Summer is so close we can taste it—tastes sort of like an icy margarita—and with it comes a laundry list of new beauty needs. Increased sun exposure means upping the SPF and after-sun game, and as a tan settles, a new palette of color pops and illuminators are called for in order to embrace the season’s more playful side. Read on as Barneys’ VP of Cosmetics Jennifer Miles walks us through her expertly curated selection of summer cosmetics.
Sun protection is absolutely the most important part of any skincare regimen. Sisley Paris makes a wonderful tinted sun cream that prevents the skin’s photo-aging with a combination of UVA and UVB mineral filters, while offering a non-greasy summer glow. And for after a day at the beach, Soleil Toujour makes a dry body oil with the perfect hint of shimmer and bronzer that will nourish skin and relieve irritated skin.
ABOUT THAT GLOW
For the kissed-by-the-sun look minus the damage, bronzer is your best friend, and there are so many flattering, natural-looking options. Kevyn Aucoin’s new Neo-Bronzer has a three-in-one face palette that combines a highlighter, blush, and bronzer all in one swipe. Another favorite is Cle de Peau’s Luminizing Face Enhancers, which have light-diffusing technology that defines your contours and illuminates your complexion.
Chlorine, saltwater, sun—there are so many things taking a toll on your skin during the summer. Masks are a great way to instantly boost moisture, offering healthier, glowier skin. Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask or Bellatorra’s Cellular Renewal Mask are two go-tos for immediate results.
Cheer up your makeup routine by infusing it with this season’s color pop trend. Colored eyeliner is big for summer, and thanks to Givenchy’s vibrant, waterproof liners you don’t have to worry about smudging or running as you sweat or swim. Right now one of the most popular items at the office is Lipstick Queen’s Frog Prince lipgloss—now also available as a cream blush—which looks green but transforms to the most flattering shade of pink when applied. Definitely a conversation starter when you whip it out.
LIGHTEN UP YOUR SCENT
The warmer weather is a excuse to swap heavier winter scents for lighter summer spritzers. Look for floral and citrus notes that evoke freshness without overwhelming in the heat. Maison Margiela’s Beach Walk is a gorgeous, subtle scent that conjures the best of summer. Vilhelm Parfumerie’s A Lilac A Day is another favorite—it perfectly captures the scent of lilacs wafting through the air during spring.
Taking extra time to care for your body is essential before and after sun exposure, or even fake tanning. An exfoliator is absolutely essential to ward off dryness and nurture luminous skin. After washing and exfoliating in the shower, a hydrating body oil—Rodin’s Luxury Body Oil is hard to beat—will not only soothe, but also give arms and legs a photo-ready, light-catching sheen.