Summer beauty isn’t always just about going on a SPF frenzy. It's the season for bright colors, waterproof makeup and soothing, cooling products that transition from a plunge in the pool to a night out for drinks. So when it came down to choosing our top summer beauty essentials, we thought above and beyond sun prevention. Here, we curate the only 15 beauty products you'll need this summer:
Breaking a sweat? Just look at your nails for a dose of cool! We love Face Stockholm's sky blue and refreshing mint hues and Julep's melon polish (#1). Try adding a fiery tone, like Face's #58, onto one nail for a unique (and easy) manicure.
Nail polish in #173, 70 & 58: FACE STOCKHOLM, $12 each, facestockholm.com; Nail Vernis in Hayden: JULEP, $14, sephora.com
There's nothing like pulling out our mirror for a little touch up only to discover that we've been sporting raccoon eyes or melting makeup. That's why a waterproof mascara like Anastasia's Lash Genius (#3), a clear waterproof coat that can be layered on top of your favorite mascara, is is a beauty bag essential. We're also relying on Boscia's blotting sheets (#4) and a nice baked eyeshadow (try Sephora's Moonshadow Baked palette (#2)) for a face that's always camera ready!
Moonshadow Baked Palette in "In The Heat": SEPHORA, $30, sephora.com; Lash Genius: ANASTASIA, $21, anastasia.net; California Orange Blotting Linens: BOSCIA, $10, bosciaskincare.com
The sun is only your friend until you get a nasty sunburn, then it's tears of betrayal...and pain. It's times like these when products like Skyn Iceland's Artic Mist (#9), a face mist with multivitamins and a cooling blend of cucumber and willowbark, come in handy! Have a sunburn elsewhere? Sponge's body milk (#6) soothes your body with peppermint, olive leaf and St. John's wort. Try Cor's Silver Soap (#8), a multi-functional soap that reduces sun spots while protecting the skin from the sun, followed by Josie Maran's Protect Daily Argan oil with SPF 40 (#5) for your face and Shiseido's Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 60 (#7) for the rest of your body.
Protect Daily Sun Protection Argan Oil Infused SPF 40+: JOSIE MARAN, $32, sephora.com; Galaktoma Somatos Body Milk: SPONGE, $65, spongeskincare.com; Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 60 PA+++: SHISEIDO, $39, sephora.com; The Silver Soap in Travel Size: COR SILVER, $40, corsilver.com; Artic Face Mist: SKYN ICELAND, $29, skyniceland.com
What's the key to smooth legs? Exfoliation! Lady Cremo's shaving cream and Pacifica's Shimmer and Glow Body Kit (#10) is a match made in heaven! First, use the kit's Kona Coffee and Sugar Detox Whole Body Scrub to slather off all dead skin cells, followed by Cremo's shaving cream for a close shave. Apply the kit's Coconut Crushed Pearl Luminizing Body Butter or Coconut Crushed Pearl Bronzing Body Butter for a pair of seductive (and beach ready) legs!
Lady Cremo Cream: CREMO COMPANY, $7.99, cremocompany.com
Shimmer & Glow Beautiful Body Kit, PACIFICA, $24, pacificaperfume.com
The last thing we want our surf spray to do is give that tell-tale crunchy feel and look! Our new favorite hair product is Sachajuan's Ocean Mist (#13), a light spray that creates the iconic waves while leaving a fresh scent that reminds us of an early morning at the beach. If the sun has already damaged your hair, bring it back to life with Moroccanoil's Restorative hair mask (#11) or Ojon's Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy (#12).
Restorative Hair Mask: MOROCCANOIL, available at salons
Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy, OJON, $35, sephora.com
Ocean Mist: SACHAJUAN, $28, woodleyandbunny.com
No look is complete without the perfect scent! Choose one of our top six summer fragrances now!