It is important to update your beauty arsenal as you make the transition from cool weather to warm weather. Just as you have to fight the cold winter air that dries out hair and skin, you must adjust your beauty routine to stand up to heat and humidity. Ideally, beauty products should give way to lighter formulas that work well with feminine dresses and light summer outfits. Before the warm air of summer hits, consider five beauty products to try this summer that will keep you looking and feeling beautiful.
1. Body Bronzer or Illuminator
Body bronzer differs from sunless tanner because it only lasts until you wash it off. The newest body bronzers stay on well, even with heat and humidity, and there is less chance of streaking in comparison to sunless tanners. Body bronzer comes in liquid form and you simply smooth it on in the morning, wash your hands, and enjoy looking healthy and bronzed. Keep in mind that most don't contain sunscreen and thus you will have to apply that separately.
We love NARS Laguna Body Illuminator for a sexy sheen that won’t rub off on your clothes.
2. Lip Butters
While not a written rule, the standard thing thing to do is to swap out pigmented lipsticks for sheer varieties or lip gloss during the summer months. An excellent compromise is to try lip butters. They are relatively new and moisturize while adding a light wash of color. Lip butters come in all shades, from pink to mauve. They are an excellent alternative to lipstick for summertime.
Try MAC tinted Lip Conditioners for moisturizing shine with a punch of pigment.
3. Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is a must-have item for summer. That is especially the case for those that live in a warmer climate. Dry shampoo is great year-round as it allows you to shampoo less often, and that keeps the hair from drying out. In the summer, it has the added benefit of keeping your locks from becoming limp and greasy due to humidity. Use dry shampoo to add volume to your hair and soak up grease, even if you shampoo daily. It's easy to use. Just spray on your roots, rub it in, and brush it through the hair.
Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo is a perennial favorite.
Powder or cream highlighter works well along side blush but can also replace it. As you probably want to lighten your makeup for summer, consider swapping out blush for a shimmery highlighter. It highlights areas of your face, such as the tops of your cheekbones and also your brow bone, in a natural way that does not impart much in the way of color. Adding shine helps your skin to look dewy and natural. Typically highlighters come in a shimmery white or cream color as they don't add much color. But, there are highlighters with more of a light pink tone or a light tan color.
Vincent Longo Water Canvas is a new highlighter that is perfect for summer.
5. Color Stick
An all over color stick can replace blush, eye shadow and lipstick. They are small and easy to throw in your bag. Color sticks are perfect for a day out in the sun. There are a variety of shades of all over color sticks, from pink to light bronze. Sweep it on your eyelids, dot it on your cheekbones, swipe it on like lipstick, and you are ready to go!
Our favorite is the cult classic NARS Multiple sticks.
With these staples, you will be ready for the rest of summer!