Our Editors’ Summer Makeup Must-Haves from Ulta

July 14, 2021
Caitlyn Martyn
By: Caitlyn Martyn | Makeup.com by L'Oréal

Summer — with its heat, humidity and all — basically requires you to make a few changes in the makeup department. Thick foundations and other heavy formulas have no place in a summer beauty stash, especially when temps rise and we head out to the beach or pool. Ahead, find our editors’ must-have summer makeup picks that you can conveniently find in one place: Ulta.

Jazmine, Senior Editor

I’ve always been a gloss girl, but in the summertime, it’s all you’ll find me wearing on my lips. The Lancôme Juicy Tubes Original Lip Gloss in Orange Flashback is a favorite. Juicy Tubes give me all the Y2K feels — a beauty era that many of us are reliving right now — and the sheer orange color is perfect for my seasonal pout.

Alanna, Assistant Managing Editor

No matter what face makeup I wear, I need to make sure it doesn’t slip or slide when it’s hot outside. That’s why the NYX Professional Makeup Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Mattifying Powder hasn’t left my makeup bag all summer. It leaves behind the ultimate soft matte finish that doesn’t look cakey or heavy after application. I’m also obsessed with a hydrating lippie in summertime, and the Maybelline New York Lip Lifter Gloss in Stone does just the trick, thanks to its hyaluronic-acid infused formula.


Mary, Associate Editor

Though I like to ditch all face makeup as the humidity rises, my redness-prone skin has made that nearly impossible this year. Luckily, I was able to find the L’Oréal Paris True Match Hyaluronic Tinted Serum: a weightless makeup-skincare hybrid that evens out my skin tone and keeps me feeling hydrated all day. The light coverage seamlessly blends into my skin to mask any tinge of redness while still allowing my freckles to shine through, leaving me with a healthy, dewy-looking complexion. 


Ariel, Associate Editor

As someone with dry skin and not a whole lot of patience, sheer, easy-to-apply makeup is my go-to, especially in the summer. The Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Instant Perfector 4-in-1 Glow Makeup fits the bill perfectly. All I have to do is dab it on with the sponge applicator and blend it out with my fingers for a layer of light, luminous coverage. It evens out my skin without covering my summer freckles, and it feels comfortable and hydrating all day.

Shalwah, Senior Editor 

If there’s one makeup product I can never have enough of, it’s lipstick. It was disappointing when I had to just stop wearing my favorite lipsticks because they would end up on my protective face mask, and essentially other parts of my face. So I’m embracing this hot vax summer with new lipstick faves — L'Oréal Paris Les Nus By Colour Riche Intense Nude Lipstick in Nu Exuberant and Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Creator. These purple shades complement my brown skin tone so well, plus they stay put. When it’s so hot that I don’t want to put on foundation or other makeup, these lipsticks help me look polished, put together, and add some interest to my look!

Alyssa, Assistant Editor

When it comes to summer makeup, I go in one of two directions. Either I embrace my oily skin and opt for a sheer, glowy complexion product for everyday wear, or I pull out a matte foundation that will hold up through the heat and ensure my skin doesn't look greasy. I’ve been loving the L'Oréal Paris Skin Paradise Water Infused Tinted Moisturizer for my natural makeup days. Its light, yet buildable coverage and dewy finish leaves my skin looking fresh and glowing without appearing like an oil slick. On days when I’m looking for a more flawless, full-coverage look, I absolutely love the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Matte Foundation as it’s matte without ever looking cakey or heavy. If I’m looking for something in between, I mix the two to get medium-coverage with a gorgeous satin finish. 


Caitlyn, Assistant Editor

I’m sure I don’t need to remind you, but SPF in the summer is a must. That’s why I love to use the Dermablend Continuous Correction CC Cream SPF 50+ on days where I feel like putting on makeup without going full glam. It gives me that full-coverage effect while still being lightweight and loaded with broad-spectrum sun protection. Summer humidity tends to make my already oily skin look even slicker, so to prevent my makeup from slipping off or looking greasy in photos, I make sure to spritz on some of the Urban Decay Cosmetics All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray before heading out for the day or when making touch ups.  

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