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Lighten Up Your Summer Beauty Routine with These Essential Products

A panel of experts share the skincare and makeup products that will help you beat the heat.

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A steamy forecast doesn't have to push you to the melting point. We turned to top beauty experts including, Spencer Barnes, a Los Angeles-based makeup artist; Tarryn Feldman, a makeup artist based in Nashville; Chicago-based makeup artist and author Jenny Patinkin; and Dr. Steven Wang, the director of dermatologic surgery and dermatology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Basking Ridge, for advice on light-as-air skincare, barely-there makeup, and the single smartest way to keep your cool all day long.


From gel formulas to refreshing sprays, these are the must-have beauty products for effective summertime coverage.


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SPF Enhanced Products

Right now, your complexion needs SPF and moisture that doesn't feel cloying. "Sweat, chlorine, and salt water cause dryness and inflammation," Wang says. The streamlined solution is to find a gel-based formula that multitasks with multiple protective elements in one, Patinkin says. Her first suggestion is Kiehl's Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream, which contains flavonols to tame puffiness under your eyes and cheeks. For minimal but mighty UV protection, mix in Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50.


Smooth (Yet Colorful!) Powders

Keep pores clear and blemishes at bay by seeking out minimalist routines and a "less is more" approach. "People tend to reach for powders in warm weather, thinking they'll absorb shine," Patinkin says. "But they can get cakey." Sheer cream formulations melt into the skin and look more natural. Patinkin likes Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet Foundation for its fluid consistency and medium coverage. Feldman swears by Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer SPF 25 because it doesn't budge even when you're active and sweating.


For a softer flush, Feldman says you can dab on Kjaer Weis Cream Blush, which has moisturizing jojoba-seed oil and can treat lips, too. You can also define and protect your eyes with Supergoop! Shimmershade SPF 30 shadow and a coat of L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara.


Hydrating Facial Mists

Spencer Barnes's favorite afternoon refreshment is a hydrating facial mist. Caudalié Beauty Elixir has toning rose oil and rosemary. If you're on the oily side, blot sweat with a tissue, then use a mattifying version such as Tatcha "The Satin" Skin Mist, which has clay to neutralize shine. Both can go over makeup; just spray from an arm's length away.