December 01, 2018

Glow like a goddess this summer with a pared down makeup bag and the right beauty 

essentials to highlight your ever-deepening tan. Being in the hot sun for long hours can wreak havoc on your body, so taking some time to think ahead about what you need for a summer holiday or weekend getaway is a must. From ultra-rich hair care to a simple eyeshadow palette, we’re diving deep into the summer beauty essentials you (and we) can’t live without. 

1. A Summer Hair Care Essential: Super Moisturizing Leave-in Conditioner

After the sun, a leave-in conditioner is a must to protect long locks. From the heat to the salt water of the sea, there are a lot of drying elements threatening your hair. Especially after you’ve been to the beach, giving your hair a little extra love with a summer beauty essential like a leave-in conditioner will restore its shine and volume. This one from Oribe doubles as a moisturizing heat protectant.

2. Protect Your Skin With an Oil-Free SPF

summer beauty essentials - Glo moisturizer with SPF

SPF seems like a given, but we’re never surprised to see red shoulders after a long weekend away. Finding the right SPF can be a real nightmare, with lots of versions on the market that are more likely to irritate your skin that protect it. We’ve included the Glo Skin Beauty Oil Free SPF 40+ in your Summer Box of Style for this very reason. This summer essential has a hydrating formula and is oil and cruelty free. Plus, it’s filled with antioxidants to moisturize the skin.

3. Enhance Your Summer Beauty Routine With Fresh Rose Water Spray

No need for thick, goopy lotion after a day of wearing sunscreen. We advocate for a beautiful, fresh rose water spray as one of your summer beauty essentials instead. It’s lightweight, feels incredible after being in the sun, and is instantly absorbed by your parched skin. Give yourself a spritz whenever you need a pick-me-up and it will instantly boost your summer beauty. It’s the perfect nourishment for your face and body!

4. A Versatile Eyeshadow Palette is a Summer Essential

Here’s a summer beauty tip: Makeup during this season should be applied with a minimalist’s hand. When you’re dealing with the hot and sticky elements of the season, there’s nothing more annoying than a slowly melting face. 

Instead of your full makeup, opt for a pared-down eyeshadow palette that only includes the summer essentials: nudes and maybe a few sunset shades of pink and orange that will look just as great in photos as in real life. We love this travel-sized one from Nars. Add a few pops to your eyes and you’ll glow without the fuss.

5. Maintain Your Summer Beauty With a Stay-in-Place Brow Gel

summer beauty essentials - Benefit eyebrow shaper & gel

Any guide containing summer beauty tips would be remiss without mentioning the eyebrows. Brows are one area that shouldn’t be neglected – even while on holiday. You can still tweak a little without looking overdone at the beach. Shape your brows and then bind them into position with the magic of a summer beauty essential like Benefit Cosmetics 24-Hr Brow Setter Shaping & Setting Gel, included in our Summer Box of Style.

6. Don’t Forget a Classic Nail Polish

summer beauty essentials - nail polish

Another summer beauty tip is doing small things ahead of the trip that will last. A fresh manicure will keep your nails looking beautiful for your holiday, adding a bit of extra polish to your swim ensemble. We love the classics, like a bright red or a vibrant white to show off your tan. 

7. Self-Tan Top Up Completes Your Summer Beauty

Before you hit the beach, it’s a good idea to do a quick self-tan treatment. The St. Tropez Express Travel Kit comes with everything you need until your real tan arrives. Enjoy a sun-kissed glow from the moment you arrive and top up whenever you need throughout your trip with this summer beauty essential.