My Updated Summer Makeup Routine

If you don’t update your makeup with the seasons, you’re probably missing out! My routine is constantly evolving, but there are a few non-negotiable steps when it comes to getting ready for a day in the heat. Looking your best in sweltering temperatures is no easy feat, and doing your makeup when it’s 90+ degrees might be the last thing on your mind. However, the right products can change that! Recently, I took to TikTok to share my updated summer makeup routine, but I also wanted to lay it out here for easy access. Along with sharing my must-have products, I’ll also be revealing a few of my best kept secrets for success. Think lightweight formulas, long-lasting finishes, and tips to keep your makeup melt-proof.

Fashion blogger, Kaye Bassey, wearing a black maxi dress from Chloe - summer makeup routine

My Updated Summer Makeup Routine


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Summer Makeup Tips

Skin Prep is Key

I am someone who absolutely loves to layer on skincare (IYKYK), but on a normal day-to-day basis, I tend to keep it pretty basic during the summertime. I found that when dealing with high temperatures, you really want to lock in that moisture. The heat, humidity, and UV radiation can be a huge detriment to your skin. Thus, hydration is just as important in the summer as it is in the winter.

SPF, Always

This might seem like a given, but it’s always worth reminding those around me: sunscreen is a non-negotiable, especially when spending more time in the sun. Make sure to apply it in the morning and reapply throughout the day for ultimate protection. Your skin will thank you!

Less is More

Switch to lighter, non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores. For example, I avoid thicker foundations when I’m just running errands or going to the gym. Instead, I opt for a lighter alternative that still provides coverage without suffocating my skin. Ahead, I’ll share my current favorite CC cream – an amazing foundation alternative that’s perfect for those seeking a lightweight yet effective option.

Hydrate All Day

Not only should you be reapplying your sunscreen, but you should also rehydrate your skin throughout the day. A convenient facial mist makes this incredibly easy and refreshing. Look for ultra-moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera.

Summer Makeup Routine

1) Youth to the People Polypeptide-121 Future Cream

After cleansing, I will apply this cream. My skin absolutely drinks it up!

2) Summer Fridays Jet Lag Eye Serum

Don’t forget to apply an eye cream or serum in the morning and at night. I have been loving this one from Summer Fridays!

3) Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

I’ve shared my love for this primer before. This moisturizer / primer is worth every penny.

4) Tatcha Silk Sunscreen with SPF 50

Skin-clogging sunscreen could be damaging your skin. This one from Tatcha is incredibly weightless and great for layering underneath makeup.

5) Gucci Concentré de Beauté Concealer

To brighten up my under eyes, I like to use a touch of this concealer.

6) e.l.f. Brow Lift

This gel will keep my brows in place all day long, even with the heat!

7) It Cosmetics CC Cream with SPF 40

As I mentioned earlier, it’s best to stick to lighter products. This CC cream offers pretty good coverage, making it an amazing foundation alternative.

8) Charlotte Tilbury Matte Beauty Blush Wand

Have you tried the sunset blush trend? I’m obsessed and have been using 3 shades of these blush wands for a more dynamic look!

9) Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara

Lastly, I’ll swipe on this mascara as a finishing touch to this “no makeup, makeup” summer routine.


Do you have an updated summer makeup routine?
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