I may not love summer, but I try to make the most of it while she’s here. Yes, you might find me with a parasol, wide-brimmed hat, and enough bug spray to ward off anything that flies within a 20-mile radius of me, but I do my best to embrace the easy, breezy beauty looks of summer.
Today’s post is going to round up five of my must-have summer beauty essentials. These are all tried-and-true picks that help me enjoy the long, sunny days just a little bit more, so maybe you’ll find a new favorite, too!
Gel Polish Strips For an Effortless Vacation Manicure
If you’re ready to go back to the nail salon, then that’s awesome! However, if you prefer to wait a little while before you get a professional manicure, gel nail strips are here to save the day.
My favorite is the Dashing Diva gloss gel strips, but there are plenty of brands to choose from! I love how easy they are to apply and remove, and they last just as long as a good gel polish.
Body Bronzer For A Safe, Sunkissed Glow
We all know that baking in the sun isn’t great for skin health, and self-tanning isn’t exactly the best option either. I know that many of us have just decided to embrace our natural skin tone, no sun enhancements needed, but I also understand that there are plenty of people who still want to look a little sunkissed!
The best and safest way to get a temporary tan is with a wash-off body bronzer. Brands like St. Tropez and Vita Liberata now make products for face and body that give you a radiant, bronzed-goddess appearance without any of the long-term commitment of self-tanning lotions.
Most of the high-end brands of body bronzer are water-resistant, so you can sit by the pool or catch a few waves without worrying about becoming a streaky mess.
Sugar Scrub For Smooth, Radiant Skin
Physical exfoliation gets a lot of hate and side-eye in the beauty community, but I love it. Of course, the key is moderation (as with all exfoliation), but the truth is that a good physical scrub can do wonders for your face and body skin.
I’m personally obsessed with Tree Hut’s sugar scrubs. They come in so many great scents, and they’re the perfect balance of scrubby-to-moisturizing that always leaves my skin feeling so much better after my shower.
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They’re especially great for pre-gaming before you shave your legs! I get way fewer ingrown hairs, and razor burn patches since I started using Tree Hut scrub on my legs before shaving.
Lip and Cheek Stains For Stay-all-day Color
I love how lipsticks look, but I hate how they tend to smudge, smear, and transfer. Liquid lippies are better in that regard, but I still feel paranoid about flaking or fading as the day goes on, and I’m just not about that life.
I typically reach for a tinted lip balm, but a great lip and cheek stain is an essential beauty item in the summer. My favorite long-lasting lip stain is the Tonymoly Delight Tony Tint.
I like to bounce a little onto my cheeks with a damp beauty sponge too. This is one of the only lip stains that I’ve tried that literally will. Not. Budge. I can apply lip balm on top of it with no transfer or smudging at all! There aren’t many shades to choose from, but since you can make the color as bold or sheer as you want, it works well for me.
Waterproof Brow Gel For Flawless Pool Days
Keeping my brows looking good takes a lot of work. They’re naturally blonde, so I have to tint them regularly just to make them visible, and then I still have to go back and fluff them up or fill them in with brow products.
It’s hard to have a fun day at the pool or beach when I have to worry about my brows melting off when I sweat or streaking down my face if I get into the water. Of course, it’s totally fine to go bare-faced anytime, anywhere, but I just feel better about myself if my brows are intact.
Hands-down, my favorite stay-all-day brow product is Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel. You can grab the clear shade if your brows are already the perfect color, or you can choose from a range of cool and warm tones to complement your hair color. I just swipe the tinted gel over my brows, and once it’s set, I can go about my day without a second thought.
Tell Me Your Summer Beauty Essentials
What are your must-have summer beauty essential products? Let me know in the comments so that I can add them to my next haul!