25 Summer Beauty All-Stars: Hair, Skin, and Makeup

Real Simple

Keep skin hydrated, hair nourished, and makeup in place with these great beauty essentials.



Strictly Curls Curl Enhancing Styling Foam

Work this vitamin E– and amino acid–packed foam through damp hair, then air-dry to get shiny, bouncy, mermaidy waves.

To buy: Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Enhancing Styling Foam, $8, amazon.com.

John Frieda

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Spray

Channel your inner California Gurl: Just spritz, heat with a blow dryer, and voilà—instant lasting highlights for all but the darkest strands.

To buy: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray, $10, drugstore.com.

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Goody Simple Styles Bun Spiral

Throw your hair up in seconds—and keep it in place for hours—with a clever coil that does the work of multiple bobby pins.

To buy: $7, target.com for stores.


Nexxus Pro-Mend Daily Shampoo

The mix of coconut oil and keratin helps seal swim- and surf-induced split ends (believe it!) while it cleanses.

To buy: Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Treatment Daily Shampoo, $9, ulta.com.


RickyCare No-Frizz Comb

It defrizzes in one stroke, thanks to smoothing oils baked right into the comb.

To buy: No-Frizz Pocket Comb, $6, rickysnyc.com.


Neutrogena Triple Moisture Split End Mender

Rub this into damp or dry hair to repair brittle sun- and chlorine-exposed strands. The lightweight balm, which contains sweet almond, olive, and meadowfoam oils, seals off ragged ends and helps prevent future breakage.

To buy: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Split End Mender, $7, drugstore.com.


Darphin Hydraskin Serum

A cooling, antioxidant-packed fluid that’s like a fresh summer cocktail for parched skin. You can use it in place of your regular moisturizer morning and night.

To buy: Hydraskin Intensive Skin-hydrating Serum, $75, darphin.com.

Sally Hansen


Sally Hansen Moisturizing Nail & Cuticle Oil

Brush on this vitamin E oil to look polished without polish.

To buy: Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil 4000 IU, $6.50, walgreens.com.


Wish Shea Butter Soap From Lollia by Margot Elena

Lather up with this moisturizing bar and you’ll leave a subtle floral-amber scent in your wake hours later.

To buy: Lollia Wish Shea Butter Soap, $12, lollialife.com.


Clean Moisture-Absorbent Deodorant

This aptly named product smells like just-washed cotton and keeps you feeling freshly laundered.

To buy: Clean Original Scent Moisture-Absorbent Deodorant, $18, Yahoo! Shopping.

Oil of Olay

Olay Pore Minimizing Cleanser + Scrub

Crushing humidity is no match for this exfoliating foaming cleanser that removes excess oil without stripping.

To buy: Pore Minimizing Cleanser, $7, ulta.com.

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O’Keeffe’s for Healthy Feet

A rich cream to prep yourself for the shoeless season.

To buy: Healthy Feet - 3.2 oz. Jar, $8, okeeffescompany.com.


Suave Cocoa Butter With Shea Body Lotion

The cocoa-butter scent will transport you straight to the beach, even if you’re stuck in front of a keyboard.

To buy: Cocoa Butter with Shea Body Lotion , $2.50, amazon.com.

The Body Shop

The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser

After a day in the sun, treat sensitive skin with care. This cleanser gently washes away dirt and makeup without stripping skin dry, and seals in moisture with soy oil and shea butter.

To buy: Vitamin E Cream Cleanser, $14, thebodyshop-usa.com.


Origins A Perfect World SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer

Apply this moisturizer in the morning to shield skin from damaging UV rays with the help of white tea antioxidants.

To buy: A Perfect World SPF 25, $39.50, origins.com.

Burt's Bees

Burt’s Bees Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother

The rich face-and-body lotion calms red skin and keeps it supple with coconut oil, bee pollen, and glycerin. Natural aloe vera and linden extract help soothe skin and diminish inflammation.

To buy: Burt's Bees After Sun Soother, Aloe And Linden Flower, $10, Yahoo! Shopping.



Covergirl NatureLuxe Silk Foundation

A tube of sheer, blendable color that contains refreshing cucumber water and hydrating jojoba extract—it’s the next best thing.

To buy: NatureLuxe Silk Foundation, $12, ulta.com.


Temptu Retouch Blush

This long-lasting liquid cheek stain comes with a built-in brush that makes application a breeze. In three shades.

To buy: Retouch Blush, $35, sephora.com.

Hard Candy

Hard Candy Lash Ink

Take that weekend trip, but leave your makeup bag behind. This waterproof stain lasts for four full days—no clumping, no flaking, no smudging. (No worries.)

To buy: Hard Candy Lash Ink 4-Day Lash Stain, $7, walmart.com.

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick

As moisturizing as lip balm, with pretty, see-through color that screams “summer.” In six shades.

To buy: YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm Crystal Color Lipstick, $30, sephora.com.


Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Shadows

Shimmery waterproof, creaseproof powder ready to be swiped on with a finger. In 15 shades.

To buy: Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows, $32 each, giorgioarmanibeauty.com.


(Untitled) by Maison Martin Margiela

A crisp, feminine blend of jasmine and cedar that’s lightweight enough for the steamiest day.

To buy: (untitled) Maison Martin Margiela Eau de Parfum /1.7 oz., $100, saks.com.

Laura Mercier

Laura Mercier Eye Basics

This concealer’s creamy texture blends into skin to hide dark circles. It is long-lasting, water-resistant (read: sweat-proof and splash-proof) formula also enlists antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E, as well as oil-absorbing clay, to prevent midday creasing. Available in six shades.

To buy: Laura Mercier Eye Basics Concealer, $24, Yahoo! Shopping.

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Beauty for Real Miracle Mascara

This mascara holds up against sweat, tears, and oil, but washes off easily with warm water and a gentle rub. Volumizing carnauba wax builds up tiny lashes and keeps them soft.

To buy: $23, beautyforreal.com for stores.


Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15

One coat of this gloss, available in 18 sheer to bold shades, keeps lips tinted, glossy, and sun-protected for hours.

To buy: Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15, $14, Yahoo! Shopping.

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