15 Summer Makeup Essentials Under $15

It’s time to give your makeup bag a makeover so you can nail summer’s hottest trends. From waterproof makeup to neon toes, we’ve got you covered.

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Waterproof Mascara

It’s true. You can have gorgeous lashes and still take a dip in the pool with this won’t-budge formula.

Maybelline New York The Rocket Volum’Express Mascara in Very Black, $6, Amazon.com

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Keep your complexion even-toned with a lightweight foundation.

CoverGirl Clean Whipped Crème Foundation, $9, amazon.com

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Translucent Powder

Toss this in your bag for on-the-go touchups. You’ll look picture perfect from morning ‘til night.

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher, $13, ulta.com

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Waterproof Eyeliner

No one wants to worry about running liner. Frame your eyes with this summer-proof version of your favorite go-to.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen, $14.99, pixibeauty.com

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Cream Blush

For a natural-looking flush, dab this onto cheeks before heading out for the day.

Boots No7 Natural Blush Cream, $10, walgreens.com

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Cream Eyeshadow

No creasing or melting. This shadow goes on in the A.M. and stays on through happy hour cocktails.

Mary Kay Cream Eye Color, $14, marykay.com

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Bright Gloss

Summer is all about fun color. Keep this gloss handy for an instant pick-me-up.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible 8HR Plumping Gloss, $10, lorealparisusa.com

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Vibrant Polish

No commitment necessary. Change up your mani daily to complement your outfit.

OPI Nail Lacquer, $8.50, opi.com

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Neon Pedicure

This season’s the perfect time to experiment. Go for a bright turquoise shade on your toes for a fun pop of color.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Too Yacht To Handle, $6, amazon.com


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Bold Lipstick

Save your neutrals for the winter. Now’s the time to wear that bright magenta or orange lip color you’ve been dying to try!

Wet n Wild MegaShield SPF 15 Lip Color in Salsa Lessons, $3, drugstore.com

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Cooling Spray

An essential no matter where you go. A spritz or two keeps you looking—and feeling—fresh even on the hottest of days.

Avene Thermal Spring Water, $13, drugstore.com 

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Setting Spray

For that outdoor barbecue or party, this spray is a must. You can dance the night away without worrying about your makeup.

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray, $14, Sephora.com

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For that natural no-makeup makeup look, use bronzer on cheeks instead of blush.

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Bronzer, $14, drugstore.com

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Face Self Tanner

Stay away from the sun’s harmful rays and go with a faux tan instead. You’ll capture that coveted glow the safe way.

Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer, $9, walmart.com


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Spray-On Instant Tan

Before you go out in your mini skirt or short shorts, use this spray to give your legs sexy contouring. Just put on high heels and highlight the spots where your calf muscle is flexed.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, $14.50, amazon.com