, what do u recommend for oily skin ? Also, needs ur recommendation on a black kohl liner for fall/winter looks ?

  • Raven Locks

    Ooh I love these! Yes to brighter nail polish colors and less makeup overall :)

    xo Azu

  • Debbie Waddell-Richards

    I absolutely love the Stila lip pen. At first I wasn’t sure because of the initial tacky feel.n. I got over that quickly though. It LASTS….and mine came with a grape taste. It was a gift from my mom….is infact a very light purplish tint. Keep meaning to research it, wondering if it is an anti aging product. I am 53. She is 70. Always searching for the next and best in that area:) I am going to be making some DIY CREAM E YESHADOWS for my age.

  • Jen Ruhman

    This Summer, I’m all about a matte finish foundation that blocks shine and blurs my skin:
    XO Jen

  • Meghan Conard

    Great tips! I change up my beauty and hair routine too in the summer! Check out my new post about how to create simple beachy waves on my blog



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