Because the best makeup this season comes with SPF, sunscreen already built in. How easy is that?
When it comes to sun protection, you can’t overdo it. The more areas of your face you can shield from the UV rays, the better. Which is why it makes sense to combine your SPF efforts with makeup — swiping on formulas that offer a little contouring and color along with sunscreen. Lately the options have expanded far beyond foundations and BB creams to beautiful lip tints and even eyeshadows (yes!). Here are all the makeup basics you need to block out UV damage and boost your natural glow.
Shimmery, Sun-Safe Eyeshadows:
Your eyes are one of the first areas to show the signs of aging. The skin is super thin and delicate — and directly exposed to the sun’s rays during the day. But finding eyeshadow with SPF is rare — and even if you do, the level of protection is usually paltry (think SPF 4). Enter Supergoop’s Shimmershade, a soft cream shadow that’s loaded with SPF 30 and blends in without streaking or clumping. You can wear solo or layer under any other shadow like a primer to deliver protection and staying power.
Bright Lip Balm:
Now you can keep your lips soft, smooth and safe at the beach and beyond. Coola’s Mineral Liplux SPF 30 contains organic butters and botanical oils to seal in hydration and comes in five sheer tints, from peachy nudes to a bright berry.
Save yourself a step in the morning by swiping on a base with built-in sunscreen. You’ll instantly perfect your skin and shield it from future sun spots, lines and photo-damage. CLE Cosmetics’s hybrid BB and CC cream combines moisturizing plant extracts with lightweight coverage to give you a glow that doesn’t actually feel like you’re wearing any makeup at all.
Finally, dust on Supergoop’s Invincible Setting Powder, a sweat-resistant formula that comes in four shades and has a velvety, matte finish. It’s the easiest way to reapply your SPF during the day and tone down shine.
Last step! Grab some sunglasses with UV-protection lenses. You’ll block out the rays and protect your eyes while you’re at it. Pick a pair that matches your mood, outfit, lipstick — whatever you’re into.
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Why not start organizing your beauty products with the most soothing color of them all: blue.
If you’re anything like me, the thought of organizing the visible shelves in your home by color sends a perverse little chill up your spin. Call me crazy, but taking an hour to arrange by bookshelf in the vein of Roy G. Biv was one of the best decor decisions I ever made. (I realize this is not groundbreaking — thanks, Pinterest. But it adds a much-welcome pop of organized color to my den and I’m a fan.)
Already sorted your books based on jacket color? Maybe even arranged your closet in the same fashion? Well my friends, the final frontier may just be your medicine cabinet. Sure, it may not be visible to the naked eye — unless you have guests who are snooping — but it does add a fun, soothing element to your skincare routine. And, if you’re familiar enough with each product and its label, may just help you find what you’re looking for even faster. (My shelves are CROW-DED.)
In that spirit, why not start with the most soothing color of them all: blue. Color of water, sky, antioxidant-rich blueberries, it’s no wonder so many gorgeous, good-for-you self-care products are clad in the hue. From your hair to your toes, outfit your whole bathroom shelf in blue with these products.
For those days you just don’t have the energy (or time) to wash your hair, or to extend the length of your last shampoo, dry shampoo is a godsend. The only problem is that they are not all created equally in both efficacy and scent. Luckily, R+Co has solved the issue with their dry shampoo mist, a cleansing powder that not only sucks up excess oil, but does so while also cleaning your hair and scalp of buildup. Oh, and it smells like a garden after a rainstorm.
Speaking of rainstorms, this hair masque from Voir will do for your strands what a storm cloud can do for a cactus. A combination of natural butters, oils and botanicals seriously hydrate both scalp and strands, and the vital nutrients in the blend stay with hair for days (even with regular shampooing), meaning hair will be soft, silk and not thirsty at all.
You know drinking enough water equals hydrated, supple skin, but just in case you came up short on your liquid intake, keep a stick of this COOLA Liplux close by to plump up your kisser when necessary. Soothing and nourishing, this little guy also works to protect lips from the sun’s harmful rays.
With a name like Water Cream, is it any mystery what this gorgeous cream from Sunday Riley does? A water-based moisturizer, this jar houses an intensely hydrating elixir that smooths, brightens and exfoliates, leaving your face looking and feeling like prettiest smooth river rock there ever was. (That’s a good thing, btw.)
Eating too much sugar can make your skin do some funky things, but rubbing sugar all over your skin…well, that’s a different story. The Blue Raspberry Exfoliating Sugar Cubes from Harper + Ari may look cute and innocent but believe me, they pack a serious sloughing punch when it comes to getting rid of dead skin cells and smoothing everything out.
Because chalky residue is the summer bummer you can finally do without…
There are certain beauty product faux pas that make me want to shake my fist and write an angry letter to the owner. At the tippy tip top of the list? Natural sunscreens that turn you head-to-toe white, even though they oft masquerade as “sheer” formulas.
The number of times I’ve stepped out of the ocean after trying to play it safe by applying mineral sunscreen and soon realized that the combination of H2O and its chalky ingredients turned me into a body-painted beach clown are too many to count. Rude!
Instead of continuing the cycle, I’ve put together a list of the tried and true formulas that go on clear and STAY that way when faced with a casual perspiration moustache or a quick dip. And for the rare transparent sport formulas, feel free to catch some waves and sweat it out in an outdoor yoga session with confidence — you won’t be disappointed.
This hydrating argan oil spiked formula defies logic — it applies like a botanical oil without the greasy feel, and miraculously prevents the baby oil burn of your youth.
Perfect for every outdoor occasion, from sweaty picnic to pool party, this heavenly mist doesn’t even require rubbing to completely disappear from sight.
A no-brainer, apply this before makeup to act as a sun-shielding primer that won’t leave you with a pale face.
Water-resistant and grease-free, the antioxidant-packed ingredients nourish skin while they apply like a super sheer lotion.
This crystal-clear stick of hydrating sun protection doubles as a highlighter for a highly photographable finish.
Pack these wellness essentials for your next adventure in the outdoors… or enter to win and show off ALL three packages!
Now that summer Fridays and extended vacations are here, it’s time to set your out-of-office greeting and get out of town. Depending on where you’re heading — straight for the sea-salty air of the beach or the high-altitude climate of the mountains (or anywhere in between) — we rounded up the best wellness essentials you’ll want to bring with you to stay glowing and radiant on the go.
Your Destination: The Beach
–Skin is Good My Calming Cooler: After a long, hot day at the beach, cool your skin with this orb-like device. Just spread any cream or serum on the base and then glide it over your face to bring down inflammation (tip: store in the fridge at your Airbnb or hotel room).
–Ere Perez Quandong Green Booster Serum: Layer this antioxidant-rich serum under your SPF to minimize any potential damage from those UV rays!
–Coola Classic Sport SPF 50: Keep your skin protected with a high-level, water-resistant mineral sunscreen that can withstand a workout on the beach!
–Luna Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion: Tan the safe way — with a botanical-based bronzer that gradually brings out and maintains your glow without requiring any time spent baking in the sun.
–Playa Supernatural Conditioner: Slather this on pre- and post-swim for soft, shiny hair (salt water and chlorine from pools can be a killer!).
–Tangle Teezer On The Go Metallic Detangling Brush: Perhaps the chic-est detangler on the planet that works to remove windy-day-snarls without pulling delicate strands.
–Sakara Life Rosemary Kale, Nori and Chia Tortillas chips: Because you need snacks for the beach! And these are packed with energizing superfoods to keep you feeling light but sustained.
Your Destination: The Mountains
–Salt & Stone SPF 30: Natural UV filters and herbal extracts keep your face shielded while you hike and trek through the woods.
–Thistle Farms Natural Bug Spray: Fend off mosquitos and critter bites with this DEET-free option that’s spiked with organic, bug-repellant rose geranium oil.
–Schmidt’s Deodorant Stick: This natural stick won’t spill in your pack!
–R+Co Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist: If you’re out camping and won’t have access to a shower for a bit, this mist works like a micellar face wash to absorb dirt and oil without requiring any water.
–Kalumi Health Marine Collagen Protein Bars: Not into trail mix? Toss these bars in your backpack for 15 grams of delicious, plant-based protein.
-Macmillian Floss: Don’t let good hygiene slip while you’re out in the wilderness and as an added bonus this floss comes with a hand mirrored case.
Your Destination: Anywhere!
–Juice Beauty SPF Tinted Moisturizer: Streamline your packing with this tinted BB cream that moisturizes, evens out your tone and protects with SPF 30.
-January Labs Restorative Tonic Mist + Moisture Renew Mask: Defend your face against pollution and environmental damage this combo—the mist seals in antioxidants while the leave-on mask repairs your skin overnight.
–Everyday Oil: This versatile cold-pressed botanical oil is like the Swiss Army knife of skincare—use it as a body moisturizer, face wash, deep conditioner for your hair, cuticle oil, after-sun oil, bath soak or anything else you can think of!
-Eyeko Mascara Off Eye Makeover Remover Wipes: On those nights you stay up super late (hey, you’re on vacation, right?) take off your makeup in two seconds with these soothing wipes.
–Sphynx Portable Razor: This genius, palm-size razor comes with a built-in balm so you can shave even if you don’t have access to a shower.
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Lead image by April Morlock.