light makeup for spring + summer

When it comes to makeup during the spring and summer months, I seek out products that are not only free of parabens, but are also light to apply and will withstand the temperature increase. Unless I am going out, I tend to keep my overall look on the lighter side. Especially during the weekdays.

Below I have pulled a sample of my favourite makeup products that I opt to wear during spring and summer time. With that being said, almost everything that I have selected are products that I wear throughout the year.

this post has been updated for spring and summer 2024.


Only recently have I started applying a primer before my foundation. This primer is delightfully light while this one has a great matte finish.

Alternatively, I sometimes use this sunscreen as a primer.


I have been using this concealer for a few years now. While I have tried others, I continue to keep coming back to it. It just blends so well !


What I have been using is actually more of a tinted BB and CC cream (OPAL 01). So basically, a light coverage foundation that also hydrates. It love how it contains SPF 30 which, is really a non negotiable for the spring and summer months.

I also keep this loose powder (FAIR) on hand for days when it’s too hot to apply a liquid foundation. It also includes SPF 15, which is better than nothing but you still need sunscreen.

For days when I require extra coverage, I would consider the Bobbi Brown foundation (COOL SAND C-036) foundation. The foundation also includes SPF 15.

that summer glow

I love having my highlighter, blush and bronzer all in one compact. Especially, when packing for a road trip!

A note that a little really goes a long way. You really do not need to apply much to get that light and effortless makeup look that we love during the spring and summer months.

setting powder

I like a bit of summer glow, but not too much. Right before applying my setting spray, I’ll brush a bit of setting powder on my face and then add a little extra to my nose and forehead.

I am currently using the bareMinerals (RADIANT FINISH) setting powder, but the Laura Mercier (TRANSLUCENT) and Too Faced (NATURAL FINISH) are also great options.

setting spray  

I use a setting spray all year long, but especially in the hotter months to lock in makeup and prevent it from melting. I recently switched back to the setting spray from Charlotte Tilbury.

eye shadow

Applying eyeshadow is rarely apart of my morning routine. Admittedly I’ll just lightly brush a little highlighter across my eyelids before reaching for my setting powder.

In the event that I do want to add a little extra, I’ll grab my eyeshadow palette. I use it all year round.


I am still looking into getting my brows micro-bladed, but for now I will continue to reach for this precise brow pencil. Confirming that this is the best pencil for the job. Next!


I have been wearing this buildable Dior mascara (090 BLACK) for years and it continues to have a starring role in my makeup collection. A little really goes a long ways.

Because I like to keep my makeup light for the summer months, I only ever apply one coat of mascara to my lashes.

waterproof mascara

When I need to step it up to a waterproof … it’s still Dior (CATWALK BLACK) darling.

waterproof eyeliner

If I do wear eyeliner in the spring in summer time, it’s either for a night out or special occasion. Either way, it has to be waterproof.

This Urban Decay eyeliner (ZERO) is equally cry-proof and light.

lip balm

This lip balm is incredibly nourishing and I usually have one nearby. As such, I usually reach for it during the fall, winter, and spring months.

Come summer, when the forecast gets really hot, I switch to a lip balm that is a bit lighter. In terms of lighter options, the Farmacy or Ilia lip balms are both great.

During the late summer months, when it can get ridiculously dry, I also bring in this lip mask to step up my nighttime routine.

lip gloss

As per past impromptu happy hour drinks (yay patio season!) I have dropped a clear lip gloss (GLASS) into my work bag.

I also love Givenchy’s subtle pink (MILKY NUDE) lip gloss and really want to try the tinted lip oil (ONLY YOU) from Ilia.

For further spring and summer beauty product recommendations, feel free to visit my seasonal roundups:



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