There's plenty to think about when the end of summer rolls around. Whether you're mourning the end of frozen drinks and cut-off shorts or excited about cozy sweaters and Halloween festivities, now is the time we all start looking towards fall. But don't forget your beauty routine, because as we all know, when the weather changes, so
do our beauty needs.
That means that now is a great time to edit your routine and incorporate new products that will work well into autumn. To help you navigate the selection of new offerings, our editors have rounded up all the products we fell hard for this month and will be using well into the new season. From a blemish-fighting sheet mask to a
celebrity perfume, here's everything we loved in the month of August, ahead. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Milk Makeup Flex Foundation Stick
"Stick foundations are normally a miss for me. I like my base to be light, comfortable, and semi-matte, so most options tend to feel a little too heavy once on the skin. I've long wanted a great stick foundation for travel and this one far exceeded my expectations. It's lightweight, has buildable coverage, and doesn't feel like a mask sitting on my skin. Plus, it doesn't accentuate any dry patches on my skin. I'm thinking of running out to get my winter shade, too."
Mi-Anne Chan, Associate Video Producer & Beauty Writer Milk Makeup
Flex Foundation Stick, $36, available at
Sephora More Botánika Beauty The Revitalizer
"This was my first summer during my natural hair journey and it's safe to say that I caused
a lot of damage to my curls — although not from styling tools. It was summer shenanigans like pools, beaches, and over-washing that left my strands incredibly dry. However, I'm getting back on track to healthy hair with this Latina-founded deep conditioner that has already made a difference in just a few uses. It instantly hydrates my hair and leaves it so shiny."
Thatiana Diaz, Beauty Writer Botanika Beauty
The Revitalizer, $11.99, available at
Botanika Beauty More Mediheal Tea Tree Essential Blemish Control Sheet Mask
"I've felt personally victimized by my skin lately, so after one too many blemishes, I decided to try this sheet mask from Mediheal. I wasn't just intrigued by the fact that this brand is known for having the bestselling sheet masks in Korea, but I found that this mask, particularly, targets blemishes
and calms my skin. In just 20 minutes all my redness was gone, my pimples shrunk, and my face felt like I had just given it a glass of water. My bad skin days have met their match."
Tea Tree Essential Blemish Control Sheet Mask, $9.94, available at
Soko Glam More Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation
"When Charlotte Tilbury FaceTimed me from London to tell me about her brand's upcoming
foundation launch, I knew it had to be good, because if they're video-dialing me, the tea has to be extra hot. Well, her call lived up to my expectations as this formula gives me an airbrushed finish that leaves my skin feeling soft and even. Plus, I've never gotten more compliments on my skin."
Airbrush Flawless Foundation, $53, available at
Charlotte Tilbury More Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Universal Balm
"This multi-use balm is magic: Just a pea-sized amount smooths flyaways and turns stressed-out hair soft and shiny with zero greasiness, and it doubles as a moisturizing salve for dry skin. I was skeptical at first, but thanks to the soft, dreamy scent and nourishing, non-sticky camellia oil, I’ve actually been using it from head to toe on the daily."
Rachel Krause, Senior Beauty Editor Shu Uemura
Essence Absolue Universal Balm, $46, available at
Sephora More Alder New York Everyday Face Serum
"Between the unpredictable late-summer weather and adding a new prescription retinoid to my routine, my skin has been especially finicky lately. This serum is full of clean ingredients my sensitive skin loves (niacinamide, panthenol, and willow bark extract among them), all packed in a water-light formula that instantly plumps and quells redness. It also helps that the packaging is so sexy — and I’m always more than happy to support a new Brooklyn-based brand."
Alder New York
Everyday Face Serum, $36, available at
Alder New York More R+Co Moon Landing Anti-Humidity Spray
"Summer is far and away the worst time of year to have bangs — the 99.9% humidity has mine looking less French-girl fringe and more windblown Farrah Fawcett. This moisture-repelling spray is a lifesaver for taming frizz and preventing the dreaded moment when my bangs curl up and go rogue the second I step out the door."
Moon Landing Anti-Humidity Spray, $32, available at
Blue Mercury More Morgan Taylor Forever Marilyn Nail Lacquer In Girls Prefer Pearls
"My nana had a signature nail polish that, to this day, I envy. I never got curious enough to ask her what it was, but — lucky for me! — the iridescent finish she loved is back
en vogue. Although I'm still searching for the perfect match, this creamy pearl polish is fitting the bill for now. It's just an added bonus that the formula is long-lasting — it didn't start to chip until I was already six days in."
Samantha Sasso, Beauty Writer Morgan Taylor
Forever Marilyn Nail Lacquer Collection, $9.5, available at
Ulta Beauty More Florence By Mills Like A Light Skin Tint
"I don't always buy into the allure of a celebrity-owned beauty brand, but I was pleasantly surprised by
Millie Bobby Brown's new “Skin Tint” (i.e. a tinted moisturizer). It covered my redness without hiding freckles, but looking in the mirror I’d never guess I was wearing any foundation at all. I suppose that’s the goal of a product made for tweens."
Florence by Mills
Like a Light Skin Tint, $18, available at
Florence by Mills More Ariana Grande Thank U, Next Eau de Parfum
"When I was in middle school, my best friend had this perfume from Victoria’s Secret (I
think it was called Sex Kitten) and when you’d pick up the bottle, it would purr. I thought it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. It also quite literally smelled like what you thought sex was supposed to smell like when you were 13 and still hadn't taken your first health class. In any case, Thank U, Next is the grown-up version of that perfume, but filled with coconut undertones that smell less like your first time in your twin bed and more like sex on the beach — without all the scratchy sand."
Thank U, Next Eau de Parfum, $62, available at
Ulta Beauty More La Mer The Hydrating Illuminator
"This illuminator squeezes out of the shiny white-and-gold tube like a pearlescent gel, and when I rub it into my skin — I like to hit the high points — it melts into this pretty dewy gloss that just makes my skin look brighter. "
Megan Decker, Beauty Writer La Mer
The Hydrating Illuminator, $75, available at
Neiman Marcus More Together Beauty Love Lather Moisture Shampoo
"At first, I was into the name (how cute is ‘Love Lather’?), the teeny heart printed on the bottle, and the 98% natural formulation of this new shampoo by Together Beauty. I thought my hair looked and felt softer after a few uses, but I didn’t know for sure until my boyfriend saw me day-two and asked if I'd just gotten a blowout."
Love Lather Moisture Shampoo, $29, available at
Sephora More Goop By Juice Beauty Exfoliating Instant Facial
"I would describe the consistency of this mask as wet sand. But a soft, fine grain, almost silky, sand that you’d dig your toes into walking into the water on the world’s most exclusive beach. I like to use it right out of the shower — but only once or twice a week — dab it onto my still-wet face and massage in circular motions (as Gwyneth instructs). I let it sit for just 3 minutes while I put on sweatpants and brush my teeth, and then wash it off with warm water. My skin is a teeny bit pink afterwards, but the glow I see the next day is the professional, $500 facial-level stuff."
Goop by Juice Beauty
Exfoliating Instant Facial, $125, available at
goop More It Cosmetics x Drybar Lash Blowout Volumizing Mascara
"As a glasses girl, I don’t wear much mascara, and with a head full of natural hair, I don’t do blowouts, either. So, I’m not the person you’d expect to love this mascara. But, I do. I tested it out on a rare occasion that I was doing a full face of makeup. Unlike some of the jumbo wands that leave a mess all over my lids, this one is the perfect size to provide volume and definition without feeling like I’m using a literal brush on my tiny lash hairs. The effect was full fringe that didn’t go raccoon by the end of the night."
Jessica Cruel, Deputy Beauty Director It Cosmetics
Drybar Lash Blowout Mascara, $25, available at
Macy's More Patrick Ta Major Glow Highlighting Mist
"Even though this highlighter is meant to be used on the face, I found it works best as an all-over body highlight. I just spray it down my arms and on my chest for an instant glow up. It’s especially potent when mixed with my favorite Supergoop Sunscreen Oil. It was literally the only makeup I wore while on vacation, because who needs body foundation when you’ve got a natural tan and a can of insta-sparkle."
Patrick Ta Beauty
Major Glow Highlighting Mist, $32, available at
Sephora More Method x Minted Bloomy Bouquet Limited Edition Foaming Hand Wash
"I know what you’re thinking: hand soap, Jessica. Really? But this foaming formula has totally increased my zen. I’m in the middle of a home renovation, so going to the bathroom requires trekking up a flight of stairs and down a long hallway. The blend of lily and orchid make the StairMaster routine a little more tolerable. And something about the design (done by artist Rachel Nanfelt) makes me feel like my gutted home has a small sense of decor. When you have to wade through dust and power tools on the daily, it’s the small things that bring you joy."
x Minted Bloomy Bouquet Foaming Hand Wash, $3.49, available at
Target More Renée Rouleau Rapid Response Detox Cleanser
"Everyone's favorite Texas-based facialist has one of the most-effective lines to fight acne on the market, including a cult-y Detox mask that just inspired a collection extension. Her new Detox face wash immediately became my go-to upon release because it clears pores, quells blemishes, and makes skin feel amazing. What's more, the thick yellow formula can be left on for up to five minutes during a breakout to help kill bacteria and exfoliate skin. Win-win!"
Lexy Lebsack, Senior Beauty Editor Renée Rouleau
Rapid Response Detox Cleanser, $34.43, available at
Renée Rouleau More Sisley-Paris Velvet Sleeping Mask
"I don't know what the hell Sisley is putting in its masks (Fairy tears? Moon dust? Alien spit?) but whatever it is makes my skin feel softer and more plump than anything else around. I've been running through its latest release, a multipurpose Sleep Mask, at a disturbingly fast rate by using it as both a thick, moisturizing mask and by patting it in before bed to work overnight."
Velvet Sleeping Mask with Saffron Flowers, $140, available at
Bloomingdale's More Jimmy Coco Buff ‘N’ Glow
"I've been self-tanning at home for years, and am pretty darn confident in my abilities, but this mitt makes everything that much easier. Tanning artist Jimmy Coco does half of Hollywood (Kylie Jenner, Ariana Grande, and the like) so it's no surprise that this clever application mitt delivers an A-list glow. One side buffs away dead skin (the top half is great for elbows, ankles, and knees, while the bottom half is perfect for arms and legs) and the other side smooths any formula you love in evenly for a perfect tan — even past Labor Day Weekend!" — Lebsack
Buff ‘N’ Glow, $12, available at
Jimmy Coco More YSL Rouge Pur Couture x Zoe Kravitz
"I've been in search of what will be my go-to fall lipstick, and thanks to Zoë Kravitz, now I have it. For her first makeup collection for YSL, she created a line of six lipsticks in various shades of red and nude. The formulas are rich, stay on for a surprisingly long time, and I've fallen deeply in love with one particular light brown, bordering-on-lilac shade called Maris' Nude, which is named after Kravitz's godmother, icon Marisa Tomei."
Rachel Lubitz, Senior Beauty Writer YSL
Rouge Pur Couture YSL x Zoe Kravitz, $38, available at
YSL More Giorgio Armani Matte Nature Lip Maestro
"I recently tested this lipstick for my wedding makeup trial, and I will definitely be using it on that day. Makeup artist Vincent Salinitri swiped it on me before I left for a night of cocktails, multiple sushi rolls, and dancing — and it looked the exact same when I came home at 1 a.m. It's super light and feels like you're wearing nothing at all, which I can't say for most liquid lipstick formulas."
Cat Quinn, Beauty Director Giorgio Armani
Matte Nature Lip Maestro, $38, available at
Neiman Marcus More Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer
"This full-coverage concealer covers my undereye circles, redness, and acne marks for hours without caking or creasing. I love that it's an incredibly thin formula, but covers like a thick cream."
Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer, $13, available at
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