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25 Summer Beauty Products You'll Love

 

The warm summer months can mean many different things for your beauty routine. Maybe you become more of a makeup minimalist, looking for lighter formulas with better protection. Maybe your oil-prone skin goes into crisis mode, and you need better ways to manage the shine. Or maybe you take more adventurous leaps with brighter colors and bronzer tones.

I recently took a trip to Sephora, where I realized that I definitely give myself more freedom to splurge on special water-proof, heat-resistant, skin-mattifying products in the summer. It’s summer, after all!

Whether you’re looking for better protection, better faux tans, or better formulas (or all of the above!), take a look at 25 of my favorite beauty picks for summer:


  • Lorac TANtalizer Award Show Glow 1 of 25
    Lorac TANtalizer Award Show Glow
    I've used a lot of different sunless tanners, and I can confidently say that this "bronzing mousse" is my favorite. It could be because the formula has a caffeine and anti-cellulite complex that's designed to smooth and tone your skin — but I just love the non-orange glow. It also smells delicious, eliminating the need for a scent.
    Buy from Sephora, $32
  • Supergoop! Everyday Face and Body Lotion SPF 30 (Value Size) 2 of 25
    Supergoop! Everyday Face and Body Lotion SPF 30 (Value Size)
    I'm such a fan of Supergoop!, and this value size pump-style sunscreen will last throughout the summer and beyond for the entire family. Lightweight and water-resistant with broad-spectrum coverage, you can use this on your body and face. And because it's free from all of the potentially dangerous chemicals found in so many sunscreens (parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, synthetic dyes, etc.), you can feel good about putting this on your kids, too.
    Buy from Sephora, $48 ($147 value)
  • bareMinerals Bronzed Beauty 3 of 25
    bareMinerals Bronzed Beauty
    If you're a summer minimalist, this mineral-based natural makeup collection will give you everything you need for a sun-kissed glow — including all-over face color and SPF 15 lip glaze.
    Buy from Sephora, $30 ($56 value)
  • Silk Blush Bronzer Duo 4 of 25
    Silk Blush Bronzer Duo
    Inspired by the 2012 Color of the Year (tangerine tango), this blush/bronzer combo will give you a healthy flush that looks natural on so many skin tones.
    Buy from Sephora, $22
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder with Real Cocoa 5 of 25
    Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder with Real Cocoa
    Yet if you're looking for just a bronzer, I have officially found my absolute favorite. This Too Faced bronzer not only smells delicious, but it doesn't have the shimmer and sparkle that so many bronzers have. It just gives a healthy-looking glow minus the tween sparkles.
    Buy from Sephora, $29
  • NARS Illuminator 6 of 25
    NARS Illuminator
    My favorite pick to brighten up your complexion. Just dab a little bit on the apples of your cheeks for an instant glow.
    Buy from Sephora, $30
  • NARS The Multiple 7 of 25
    NARS The Multiple
    This highlighting stick comes in a variety of shades — whether you want a pinky flush or a bronze shimmer. Perfect for summer!
    Buy from Sephora, $39
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow 8 of 25
    Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow
    Eye color that won't melt in the heat — no matter how oily your eyelids get. (The natural carnauba wax in this eyeshadow formula acts like a shadow primer that gives a smooth application while reducing surface oil.)
    Buy from Sephora, $19
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance 9 of 25
    Too Faced Shadow Insurance
    Or you could buy this eye shadow primer that will prevent your current favorite eyeshadow shades from fading, creasing, or melting in the summer heat.
    Buy from Sephora, $18
  • Set for Summer 10 of 25
    Set for Summer
    If you're looking for some fun summer additions, this 10-piece collection includes a Sephora eyeshadow duo (dark chocolate and silver glitter), Smashbox shimmer powder, Too Faced brightening and perfecting bronzer, Sephora coral-red nail polish, Fresh Sugar lip tint, Guerlain makeup base, Tarte mascara, Urban Decay make-up setting spray, Smashbox lip gloss, and a Sephora makeup bag.
    Buy from Sephora, $39 ($135 value)
  • Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 11 of 25
    Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15
    If you're prone to oily skin in the summer months, this mattifier moisturizes skin while controlling oil and reducing breakouts, all while providing UVA/UVB skin protection. And it uses natural ingredients (like willow bark, tea tree lead extract, Argan extract, vitamin E, etc.) without any harmful chemicals like parabens, phthalates, sulfates, etc.
    Buy from Sephora, $39.50
  • Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System 12 of 25
    Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System
    If you've been debating whether to invest in a Clarisonic skin cleansing system, summer is the right time — considering all of the sunscreen and extra oil that might be collecting on your skin. This travel size costs less than the full-size version, yet it still has the professional quality that cleans skin 6x better than traditional cleansers.
    Buy from Sephora, $119
  • Matte Blotting Papers 13 of 25
    Matte Blotting Papers
    Blotting papers should be in everyone's bag this summer. (They absorb oil without drying skin and/or messing up your makeup.)
    Buy from Sephora, $8
  • Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA+++ 14 of 25
    Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA+++
    BB creams (or Beauty Balms) are all the rage this summer, considering they're the ultimate multi-tasker — acting as a moisturizer, foundation, primer, anti-ager, and skin protectant. You can find BB Creams everywhere from the drugstore to the Macy's counter, but this one from Dr. Jart+ has full-spectrum sun protection (UVA and UVB rays) while adding antioxidant bio-peptides and adenosine to protect skin from environmental pollutants and restore a youthful firmness.
    Buy from Sephora, $39
  • Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation SPF 25 15 of 25
    Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation SPF 25
    I'm obsessed with this new sun-protecting oil-free liquid foundation. It provides medium coverage in a super lightweight formula, and its light-diffusing properties instantly brightens your complexion. It also includes anti-aging protectants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and a cellular-boosting Oxygen Wow Hydrating Complex. I especially love the wide range of shades that Benefit offers.
    Buy from Sephora, $34
  • Benefit Cabana Glam 16 of 25
    Benefit Cabana Glam
    If you're a fan of Benefit (like me!), you might want to opt for this 7-piece bronzing and brightening kit to add a summer glow to your skin.
    Buy from Sephora, $36
  • Benefit Snow White and The Huntsman – Rare Beauty Kit 17 of 25
    Benefit Snow White and The Huntsman - Rare Beauty Kit
    Although it's not specifically for summer, this new kit from Benefit includes a ton of summer essentials — like waterproof mascara, pore-minimizing primer, benetint cheek flush, and a highlighting brightener.
    Buy from Sephora, $45 ($69 value)
  • Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formul 18 of 25
    Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formul
    A mascara that can withstand the summer heat and humidity without smudging or smearing — no matter how much you sweat.
    Buy from Sephora, $15
  • CLEAN Summer Fun Duo 19 of 25
    CLEAN Summer Fun Duo
    If you're looking for a lighter summer scent, this duo includes Summer Escape (inspired by breezy warm summer nights) and Summer Linen (a citrus-y daytime scent). Layer the light, tropical-inspired scents or wear them one at a time.
    Buy from Sephora, $25
  • Ouidad Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing and Refreshing Spray 20 of 25
    Ouidad Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing and Refreshing Spray
    This is my absolute favorite summer-time hair essential. It's like a lightweight leave-in conditioner spray that nourishes dry hair, reduces frizz, and adds a healthy shine. I find it to be indispensable.
    Buy from Sephora, $16
  • Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray 21 of 25
    Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray
    If you're looking for a new hair spray, this lightweight spray uses Organic Bamboo Extract to strengthen hair for a flexible-yet-strong hold, and Organic Kendi Oil to smooth hair and lock-out frizz. It's not sticky or heavy, but it will keep your hair looking styled.
    Buy from Sephora, $18
  • Tarte 24.6 Natural Lip Sheer SPF 15 22 of 25
    Tarte 24.6 Natural Lip Sheer SPF 15
    Instead of heavy lipsticks and sticky glosses, summer is the perfect time for lightweight, sheer-colored lip tints — especially ones with SPF protection.
    Buy from Sephora, $16
  • Korres Lip Butter in Neutral Pink 23 of 25
    Korres Lip Butter in Neutral Pink
    Although Korres has a beautiful variety of lightweight lip glazes, I love the look of a light nude-pink lip against sun-kissed skin.
    Buy from Sephora, $14
  • Summer Nails 24 of 25
    Summer Nails
    Although orange ($9.50) and mint green ($4) are fun, trendy colors for this summer, I think that a pinkish-gold color is universally flattering for the summer months (like this one from NARS ,$18.
    Another flattering summer pick is this coral-inspired duo from Sephora called Duo Wanna Have Fun? ($10).
  • DERMAdoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Skin Clarifying and Mattifying Sunscreen SPF 50 P+++ 25 of 25
    DERMAdoctor Ain't Misbehavin' Skin Clarifying and Mattifying Sunscreen SPF 50 P+++
    If you're prone to breakouts in the hot summer months, this sunscreen gives broad-spectrum coverage while keeping your skin clear. You can even use it on other trouble areas, like your back.
    Buy from Sephora, $30

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