AS THE SEASONS CHANGE, so should the items in your makeup bag. We all know SPF is a summer staple, but to really look and feel your best as the temperature rises, try adding these five “I-didn’t-think-of-this!” products to your beauty routine.

By Chantel Guertin

HIGHLIGHTER
Are you strobing? Contouring? Simply looking for a glow? Opt for a highlighter to accentuate your summer glow—especially if you’re blocking the sun with an SPF60 (as you should be!). try Ritual’s Beauty by Ritual Sculpt & Glow Palette, $45, ritualtoronto.com.

MATTIFYING PRIMER
Your makeup shouldn’t melt faster than an ice cube in 30-degree weather. To help everything stay in place, choose a mattifying primer to give your makeup staying power. An added bonus: mattifying products can help reduce the visibility of your pores making skin look more flawless. try Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer, $8, at Walmart.

WHITENING TOOTHPASTE
What accentuates sun-kissed summer skin more than a bright, white smile? Instead of teeth-whitening strips, swap
your regular toothpaste for one that whitens. my new favourite Colgate Optic White Platinum High Impact White toothpaste ($3). In just three days, you start to see whiter teeth, and if you use it twice a day for six weeks, it’ll make your teeth up to four shades whiter. Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers.

GEL EYELINER
Waterproof mascara is a big must for any summer beauty kit, but let’s not forget its partner-in-crime: waterproof gel eyeliner, a product that stands up against heat, humidity and sweat. I’m loving The Body Shop Velvet Gel Pen Eyeliner, $15, thebodyshop.ca, which comes in black, brown and turquoise.

HAIR PROTECTANT
UV rays can really damage your hair and fade your rich colour or highlights. Spritzing hair
with a protective mist can help save your strands when the sun’s heat intensifies. try Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil
Leave in Spray, $7, at drugstores and mass-market retailers. ■