10 Beauty Essentials for Summer
Put your best summer face forward with these picks.
(SPOT.ph) The struggle is real: You spend a huge chunk of your morning putting on your daily face—kilay on fleek, contour on point—only for your makeup to slide right off as soon as you step outside and into the scorching heat. Ah, the tragedy!
Your mistake: It’s not actually the putting-on-makeup part. Rather, you’re probably using the wrong products for the season—products that may have been okay when it was cooler and less humid, or when your face wasn’t dripping with sweat 95% of the time.
The solution: Unless you’re going for the “hulas” look (greasy face, runny mascara, bleeding lipstick, oily scalp, eek!), it’s high time you replace the items in your kikay kit with more summer-friendly picks: Think lighter consistencies, waterproof formulas, built-in SPF. We’ve rounded up our 10 beauty essentials for the hot summer season.
Sun shield: Catch the Sun Brightening UV Gel Cream SPF 40 (P999) from Happy Skin
Skip the multiple layers—moisturizer, serum, sunscreen, primer—and prep your face with a do-it-all product instead. This gel cream sunscreen protects with SPF 40, hydrates with hyaluronic acid, brightens with vitamin B3, and shields against pollution damage with moringa seed oil. It’s absolutely weightless and delivers a clear, matte finish. Wear it alone or use under makeup; it leaves no unsightly white cast on skin.
Oil control: Miracle Finish Oil Control Water Cushion Foundation (P1,095) from The Face Shop
Aside from the cool, mess-free packaging (no bottles, just a sponge saturated with product and enclosed in a compact), this skincare-infused foundation allows for buildable coverage—meaning, you can use it to just spot-correct or build to a full face—and is formulated with oil-controlling properties to keep skin grease-free all day.
Glow-getter: Pure Nude Highlighter (P379) from Essence
Ditch the heavy contours, which can look muddy when you sweat. The sunny season is all about sporting a natural glow, which you can easily achieve with this gorgeous (and super affordable) baked powder highlighter. Just apply on the high points of your face: the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, and on the cupid’s bow. P.S. You can totes use it as an eye shadow, too.
Brow definer: ColorStay Eyebrow Liner (P475) from Revlon
Brow mascaras and gels can get all melty in this heat, so it’s safer to go for a waterproof liquid or brow pencil, like this drugstore pick. The pencil’s soft angled tip allows for a smooth and precise application, while the brush is perfect for blending the shade and taming brows into place. All-day kilay: check!
All-over stain: Sugar Tint Lip & Cheek Tint (P349) from Pink Sugar
Trade your heavy lippies and streaky blushes for this two-in-one tint, which gives a gorgeous wash of color for the lips and the face. Score matte puckers with a thick coat, or blend with your finger for a more natural stain. For the cheeks, a little goes a long way—a tiny dollop is all you need to achieve a sun-kissed flush that won’t easily fade. Our summer-friendly recos out of their 15 shades: Love Bug, Slay, and Pink Paradise.
Reliable liner: Swimmables Eye Pencil (P895) from Cargo Cosmetics
The word “swimmables” isn’t there just for show—this creamy eyeliner is absolutely waterproof and smudge-proof, and has super concentrated pigments for an intense color that stays put through sweat, tears, and even a swim! Opt for the Pebble Beach (brown) shade over the black; it’s less stark and is more wearable this season.
Lash power: 24-Hour Volumizer Mascara (P645) from Celeteque
No need to fret about raccoon eyes: This budge-proof, waterproof mascara lets you enjoy full, dramatic lashes minus the clumpy, runny mess. The tiny retractable brush lets you reach even the shortest lashes, while the formula’s Nylon 6 and titanium dioxide work to lengthen and thicken each strand.
Quick pick-me-up: Hydrating Face Mist with Aloe Vera (P250) from Human Nature
Refresh and cool down parched, tired skin with this ultra-light facial mist that’s infused with gentle aloe vera, known for its hydrating and skin-strengthening properties. You can also use it as a setting spray to prevent makeup meltdowns, or to score a natural dewy glow with just a spritz.
Hair protector: Hair and Scalp Shield (P349.75) from Belo Essentials SunExpert
ICYDK: Your locks are also especially vulnerable to UV damage since they get hit directly by the sun’s rays. Your best bet—if you can’t be bothered to tote an umbrella or wear a hat—is to use sunscreen for your hair, like this clear spray. It has UV filters and vitamin E to protect and nourish your mane while also taming frizz and fighting dryness.
Fizz-free hair: Sea Salt Spray (P180) from Beach Born
Freshen up limp or frizzy hair fast with this all-natural and locally made sea salt spray that can easily add volume and texture to the most boring of manes. Just spray on damp hair, twist and scrunch up locks (you can also braid up or tie into an updo, for a longer hold), and tousle loose with your fingers. Sexy beach waves, achieved!