Back to School: The Beauty Essentials College Students & Teachers Need

It’s that time of year again! As summer slowly winds down, college students and teachers begin planning for the months ahead. In addition to those ever-important school supplies, you may also need to consider a few new additions to your makeup bag. After all, how can you expect to get through a long day on campus or in class without your favorite lip balm or hand cream? We’ve rounded up the essentials you absolutely need to ease back into the busy school year.

Moisturize well. As it gets cooler outside, you’ll find that your skin requires far more attention that it did during summer. Stash a few hydrating essentials in your desk drawer or bag. bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm ($13.99) not only drenches lips in deeply nourishing passion fruit seed oil, but also protects with vitamin E and leaves behind just a hint of color. It’s perfect for on-the-go and between-class touchups.

Grab a mirror. You’ll be grateful you thought to tuck a pocket-sized version into your arsenal, even if it’s just to check on the state of your foundation in the middle of the day or touch up your lip gloss. The London Bath & Beauty Compact Mirror ($5.95) is a fun choice available in several patterns.

Hydrate often. Don’t dismiss the importance of a high-quality moisturizer that you can use everywhere from your face to your hands. DermOrganic Hand & Body Moisture Lotion ($3.99) protects skin with a rich combination of Moroccan argan extract, lipids, and vitamins C and E. The healing combination is completely free of fragrances, so it’s great for sensitive skin.

Tame your hair. Don’t allow a frizzy mane to take away from your polished look, whether you’re teaching or attending class. A s
mall bottle of a healing hair product, such as Obliphica Professional Seaberry Serum ($9.99) can work wonders in an instant. Not only does it calm flyaways, but it also adds shine, preserves color, and leaves your mane softer.

Brighten up. It’s never been easier to fake a wide-eyed appearance, thanks to products formulated specifically to reflect light and illuminate your skin. bareMinerals Well-Rested Face and Eye Brightener ($17.99) works like magic to enhance the appearance of a tired complexion. Apply it directly to dark spots, under the eyes, and on imperfections to reveal brighter, more luminous skin.

Add some color. Just twist, swipe, and blend! That’s all you need to do to add some quick color to the apples of your cheeks, thanks to the convenience of Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush ($17.99). Available in four colors, it boasts a smoothing cream formula that glides into the skin and blends beautifully. You can even use it on your eyelids and lips if you need to pull your look together just a touch.

The Dos and Don’ts of Dealing with Hair Loss

Dealing with the sudden onset of hair loss can be both alarming and stressful. You may worry about whether it’s related to a health condition, or spend all of your time researching the benefits of shampoos and treatments designed to reverse the problem. First things first: Stressing won’t help, and may make you feel worse. Remember that it’s not an uncommon problem, either—the American Hair Loss Association estimates that women account for approximately 40% of sufferers in the United States.

So what can you do about the problem? It’s important to understand the root cause of the problem. Temporary loss may be due to illness or medication, and might resolve with time. Excessive loss of hair, however, could be due to a specific medical condition known as alopecia. Only a doctor can properly diagnose this and provide you with a solution. That said, there are things that you can do—and avoid—to help the situation. Here’s what you should know.

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Treat your hair gently using products that are formulated to stimulate hair growth. A sulfate-free formula, such as Toppik Hair Building Shampoo, not only enhances volume but also protects color-treated strands from fading. Use it regularly to see results. To build on your results, try Toppik Hair Fattener , a leave-in conditioner that is formulated to plump the hair shaft and leave your mane softer and more manageable.

 

Adjust your diet as needed. There’s a reason behind the old “you are what you eat” adage, after all. Protein-rich foods are essential, because they promote strength and encourage keratin production. Salmon and avocado are both excellent additions that add a nutritious boost to any diet. Low levels of iron and vitamin D2 may also be to blame for your hair loss. A blood test can confirm that, but in the meantime you can bulk up on spinach, eggs, and cheese to see a difference. Try: Bosley Supplement for Women – 60 count

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Spending all your time stressing out can be truly detrimental to your physical and emotional health. In fact, it could be part of the reason your hair is suddenly shedding. Of course, it’s hard to simply cut your anxiety—but you can embrace a few self-care habits to reduce those feelings. Try meditating at night before bed, for example, or go for a peaceful walk to clear your mind. It’s the little things that count, and they all add up to a happier and healthier you.

 

Overstyling your hair can also be problematic in the long run. While it’s tempting to experiment with styles in an effort to minimize the appearance of hair loss, all that fussing might actually weaken your strands further. Keep it simple by using Wet Brush Detangle Professional to smooth out your strands in the shower and avoid the unnecessary tugging and tangling that usually happens when you’re styling.

The Easiest Ways to Include SPF Into Your Routine

July and August are the hottest months of the year, which means that sun exposure is pretty much unavoidable. With the heat cranked up, it’s important to keep your skin covered from UV rays, even if you only step outside for a few minutes. SPF is essential in helping to prevent premature wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and of course, skin cancer. However, you don’t have to use a sunscreen to be covered! Here are a few skincare and beauty products that are formulated with SPF so you can enjoy your summer days without worrying about sun damage.

Sunscreen

The problem with most sunscreens is that they feel way too greasy or heavy on the skin, but Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 ($30.89) remedies that issue with its ultra-lightweight formulation. This chemical-filter free sunscreen protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays while leaving your skin with a matte finish. Perfect for all skin types, including sensitive and post-procedure skin.


Lip Balm

Don’t forget your lips need protection from the sun, too! The skin on our lips is extremely thin, which makes them even more prone to sun damage. Using a SPF lip balm like Jane Iredale’s LipDrink SPF 15 Lip Balm ($13.99) seals moisture in your lips and shields them from the elements. Either wear it on top of a lip color or by itself in one of the four sheer colors it comes in.

Primer

If you’re not too keen on wearing sunscreen, consider opting for Skinceuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 ($29.99) instead. This two-in-one product acts like a sunscreen but is actually great to use as a primer beneath makeup. Reduce the appearance of pores and absorb oil by smoothing a light layer over the skin. It will leave you with a matte finish that doesn’t slip even when it feels like a sauna outside.

Foundation

Knock out sun protection and makeup application in one swipe with Glo Minerals LUXE Liquid Foundation SPF 15 ($40.99). Infused with ultra-fine minerals and light-diffusing diamond powder, this foundation gives the skin a radiant finish that deeply nourishes at the same time. If you’re a fan of a dewy glow, then this sheer-to-medium coverage foundation will be your new summer staple.

Concealer

Create more of a barrier from the sun with a concealer that offers SPF like BareMinerals Correcting Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($17.89). We love how creamy it is and how it doesn’t crease up. It’s so good, in fact, that it was awarded the “Best Concealer for Blemishes” by Allure a few years back. Apply it onto any imperfections to conceal them. Over time, the appearance of dark spots and discolorations wll actually reduce over time, thanks to the lemon peel extract.

Powder

Finish off your makeup with Jane Iredale’s Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen ($34.99). Dermatologists recommend reapplying sunscreen every two hours so this lets you do it without disrupting your makeup. Not only does it keep your skin protected, but also it helps provide sheer coverage and calm down inflammation (even if you’re already sunburned!).

The Beauty Tools You Need In Your Life (and How to Use Them)

Where would be without beauty tools? Of course we need our various powders and potions, but without the right equipment it would be pretty challenging to accomplish some of our favorite looks. Whether it’s applying foundation more precisely, smoothing out your skin more effectively, or graduating to a tweezing pro, you’ll need a few of these top-tier tools to make it happen. Here are our favorites of the moment.

Jade Roller Beauty Pro, $42.99

Did you ever imagine that you’d end up rolling your way to amazing skin? The beauty world has essentially fallen head over heels for the incredible jade roller, a sleek, double-ended tool featuring jade stones on each end. Their popularity is due to a number of facts: they’re extremely portable and easy to use, they may help boost drainage and strengthen facial muscles, and they simply feel amazing against the skin. If you’re in the mood for a little extra summertime treat, pop yours into the fridge and roll it over your complexion for a brilliant massage.

Tweezerman Wide Grip Slant Tweezers, $15.99

Get a grip—on a great pair of tweezers that’s destined to change your beauty routine for good. This sleek pair is designed by one of the best in the industry, and it features an intricate design with a wide grip that makes it easy to hold on while you pluck away at those pesky strays. The slant design is ideal even if you’re a tweezing newbie—it’s just that simple to grab at each single hair and pull out without pinching your skin. A stainless steel construction ensures it will last a lifetime.

Glo Minerals LUXE Foundation Brush, $26.99

If you typically apply foundation manually, you’ll wonder what took you so long after you get your hands on this brush. Featuring a thick handle, a flat top, and feathery soft bristles that pick up just the right amount of product, the brush is designed to apply your makeup precisely and blend it to perfection. Blending is the key—buff, buff, and buff some more until you achieve that glam, magazine cover-worthy appearance that you love.

BioSwiss 5 Piece Pedicure Set, $7.95

You may not be getting those weekly pedicures you swore you’d get at the beginning of summer, but you can definitely do your part to keep them looking fabulous all season long with this kit. It contains all of the essentials to achieve a salon-like look at home: nail clippers, a nail file, a nail brush, a pumice stone, and toe separators. All you need is an eye-popping color to complete your look!

 

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These are the travel-size beauty products you *have* to pack for a trip away

When it comes to packing your holiday beauty essentials, no matter how many times you write a checklist, you always forget something. Having all your favourites in under 100ml for the plane, and remembering what you’ll need while you’re there, can be a bit of a headache. So, to lighten your load, we’ve worked out the fail-safe travel-sized beauty product must-haves that’ll ensure you feel summertime fine from take off to touch down…

The Skin Kit

Wish you could travel with a facialist on hand for your best-ever skin on holiday? It’s now one step closer, thanks to The Ultimate Renew Beauty Kit, £65, devised by the the beauty experts at NET-A-PORTER. With a selection of 12 skin cleansers, oils, peels, serums and eye brighteners, from cult brands such as Sunday Riley, Omorovicza, Lancer and Dr Dennis Gross to name just a few – it covers every skincare base for glowy holiday skin. And best of all it’s cleverly packed into a transparent pack so there’s no decanting or squishing into a clear plastic bag. We’re all up for treating ourself to first class beauty, even if we do turn right on the plane.

       Try these:

iS Clinical Brightening Travel Kit

● Image Skincare Ageless Travel/Trial Kit

Peter Thomas Roth Cult Classics Kit

The Plane

Ear plugs, tooth kit, eye mask: Yes, some airlines offer them, but surprisingly some don’t and it’s a bleeding nightmare if you’re stuck next to someone who insists on keeping their reading light and you want a kip. Better to be safe than sorry.

Try these:

Supersmile Whitening Toothpaste 4.2 oz

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle 24k Gold Sheet Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

SiO Eye & Smile Lift – 4 pads

Nasal spray, painkillers: The single best travelling trick I know is to use a chemist-bought nasal spray such as Vicks First Defence (£6) when flying. Using it when you first get on the plane will significantly reduce the threat of developing bugs from inhaling the air conditioning. If, though, you tend to get a headache from the air-con, bring painkillers. It’s a killer not to have them.

Moisturiser, pillow spray and muscle cream: Hydration will literally be sucked from your skin whilst on a flight so take a thick and nourishing cream such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream (£70) to lather on when your face feels a little dry. Admittedly, pillow spray is an added luxury but, a little lavender mist (Susanne Kaufmann pillow spray (£18) can really help to relax you during the flight and don’t forget the muscle cream. It’s not something many people think of but if you wake up with a stiff neck, it’ll be your saving grace. We love This Works In Transit Muscle Therapy (£18) – it really does tingle the right spots.

Facewash and deodorant: When you get the “breakfast wake-up” having been hunched in the same position for seven hours, there really is no better word than “rough” for how you’re probably feeling. The best quick-fix is a good facewash, a slick of deodorant (we love Aesop’s(£23)) and a scrub of the old nashers. Take Kiehl’s travel-sized Ultra Facial Wash (£7.50) for the best kind of in-flight wake-up. Its gel formula lathers the skin in a creamy foam, leaving it moisturised and refreshed.

Try these:

Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes – 20 Count

PCA Skin Total Wash Face & Body Cleanser 1 oz

The hotel

Yes, the hotel will provide the shampoo, conditioner and shower-gel frills but there really are some key items missing on their stock order…

Sun cream: If you take only one item on holiday, let it be this. There is nothing more important when it comes to health and beauty than taking care in the sun and we highly recommend using no lower SPF than factor 30. You need to bring a body sun cream and a face SPF.

Try these:

Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen 0.62 oz

NIA24 Sun Damage 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 2.5 oz

Skinmedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield SPF 35 1.85 oz

After sun, body lotion, body oil: It may seem excessive to pack all three moisturising products, but if your suitcase allows, do it. Use the after sun straight after the beach. For evenings, choose a lovely scented, deeply moisturising butter and use an oil on your legs. You can reapply just before you go to bed to allow your body to absorb the maximum moisture it can overnight. This will help to prolong your tan and keep your skin nice and plump.

Try these:

Bliss Grapefruit + Aloe Body Butter 6.7 oz

John Masters Organics Blood Orange & Vanilla Body Milk 8 oz

Avene Body Oil 6.76 oz

Face mask: For many people, a holiday is a chance to go au-natural, allow the skin to breathe and avoid having to wear make-up for a couple of weeks, which we totally get. But, whether you fall into this camp or still maintain your normal beauty regime, the extra time you have whilst away is a great opportunity to pamper yourself and a face mask is the way to do so. Face masks such as SK-II’s legendary Facial Treatment Masks (£86 for a pack of 10) will help to restore moisture alongside your normal night cream and rejuvenate the skin after sun exposure.

Try these:

bareMinerals Dirty Detox Skin Glowing and Refining Mud Mask 2.04 oz

Bliss Multi Faceted Mask

Straightners or curlers and salt spray: Just because the hotel will have the hair cleaning products and a hairdryer, it doesn’t have the finishing touches to take your hair from day to night. Bring a set of stylers and a product such as a salt spray to get the ultimate beach waves, tousled look. We love Bosch’s mini straighteners-come-curlers (£23.99), perfect for squeezing in a suitcase and Davines’ Sea Mist (£15) for voluminous texture.

Try these:

Bio Ionic OnePass Iron 1.5″

TIGI Session Series Salt Spray 9.13oz

Make-up essentials

Concealer, tinted moisturiser, highlighter: Skin tends to clear up and look a whole lot healthier after being a little sun-kissed so leave all your thicker foundations and cover-ups at home. Take a concealer to use if your bags won’t budge and those dark spots and fine lines keep clinging. We love Hourglass’ Hidden Corrective Concealer (£23) for instant improvement. When it comes to a tinted moisturiser, select a shade one darker than what you normally wear if you tan. The best we have found is Estee Lauder’s Sheer Tint Release (£38), which adapts to your skintone, whatever it is. Lastly, the power of a good highlighter to enhance your holiday glow shouldn’t be underestimated. Try Nars’ Illuminator (£23) on your cheekbones, cupid’s arrow, brow bones and temples.

Try these:

bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

Eyebrow products: Don’t forget to fill those brows in, the sun will naturally make your hairs lighter. Benefit’s Brow Zings (£24.50) is a winner with its powder and wax options.

Try these:

Glo Minerals Brow Collection

Mascara: Take a waterproof mascara such as Clinique’s High Impact(£17.50). That way, you’ll look fresh in the water as well as out. Don’t underestimate the power of humidity and sweat to smudge your look even if you are on dry land.

Try these:

Glo Minerals Brow Collection

Tigi Cosmetics Eyes Love It Mascara

Lipstick: Yes, you’ve been told to always keep a red lippy on you at all times, but it’s for a reason. It’s the quickest, easiest, most effective way to glam up your look and is the symbol of classic beauty. You can’t go wrong with Mac’s Ruby Woo (£15.50). With its blue neon undertone, it’s got a really fun edge, which translates well to a holiday vibe. Also make sure to pack a nude lipstick so you can achieve different looks on alternate nights without having to bring a trunk full of colours. We recommend Tom Ford’s Sable Smoke (£37) for a sparkly, sheeny finish.

Try these:

Tigi Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick

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How to Get the Kardashian Glow for the Summer

From reality tv stars to beauty moguls, the Kardashians are known for their ultra glam makeup looks. Aside from their signature lashes, you’ll always find them sporting a highlight that looks like they’ve been bathed in a halo of light. Well, we’ve done our research and found the few key products you’ll need to create a fresh, luminous glow that would even impress the highlight and contour queen herself, Kim Kardashian West.

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First things first, you’ll need to prep the skin with an ultra-hydrating moisturizer. Peter Thomas Roth’s Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream ($35.99) helps lock in moisture since it’s formulated with 30 percent hyaluronic acid, which keeps skin supple and plump for 72 hours. You can choose to wear a primer on top or skip it completely like Kim does.

When it comes to foundation, use one that gives a radiant finish like Glo Skin Beauty’s Luminous Liquid Foundation ($47.99). This lightweight mineral foundation is infused with both diamond powder and green tea extract to make it look like you’re glowing from within. Apply some of the foundation on your neck as well so there’s no harsh line. Dab the product into the skin with a KKW-approved BeautyBlender ($15.99) sponge that’s been dampened for the most flawless streak-free finish.

Complete the base by applying Jane Iredale’s Active Light Under Eye Concealer ($24.99) under your eyes, on the bridge of your nose and the cupid’s bow to brighten up your face. The concealer also works as a highlighter so it creates a soft-focused effect that will amp up the glow.

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Lightly dust Karin Herzog’s Egyptian Earth Finishing Powder ($35.99) over the t-zone to set the base. The powder evens and illuminates the skin, providing it with a long-lasting radiant finish. Now time to bake in true Kardashian fashion with BareMinerals Barepro Contour Face Shaping Trio ($30.99). Apply the lightest color in the areas you want to be highlighted—so under the eyes and on the middle of the nose, chin, and forehead. Let it sit on your face for a few minutes, then dust it off. Use the medium color to bronze the skin and the darkest color to contour.

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Once you’re done, bring some color back into your face with
Jane Iredale’s In Touch Cream Blush ($17.99). Use your fingers to apply the product onto your cheek and then blend it in with the BeautyBlender. The creamy formula blends effortlessly into your skin—not to mention it also smells like chocolate.

 
Then glide BareMinerals Highlighter Stick ($18.99) on the highest part of your cheekbones. This oil-free highlighter is infused with Mineral Moonbeam Essence that mimics how light reflects off crystals, which gives your cheeks an ethereal, multidimensional look. Feel free to also dab some on your cupid’s bow and tip of the nose if you love the shine. To make your eyes look bigger and brighter, apply Jane Iredale’s Eye Highlighter Pencil ($11.99) along the inner corner, waterline, and brow bone. And voilà, you’re ready to keep up with the Kardashians all summer long.

How to Protect Your Hair During the Summer

Just as you slather on the sunscreen during summer, you need to be sure that your hair is protected, too. There are several ways to ensure that your strands stay in shape no matter how much heat and humidity comes their way. Here’s how to accomplish that while ensuring that every day is a great hair day.

Cover It Up

Occasionally a heat wave rolls through and makes it impossible to manage your hair. Use this opportunity to add a few chic hats to your wardrobe. They’ll protect your mane from dryness—and as a bonus, you’ll also shield your skin from damaging ultraviolet rays.

Use UV Protection

It’s just as important to protect your hair from ultraviolet rays as it is your skin. Overexposure to the sun can lead to dryness, brittle strands, and even fading color. A product such as TIGI Bed Head Beach Freak Moisturizing Detangler Spray ($12.99) contains a potent UV complex that is formulated to filter out those potentially harmful rays that might cause your hair to look less than healthy. It also includes seaweed extract, which is enriched with protein to strengthen and prevent dryness.

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Prevent Chlorine Overexposure

You can spend as much time in the pool as you desire—that’s the beauty of summer, after all. But all that time splashing around comes at a price for your mane. Take the time to protect it from chlorine, which can cause extreme dryness and, in some cases, even cause your strands to turn green. A little bit of conditioner is all you need. Simply apply a dime-sized amount to damp hair, comb through, and throw your hair in a bun. Try Bain de Terre Meadow Balancing Conditioner ($11.99)—it’s safe for daily use, smells great, and is suitable for all hair types.

Protect from Overheating

If you’re a slave to your hairdryer and flat iron throughout the year, it’s important to do one of two things. Either take a break f
rom using those tools completely—usually easier said than done—or protect your hair from the effects of heat styling. Try Hot Sexy Hair Prep Me 450° Heat Protection Blow Dry Primer ($12.99), which helps reduce breakage and minimize brittle strands. Bonus: It leaves hair ultra smooth and silky!

Get Your Wave On

Although it’s tempting to throw your hair up in a topknot or ponytail every day of the week, there are styles that you can achieve without heat. By adding Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($29.99) to your routine, you can rock an amazing look that channels a tropical vibe. A little spritz from top to bottom on wet hair is all you need to style your mane. Finger comb it through for best results and try not to touch—you’ll love the natural, super-soft wave that results.

 

 

How to Get a No-Makeup Makeup Look For Summer

Less is definitely more when it comes to creating a no-makeup makeup look. That being said, you’ll still need certain products to achieve it. We’ve found the best seven beauty products that will get you a fresh face for summer that will endure even in the hottest of climates. Versatile and affordable, all of these products will become essentials in your beauty bag.

Concealer

Skip the foundation, and opt for a full coverage concealer instead. Dermablend’s Quick-Fix Concealer ($18.89) will give you all the coverage of a foundation without making it feel like you have a mask on. Use the stick concealer to cover everything from under-eye circles to blemishes to scars. Since it comes in a variety of yellow and pink tones, you’ll be able to pick your perfect match. With its smudge-proof SPF 30 formulation, this stick concealer will be your go-to during the summer.


Powder

If you can’t live without foundation, no worries! You can still use it—in powder form that is. Jane Iredale’s Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder ($34.89) offers sheer to medium coverage so you can either apply it as a setting powder for the concealer or build it up for that extra bit of coverage. The water-resistant SPF 20 product diffuses the appearance of fine lines and pores all while concealing redness. Great for those with sensitive skin types, including those with eczema, acne, and rosacea.

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Eyeshadow

For the eyes and brows, all that’s needed is a good eyeshadow palette like Jane Iredale’s Eyeshadow Kit ($38.99) in Daytime. The kit provides five neutral colors that work well for all skin colors. For a subtle, but noticeable highlight, apply the lightest color in the inner corners of the eyes, brow bone, and cheek bone. Apply the medium shade in your socket and underneath the tip of your nose for dimension. Apply the remaining medium to dark colors to your brows.

Mascara

To make your eyes really pop, use YoungBlood’s Mink Lengthening Mascara ($19.99). This long-wearing mascara doesn’t flake or smudge so rest assured it will stay put in the blazing heat. For the best results, apply the mascara close to the base of the lashes, then wiggle upward for maximum volume and length. Make sure to separate each lash for the most natural look.

Blush & Bronzer

Get that flushed look with TIGI Cosmetics’ Glow Blush ($12.99). The highly pigmented product appears dark, but it goes on sheer so you can easily and seamlessly blend it into the skin for a rosy glow. Same goes for BareMinerals’ Invisible Powder Bronzer ($26.99)—the baked bronzer gives a naturally radiant finish that is both buildable and multidimensional.

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Tinted Lip Balm

Finish it off with lips that look naturally stained with BareMinerals’ Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm ($13.99). Ingredients like vitamin E and passion fruit seed oil deeply hydrate the lips while leaving behind a beautiful color stain that lasts. Initially applied the product is sheer, but you can layer it to achieve a full coverage glossy pout.

What Type of Sunscreen Do You Need?

The countdown to summer is on—and that means it’s also time to reintroduce sunscreen to your skin care routine if you haven’t already done so. While it’s a year-round essential, many people simply don’t use it until the temperatures soar and the sunshine beats down on their skin. As long as you use it, you’re in good shape. But are you using the right type of sunscreen?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), there’s no specific type that is better than another. However, it is important to seek out a formula that meets the following criteria: it should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more, provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and be resistant to water. All of these factors will offer you greater protection from burning, the visible signs of aging, and skin cancer.

Based on your skin type, where you’re going to be, and what your preferences are, you can select from a wide range of sunscreens. Here are several we love and highly recommend for their protective benefits:

For Normal Skin

If you have normal to combination skin, you’ll benefit from a lightweight formula that increases your ability to resist harmful ultraviolet rays and minimizes the odds of developing fine lines and wrinkles. PCA Skin Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Water-Resistant ($25.99) is a potent product that lasts whether you’re taking a dip in the ocean or relaxing by the pool. It contains caffeine, a hyper-charged anti-aging ingredient that works overtime to save your skin.

For Oily Skin

Dealing with oily skin can be especially frustrating in the summer, when sebum production seems to go into overdrive. Luckily, products like bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($21.99) help soak up the shine while giving your skin the protection it needs when you’re outside. And if you happen to have a few dry patches, this will help stave off the flakes and improve the overall appearance of your skin with regular use.

For Dry Skin

Dry skin can be difficult to treat, especially when it comes to selecting an effective sunscreen that won’t make the problem even worse. Seek out formulas enriched with moisturizing ingredients, like gentle oils or squalene. Avene Hydrating Sunscreen Balm SPF 50 ($13.99) contains shea butter and glycerin, both potent “drinks” for your skin that help nourish. Vitamin E protects your skin from antioxidant damage, while Avene’s signature thermal spring water provides some calming protection.

For Sensitive Skin

Don’t let blotchy skin and hypersensitivity stop you from wearing sunscreen. If anything, you need it more than ever to minimize the odds of aggravating already irritated skin. Try Dermablend Cover Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($25.99) if your goal is to cover the redness while protecting your complexion. This provides full coverage, so you can rest assured that the ruddy nose, dark spots, and undereye circles will all be beautifully concealed. With up to 16 hours of coverage, it’s available in 21 shades and won’t budge.

How to Tan at Home Like a Pro

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Achieving a golden glow is one of the easiest ways to refresh your skin for the onset of warm weather. While baking in the sunshine is certainly a feel-good summer pastime, it’s not the safest way to achieve the tan skin you crave. With a few key products from our extensive collection of self-tanning beauty products, you’ll be on your way to rich, flawless color in no time. Here’s what we suggest to achieve a beach-worthy look—without the harmful ultraviolet rays.

  1. Exfoliate Your Skin First

The key to successful at-home tanning is smooth skin. If you leave behind traces of roughness, your product will inevitably get caught up in the flakes and leave dark, unsightly patches of color behind. Use a gentle product, like John Masters Organics Raspberry & Orange Body Scrub ($16.99), to slough away dead cells and leave it soft and supple. This one is ideal for all skin types and leaves behind a soft, fruity scent.

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2.Dry Skin Off Completely

Although you may be tempted to apply your tanning product immediately after stepping out of the shower, it’s important to wait until your skin is completely dry. For best results, dab your skin dry and wait at least 10 minutes before the next step. This will prevent those telltale streaks.

3. Add a Touch of Lotion

A hint of moisture is essential for those areas of the skin that are naturally dry. Use a lightweight product, like Elta MD Lotion ($13.99), to hydrate the elbows, knees, and ankles. The key here is to apply the moisturizer sparingly; too much will affect the way the tanner blends into your skin, but too little won’t soak up any lingering dryness.

4. Apply Your Self-Tanner

From mousses to liquids to creams to sprays, the self-tanning world is rife with options. Using a spray product, such as Bliss FatGirlSlim Hide and Glow Sleek ($33.99), makes it easy to reach difficult spots, like the back of the body. Be sure to select a shade that’s designed specifically for your skin tone—don’t opt for the color that you’re trying to achieve. A gradual formula is a great choice for beginners who want to monitor their color and stop when it reaches a certain intensity. Try Fake Bake Amplify Daily Lotion Gradual Tan ($15.99).

5. Clean Up the Mistakes

The odd mistake here or there is inevitable. With time those will become less frequent, but you can easily fix any errors with one very simple cooking ingredient: lemon. Simply rub half of the citrus fruit onto the affected area for a couple of minutes. Then smooth it out with a slightly damp towel.

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