5 Makeup Essentials for Summer-Ready Looks

Summer means glowing sun-kissed skin, pops of color on lashes and lips and beachy-bright nails.  Here are 5 simple (and natural) ways to add a touch of summer to your makeup bag.

One-swipe wonders
In summer it’s all about no-fuss makeup and stick foundations that go on with ease. They’re easy to blend with your fingertip (no makeup brushes or sponges needed!) and deliver weightless, skin-perfecting coverage. Here are a few to try:

W3LL PEOPLE Narcissist Foundation Stick and Bio Brightener Stick, which work together to provide glowing, natural color. Added aloe, chamomile and green tea extracts nourish while silica leaves a satiny, oil-absorbing finish.

Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Luminous Foundation is ideal for dry or sensitive skin, and features an infusion of light, dry plant oils and calming herbs like frankincense, tulsi and lotus leaf.

For easy-to-apply-and-reapply sun protection, dust on jane iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen in Translucent over your foundation or on bare skin. It’s a no-color, loose powder sunscreen with a convenient built-in applicator sponge.

All-in-one creams
If summer means you can commit to only one facial product, choose one that treats, protects and evens your skin tone all at once. The newest CC (color-correcting) creams feature anti-aging botanicals, SPF 30+ and come in sun-kissed shades that give you a natural summery glow.

We love Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream, packed with wrinkle-reducing stem cells and repairing resveratrol (derived from organic grape extracts) that nurture mature skin. Osmosis + Colour CC Cream features micro-encapsulated color that perfectly matches your skin tone, along with oil-absorbing kaolin clay that helps keep skin fresh in hot weather. (Bonus: It’s a favorite of our Beauty Buyer!)

Look-at-me lashes
Colorful mascaras are a surefire way to get your baby blues, greens or browns noticed in the breezy summer months. Luckily we’ve got a number of bold-hued options—W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara now comes in blue, purple or brown, and combines moisturizing botanical oils with pure pigments and a lash-finding rubber brush for bold, fluffy lashes. For a slightly more subtle look try ZuZu Luxe Mascara in Navy. It will make the whites of your eyes appear brighter!

Flirty smiles
Wind, sun and outdoor activities can leave lips dry and cracked. The fix? Lightweight but moisturizing lip balms and butters that provide a sheer wash of color. Jane iredale LipDrink SPF 15 blends carrot seed and avocado oils to keep lips soft, and their Buff and new Flirt shades are good summer neutrals for all-day wear. We also love Pacifica Coconut Kiss Creamy Lip Butter in Sunset, a bright pinky-rose colored lip conditioner that’s long-lasting and sweetened with stevia extract.

Chip-free fingers and toes
Sandal-worthy feet demand summer-toned nail polishes that can stand up to days at the beach.  Look for ones that are long-lasting, with high-shine finishes. Try SpaRitual GOLD Flexible Color Nail Lacquer and Flexible Top Coat, a new two-step system that’s smudge resistant and lasts twice as long as regular polish. SpaRitual’s Sublime, a pastel blue, or Adorn, a soft lilac with gold shimmer, are summer favorites. Another good choice is Deborah Lippmann’s Gel Lab Pro Nail Color in Happy Days, a bright coral that treats nails with strengthening biotin, keratin and rice protein.