With summer right around the corner, it’s time to upgrade your toiletry kit to include beauty essential tailored to the season. From a mattifying compact to a purple shampoo and a beachy fragrance, here are 9 of our favorite new summer makeup and hair products.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial
No matter your summer skincare woes (sun spots, acne, discoloration), this powerful facial mask is sure to set your skin right. The best-selling product comprised of a powerful AHA/BHA blend, two acids that effectively yet gently resurface skin and exfoliate the pore lining, along with chickpea flour for brightening, pumpkin ferment extract for antioxidants, and matcha powder for anti-pollution. Billed as a facial in a bottle, the product is so effective, it sold out within a week of being released—and has a 4.5 star rating based on 225 Sephora reviews.
Kérastase Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental Conditioner
French luxury brand Kérastase recently debuted its first natural hair-care line and we couldn’t be more excited. The four-product collection contains 98 percent all-natural ingredients (plus 97 percent biodegradable packaging), while delivering the same high-performance results we expect from the exclusive brand. We love the Soin Fondamental conditioner, which detangles and moisturizes using Samoan coconut oil and Moroccan Argan oil, and left our strands so hydrated that we didn't need to use styling products.
Stila Color Balm Lipstick
We like to think of Stila’s new Color Balm Lipstick as a grown-up take on chapstick. Formulated with peppermint oil to hydrate the lips and plant emollients for shine, the balm nourishes and protects while adding the perfect hint of color. Our go-to shade is Emma, a dusty pale pink that will complete all your romantic summer beauty looks.
Clinique Moisture Serge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate
Come summer, those ultra heavy creams and concentrates you slathered on all winter should be shelved in favor of lightweight, non-greasy alternatives. Our new favorite is this antioxidant-infused water gel from Clinique, which provided just the right amount of hydration to keep our skin plumped and moisturized, without adding any grease or stickiness. We like to use it under our makeup or after cleansing our face at night.
Murad MattEffect Blotting Perfector
We've tried every oil-blotting product out there, from makeup-setting sprays to grease-absorbing sheets. But it wasn't until we recently tried Murad's new MatEffect Blotting Perfector, that we knew we found a winner. The product (which comes in a travel-friendly compact) truly does it all: instantly mattifies skin, absorbs oil, and visibly minimizes pores. And because the formula is a liquid, it’s also super refreshing—a godsend on a hot summer day.
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Maison Francis Kurkdijian A La Rose Hair Mist
Want to wear a fragrance but don’t want to commit to an overpowering eau de parfum? Try this light, rose-scented hair mist from master perfumer Francis Kurkdijian. It opens on a bright, citrusy note, dissipating into a warm, powdery bouquet of Centifolia rose and violet. And because it's so subtle, you'll never have to worry about over-applying.
Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil
Pinks, oranges, and reds—these are the colors that come to mind when we think summer beauty. And Elizbaeth Arden’s new Sheer Kiss Lip Oil comes in six summer-ready shades, from the beachy Coral Caress to the ultra-feminine Pampering Pink. Packed with five precious oils to deliver hydration and antioxidants, it's one of the most nourishing glosses we've ever tried.
Amika Bust your Brass Cool Blonde Shampoo
Summer savings are for weekends away and extra drinks on the patio—not for last-minute trips to the colorist. Which is why a purple shampoo is the #1 product all blondes should have in their summer beauty arsenal. This Amika ‘poo perfectly toned our blonde strands, canceling out all warm, brassy notes, while adding bounce and softness to our tresses. For best results, follow with the brand’s ultra-violet conditioner.
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Urban Decay GO Naked Perfume Oil
Meant to evoke “the essence of summer,” Urban Decay’s new Go Naked perfume combines warm notes of lavender, orange blossom, and Italian Bergamot. Stash it in your handbag and apply it to your pulse points whenever you’re in need of a little pick-me-up.