Top 5 Sexy Summer Beauty Essentials

It’s time to enjoy warm weather perks: longer days, adventure-filled nights, beach trips, boardwalks, ice cream and bright bathing suits. The warm weather means one more adjustment -- swapping out essentials in your makeup routine. Here are five simple products to keep you looking gorgeous all summer long.

BB Cream

Since this beauty essential made its way to the U.S. from Asia, College Gloss has been in love. BB cream is effortless, while providing the similiar beautiful finish and coverage of foundation. BB creams are also lightweight, provide critical SPF and vitamins and will correct and enhance your features flawlessly. CG recommends the Dr. Jart Water Fuse BB Beauty Balm Multi-Action Skincare + Makeup with SPF 25 (around $33 from Birchbox or Sephora). This BB cream comes in one shade designed to perfect according to your skin tone. To save instead of spend, try Maybelline New York Dream Fresh 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector (around $9 at Ulta in 5 shades).

Waterproof Mascara

Every girl knows that a little mascara can go a long way toward enhancing a look. The summertime is no exception for using this cosmetic staple. Waterproof mascara is a great option during graduation and wedding season when tears could spout at any second. A budget-friendly product is the e.l.f. (Eyes Lips Face) Essentials Regular & Waterproof Mascara Duo ($1 from

Tinted Lip Balm

Forgo heavy lipstick, which can melt in the sweltering sun, and step out this summer with a lighter lip look. A tinted lip balm is a summer staple because it protects and moisturizes with a pop of color. Pick a matte finish for a fresh look. Purchase Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm (around $4 and available at Ulta) on your next grocery run. The pout-perfecting balm “Quenched” stands out for the summer too because it boasts SPF 20.


Summer magazines are famous for letting girls know how to get an astonishing “faux glow” without sun damage, and a key product towards a stunning glow is bronzer. A fabulous pick is Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Bronzer (around $15 and available in 2 shades at When applied, this bronzer works with the skin’s chemistry to transform into a personalized shade.

Long-Lasting Eye Shadow

Using a standard powder eye shadow with an extra strength anti-creasing primer is a fall and winter standard, but eyelids need something a bit more refreshing in the summertime. A great eye shadow for the summer months is the Maybelline New York Color Tattoo by EyeStudio 24 Hour Eyeshadow (around $6 at Ulta in 10 vibrant shades), since it provides long-lasting color without creasing and has a smooth texture to it that makes it standout from its powder shadow competition. The Color Tattoo shadows come in on-trend brights, such as Tenacious Teal and Painted Purple, as well as enhanced neutrals, such as Bad to the Bronze and Bold Gold.

Remember, summertime is for relaxation and simplification, so don’t have hard feelings if your entire face isn’t made-up to perfection daily. Enjoy your favorite outdoor activities and quality time with friends during these next few months, with the confidence your simple, summer staples will hold up to whatever adventures come along.

By: Jen Morgan | Image: Source

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