Cool braids and cool makeup shades are all part of a summertime beauty routine, and, of course, safe sunning is always a high priority. We’ve selected best hair, skin care, nail, and makeup picks, from classics to new favorites, so you’ll be sure to beat the heat beautifully.
Summer is high time to embrace the orange lipstick trend, and MAC Cosmetics Sushi Kiss ($15) is a great place to start if you’re a little gun shy. The color is reminiscent of a slice of salmon sashimi; it’s a lot more flattering than you’d ever think. Promise.
If you plan on traveling this season, be sure to pack Sonia Kashuk’s Double Duty Brush Set ($24) in your weekender. The kit comes with four dual-ended makeup brushes so you truly can travel light.
Bronzer isn’t just for the face. Use Physicians Formula Bronze Booster ($14), which just happens to be stamped in a seasonally appropriate sun ray pattern, on your legs, décolletage, and arms for an allover glow.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes ($18-$19) is for the woman who never leaves home without her face on. It is swim-approved, meaning you won’t have raccoon eyes after you do a few laps. Oil makeup remover required.
Mascara is a makeup-bag staple no matter the season, but when heat and humidity enter the atmosphere, your best bet is CoverGirl LashBlast 24Hr ($8). You’ll get an inky black color that won’t smudge, transfer, or melt down your face, even in the stickiest of situations.
This new Diamond Oil from Redken ($40) keeps hair from being frizzy or too dry during hot Summer months. Plus, it adds megawatt shine, sans the greasy effects.
What I love more than a “punny” name for a polish is a vibrant, electric color. China Glaze’s Too Yacht to Handle ($8, out July) is a minty turquoise that pops on every skin tone, and makes any manicure fit for Summer.
If you are still mourning the loss of John Frieda’s Beach Waves (RIP), Oribe’s Après Beach Wave Spray ($37) will be your new obsession. It gives you volume with seriously texturized, beach-without-the-beach hair and smells heavenly.
Victoria’s Secret Bronze Instant Bronzing Shimmer Dry Oil ($15) leaves gams shiny with a little bit of shimmer, à la our favorite Parisian dry oil, Nuxe, but it’s easier to find and easy on the wallet, too.
The bold orangey-red hue of Chanel Le Vernis in Holiday ($27) screams Summer. Let the vibrant color adorn your toes or fingertips for a hot-weather hue that perfectly complements a (fake) tan.