The Makeup Sephora Employees Actually Buy When It's Hot As Hell Outside

It's hard to take advice on melt-proof foundation from a Sephora Pro wearing it in a store that's regulated to a frigid 62 degrees. But what does that army of baked and contoured employees actually reach for when they walk out of the sliding glass doors and into Times Square on a muggy day in July? Turns out, a hell of a lot of setting spray — and a few under-the-radar longwear products.
We hit up six Sephora full-timers for the makeup they really buy when they're headed to the beach, festival, outdoor bar, or anywhere that doesn't have the luxury of central air conditioning and touch-up mirrors every two feet. Check out their picks, ahead.
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"This is a weightless mist that both refreshes and sets your makeup perfectly. It locks your makeup in place so you can just focus on having fun." — David Razzano, Sephora Pro

Kat Von D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist, $26, available at Sephora.
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"You can use this multi-stick on eyes, lips, and cheeks, which makes it perfect for creating monochromatic looks. It applies like a cream, but wears like a powder." — Razzano

Bite Beauty Multistick, $24, available at Sephora.
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"This mattifying kit has everything you need to help your makeup stay in place. It includes a face primer, a mattifying spray, and a loose powder — all in travel sizes. My favorite part is that the products are vegan, paraben-, fragrance-, gluten-, mineral oil-, and talc- free." — Ilde Goncalves, Sephora Pro

Cover FX Mattifying Prime & Set, $29, available at Sephora.
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"This is another must-have in my kit and I always carry one with me at all times. It helps keep your lips looking and feeling smoothed and hydrated. Use it before your lipstick to prep the lips or use it on top of lipstick to add shine." — Goncalves

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, $26, available at Sephora.
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"What is really cool about this palette is that [these are] not your typical eyeshadows; they're high-performing pigments which give a lot of color payoff and versatile use. You can wear them as eyeshadow, blush, hair color chalk, and, if you wet the pigments, you can even do face painting!" — Shawn Lumaban, Sephora Pro

Sephora Collection Sephora PRO Cool Palette, $68, available at Sephora.
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"I use this for hydration, de-puffing undereye bags, and inflammation. [It] will definitely help you cool down in the summer heat. I like to bring it with me so I can apply it on my forehead and neck whenever I feel hot. I also keep one in my makeup kit to use as a primer for foundation." — Lumaban

Milk Makeup Cooling Water, $24, available at Sephora.
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"What I love most about this lip gloss is the non-sticky and long-lasting effect. You and your friends can dance all day and still look fabulous with beautifully strobed lips. It's infused with micro-pearls and pigments that glimmer in every angle." — Lumaban

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe, $18, available at Sephora.
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"[This] has been a staple in my summer arsenal for YEARS now. At first, I was using it as a daily sunscreen, but I firmly became a fanatic over this product when I tested it out while spending the whole day in the sun and didn’t get burned at all. It’s easy to just slip into your pocket or small bag for easy access. Don't forget to reapply." — Amy Koske, Sephora Pro

Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45, $30, available at Sephora.
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"This is one of my absolutely favorite eye products because it does so much. It can be used as liner, shadow, or even as a cool body painting tool. It's totally waterproof, sweat-proof, and comes in a huge range of colors and textures." — Myiesha Sewell, Sephora Pro

Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner, $14, available at Sephora.
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"If you’re rocking any complexion product in the heat, there really aren’t a ton of ways to touch up your sunscreen. This setting mist will make your life so much easier. It provides you with SPF 50 in a lightweight, refreshing spray that mattifies. A total lifesaver for me!" — Sewell

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $28, available at Sephora.
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"These glitters are so easy to use and amazingly shiny. The applicator makes it easy to get a high-impact look, but it can also easily be sheered out by tapping it onto your lid with your finger." — Sewall

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, $24, available at Sephora.
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"These are awesome for festival season because they are packed with bold, budge-proof color. They quickly define the eye and add drama to a look. I’m loving all the cool color options, like the bright pastels." — Jeffery English, Sephora Pro

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner, $21, available at Sephora.
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"When I was at a festival earlier this year, these matte lip stains were a huge hit. They last all day, aren’t as drying as some of the other formulas on the market, and just received a shade extension. Now there are over 40 colors, including some fun and funky [ones] like Turquoise and Forest Green.” — English

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick, $14, available at Sephora.
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