Easy Drugstore Summer Makeup Routine

Summer means enjoying more time with friends and family doing all the fun things you love. But let’s face it, we all want to look somewhat put-together while we’re out in the sun, right? What if you can bolt out the door and have more time for all that summer fun while looking fresh all day? As a bonus, you can do it on a budget! No fancy skills needed, no expensive products required, and in no time at all!




It’s always important to moisturize your skin before makeup application. An affordable, non-sticky feeling moisturizer pick is one from Cerave. It has ceramides that replenish the natural lipids that are lost from exposure to harsh environmental factors and Hyaluronic acid that helps retain the skin’s natural moisture. It’s lightweight and sinks right into the skin without leaving a sticky feeling. Perfect for the summer heat!

Featured Product: Cerave Daily Moisturizing Lotion




Wear sunscreen! We’ll never get tired of emphasizing this part. Neutrogena makes the most lightweight sunscreen without leaving that dreaded white cast, so there’s no excuse to skip this part.

Featured Product: Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunblock Broad Spectrum SPF 55


BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer

Even out your skin tone and cover some minor imperfections with either a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer. Here are some affordable options for you!


Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream offers sheer coverage with SPF 30. If all you need is just to even out your skin tone and some added skincare benefits, this is the product for you!

Featured Product: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-In-1 Skin Perfector


A travel-friendly option is one from Physicians Formula. If you don’t want to lug around a separate moisturizer and face sunscreen, this product will keep you moisturized, protected from the sun and even out your complexion all in one go! And did I mention that it‘s waterproof? The mind is blown!

Featured Product: Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Work It Marathonista SPF 40 Tinted Moisturizer


Need more coverage? LA Girl’s BB cream will do the job without emptying your pockets! It provides medium coverage, and its HD formula keeps your skin looking flawless for summer photos!

Featured Product: LA Girl Pro BB Cream HD




Another trick is to just use concealer since you’re most likely to conceal any dark under-eye circles or skin blemishes anyway. So why not use it to even out your skin tone too, right? Talk about packing light! Our picks are from Maybelline and one from Catrice. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer gives you that natural finish with amazing coverage! Perfect for those who have dry skin. We’re including the one from Catrice as a waterproof option and as a great product for hiding those dreaded under-eye circles. While it offers one of the best coverage across any concealers, both drugstore and high-end, the downside is its very limited shade range. Ehem, calling out Catrice – more shades, please!

Featured Product: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer




Dry skin or not, the summer heat is nobody’s friend. Maybelline’s loose setting powder will give you that airbrushed effect without any cakiness. Let’s be honest, Maybelline’s been killing it lately being comparable if not better than high-end brands! Not a fan of loose powder? Catrice’s powder compact will give you that mattified look without breaking the bank! And another hooray for Catrice because guess what, it’s waterproof too!

Featured Product: Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder and Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder




Bring back some of the colors in your face with a light dusting of bronzer with the most coveted Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer! It has a light version for the fairest of the fair, plus a fresh tropical scent that will transport you back to your summer vacay even after it’s over. A cheaper pick is one from Wet n’ Wild. Sure, it’s marketed as a contour palette, but the one in the shade Dulce de Leche is just bomb for bronzing up the skin!

Featured Product: Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer and Wet n’ Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette




There’s nothing better like a healthy flush in your cheeks! We have a satin option from Essence – truly affordable without sacrificing quality! This cutesy little thing of blush gives you that fresh summer glow with a hint of natural color. For a matte option, LA Girl is your top pick with a wide range of shades to choose from too!

Featured Product: Essence Satin Touch Blush and LA Girl Just Blushing Powder




Take advantage of the summer to display a natural or even a blinding glow! After all, there’s nothing wrong with a little sparkle – or a crapload, whichever you prefer. Highlight the high points of your cheeks, your temples, the bridge of the nose and your cupid’s bow for that lovely glow. If you’re wearing something that exposes your shoulders and collarbones, put a little glow on them too! Go for Essence Pure Nude Highlighter or LA Girl’s highlighting stick for a subtle glow. A more mid-range option is one from Milani. It could take you from natural to “Woah!” without emphasizing textured skin. Now if you want a blinding highlight, go for Maybelline’s Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter or Colour pops Supershock highlighters. Can you tell that we love highlighters?

Featured Product: Essence Pure Nude Highlighter, LA Girl Highlight Contour Stick, Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder, Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter and Colourpop Supershock Highlighter


Setting Spray


Stay confident that your fresh makeup look is not ruined 5 minutes after stepping out the door with a trusty setting spray. We would recommend this step after applying your powder products. After all, these are the ones that you’d actually want to set. Using a setting spray also helps meld everything together to give off a more natural effect after you’re finished with your makeup. Milani’s setting spray is one of the most trusted setting sprays at the drugstore that will actually make your makeup stay put all day!

Featured Product: Milani Make It Last Setting Spray




Frame your face with a budge-proof brow product that will last through heat, sweat and even swimming! Not everyone has an “actual” hefty amount of brow hairs, so for filling in any sparse areas, this skinny brow pencil from NYX is your best pick. Its budge-proof formula comes in a wide shade range, so stop wasting your hard-earned cash on more expensive skinny brow pencils! For those blessed ones who just want to have their brows stay in place (cause they already have actual brow hairs), we have an option for you too. Essence has a tinted brow mascara that will have your brows sitting in place without that crunchy feel that other brow mascaras might give you.

Featured Product: NYX Micro Brow Pencil and Essence Make Me Eyebrow Gel Mascara




You can actually skip this step, but if you’re not comfortable going out “without any lashes on”, we have recommendations for you too. A waterproof mascara from Covergirl has been around for years for a reason. It’s definitely budge-proof! But if you’re not willing to deal with removing waterproof mascara at the end of the day, a washable option from L’Oreal is a top pick too. Both will give you the blackest black lashes without going over your budget.

Featured Product: Covergirl Clump Crusher by Lashblast Water Resistant Mascara and L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara




Don’t forget to give your lips a pop of color! Here’s a trick, take some of your favorite long-wearing liquid lipstick and dab some on using your fingertip. Spread a thin, thin layer all over your lips just to give it a nice wash of color. Voilà! A tinted lip effect that will last you through meals and swimming! Our top pick? Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink lippies. A non-drying, budge-proof formula that’s a definite steal for its quality and staying power! It has a wide range of shades, from nude to vampy, plus an amazing shade of orange that’s perfect for the summer months. You’re welcome!

Featured Product: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Lip Color

There you go. Enjoy the rest of the summer with this easy and affordable makeup routine!

Check out our blog about the top 7 essential summer products, as well as our recommended products to keep your hair healthy all summer long too to complete your summer skincare and haircare arsenal.

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