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9 Beauty Swaps You Need To Make This Summer

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    Summer is finally here, and we're ready for a refresh in every sense of the word. We've already pushed our bulky wool sweaters to the backs of our closets in favor of lightweight sundresses. Next up — our makeup bags. Like the aforementioned sweaters, winter formulas would feel heavy, sticky, and totally uncomfortable on skin during the hot months ahead. So get out those storage bins — it's time for a swap.

    This season's stash should be all about low-maintenance products that look as refreshing as they feel. If you don't know where to start, we've done the hard part for you. From waterproof mascara that goes the distance to the multitasking, good-skin-in-a-tube magic of Burt’s Bees BB Cream, we’ve rounded up the very best products to keep you looking on point straight through sundress season.


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    Switch Out: Regular Mascara
    Swap In: Waterproof Mascara

    Nothing ruins a cute makeup look faster than a serious case of raccoon eyes. So, if you’re going to be out and about — or wet — you’ll need to break out the heavy-duty stuff. Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara is our pick for building fat, crazy-long lashes that stand up to everything from sweat to marathon pool parties to epic reality-TV crying sessions.

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    Switch Out: Eyebrow Pencils
    Swap In: Brow Gel

    Pencils are ideal for filling in sparse eyebrows, but their super-precise effect can look harsh in summer when beauty looks tend to be more low-maintenance. That's where brow gels come in. Essence’s version has a tinted base that defines and tames what you've got. Plus, itty-bitty fibers floating in the formula help beef up your arches.

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    Switch Out: Foundation
    Swap In: BB Cream

    During sweltering heat, traditional foundation can feel — not to mention look — heavy. So skip it! Instead, make Burt’s Bees BB Cream your summertime BFF (or should we say BBFF?). It feels feather-light, not stifling; it actually looks like skin, not like a thick layer of makeup; and it won’t get all gross and cakey in the humidity. But perhaps best of all — it’s the ultimate multitasker, delivering hydration, SPF, and coverage in one tube. Our inner lazy girl is all over that.

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    Switch Out: Opaque Lipsticks
    Swap In: Tinted Lip Balms

    Thick, opaque lipsticks feel about as summery as a pair of snow boots. Lighten up by switching to a balm with just the slightest hint of juicy, translucent color. We love Glossier Flavored Balm Dotcom Trio, which comes with three different tubes: Rose (a subtle pink tint), Cherry (which lends a sexy, just-finished-a-popsicle effect), and Mint (a colorless balm with an addictive, zingy scent).

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    Switch Out: Boring Eyeshadows
    Swap In: Bright Colors

    Summer swaps also mean a return of bright, poppy colors. Yes, we love neutral shadows; they’re great for work and days when you want to go casual. But for sultry summer nights, why not have a little more fun? The H&M Global Fusion Eye Quad packs four cheery shades — mint, blue, yellow, and hot pink — that are guaranteed to hold their own alongside your most colorful maxi-dress.