Summer beauty is all about emphasizing skin’s natural radiance. It’s not so much about creating severe contours and colors; but more focused on letting skin breath. Although there are new makeup directions each year, dominant themes hold true as seasons change. Bright eyes replace the dramatic smokey eye. Its highlighting to emphasize features versus contouring. The choice pigments come in sweet shades of peach or pink, taking precedence over the jewel tones. While the cooler months see lots of matte finishes, summer celebrates skin and its golden summer glow.
Good skincare and prepping are essential for achieving the biggest beauty looks for summer. When makeup directions gravitate towards barely-there makeup, a clean and clear canvas is requisite. No amount of liquid foundation or concealer can fully hide blemishes, dry patches or dark circles. While bronzing and highlights can help create the illusion of sun kissed radiance, nothing can still compare to the natural glow of hydrated and well rested skin.
Here, the beauty essentials to add to your beauty arsenal this season.
REJUVENATE with Guerlain’s Abeille Royale Honey Cataplasm Mask
Repairs visible signs of ageing, making skin look refreshed and well-rested.
What’s in it: Abeille Royale is skin innovation from Guerlain using bee products to repair skin. This ingredient helps to combat ageing and loss of skin elasticity. Bee products used in this mask include Ouessant Island Honey which is rich in amino acids. This natural derivative also contribute to faster repair of skin tissues.
What You Should Know: The mask uses a biocellulose material obtained from a microorganism derived from Kombucha that clings to even the smallest contours of the face. This ensures that entire surface is infused with the mask’s anti ageing agents.
How To Use It: Apply to cleansed skin and leave on for 15 minutes. Remove and massage excess product onto skin.
Available at Nordstrom.com
RADIATE with M-61’s Powerglow Peel Gradual Tan
A facial pad that exfoliates, clarifies and firms while gradually building a natural looking golden tan.
What’s In It: Glycolic and salicylic acids improve skin’s texture and tone. M-61’s PowerGlow formula and DHA creates a natural glow on skin. Chamomile and lavender calms and soothes while Bilberry extracts help to even out the skin tone. Vitamin K helps minimize dry red-ish patches as well as spider veins.
What You Should Know: The team at M-61 works with ingredients and naturals that are not just recommended but preferred by dermatologists for skincare. This product, sold in pad form, functions several ways simultaneously, offering consumers skincare that actually works—with maximum results at minimal time. If it’s efficiency that you want in your beauty ritual, M-61 is for you.
How To Use It: Apply onto the skin surface after cleansing and drying. Leave on followed by moisturizer. Use three times weekly or until desired tan and glow is achieved.
Available at Bluemercury.com
PREP with Guerlain’s L’Or Radiance Primer
Leaves skin smooth and supple. L’Or is also prepares it for a natural summer look that will last for hours on end. Some even use it sans moisturizer on days when skin is feeling fairly hydrated and well-rested.
What’s In It: Infusion of 24-karat gold flakes in a smoothing gel creates that instant glow on skin. The cooling gel also helps to achieve a satin finish.
What You Should Know: Silicone-free, gel formulation is easily absorbed by skin without the heavy feeling. It also visibly blurs appearance of fine lines or enlarged pores immediately. When this breakthrough formula is worn under foundation, pigments appear even and stays on longer. Gel formulations work for all skin types but are most ideal for those with oily to combination-type skin. It is the kind of formulation you would like to use especially during warmer days.
How To Use It: On cleansed skin, apply a small amount onto the face, working from the center outwards. Follow with a light coverage foundation.
Available at Sephora.com
GLOSS IT UP with Glow Recipe’s Pineapple C Bright Serum
This could just be your secret to getting the much coveted “glass skin.” Pineapple C Bright Serum in an anti-oxidant rich potion. It is formulated to creates a bright, smooth and almost luminous skin surface, likened to glass.
What’s In It: Pineapple Juice is the key ingredient of this serum which is one of the most powerful forms of natural Vitamin C. It is combined with other nutrient rich natural ingredients like pure ascorbic acid, AHAs and enzymes that minimize the appearance of scars, dark spots and other forms of hyper pigmentation. Chamomile and aloe are added to this refreshing formulation to soothe skin.
What You Should Know: Glass skin is a huge trend especially in the K-beauty category, which founders of Glow Recipe are very well versed in. In creating this Vitamin C Serum they came up with a hybrid product that merges the Korean approach to skincare with the use of natural ingredients. Makers of this product were also responsible for the widely popular Watermelon Mist.
How To Use It: Apply one to two drops on clean skin and pat gently. Use morning and night, followed by preferred moisturizer. To get glass skin in full effect, moisturize with Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer.
Available at Glowrecipe.com
ULTIMATE HYDRATION with Guerlain’s Super Aqua Serum
This iconic formula from the French maison hydrates skin for a look that’s radiant and well-rested. The serum helps bring back youth to skin by filling out fine lines and wrinkles.
What’s In It:
This serum is reformulated with Guerlain’s Aqua Complex Advance. This new skincare innovation “promotes the flow of water to the skin to instantly rehydrate itself.” Hyaluronic acids help with bringing back skin’s youth and radiance.
What You Should Know: Guerlain’s Super Aqua Serum has actually been a cult favorite for the last three decades. This year, it is reformulated with Complex Advance to give up to 30 full hours of intense hydration.