Summer may be almost over, but that's no reason to 86 the SPF. Even on the cloudiest days, the sun's rays are still powerful, and can do harmful damage. Make sure you use a sunscreen-infused moisturizer, like Origins Brighter By Nature SPF 35 Skintone Correcting Moisturizer ($45). This illuminating lotion also helps eradicate rough, uneven skintone from three months of sun-worshipping.
Summertime is all about lightweight, unsmudgeable makeup — hence the popularity of sweetly sheer lip tints. But since richer hues and textures reign in the fall, try a buildable lipstain you can layer into a deeper shade as the weather gets cooler. Try Revlon Colorstay Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm ($8.99) — luscious shine, long-lasting color.
Sun overexposure can lead to serious fine lines, especially around your eye area. Reverse the damage from your beach vacay with Clinique Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream ($42). This rich moisturizer is spiked with skin-protecting antioxidants, and keeps the sensitive skin looking refreshed, supple and vibrant.
By the end of the summer, your body can be scaly, thanks to hot, dry weather, artificial air and sun damage. Soften your skin with a gentle scrub like The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish ($19). This foaming gel is spiked with crushed strawberry and walnut seeds and vitamin C to nourish, moisturize and buff your skin to a baby-soft, gleaming sheen. It also contains pore-clearing salicylic acid — just the thing for summertime body acne.
Your tan is the first casualty of the summer. Keep your glow going with a powder bronzer (only go one shade darker than your complexion, or it could look dirty). For a sunny radiance, use a big, fluffy brush to swipe bronzer over cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and forehead – i.e., where the sun naturally hits your face. We're obsessed with Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder ($34), a natural-looking bronzer with the barest hint of radiance-boosting gold shimmer.
After months of summer's fearsome threesome — chlorine, salt water, and sun — your hair (not to mention your color) can look frizzy, dry, and brassy. Add some much-needed nourishment and moisture to sun-sizzled strands with Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor ($22). To use, massage in hair twice a month, slap on a shower cap, and rinse after twenty minutes. Hello, soft, shiny, shampoo-commercial hair!
As fall approaches, mani shades tend to go from bright and poppy to deep and rich. Skip electric banana yellow and go for a lusciously royal plum, like Dior Nail Polish in Purple Revolution ($23). The vibrant shade is blended with subtle pearly particles that reflect light, giving the color a show-stopping gloss.
After a couple months, mascaras can build up bacteria and begin to dry out. Now's the perfect time to replace yours! Try Cover Girl's new LashBlast 24 Hr Mascara ($7.99) — it comes with the biggest brush in Cover Girl's history, which creates the biggest, sexiest lashes, ever.
Since you have a tawny glow in the summer — plus it's too hot to wear anything heavy on your skin — skin makeup sometimes takes a backseat in the summer. But since the changing seasons bring fairer skin (and sometimes zits), you might want to try a tinted moisturizer to add some coverage and color to your complexion. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($43) gives skin a luminous, polished glow — and it's so lightweight, you won't even know you're wearing it.
A new season is a time of renewal! Exfoliate dull-looking skin to reveal the radiant, youthful-looking skin underneath. If your skin's too sensitive for facial scrubs, try applying your cleanser with Shiseido the Skincare Cleansing Massage Brush ($25). This silky brush gently massages and exfoliates skin while also amping up circulation — which brings a healthy, rosy glow to your skin. So good.