Summer is a terrific time for outdoor activities and fun under the sun. However, it can be a treacherous
time for those who like to keep a beat face. Once the heat wave kicks in and the humidity rises, a face
full of makeup can quickly look like a box of melting crayons.

To avoid embarrassment, many people skip foundation altogether in the warmer seasons. But that isn’t
the solution on days when our skin isn’t at its best. Foundation on a scorching hot day can go a long way
when you have to combat mild stress, a breakout or dark circles from lack of sleep.

From lightweight CC cream to coverage from a more traditional foundation, the right formula can stop a
potential summer makeup tragedy. Check out our picks for lightweight, heatproof and long-lasting
foundations that won’t drip in the face of heat and humidity.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-in-1 Skin Perfector

(Maybelline, $8.99)

At just $9, this drugstore foundation can be a staple in any summer makeup routine. It’s light and still provides a medium coverage and will not move in 90-degree weather. It can be applied with just your fingers or using a beautyblender. If you’re looking for summer coverage that won’t break the bank but will still hold up, smooth out your skin tone, cover your imperfections and protect your skin, this Maybelline product is it.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35

(Sephora, $42)

This Smashbox BB cream, unlike others, is mattifying, which is hard to get from a BB cream since they are a blend of moisturizer and foundation. The product is good on all skin types, doesn’t cause breakouts like other BB creams that contain sunscreen and is super light.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

(Sephora, $45)

This tinted moisturizer is just the right amount of lightweight and flawless coverage needed on a 90-degree day. It evens out your complexion and enables your natural skin to shine through. Despite its lightweight formula the SPF 20 allows from protection from UV rays. It’s a great blend of makeup and skincare.

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation

(Maybelline, $7.99)

A good inexpensive option to higher end foundation, which is fantastic for summer when you get a tan and may need to buy a different shade for the season. You can wear it over sunscreen and not feel as though you have on a ton of makeup. It provides a satin finish and holds up in hot weather but is best for an 8-hour day.

Becca Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation

(Sephora, $42)

Becca has perfected providing the matte look without going flat in color or looking dry on the skin. It is also longlasting and can be worn from morning to night without sliding off the finish, making it perfect for the summer. You won’t need to pack more powder or setting spray to reset your makeup after hours in the heat.

Flesh Firm Thickstick Foundation 


(Ulta, $18)

The portable stick is compact enough to fit inside of a clutch and comes in a range of 40 shades. It versatile enough to cover blemishes or be used to give a nice contour.  It can hold up in summer heat and provides full coverage without a slick feel.

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation

(Bobbi Brown, $46)

This medium-coverage foundation is oil-free but still gives your skin a dewy look without making you appear sweaty. It dries down completely and evens out complexion for an all day look.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Youthful-Look 24-H Foundation

(Marc Jacobs, $46)

The latest in foundation from Marc Jacobs is a medium-coverage liquid that is completely oil-free. It dries down to feel just like your own skin, a little with this product goes a long way. It’s perfect for acne-prone or oily skin.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

(Sephora, $49)

This foundation covers a range of issues from redness to hyperpigmentation of the skin. It is a longwear liquid that lasts for up to 16 hours. It’s perfect for the person who needs a foundation to last through the workday and an evening out with friends.