Summertime requires a shake up to your typical beauty routine, with the warm temperatures and days spent lounging at the pool or the beach. A good summer beauty collection includes sun protection, products to make your skin bronzed and glowing, water- and sweat-proof picks that will stay put all day long, and just for fun — one juicy new lip color and a colorful eye shade.
Glowing skinProtecting your delicate skin with an SPF is always a good idea — even under the gray Seattle skies — but with the sun finally peeking out from behind the clouds around here, it’s mandatory. After you moisturize and before you put on your makeup, try Lancome’s Bienfait UV SPF 50 ($35 at Nordstrom). With a smooth and light matte finish, it offers great sun protection and even retains its SPF after 40 minutes in the water or perspiring. For a foundation and moisturizer in one, Bobbi Brown makes one of the most popular options out there: Her Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 ($40 at Nordstrom) has sheer, natural coverage and skin-conditioning jojoba oil, so it goes on easy and leaves skin soft — perfect for casual summer look.
If you’re taking full advantage of the long, steamy summer nights, we recommend MAC’s Strobe Cream ($15 at MAC) to replenish your tired skin. Packed with powerful botanicals, it freshens, and boosts the look of your skin. Plus, the vitamins, green tea and antioxidants have a brightening, clarifying and moistening effect on skin. It’s the ultimate quick fix. Another quick fix for a common summer problem is the Zero Oil Matte Finish for Shiny Places ($12.50) from Origins. It will soak up excess oil and shine, and has a smooth matte finish, so you’ll be shine-free on your nose, forehead and chin all day — and night — long.
For those of us stuck inside the office during the week, who can’t get out to perfect our summer glow in the sunshine, there is Dior’s Healthy Glow Powder ($46 at Nordstrom). This lightweight powder compact mimics the natural summer glow of healthy, sun-kissed skin and comes in two shades – one for more fair complexions, and one for darker complexions.
Don’t forget about the skin on your arms and legs! Pacifica makes a summery-sweet smelling Coconut Crushed Pearl Luminizing Body Butter ($24 at Sephora), that will give your bare legs and arms a sexy, luminescent glow using crushed pearls, sea minerals and phytonutrients.
Kissable lipsSkin isn’t the only thing that can dry out in the summer sun — your lips need a little love and care as well. Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15 ($9.50 at Nordstrom) will protect your lips from the elements and offer relief from chapped or cracked lips. Plus, you can choose one of the options with a hint of color like a golden peach or a ripe berry.
For that juicy new lip color, coral is the shade of the summer. Laura Mercier’s Portofino Summer Collection Lip Glace in Nectar ($22 at Nordstrom) is perfect for its high-shine and hydrating formula. Plus, it’s sheer enough to wear to the beach and still look breezy and casual.
Alluring eyesFirst, make sure your eye shadow is going to stay put without smudging, creasing or caking in the heat. The Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base from Nars ($24 at Nordstrom) is a lightweight primer that dries on contact and will keep cream and powder shadows looking bright and fresh all day.
Soft and smoky metallic eyes are a big summer beauty trend, so get on board with MAC’s Surf Baby Crushed Metallic Pigment in “Summer Stash” ($32.50 at Nordstrom). These limited-edition crushed metallic pigments come in soft feminine shades of pink and violet, silver and pearly white, in an easy to use see-through stack.
Don’t forget the waterproof mascara. Maybelline’s “The Falsies” Volum’Express ($5.94 at Target) is a great option at a super affordable price point, and doesn’t dry out quickly.
Must-have extrasKeep a pack of oil-absorbing powder-coated sheets in your purse this summer — they help eliminate excess oil and shine, so your makeup stays fresh and lasts longer. The Oil Blotting Pureness Papers from Shiseido ($18 at Nordstrom) come in an especially pretty blue pouch.
For a fun little extra that is easy to take with you on-the-go, check out Bare Minerals’ Faux and Foxy Collection ($34.50 at Nordstrom). This little kit gives you all you need to fake a just-back-from-the-beach-or-pool look when you’ve been trapped inside working all day. With Allover Face Color SPF 15 in Faux Tan, a mirrored compact, brush, and 100-percent natural lip gloss in French Toast, you will be bronzed and glowing in no time!
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