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Summer beauty products perfect for beating sweat, humidity, according to experts

Look your best all season long with these expert picks.
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There’s nothing like frizzy hair or makeup sliding off your face to overshadow your summer glow-up. The good news is that many brands have thought of how to keep you protected during all your summer fun.

From makeup that will stay put during pool parties to toners that are perfect for humid environments, read on to discover the sweat-proof hair, skin and makeup products experts rely on most in the hottest months, including some of our top picks for making this your most confident, comfortable season yet.

Sweat-proof beauty must-haves

Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter

“This sweat-proof, water-proof brow setter will keep your brows groomed and locked in place all day,” says celebrity makeup artist Lynn Simpson to Shop TODAY. The brand’s Precisely, My Brow Waterproof Eyebrow Definer — available in 12 shades — is another one of our warm-weather go-tos.

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

“This is my fave waterproof mascara, delivering high volume without any smushing or flaking under the eyes. Waterproof is the only way to go if you curl your lashes," Simpson said.

Color Wow Dream Coat

To keep your hairstyle from going poof as soon as you step outside in the humid summer days, this viral Dream Coat from Color Wow can help. Designed to block moisture, this frizz-fighting formula has won multiple awards and legions of fans.

Blue Lizard Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+

“This water-resistant, mineral sunscreen is fantastic for the summer, especially for people with sensitive skin that needs additional moisture. It's sheer, easy to apply, and lasts through sweat or fun in the water. Do reapply every 80 minutes if you're out in the sun continuously," Anar Mikailov, MD, FAAD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of KP Away said.

Humphreys Soothe Witch Hazel Spray Toner with Rose

“The combination of cucumber and witch hazel is incredibly cooling and rejuvenating, and the soothing alcohol-free mist helps tone down redness and keeps my complexion looking calm and clear. The Witch Hazel + Cucumber is my personal go-to for summertime, but all of Humphrey’s toner mists are the perfect size to toss into my bag or purse and take with me wherever I go. It’s a must-have product for me when the weather warms up!" Dendy Engelman, MD, FACMS, FAAD, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and Mohs surgeon at the Shafer Clinic told us.

Cocokind Rosewater Toner

“I live in Florida so I'm very familiar with humidity and heat, especially in the summer. Rose hydrosols in a mist are my go-to for summer and travel. They act as an astringent toner, anti-inflammatory agent and hydrator all in one. Put it in the fridge for an extra refreshing effect," Krupa Koestline, clean cosmetic chemist and founder of KKT Consultants, told us.

Smashbox Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer

“Using a primer in the summer can seriously extend the life of your makeup in the most humid and balmy weather. This clean primer works for all skin types (from oily to dry), controls shine, smooths and plumps the skin and is rich in antioxidants," Lisa Aharon, celebrity makeup artist, said.

Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray

“This lightweight aerosol works as a protectant to shield hair from humidity and prevent frizz in all types of weather conditions,” says hairstylist Fantashia Hauss. The brand recommends spraying the formula on finished hair to set your style (it can be used before styling for additional texture and hold).

Rose Inc Solar Radiance Hydrating Cream Highlighter

“When it comes to giving my clients a glow, cream highlighter is a must-have. This one is silky smooth and comes in five shades so you can highlight with a tint that is flattering to your summer skin tone. It's also infused with skin care like rose extract to even the skin and squalane for a light feel of hydration," Neil Scibelli, celebrity makeup artist told us.

Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick

“These eye shadow sticks stay on all day, are sweat-proof, and add instant definition to the eyes in one swipe. Pro tip: focus on one eye at a time, applying and smudging out the edges with the fingertips or the built-in sponge for a fuss-free makeup moment!" said Aaron Barry, hairstylist and makeup artist.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

When it comes to reviving soggy, lackluster hair, there are few products that come close to this beloved dry shampoo from Klorane. According to the brand, you just spritz the gentle, oat milk-enriched formula onto your roots, working it in with your fingers, and watch the sweat and oil disappear.

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

This Shop TODAY editor-favorite is great for all skin types because of its invisible application. It goes on clear and protects against the sun's rays whatever your activity (since it is sweat and water resistant). It also doubles as a go-to makeup primer, one Shop TODAY editor said.

Crunchi Translucent Finishing Powder

“This translucent finishing powder is my secret weapon for keeping skin looking flawless and is the perfect product for seamless touch-ups throughout the day. My biggest professional tip is to apply a very thin application of the finishing powder after priming the skin and before foundation. Then lightly set the face in the areas needed with additional powder after applying your foundation. This additional step will work overtime to absorb oils and sweat during the summer heat. I love that it sets the makeup but doesn’t dull down the natural glow of the skin. This finishing powder can also be used by all skin tones making it an easy must-have item for everyone!” Kristen Fortier, makeup artist, said.

Pour Moi Skincare Blue Serum

This innovative serum from Pour Moi Skincare has won beauty awards for its ability to protect skin and deliver anti-aging results, specifically in humid conditions. The brand also just launched a range of weather-proof drops for easily customizing your skin care routine based on the climate you’re in (the Rain Drops are among our favorites for an instant moisture boost).

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40

This popular skin tint from ILIA serves as a serum, foundation and SPF in one, and is available in 30 beautiful shades. The brand also just launched a new skin serum with SPF 40 for added hydration and protection on dry, sunny days.

Luseta Beauty Argan Oil Heat Protectant Spray

“If you find yourself heat styling during the summer (who doesn’t love a good blowout?), make sure those strands are protected. This weightless spray protects up to 450 degrees and shields your strands from UV rays and pollution. Just spray towel-dried hair before heat styling, and comb through,” hairstylist Bri Orozco told us.

iS Clinical Cleansing Complex

Though not necessarily made to combat sweat, the right face wash is necessary in the summer. “This cleanser combines the effects of salicylic acid, antioxidants and plant extracts to keep skin appearing bright while gently exfoliating. This is especially helpful in the summer months if you are wearing sunscreen, which may block pores," Dr. John C. Layke, DO, board-certified plastic surgeon and co-founder of the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group said.

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