Summer Beauty Essentials for Your Skin, Hair, and Body

Robert Hundley
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Once a week, we ask our editors to share the items they’ve been loving or lusting after—whether it’s a new skincare product we’re dying to try or a travel essential we can’t live without. Consider “The Weekly Covet” your editor-approved wish list for beauty, travel, fashion, and everything in between.

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C.E.O. 15{5c5ba01e4f28b4dd64874166358f62106ea5bcda869a94e59d702fa1c9707720} Vitamin C Brightening Serum

“In my book, there’s never a bad time for vitamin C, but in the summer, I’m even more committed to this free radical-bashing, dark spot-defying potion.” — Lauren Hubbard, Contributor


Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion, Broad Spectrum SPF 55

“Summer beauty means sunscreen, right? As someone who burns within a minute of stepping foot into the sun, I’ve been using Neutrogena sunscreen all my life, and it’s never failed me once.” — Emily Burack, News Writer

“If I had to sum this magical anti-humidity spray in two words, it would be: summer lifesaver. Trust me, frizz and flyaways don’t stand a chance against its no-hold formula.” — Sophie Dweck, Associate Shopping Editor


Tulip Dew Vitamins & Mineral Sunscreen

“I love everything about this sunscreen, from its silky texture to the fact that it contains tulip extracts that add antioxidant oomph to its all-mineral SPF 50 formulation.” — April Long, Beauty Director


Anthelios XL SPF 50 Sun Stick Sensitive Lips, 0.15 Oz

“Lips are especially vulnerable to sunburn, that’s why it’s good to keep the kissers hydrated and protected with a good SPF lip balm. I personally prefer the one from La Roche-Posay.” — Swarna Gowtham, Editorial Intern

“In case you were wondering, the secret to a just-got-back-from-paradise glow lies in Chantecaille’s bronzer. It imparts an oh-so-perfect sun-kissed radiance on my complexion that I can’t get enough of.” — Sophie Dweck, Associate Shopping Editor


Matte Revolution – Gracefully Pink

“I love a bright pink lip for summer, and my new favorite is this flattering coral shade from Charlotte Tilbury in their signature Matte Revolution formula.” — Caroline Hallemann, Digital Director


CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30

“The only sunscreen I use. Over the counter and extremely reliable, it’ll travel with me everywhere this summer.” — Erik Maza, Executive Style Director


Silkamino Mega-Moisturizing Masker

“Between frizz-inducing humidity, damaging pool chlorine, and copious amounts of dry shampoo to combat an oily look, the summer months can be tough on your hair. So I’m here for showing my strands a little extra love this season, courtesy of a new moisturizing mask from Drunk Elephant.” — Caroline Hallemann, Digital Director


Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream

“In the summer my main goal is to look like I’ve just gone on a fabulous vacation and spent lots of time in the sun; even when the reality would tell a different story. This Chanel bronzing cream is excellent at making even the fairest of us look like we’ve just hopped off the plane from Greece!” — Sarah Carbonaro, Freelance Fashion Assistant


Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara

“I carry this Lancôme mascara with me wherever I go, especially in the summer. Whether I’m spending all day at the beach or simply sweating from humidity, this waterproof mascara never lets me down.” — Ana Osorno, Social Media Editor


Divine Skin: Rose 001 The Essence

“I honestly don’t know how or why this seemingly simple rose-based elixir works so well, but just trust me (and the wizardry of Pat McGrath): press it into your skin pre-serum or moisturizer and behold—the glowiest, dewiest skin you’ve ever seen.” — April Long, Beauty Director


“VACATION” by Vacation

“If summer has an offical scent, this is it. It has your classic summery notes like coconut but also features notes of pool water and swimsuit lycra. I’ve never worn it and not gotten a compliment.” — Breana Crews, Freelance Fashion Assistant


Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Cream 0.68 oz.

“Now that you know the only suncreen I use, I thought I’d share the only eye cream I use. Vital after a long flight, a long night, a long year. Trust me. La Prairie must be French for ageless.” — Erik Maza, Executive Style Director


The Ultimate Soothing Cream

“To get glowing, dewy summer skin, it helps to be well moisturized. My go-to is Augustinus Bader Ultimate Soothing Cream. I won’t go to bed at night without it!” — MaryKate Boylan, Senior Fashion Editor


New! Serum Absolut Radiance

“Another essential in my summer beauty routine? A really good serum. I was recently introduced to Luzern’s new formula—and wow. The glow is seriously out of this world. It’s packed with plant-derived enzymes, vitamin C, and other good-for-skin ingredients that help exfoliate dead skin cells while promoting the most luminous complexion.” — Sophie Dweck, Associate Shopping Editor

“I am loathe to wear foundation, but when I have formal events I like to wear What the Foundation because it gives my skin that oomph I love without feeling like a mask. It’s a tint, it’s a moisture balm, whichever way you look at it, it makes my skin look incredible. And it smells heavenly too.”—Roxanne Adamiyatt, Senior Digital Editor


ReDimension Hydra Powder Blush

“Normally I am a cream blush girl, and cream blush almost exclusively. But when RMS’ new innovative gel to powder blush hit my desk I just had to give it a go. I love the color Sangria for a long-lasting and subtly golden-flecked flush of color on the cheeks. It’s going to be my go-to blush with a tan for sure.”—Roxanne Adamiyatt, Senior Digital Editor


Backstage Face & Body Concealer

“Summer heat and humidity means that when it comes to concealer, I need to call in the big guns. In this case, that means Dior Backstage Face & Body Concealer, which is full coverage but has a natural finish. Better still: it has caffeine and is waterproof. This is key for both banishing the effects of tiredness on my skin and ensuring I’m not walking around with my face running down my neck in 90 degree weather. Whether it’s for formal events or just my every day makeup at the office, this is my go-to.”—Roxanne Adamiyatt, Senior Digital Editor

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