If you’ve found yourself wanting to yell some variety of “I am so excited for summer!!” at any person who will listen, then good news: These summer beauty looks say the same thing… just a tad more subtly. Because yes, this season we’re officially going all out on good vibes—and our skin, nails, and hair are getting in on the action.
Not really down with applying a full face in 90-degree weather? No worries. These three trends are all about finding ways to express yourself without spending a ton of time that’s better spent on a beach or next to a cooler of chilled beverages.
Plus, you don’t have to be a beauty wizard to get in on the looks—all you’ve got to do is make a quick trip (in real life or virtually) to Walmart for the budget-friendly gems you need to pull them off. Whether you’re taking a mid-day stroll through the park or heading to somewhere sandy for the weekend, it’s time to turn your summer beauty goals all the way up.
Keep scrolling for three summer beauty looks we’re looking forward to rocking this season.
Have you introduced your bronzers to your SPF? Because they’re very much on the same team, and we’re recommending you put them both in your starting lineup this summer. This year, it’s all about embracing the glow more than ever before—a faux glow, of course.
Start with a silky smooth face-lotion-and-SPF-in-one like Coola Classic Face Sunscreen or Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Face Gel Lotion for a protective base. For more coverage, add a foundation or BB cream with SPF, like the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation with SPF 50 or the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream with SPF 30.
Lastly (or skip straight to this step after your SPF moisturizer), add a bronzer to make sure you’re looking sun-kissed 24/7. From a cream-to-powder bronzer stick like Physicians Formula Organic Wear® Sculpting Bronzer to buildable MILANI Silky Matte Bronzing Powder, there are plenty of ways to make this look your own.
Want a way to instantly put a smile on your face, no matter what? Paint your nails the color of a literal rainbow. Whether you go for a vegan, sunny yellow-orange or a perfectly pastel, no-chip green (or really lean into the trend and paint every nail a different hue), you can’t lose.
Call them Skittles nails, citrus nails, rainbow nails, whatever you like—we promise giving yourself a mani that middle-school you would wholeheartedly approve of is the secret to a mid-day beauty pick-me-up.
No bad hair days
Instead of one hair trend taking over (sorry, curtain bangs), we’re in favor of using the laidback summer vibe to curate the hair-care routine of your dreams. Brands like Hairitage and Headquarters carry hair essentials for all different hair types, so you can curate a routine just for you (huge plus: they’re also super affordable).
And because we’ve all experienced firsthand the effects of hot weather on our hair (hello, sweaty scalp), you’ll also want to make sure you’re leaning into protective and clarifying products this season. The Kim Kimble RepHair Shampoo, for example, is made for nourishing wavy, curly, or coily hair specifically (oh hi, hydrating avocado, jojoba, and coconut oils).
Bonus: By prioritizing hair care this season, you’re setting yourself up for good hair
days months the rest of the year. And you thought you were excited for summer before.
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