Summer vacation is all about relaxation and low-key beauty. Forget packing your entire treasure trove of beauty booty. Take the less is more approach with just a few select beach beauty essentials that stand up to all of that crazy, hair-raising humidity.
This is my breakthrough product of the season. Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster ($30) is designed to be mixed with your moisturizer. Three drops does it—just blend into your face lotion or cream of choice, apply to your skin, and enjoy a glowing, healthy complexion. What’s so wonderful about this is that it leaves a natural, sun-kissed glow behind—none of that orangey, blotchy, or overly tan mess that is so common with other products. (And it’s a totally safe way to achieve a tan, too.)
If you do choose to lay out for a while, though, you must, must, must get yourself acquainted with a top notch broad-spectrum sunscreen. I’m wild about La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid ($33.50). Formulated with a flattering tint that gives skin a healthy boost of color, this sunscreen blocks harmful UV rays and eliminates the need for a heavy foundation.
A day in the pool or ocean water feels great, but it can also do some not-so-great things to your hair and skin. Nix the dryness and damage associated with salt, chlorine, and sun exposure with Aveda Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser ($21). The blissful citrus scent alone is enough to draw me in, but I love that it eliminates build-up, hydrates hair and skin, and protects my color—no matter how much time I spend in the sun or water.
You have all year to wear classic reds, prim nudes, and ballerina pinks. Summer, though, is the time to unleash your wilder side and embrace brighter nail hues you wouldn’t normally wear, like butter LONDON Jaffa Nail Lacquer ($15). A beautiful coral and orange color, it’s ideal for tips or toes during beach season.
No need to pack a hefty bottle of perfume when you can easily toss a Bobbi Brown Beach Rollerball ($25) into your purse or makeup bag. From its sleek packaging to its gorgeous fragrance that blends mandarin with seaspray and jasmine, it’s a wonderful summer travel companion.
Summer is also the perfect time to break out more adventurous eye makeup. And where better than the beach to rock a green or blue? I’ve had great results with Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Peacock Eye Colour ($28). The shimmery finish makes this turquoise hue a great eye-brightener, and the creamy formula makes it especially easy to apply on the go.
Without a touch of color, my face tends to look a little wan and tired. Just a dusting of Benefit Cosmetics CORALista Face Powder ($28) is enough to make a big difference. It includes a sweeper brush inside, so you don’t necessarily need a separate applicator (though I prefer to use a fluffy brush). The glow it delivers is unsurpassed: it’s a radiant, healthy coral tinged with pink.
Fresh has a habit of introducing new lip balms all the time. They’re amazing, which is why this makes for such a costly addiction. The newest is Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment ($22.50). The sheer pink color is surprisingly flattering on most skin tones, and it’s formulated with SPF 15 to protect lips from harmful UV rays. Quick and easy—just slick it on and go!
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