As the days get longer and the sun shines a little bit brighter, we can’t help but anticipate the emergence of our new and improved summer selves . And while our heads tend to go straight to our wardrobes after a long, frosty winter (hello, skirts, dresses, sunhats, and the like!), we must not neglect the importance of breaking in a fresh beauty routine to match the weather. If your beloved rich moisturizer that kept your skin from looking parched all winter is now woefully thick and your go-to mascara seems to slide down your face within moments of application, it’s high time for a refresh. We’ve done the due diligence for you and unearthed the best brand new products to get the job done. Apply some SPF (see our faves here), then read on for a list of must-haves, all available at your local Simon.
Gone are the days of streaky and orange-toned self tans. With Tan-Luxe’s incredible self-tan drops, all you need to do is mix a few drops in with your usual serum or moisturizer and apply. Instant just-back-from-a-beach-vacation glow is yours! Just don’t forget to wash your hands right away!
Lip Balm with SPF
Sol de Janeiro is the brand to trust when it comes to sun protection. This Brazilian beauty brand knows that we all love to worship the sun and they’ve got the perfect products to ensure we’re equipped with the best on-the-go SPF. Apply to your lips and anywhere else that needs some targeted protection, and go about your day — the creamy caramel scent is just an added bonus!
To avoid looking cakey — let’s be real, that’s essentially our worst nightmare this time of year — the key is to retire your powder products ‘til the colder seasons. This gel-cream formula from Perricone MD will give you the sheer and healthy glow that you’re after.
No matter the number of coats, we can’t seem to get our usual go-to mascara to stay in place when the mercury starts rising. Enter: Milk Makeup’s new KUSH Waterproof Mascara — a foolproof waterproof mascara that won’t budge from morning to night. To remove, double-cleanse with an oil-based cleanser.
Bronzer to Fake that Glow
Trying to avoid the sun’s rays at all costs? We don’t blame you! Luckily, you can fake that fresh-from-the-playa glow in a flash with Fenty Beauty’s Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer. Longwear and transfer resistant, this product comes in eight shades and leaves skin with the perfect soft-matte finish.
This one’s a no-brainer and something you’ll always find in our bag come summer. Tatcha’s Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers are made from abaca leaf and utilize gold flakes to absorb extra oil for an instant makeup refresh.
Setting Spray for your Face
Once you’ve mastered your summer makeup routine, you want it to stay in place. Enter: Supergoop’s setting spray. Not only does it help your makeup stay put, it also contains SPF, so if you *gasp* forgot to apply your regular sunscreen, you can still get some protection.
An Exfoliant That Gets The Job Done
Whatever your skin type may be, exfoliation is key in the summertime. Sephora Collection’s new Granita Scrub is super-cute in the tub (hello, magenta!), and it smells JUST like a bouquet of freshly cut flowers.
Hair Care That Styles
The latest from Bumble and bumble’s incredible “Surf” line is here and it’s perfect for summertime. Apply this leave-in treatment to damp, towel-dried hair then let your tresses air dry for the perfect beach wave, sans heat tools. Bonus: It protects your hair against UV-rays!
Aloe-Infused Post-Sun Care
No matter how hard we try, each summer there’s at least one day where we overdo it and come away from the beach with a rosier glow than might’ve been necessary (and not from some well-placed blush and highlighter). Soothe your skin with this after-sun kit from Clinique — you’ll be looking and feeling better (thanks to aloe!) in no time.
A Skin-Clarifying Regimen
With an influx of grime, sunscreen residue, and…let’s face it…sweat, your pores are sure to get clogged. The key to keeping your complexion clear is a skincare regimen that works hard to whisk away dirt and impurities while calming your skin down. Herbivore’s new True Blue Skin Clarifying Duo features both a resurfacing face mask and a skin-balancing facial oil. Consider this your summer one-two punch.