Is your routine begging for a refresh? Time to replace those broken palettes, beaten down brushes, and used-till-the-last-drop bottles with some fresh new finds. But before making your way to the nearest Ulta Beauty, you'll want to research which products suit you and your beauty needs the best this Summer. Below are the questions you should ask yourself before adding to your cart, along with product recommendations that will help round out your haul with items you'll love this season and the next!
Does It Beat the Heat?
Can your routine beat the heat? Don't let rising temps get the best of you. Instead, opt for products that thrive in the heat. First, an air dry spray will cut down on hair damage and frizz, keeping your hair soft and tamed in rising humidity. Next, a waterproof mascara and setting spray are key for keeping your beauty beat fresh all day. And finally, a ride-or-die blemish cream will help fade any unwelcome pimples that tend to pop up thanks to all that sweat and shine.
Does It Protect Your Skin or Hair?
While basking in the sun is one of our favorite summertime activities, every minute under all those UV rays is another minute of potential damage caused to your hair and skin — not to mention your makeup. But that doesn't mean you need to hide indoors! Just curate a Summer beauty regimen that will act as a sun shield for your entire look.
If you don't already use it, you need SPF in your routine, stat. Incorporating SPF into your skin care is a great way to set yourself up for success and to minimize damage both short- and long-term. Try a moisturizer or serum with mattifying properties and shine control to keep your oily T-zone at bay. Next, use a foundation that will stay put and keep you feeling covered from day until night. And don't forget about your hair, which is always subjected to a lot of abuse in the Summer. Use a shampoo that is meant for color-treated hair and has UV filters in it to protect hair/color keep strands shiny and healthy.
Is It Travel-Friendly?
Summer travel doesn't have to mean sacrificing routine for a tropical beach somewhere. You can take your same beauty bag on the go when you invest in travel-friendly sizes of your favorite brands. And we're not just talking about smaller bottles of your shampoos and conditioners — we mean your favorite brush set for a flawless makeup application, a travel-friendly version of your entire skincare routine, a makeup setting spray that will fit right in your purse, and a hairspray that is carry-on approved.
Does It Help You Be Bold and Glowy?
If you're in the market for a fun new Summer look, now's the time to do it! Whether you're after a bold watercolor eye, a bronzy glow, or a superglittery lid, stock up on products that will inspire you to have fun with your routine. Invest in a versatile eye palette that can be utilized numerous ways, a cult-classic bronzer that pairs amazingly with an over-the-top highlighter so you can achieve the glow-up of your dreams, and high-shine eye gloss that will look just as amazing IRL as it does on your feed!
Is It a Self-Care Moment?
Whether lounging by the pool, chilling in the AC, or snoozing on the beach, Summer is all about indulging in those quiet "me time" moments. But it's also a good opportunity for you to up your self-care routine with a beauty regimen to rival all others. Opt for moisturizers that provide an intense shot of hydration with an instant cooling effect for a mini spa-like experience each morning. And while you're at it, take your self-care routine on the go with a face mist you can keep in your bag for a spritz of hydration anytime, anywhere, and a leave-in conditioner that will de-frizz and stop humidity in its tracks. It's all about products that allow you to live your best life!