The 18 Best Summer Beauty Items for Dewy Skin, Beachy Hair and a Gorgeous Faux Glow

editor@purewow.com (PureWow)
·5 min read

The arrival of spring makes us want to throw open the windows and clear out our homes. That includes sorting through the multitudes of face masks, eyeshadows and makeup brushes we stored away all winter like chipmunks. But then summer rolls around, it has a way of sparking the need to stock up again on all things dewy, shimmery and basically anything with built-in SPF. Here, 18 best-selling summer beauty items to pick up from Sephora ASAP.

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1. Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops

We love a good faux glow, and these handy little drops make it super easy for even the most amateur at-home tanners to achieve that sun-kissed look. Just add some drops to your go-to moisturizer and you’ll noticed a subtle tan developing after just two applications.

2. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub

More time spent at the pool or beach may do good things for your mood, but it doesn’t have the same effect on your hair. Give your scalp a deeper clean once a week with this gentle scrub to keep chlorine and salt from building up.

3. Peace Out Microneedling Dark Spot Brightening Dots

Even with fastidious SPF application, the sun can darken existing acne marks, scars and other dark spots. But these easy little patches infuse your skin with niacinamide, licorice extract and tranexamic acid to brighten and even your skin tone overnight.

4. Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Stick

Simplify your makeup routine with a creamy stick that can do it all—eyes, lips and cheeks. Plus, there are ten gorgeous hues to choose from.

5. Grande Cosmetics GrandeLASH MD Lash Enhancing Serum

This luxe lash serum will give you the look of falsies or lash extensions without any of the hassle of regular spa appointments or pesky glue. Plus, you’ll see results in just one month of use, and there are none of the scary side effects of some other lash-boosting formulas out there.

6. nuFace Mini Facial Toning Device

It’s never too late (or too early) to start minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, especially considering we’re about to be soaking up all the rays (albeit safely, of course). This handy tool is a major PureWow favorite and well worth the investment. Psst, you can also use it on your neck and decolletage for smoother skin all over.

7. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint

Swap your heavier foundation or cover-up in favor of this lightweight skin tint for the warmer months. It still offers plenty of coverage, just with a more breathable formula.

8. Amika High Tide Deep Wave Hair Crimper

Don’t let the name or appearance deter you—this funky curling iron makes it so much easier to achieve the ultimate beachy waves (not the crinkle crimping from the early 2000s). It even works on thick, curly and coiled hair types.

9. Fable & Mane Holiroots Repairing Hair Mask

Attention anyone dealing with winter-damaged hair: This ultra-luxe mask is infused with coconut cream, mango butter and banana to breathe new life and shine into your stressed-out locks.

10. Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

We’ve heard it before, from our mothers, beauty editors and dermatologists alike, and we really should be wearing at least SPF 30 every day (yes, even indoors). Opting for a daily moisturizer that also offers sun protection is a good way to work this step into your beauty routine without actually adding any more steps.

11. Sephora Collection Complete Brush Set

When was the last time you replaced your makeup brushes, really? If you answer is pre-2020, you might want to consider updating your most-used styles in the very near future (aka today). Summer is as good a time as any to start fresh with new tools to complement your brighter, glowier looks.

12. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel

Spas may or may not be reopening where you live, but no matter where you are you don’t actually need to leave the house (or pay a ton) to get a professional-level facial. All you really need are these simple two-step chemical peel pads which use AHAs and BHAs to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, pores and excess shine.

13. Sephora Collection Ultra Glow Serum: Glow + Strengthen Vitamin C

Regular application of a vitamin C can even out your skin tone and give you a dewy glow from within that lasts well past Labor Day. This inexpensive serum is one of Sephora’s best-sellers and is made using clean, vegan ingredients.

14. Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF40

Multiple PureWow editors swear by Supergoop!’s sunscreens which are lightweight and rub in super easily (no chalky white residue here) despite the inclusion of physical sun blockers.

15. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer

Swipe some of this shimmery bronzer over your cheeks, shoulders and collarbone to fake a tropical vacation glow…even if you spent all weekend on the couch.

16. ONE/SIZE by Patrick Starrr Secure the Blue Hydrating Under Eye Patches

So, you stayed out a little too late with friends and now your skin is paying the price, eh? Slap a set of these hydrating under-eye patches on and in just 15 minutes your skin will look healthier, happier and more refreshed.

17. La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizer

The past year has been a difficult one for all of us, and you deserve to treat yourself to something truly luxurious. This cult-favorite moisturizer is definitely worth the hype, so we say go forth and splurge a little to keep you skin well hydrated post-sun. (P.S., there’s also a mini size available for $95 if you want to test it before going all out.)

18. Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Stay Vulnerable Glossy Lip Balm

Take a trip back to the best of ‘90s beauty with a trending summer glossy lip color that is, in the immortal words of Lil Mama, poppin’.

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