Bold berry lips can be perfect for colder months, however, when it is summer then adding lighter and brighter colours to your routine is better. As the temperature rises, the last thing anyone would want is to have some heavy feeling on the face, that’s why it is best to change the makeup routine and lean towards something more appropriate for summer. Make a list of summer makeup must haves and change the routine with them.

How do you imagine your summer makeup? Is it bronzed and glowy skin or minimal almost makeup free face? No matter which one you choose, the one thing both of these makeups have in common is to have healthy looking skin. You can fake it with a few changes in the makeup routine.

5 Summer Makeup Must Haves

1. Light Base

The last thing you want in summer to have a heavy foundation sitting on your face. Also, the bad thing is it will melt off during the day you might end up having a patchy base. Therefore, it is best to have a lightweight base and let your skin breath and get enough vitamin D from the sun. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint is the latest addition to my routine and I don’t know why I waited for so long, it is a lightweight and perfect summer base. Like I said before, it is best to leave heavy bases and lean towards lighter ones for the sake of your skin.

2. Illuminator – Strobe Cream

Strobing is a big thing this summer. Having sun kissed glowy skin and healthy glow is this season’s makeup hits. Even if you aren’t sure about this trend, you can use strobe cream as base then apply your foundation afterwards. You will love the glow you get without having too much. If you are really into glowy skin, you should add illuminator to makeup routine, you can use it all around.

3. Highlighter

Think how simple makeup terms were years ago and now there are so many things like highlighter and illuminator. What’s the difference between them when they give almost the same finish? All I know is highlighters are for enhancing the areas which sun would hit directly and give glow to these areas, whereas illuminators can be used all over or mixed with foundations, I don’t know if that makes any sense! Like I mentioned before if you want to get glowy this season, you need them all. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer and Cind-Lou Manizer can be two highlighters to add to your makeup bag, extra pigmented and smooth highlighters are the best!

4. Colourful Lips

It is time to leave vampy dark lips behind and go for lighter and brighter colours. Adding colour in to your makeup routine will boost up your mood like the summer sun. Refreshing the lipstick is one of the easiest steps so formula doesn’t really matter, there are so many to choose from sheer to matte, but make sure you go for something you wouldn’t normally wear in winter. MAC Chatterbox and Brave are my go-to lipsticks at the moment, one light and one bright…

5. Set It – Fix It

As much as we like hot weather, we really don’t like the effect it has on the makeup. Having full face makeup, then after one hour looking like a shiny disco ball is the last thing we want. Constantly using powder to set the makeup isn’t the best choice, however, setting and fixing sprays come handy. They are must haves for everyone. MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ can be good when you want to get rid of the powdery look, whereas something like Urban Decay Setting spray will be good to keep your makeup still without messing up.

In summer it’s best to stick to light and minimal makeup, in the end your skin will benefit from it. These are my 5 summer makeup must haves. Adding these to the makeup routine will help you achieve glowly perfect summer makeup.

What are your summer makeup must haves? Which products you can’t go without in Summer?

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  • Yiotou_La

    Bright lips are a must! They lift my mood even on a bad Monday and I have been wearing my pink lipsticks since March, I refuse to wear anything that is not bright and fun haha! 🙂


    • Ha ha totally agree with you 🙂 I was wearing berry all the time and now it is the time of pink 🙂

  • Those MAC lipsticks look like such pretty shades! <3 Lovely post

    Amelia |

  • I’ve recently tried that NARS velvet matte and am loving it too. I’m also wondering why I took so long to try it.


    • It is good, isn’t it? They never had my shade so luckily I ended up finding it 🙂 x

  • Sheridan Grady

    I reaaaallly need to try the Nars Velvet Skin Tint, heard such great things and I just love Nars! x

  • Great post, I really feel like I would like to start using a highlighter of some sort
    Gemma x

  • I love the sound of the strobe cream, I do wonder if it’s a highlighter with a different name but I’d like to find out!

    • You can actually use it as a highlighter too. It all depends on how much glow you want.

  • Great post! I have to try the Nars Velvet Tint, it looks good. xx

  • I love using the Strobe Cream for the warmer months too, I should really get into the habit of fixing my makeup with sprays, the UD one sounds promising!

    • I tested it in the store and it really keeps the makeup still, it is the next on the list that I should get.

  • I love UD’s setting spray! It’s a lifesaver!

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  • Perfection!
    Hadasah Love |

  • Love the mac lippies. I really need to get myself a highlighter soon! Thanks for these.
    MicaThere’s More to Mica

    • MAC lippies are good. Definitely get highlighter, you will love the glowy skin.

  • A light base for the summertime is ideal and I’m totally with you number four – playing with lip shades at this time of year is SO much fun; corals and light pinks are on my mind right now 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • I can’t imagine wearing a heavy foundation and it melting off, nightmare! Corals and pink lips are perfect for this time of year 🙂 x

  • I agree that Summer is all about light base, glowing and bronzed skin and bright lipsticks 😉 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Now all I need to do is get a little bit of sun tan 🙂 x

  • Hanna

    Thanks for sharing your picks. I normally do a bb cream with sunscreen –Hanna Lei

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    • BB creams are good for this time of year, they are not heavy.

  • Nadia

    I always switch my foundation in summer – such a must. That’s a great tip hon & also, bright lips <3 Your MAC beauties are lovely! I am really intrigued by the sound of theBalm highlighters. Hope you are doing great, sweetie.
    xox Nadia

    • I can’t handle heavy foundations, especially when it is hot outside. theBalm highlighters are beautiful, definitely check them out. x

  • Summer for me is a glow, bright lips and a little tan! I love it! Can’t wait to create some looks, once it stops raining!
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    • It is the same for me, I love the effortless makeup. x

  • Highlighter is definitely a must in summer! Love the glowy look ☺
    Nati xx

  • I love Mac’s strobe cream! Glad I’m not the only one since I don’t see it often being talk about. 😀

    Miriam ♥ A whole lot of serendipity

    • It is good isn’t it? 🙂 I love using it as a base and when I want extra glow, I mix it with my foundation too 🙂

  • Waw such a cool post! I really love these photos, good job! ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
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  • Katie

    I’ve been obsessed with highlighters lately!

  • I purchased the MAX Prep Prime Fix + Ella! I can’t wait to try it. I’ve definitely loaded up with highlighters & illuminators. It’s all about that glow right now.

    • I hope you will like it 🙂 After seeing your highlighters, I feel like I have nothing and I need to get more 🙂

  • Those MAC lipsticks look fabulous, I love nude colors although I think a bit of color looks good on me. Loving your pics!

    Have a nice day xx

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    • It is all about experimenting and finding the things you like, I am sure bright lips would look good on you.
      Have a great week x

  • The Nars Skin Tint is amazing! I wear mine all year round and I’m absolutely obsessed! x

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  • Some great tips here, during Summer it’s great to opt for matte foundations & I’m ever so keen to try the NARS matte skin tint, it looks lovely!

    A great highlighter always looks lovely especially when you get a little tanned too.

    Lovely suggestions!

    Laura xo

    • NARS velvet matte is lightweight, it is perfect for summer, so definitely give it a try 🙂 x

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  • Mel

    These are some great tips. I’m absolutely awful at using highlighter (it tends to make me look like a very shiny mess) so I think I might try mixing illuminator with foundation. Hopefully I won’t do it completely wrong and end up looking like a total idiot.

    • Try to be light handed and apply only little amount, I am sure it will not look like a shiny mess 🙂

  • Love this post, I really want to try a strobe cream before my base. I’ve seen it on other people and it gives such a lovely dewy finish.

    Just found your blog and I’m absolutely hooked by the way! Love it 🙂

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    • Strobe cream is good, mostly I use it as a base and sometimes mix it with my foundation, it all depends on how much glow I want 🙂
      Also welcome to my blog, I am happy to see you here 🙂

  • Great tips. I tend to keep my make up to a minimum throughout a year but I really like the idea of picking a bright lipstick.

    • Bright lipsticks are perfect for summer, I can’t stop wearing them!

  • I loved this post so much Ela, I’m obsessed with Summer make-up so it’s no wonder! I love both bronzed/glowing skin, as well as natural skin too! I think it’s nice to switch things up in the Summer. As some days it’s just way too hot to be wearing any make-up. I agree, I think that it’s so important to go for a light base. There’s nothing worse than sweating off make-up lol. Highlighter is a complete must for me when it comes to my Summer look too. It instantly makes me feel refreshed and glowing, with such minimal effort. – Summer Smoky Eye Tutorial | Manny MUA x Makeup Geek Palette

    • Bronze eye makeup is perfect for achieving glowy makeup. When I have something special, then I lean towards bronzy toned makeup. Light base is must have, heavy foundation melts off quickly.

  • I’ve heard so many good things about that Nars skin tint! I’ll have to drop by the mall and give it a try!

  • Ah! love this. The Balm’s Mary Lou and a bottle of Fix + are two of my absolute must have items and they’re both such summer products. Because I have such bad skin, a light base isn’t really an option for me but the Nars Skin Tint does sound lovely!

    Em | beautyandbullshitt x

    • Mary Lou is my favourite highlighter, it give such a beautiful glow. Nars tint gives medium coverage, which is not bad!

  • I always tend to use lighter makeup in the summer. I need to check Nars skin tint again, as the first time I swatched it on my hand I didn’t like it.


    Tamara –

    • Light base is must have in summer. It seems like Nars tint is hit or miss, I actually like it a lot! x

  • I love Summer Make Up. Gives me an excuse to be bright and bold! I’ve been meaning to try out the Nars Skin Tint for some while

    • I love glowy summer makeup, it gives such a healthy radiant skin 🙂

  • I definitely agree.. summer makeup is all about light, glowing skin… and I love all the products you mentioned. I need to pick up that highlighter too!! I love fix + for the summer.. it adds the most beautiful, dewy look to your makeup ! Fab post lovely!


  • I like a lighter base in summer too and lots of glow/highlighters!! xx

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  • excellent round up, personally i’m a big fan of lighter make up, so #1 and #2 are a must have for me too! thanks for sharing!

    xx Melis

    • I love lighter minimal makeup too, it is ideal for summer! x

  • Colorful lips and I’m good to go haha! Xx

  • Very nice products, my summer must-have is a good Spf that I can wear under make-up and that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. I’ll have to check the Strobe cream, I haven’t seen it around for many years. Have a good day!


    • A good spf is a must have, there are so many light ones which work perfect under makeup. Have a great week!

  • Corinne C

    Stop it with the Narrs porn! I’m dying to try some.

    Corinne x

  • Love a glow in the summer it just looks gorgeous!

    Parie x

  • Love what you’ve picked out! I just got the NARS velvet matte tint too and really like it, I just wish it was a little more long lasting on me!

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    • With heat it doesn’t last too long, however I am all fine with it as most of the foundations don’t last long on my skin.

  • I think lips are definitely the area I like to add a bit of summer colour to 🙂 I also love a light base that’s not to dewy like the Nars

    Jasmine xx

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  • I really need to dig MAC Chatterbox out of my collection – it’s such a gorgeous pink! xx

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  • Couldn’t agree more with these! Although, this reminds me I need to invest in a new setting spray soon 🙂

    Enclothed Cognition

    • Setting spray is an essential when it is so hot outside!

  • Im not sure if you tried Vegas Volt as well, its gorgeous for summer. Somehow i must be the only one that cant get the grips with Strobe Cream.

    • I haven’t tried Vegas Volt, I can’t believe how I missed it, it is gorgeous! I mostly use strobe cream as a base, it gives some nice glow.

  • Love everything about this post! So cute!
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  • Completley agree with everything in this list! I love a light base and a colourful lip in the summer, and I really like setting spray all year round 🙂 The Nars Skin Tint sounds wonderful, I’m going to have to splurge on it at some point!

    • I wasn’t sure about splurging on it, however after testing it countless time I thought it is the time to finally get it 🙂

  • Yes to light base, highlighter and bright, colourful lips! I don’t do strobing though, personally I feel it’s too dang similar to highlighting and it’s like ‘mummy’ or ‘mommy’. Same thing, called differently.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Makeup gurus love coming up with new words all the time! They are almost the same, don’t exactly know the difference 🙂

  • For summer, I love both bronze makeup looks and more natural, minimal looks. I’ll make more of an effort with eyeshadows in the evenings, but most days, it’s just mascara! I’m all for bright lips though, fushia pinks are great in the summer. Chatterbox is gorgeous indeed 🙂 I’ll have to get a setting spray this summer, it’s always awful when you feel the makeup melting on your face!

    Julia x
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    • If I don’t have anything special, I like to keep my makeup minimal so my skin can absorb enough sunlight 🙂 Bronze makeup is beautiful and I make sure to wear it in summer when I go out. x

  • Karina Guimarães Ribeiro

    For summer i love bronzer and colorful lipsticks. I also enjoy more natural and minimal looks at this season!

    xo Karina

  • LOVE the nars velvet matte skin tint, makes my skin look airbrushed lol! My coworker was wearing MAC chatterbox the other day, it’s such a pretty shade! I think I may need to get it!

    • I love the velvet matte finish, it is so flawless. Chatterbox is a perfect summer colour, I’m sure it would suit you!

  • I’m just the worst with makeup! I never even got on board with contouring and now there’s something called strobing and it’s about highlighting, and I’m just like whaaaat? But I bet that cream makes “strobing” easier. At least I’ll believe you when you say that! Ha!! Lovign the lippy colors!

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    • It is really hard to follow all these trends and some of them are confusing! Strobe cream gives a nice glowy base, so once the foundation is applied, it gives beautiful glow.

  • ALY

    I agree on that shiny disco ball thing! 🙂 I need me some spray ❤️

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  • I try to wear as minimal make up as possible during summer, but having a good highlighter is definitely necessary ! xx

    • I like to keep my makeup minimal but use highlighters all the time to get nice glow x

  • A light base is sooooooo crucial in summer! I hate it when I can feel my face make-up just sliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiding off in the heat…

  • Trang Do

    Love your tips!! Great products!
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  • Shwetali

    I love using bold/vibrant lip color in summers. nice post dear 🙂 Fix it is really must in the summers

  • Charlotte

    I feel upset about leaving my purple lipsticks behind as I love them but out come the reds and pinks! I really want to try a nice orange lip colour!
    Charlotte //

    • I love berry lips, however I don’t really want to wear them in summer. Summer is all about pinks and corals!

  • Yes to all of these- especially bright, colorful lippies. I rarely wear bright lipstick during colder months, but as soon as summer comes, I dig out a few of my favorites. I love a good setting spray, too- they actually make a big difference.

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  • Saara Sofia

    Colourful lips and a light base are definitely my summer makeup must-haves! When it gets really hot I might not even wear foundation or anything on my skin because it would just melt off in a few minutes anyway. Yes, my skin is extremely oily and my makeup melts off even when it’s -20 degrees celsius outside haha. | Bloglovin’

  • Lenya

    Yes to all of these. Can’t live without my setting sprays.

  • love all your choices especially the fix + its one of my personal favourites. I tired getting nars but I found I couldn’t get my tone, I’ll try online and see if there is a wider range cause I’ve heard such great things about the brand.

  • for me highlight and lips are my top makeup things for this summer. i’m such a lipstick junkie

  • I couldn’t agree more! I looove highlighters, but I still haven’t found ‘the one’… I definitely like the makeup trends that have been coming out recently 🙂 This summer is all about glow and luminosity 🙂 xx


  • I NEED to get that Fix+ I’ve asked for it for my birthday because I’m sick of my make up dissapearing halfway through the day !

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

  • I have been so curious to try the skin tint and keep forgetting to pick it up! I’m happy to hear it is living up to your expectations! Using strobe cream as a base is such a great idea!

  • These are all such great suggestions, girlie! I don’t have an illuminator yet, I actually just recently learned the difference between it and a highlight, haha. I love the idea of it, though, for summer! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far!



  • SamanthaSeries

    Omg I’ve been wanting to get strobe cream for ages! I got it as a sample before and loved it.

    Samantha Series

  • Oh setting sprays are definitely summer essentials here, it gets so humid! 🙂

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  • All great summer must haves! I love MAC Strobe Cream as well as the Fix+. I like a lighter base in the summer too. x

    Ann-Marie |

  • I so need to get a setting spray. Especially in hot weather, my makeup just melts right off.

    xx Yasmin

  • I really want to try the Nars Velvet Matte skin tint and completely swear by the balm’s mary lou-manizer! xo

  • The Sunday Mode

    I didn’t even know there was a difference between highlighters and illuminators! I definitely love highlighters though I know that much, I love them in summer but year round I’m always wearing them as well!

  • Loved this post. I’ve heard so many great things about Urban D Setting spray, I’ll probably go and buy it.

  • Fay

    I adore my Mary-Lou highlighter, and always get compliments whenever I wear it, definitely a gem! I’ve always wanted to try Mac strobe cream, yet still haven’t got round to purchasing it yet! Some great suggestions, thank you 🙂 Xx

    Fay <3

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  • A light base is an essential!! I could never stand heavy makeup for summer
    Kathy x

  • Becky Hughff

    I’m all about the highlighter this summer! I literally live for a shiny complexion!

  • I love your summer must haves 😀 thanks for sharing x

  • Samileen

    Agreed summer is all about keeping is minimal and glow-y with beautiful pop of color with lipsticks.

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  • Bernadette

    Those mac lipsticks look lovely.

  • Rajwant Kaur Singh

    I’ve been looking for an easy summer make up routine because it’s just far too hot at the moment and this seems like the perfect remedy!
    Will definitely be checking out these products, especially the Nars skin tint!

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  • Lovely post, as for me, i decided to ho without makeup this summer as I’d love fir the sun’s vitamin d to come through. And i love that you mentioned that as well

  • Great post! I’m glad I’ve come across this as I have been wanting to change up my makeup routine for the summer and only just been getting into using highlighter. Also my foundation has been melting off throughout the day haha not a look I was going for! So your post has provided useful tips for me that I was looking for. I have just purchased the urban decay setting spray on monday, so I’m definitely going to give that a try for the rest of the summer and hopefully see the results 😀 thanks for sharing!