5 Summer Makeup Dupes You’ll Want To Use All Year Long


Summer is the season to take a little more off… makeup, that is! When the mercury starts to rise, it’s all about lightening up your beauty routine. Bare skin — sun-kissed with a brilliant golden glow — is summertime’s quintessential look.

Keeping a fresh face through sun, surf and sand requires a special set of products thanks to soaring temperatures and excessive humidity melting the makeup right off your face. But investing in sun-safe essentials shouldn’t (sun)burn through your wallet. That’s why we’ve created a heatproof list of makeup dupes that’ll let you breeze through summer beautifully.

FOUNDATION: The Complexion Perfecter

Full-coverage foundations should be tucked away with your winter weather apparel. As much as we’d like to opt out of wearing makeup at all during the summer months, a little bit of foundation can make a huge difference. Beat the heat with long-lasting, lightweight foundations that keep you from looking like a hot mess. Pros absolutely love Smashbox Studio 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation for its oil-free, lightweight, sweat-resistant formula with light-diffusing spheres. At $42, it is luxury in a bottle. With all of your summer excursions on the horizon, opt for a more affordable product with super staying power. Maybeline’s Superstay Foundation, priced at $8.99, provides all-day flawless coverage while improving your skin with antioxidants and Vitamin C. No matter which foundation you choose, these two products have got you covered all summer long.
EYESHADOW: Show Your True Colors

Switching over to cream eyeshadows is the summer solution to crease-free makeup. The creamy formula glides on seamlessly in one simple step, and also makes a great alternative to traditional eyeshadow primer. The MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot is an industry favorite, featuring highly pigmented color that’s long-wearing and effortlessly blendable. No doubt, it’s worth the $22.00 price point, but we’ve discovered a makeup dupe that gives MAC a run for its money. Revlon’s ColorStay Creme Eyeshadow was a highly anticipated release that’s becoming a favorite among makeup bloggers. Not only is it truly long-lasting with a texture very similar to MAC’s Paint Pot, it comes with a convenient brush that applies the product better than fingers do. At only $7.99 a shadow, it is the perfect summer makeup dupe. Eyeshadows come and go, but these products are here to stay (on your lids, of course).
MASCARA: Lash to the Max

Smeared, smudged and runny mascara has been the eternal struggle of all summer beauty woes. Most of us are loyalists when it comes to brands and application: mouth inadvertently open and a few swipes of our go-to tube. But summertime is a great opportunity to switch things up and step up your lash game. Diorshow Iconic Mascara features an innovative oblique brush that curls and defines lashes. The formula is heavenly and gives you big, bold lashes. This mascara is worth the price of $29.50 for its 24-hour hold and smudge-proof results. On the other side of the spectrum, our waterproof mascara dupe also has a cult following and there’s no question why. Covergirl’s Lashblast Waterproof Mascara is priced at $6.99 and gives you a bold, volumizing blast for ultra-lush lashes. These products are so great at staying put, you’ll never have to lash out again.
HIGHLIGHTER: Brighten up

Highlighter is our best kept secret for glowy, beautiful summer skin. In the same vane as blush, using a cream-based formula is ideal for summer because they are lightweight and provides a nice sheen. Highlighter is a fresh way to accentuate your bone structure by catching the summer sun on your cheekbones, brow, cupid’s bow, and bridge of your nose. The Tarte Twinkle Stick Highlighter is the answer to every makeup wish you’ve made upon a star. Comprised of eco-friendly ingredients and priced at $30.00, this highlighter truly outshines the rest. If you want to keep your glow on-the-go, the Revlon PhotoReady Instafix Highlighting Stick is the answer. Its creamy formula creates a luminous glow that isn’t glittery like some lower-end highlighters. Incredibly lightweight, easy to apply and priced at $13.99, this highlighter is our favorite summer makeup dupe. Go ahead, get glowing.   
ROSE WATER: Sun and Spray

Okay, we recognize this isn’t technically a makeup dupe, but we couldn’t create a summer essential list without including a rose water spray. It’s been used for centuries as a beauty solution for its hydrating and soothing abilities. It’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, and is basically all-around anti-summer. Just a few spritz after laying out in the sun and it will gently cool and refresh your skin. Herbivore’s Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist is made from pure plant actives with no unnatural preservatives. The coconut water, Bulgarian rose and hibiscus extracts tone, hydrate and soften all skin types. Priced at $32, this spray is a beautiful botanical garden in a bottle. Mario Badescu’s Rose Water Facial Spray is one of our all-time favorites. Reasonably priced at $7, you’ll find yourself using it throughout your day. Not only does it hydrate, brighten your skin and smell absolutely lovely, it makes for a great finishing spray. If there is anything we cannot live without this summer, it is absolutely rose water!  


  1. I am a huge fan of Smashbox 15 hr foundation and receive compliments on how smooth and natural it looks. I will try out the Maybeline superstay foundation to see if it will be a good substitute when I don’t wish to use my smashbox daily. Thanks

  2. A good share Samantha. One essential summer beauty makeup product that you should invest in, especially during the summers is an anti-tan or tan-removal cream. 

  3. Absolutely love this. Can’t wait to try out some of these dupes!

  4. I just love being bare skinned on holiday – maybe a bit of mascara and some lip balm. 🙂

    I really like the sound of the coconut face mist – might look that one up.


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