The Concealers That Will Stay In Place During A Hot And Humid Summer

Come summertime, it's common to want lighter makeup essentials that will let skin breathe — and show off just a tinge of a natural tan from treasured beach days. Plus, with temperatures rising (not to mention the pesky humidity), makeup should be light, yet stay fixed. If you've ever gone to a poolside barbecue in the middle of July, or an August noontime brunch, you probably know what we mean by a ruined summer makeup look. Think of blush running down to your jawline, smudged mascara, and concealer that seems to disappear at the blink of an eye. If  you absolutely despise cakiness, and patchy bronzer slippage from sweat, then you need a special makeup arsenal that's breathable, waterproof, and stays put for the hottest months. While that sounds like a nearly-impossible combination, we've rounded up the best concealers that do just that.

For a lot of us, concealer is a day-to-day makeup necessity: just a dab here and there to cover up tell-tale marks and pimples, plus a nice swipe under the eyes. With many even using concealer as the perfect shimmer-free highlighter, this beauty essential is a go-to in many a makeup lover's beauty bag. Lots of us already have our favorite daily concealer that just gets the job done — here's looking at you, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and Tarte Shape Tape — but a special concealer for hot and humid days truly is a must-have. Here's everything you need to know about the perfect summer concealers.

Light-yet-resistant summer concealers

As The Caribbean Views puts it, concealer "seems to have trouble staying put for more than 5 hours at a time," especially during the most sweltering times of the year. While "three makeup touch-ups a day" can work for some, aren't we better off finding concealers that actually stay put through sweat, humidity, and even dips in the pool? As you might imagine, the secret is in finding concealers that are sweatproof and waterproof — the thing is, not all of them fit the bill. Some are cakey, others will dry out the sensitive under-eye area, certain products cause breakouts, and others are barely even sweat-resistant. But we've found concealers that are seriously water-resistant while still being creamy, airy, and gorgeous on the skin.

First off, for a great "no-makeup makeup" concealer that still hides under-eye circles and acne marks, Vogue puts their stamp of approval on Glossier's Stretch Concealer. As per the outlet, this product features "elastic micro-waxes and nourishing oils" that "move with skin," so you'll never find it slipping away or being cakey in the slightest. In 12 inclusive shades, this is a buildable formula with staying power, and its brightening power can be used as a highlighter, too. As celeb makeup artist Michael Ashton explains, "In warmer weather, you're likely to sweat more and skin tends to become a little oilier, which calls for a different texture of concealer that still gives a flawless finish." Glossier's version definitely fits the bill. Add to cart!

Skin-quenching, breathable concealers

But of course, there are so many more summer concealers that flaunt zero-slippage, lots of stay-power, and an enviable glow. Apart from Glossier, Vogue recommends Tatcha's The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment, which is much more than just a concealer. Boasting an ingredient list that includes "light-refracting" pearl pigments, pearl extract, silk powder, and botanical extracts, this concealer works over time to get rid of dark circles for good, and plumps your whole eye area. Plus, as per Vogue, it "has a unique water-like texture that melts into skin," making it perfect for hot summer days.

Another concealer that fits the bill? Fenty Beauty's Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer, which comes in countless, super-inclusive shades. As per The Caribbean Views, this concealer pen features "amazing coverage," "dark spot neutralization," and convenient packaging that's perfect for touching up on the way to lunch, or after a few hours in the bright sun. It's ah-mazing for hot days for its "flawless finish" and its super-fast setting power, staying in place "throughout the whole day" even when the weather is more than a bit sweat-inducing.

Vogue also recommends Hourglass Veil Retouching Fluid, which is perfect if you want an airy, barely there concealer that's still buildable. It has skin-quenching, natural ingredients like grapefruit extract and hyaluronic acid, featuring a "weightless, oil-free, brightening formula" you'll reach for on a daily basis. A brightening "enhancer," you can use this as a non-cakey, light concealer or as a highlighter in a pinch.

Long-wearing, buildable concealers

Another can't-live-without summer concealer you should have in your arsenal is Laura Mercier's Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer, which is perfect for a summer wedding, or any day-to-night event in the heat. As per Vogue, this one will stay put for 12 hours, and is "crease-resistant" to boot. It boasts a gorgeous, 22-shade range and "skin fusion technology" that blends long-wearing polymers to be transfer-, sweat-, humidity-, and water-resistant. A do-it-all makeup product, it diffuses light over skin to create a "soft-focus" effect, blurring the complexion in the best way.

Bustle recommends Tarte Amazonian Clay stick concealer, which is waterproof and lasts a full 12 hours. The outlet says that this "cult classic" is known to stay put, and you should reach for it "when you don't want your makeup to melt" no matter what. Made from actual Amazonian clay, this concealer is matte, buildable, and will work on pimples, redness, or the undereye area.

If you want something protective for when you go to the pool or beach, why not try MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer? This creamy concealer is perfect for on-the-go touch-ups, will give you full coverage while being lightweight, boasts an antioxidant-rich formula, and will give you SPF 35 coverage wherever you swipe it on. If you want something specifically for hyperpigmentation, go for Smashbox 24 Hour CC Spot Concealer. As per Bustle, it will "stay put for hours" and even fade dark spots' appearance over time. Perfection in a bottle!