Gel Beauty Products That Are Perfect for Summer
Higher temperatures call for lighter formulas.
Since the temperature dips in fall and winter and rises again in spring before reaching a peak come summer, we typically tailor our skincare routines to match the change in weather. But what about our makeup regimens? While many products can be used year round, there's something to be said for stocking your warm-weather routine with lighter, non-occlusive formulas that will help keep your face as fresh and blemish-free as possible.
That's where gel beauty products come into play. The lightweight formulas, like their gel skincare counterparts, provide all the benefits of their creamy cousins, without ever weighing skin down or clogging pores (something that can happen when you combine heavy products and heat). What's more, they are oftentimes infused with a variety of vitamins—think A, C, and E—and extracts to deeply hydrate and cool down the skin, as well as help protect it against free radicals and heat- or sun-induced redness.
The point is, whether you're in the market for a touch of color on your lips, a radiant tint on your skin, a flushed cheek, or perfectly-separated brows, there's a gel product out there just waiting to transform your summer routine. Ahead you'll find several of our favorite gel beauty products for the warm-weather season. From face primers and tinted moisturizers to eyeliners, lipsticks, and blushes, you'll likely want to stock up on more than a few of these items. And, who knows, you might love them so much you'll use them well into fall and winter, too—after all, there's no harm in that.
If you're a fan of two-in-one products, you'll love Nudstix's gel crayons. Designed to complement both lips and cheeks, the creamy formula is perfect for creating monochrome makeup looks. Best of all, they come in plenty of colors, so find your perfect match is simple.
Shop Now: Nudestix Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm, $26, sephora.com.
Pixi by Petra
Upon application, this cooling gel blush product feels like a cold glass of water for your skin—and leaves an organic flush in its wake.
Shop Now: Pixi by Petra Sheer Cheek Gel, $11.20, dermstore.com.
Blush is a must for anyone hoping to achieve a radiant complexion. And, trust us, this gel-to-watercolor option delivers. It's available in five colors and has earned five-star reviews across the board. In other words, pick your shade and prepare to use the entire tube.
Shop Now: Iconic London Sheer Blush, $25, sephora.com.
An eyeliner that goes on smooth as can be? Yes, please. This gel option is available in eight colors, including neutral shades and a couple of bolder colorways.
Shop Now: IT Cosmetics Superhero No-Tug Gel Eyeliner, $22, ulta.com.
Looking for natural coverage? Work this tinted hydrating gel cream in your beauty routine. Sold in 20 colors, the fan-favorite formula offers light-to-medium coverage and works wonders for minimizing redness and shrinking the appearance of pores.
Shop Now: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $33, ulta.com.
This gel-cream blush is supremely buildable; it comes in six colors and can be used on both cheeks and lids.
Shop Now: Glossier Cloud Paint, $18, glossier.com.
Skip the sun and smooth on this face gelee, which safely helps you recreate that perfect summer tan.
Shop Now: Clinique Sun-Kissed Face Gelee Complexion Multitasker, $30, sephora.com.
Marc Jacobs Beauty
Create a radiant glow from head to toe by applying a few drops of this coconut gel on the high points of your face, across your collarbones, and down your shins.
Shop Now: Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel, $45, sephora.com.
Sans glitter or obvious sparkle, Saie's bronze gel luminizer is essentially summer in a bottle; use it alone or mix it with a tinted moisturizer for a subtle glow. Better yet, the product is recyclable. When you finish it (which you will!), unscrew the top and remove the spent bag.
Shop Now: Saie Glow Super Gel in Sunglow, $25, saie.com.