Summer Beauty Essentials

June 25, 2014

  1. Laura Mercier Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Tinted Moisturizer ($20.50) in Nude and Beautyblender Sponge ($19.95)
  2. Boscia Clear Complexion Blotting Linens ($10)
  3. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ for Face/Body ($36)
  4. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($22.50) in Sugar Tulip Tinted
  5. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($26 for 4 oz.) 
  6. Dior Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer ($25) in Wonderland
  7. NARS Duo Eyeshadow ($35) in Key Largo
Summer is in full swing, which means you should make sure your beauty routine is in tune with the season! 

In the hotter months, I like to switch to a more sheer tinted moisturizer (1) that corrects redness without leaving my face feeling caked up and heavy. For an extra dewy effect, wet a Beautyblender sponge before applying. If you are in a humid region or are just prone to some extra glistening in the heat, make sure to carry around blotting pads (2) to dab away any unwanted perspiration. You want to be glowing, not melting!

Skin protection should really be a year-long thing, but make sure you are extra vigilant about applying sunscreen (3) in the summertime! A fresh tan is lovely, but believe me when I say you would much rather have to deal with pale skin than skin cancer. If you have sensitive skin like mine, it's okay to splurge on a skincare-line sunscreen. Normally I use Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer for my face and the classic Banana Boat for the rest of my body. Make sure you are purchasing a sunscreen that is above SPF 30, and reapply often! 

Your lips need extra love too! I am a die-hard fan of Burt's Bees chapstick (partial to the mango flavor) but this tinted lip balm (4) is another awesome pick because it provides moisture and nourishment to your lips while also giving them a subtle hint of color. 

It doesn't matter if you spend every day at the beach this summer or are stuck miles from shore throughout - you can get beach-worthy waves with this surf spray (5). I love applying it to soft curls to add some crunchy texture. It also comes in handy when trying to create updos with my naturally stick-straight hair, as it provides texture so strands can stay in place. 

Update your mani/pedi with a vibrant coral nail polish (6). Dior polishes are gorgeous and easy, and this color is the perfect way to give yourself an instant tan - no harmful sun rays necessary!

The best summer looks are almost makeup-free, but if you are looking to add a bit of sparkle this nude eyeshadow palette (7) is the perfect way to add a glow. Bonus points: this duo palette can also be used as a makeshift bronzer palette! 

What are your must-have summer beauty essentials?

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