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Top 10 Summer Beauty Must-Haves

A Comprehensive Roundup To Summer's Most Popular Beauty Products

A Comprehensive Roundup To Summer's Most Popular Beauty Products

Just like the coming of warm weather calls for a complete wardrobe overhaul (think breezier fabrics, brighter shades, and shorter hemlines), our beauty bags require a few changes, too. It's the time of year when a less-is-more approach and a simple, streamlined routine feels best—heavy foundations are swapped for multi-tasking tints, matte eyeshadows become shimmery, SPF-packed creams, and skin-enhancing ingredients fill the formulas of go-to staples like blushes and bronzers. With summer just a few days away (June 20, people—mark your calendars!), now's the perfect time to start shopping for your warm-weather beauty lineup. Ahead, we've made it super easy by rounding up a list of the Top 10 products you'll need, from sunscreen-eye-cream mashups and vivid nail colors to illuminating self-tan drops that may just make you ditch makeup altogether. Ahead, shop the Top 10 products that made the cut and start prepping your beauty bag for the summer months ahead. Opening image: @supergoop

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June 16, 2020

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The Rankings


Supergoop! Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream SPF 40

Our Score

BEST EYE CREAM

WHAT IT DOES: The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate, making it even more prone to sun damage, aging, and hyperpigmentation than the rest of your face. Enter this best-selling, SPF-packed eye cream—it protects that skin from both UV rays and blue light, brightens the under-eye area, and primes the skin for concealer in one fell swoop.

HELPFUL TIP: Keep this baby in a skincare fridge for an extra cooling, eye-brightening application.


OPI Nail Lacquer Nail Polish In Big Apple Red

Our Score

BEST NAIL POLISH

WHY YOU NEED IT: Few things are more synonymous with summer than a classic, bright red mani, and Big Apple Red is as classic as they come. Two coats provides a completely opaque look, and the finish is so shiny, you'll hardly even need a topcoat.

AS SEEN ON: This is the shade Lady Gaga wore to the 2019 Met Gala. We love how well it pairs with her hot-pink frock.


Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops

Our Score

BEST SELF-TANNER FOR YOUR FACE

LOVED FOR: This best-selling product couldn't be easier to use. Cruelty- and toxin-free, just a few drops can transform your favorite moisturizer, serum, or face oil into a bespoke self-tanner.

USERS SAID: "I have tried tons of face tanners, and this one is by far the best for me. I love that I can mix it with my own moisturizer and it does not cause me to break out. It also doesn't settle into my pores the way some other products do. The other benefit is that you can control the color by adding more or less."


Bobbi Brown Beach Fragrance

Our Score

BEST FRAGRANCE

LOVED FOR: With jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin, this cult perfume captures the atmosphere and essence of summer with just a few spritzes. We're not surprised it has a near-perfect rating on Bobbi Brown's website.

USERS SAID: "I've gone through so many bottles of this scent over the past ten years. It's the one staple in my perfume collection. As a lover of beach scents and also as someone who gets nauseous with typical perfumes, this hits all the right notes."


Supergoop! Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow SPF 30

Our Score

BEST EYESHADOW

WHY YOU NEED IT: Meet the first-ever eyeshadow with SPF 30. Long-wearing, finger-friendly, and perfectly shimmery, it's the ideal way to keep your eyes both pretty and protected in the summer sun.

LOVED FOR: Did we mention it's crease-, flake-, and fade-resistant? Run, don't walk.


Herbivore Coco Rose Exfoliating Body Scrub

Our Score

BEST BODY SCRUB

WHAT IT DOES: Formulated with virgin coconut oil and delicately floral Moroccan rose, this luxurious body scrub leaves the skin softer, smoother, and more nourished instantly. 

COMPLETE THE LOOK: This is a must-have prep step before you apply your fave self-tanner.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Our Score

BEST BRONZER

WHAT IT DOES: Trust us—bronzers don't get any better than this. This one is formulated with Photoluminescent Technology, featuring optically transparent particles that transform the look of skin by manipulating and refracting light to emphasize your best features.

HELPFUL TIP: Lightly apply this all over the face for a sunkissed look, or use a brush and let it serve as a subtle contour along the temples, hollows of the cheeks, and jawline.


Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50

Our Score

BEST FACIAL SUNSCREEN

LOVED FOR: Not only does this sunscreen protect your pretty face from UV rays, blue light, pollution, and infrared radiation, but it's also easy to take on the go thanks to the convenient, portable brush.

HELPFUL TIP: You can use this alone or over your makeup—reviewers say it works well both ways.


Glossier Cloud Paint

Our Score

BEST BLUSH

WHAT IT DOES: There's a lot more to this cult-favorite blush than just pretty packaging. Available in six universally-flattering shades inspired by NYC sunsets, the formula contains collagen and blurring powders to instantly plump the skin while providing a just-pinched look.

WHY WE LOVE IT: "I was hesitant to buy this blush because I'd never used a cream formula before, but just like all Glossier products, it's so easy to use. The color (Storm) is a gorgeous dark rose that works well for my fair skin, and I love that it doesn't settle into my pores or irritate my acne-prone skin. Another bonus is that it lasts forever because you only need a tiny dab—I've been using the same tube for months."—Kate Ferris, Associate Editor


Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40

Our Score

BEST FOUNDATION

BEST FOR: With its dewy finish and skin-loving ingredients (we're talking squalene, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide), this foundation is perfect for mastering the no-makeup-makeup look that we all want come summer. It even contains SPF 40 and non-nano zinc oxide, so it safely shields skin from UV rays, blue light, and infrared light while it perfects the complexion both immediately and in the long run.

FUN FACT: This formula is as clean as it gets, meaning it's made without silicones, fragrance, chemical-screens, or oil. Plus, it's clinically tested, noncomedogenic, and safe for sensitive skin. 

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