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Summer is just around the corner, and that means fun pool parties, beach vacations with friends, and late night bonfires. With the hot summer months quickly approaching it is important to have beauty and skincare essentials that protect your skin and that will last all day.  Here are 7 summer beauty essentials that will help you look fabulous for Summer!


The most important beauty essential you can have this summer is Sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the harmful summer rays will help your skin stay young and fabulous. When picking out a sunscreen for your face look for active ingredients zinc oxide, avobenzone and Mexoryl SX. They protect skin from harmful UVA radiation. SPF 20-50 is usually a good range and can often be found in BB Creams. Try Protect the Truth sunscreen by Ole Henriksen with SPF 50Found here.

BB Creams

To achieve a goddess like glow use a BB cream. B.B. Cream is the ultimate multifunctional treatment. “The gentle botanical formula creates a lustrous, flawless finish as it hydrates, firms, and soothes the skin. It helps to diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and uneven skin tone while providing long-wearing, natural coverage that conceals.”(Sephora) When picking one out make sure it has sunscreen to achieve a one-stop shop.  Try Boscia B.B. Cream with SPF 27found here.

Self Tanner

Lets admit it, at the beginning of the summer we are very pale. Being kept indoors studying for finals and sitting inside classrooms does not help us prepare for summer pool parties, beach vacays, and short-shorts weather. One-way to fake being tan is using a self-tanner. A self-tanner is a great way to achieve a golden-tanned look without the harmful rays. However beware awful tan lines if not rubbed in properly. Try this fragrance-free St. Tropez Everyday Tan for Body, found here.

Cream Blush

Makeup in the summer should be easy, light, and fresh. A great addition to your daily summer makeup routine is a cream blush. Cream blush acts as a stain and there is no need to re-apply. This one from Josie Maran lasts up to 14 hours and is infused with coconut water for moisture. With a variety of shades and unique formula there is no need for a brush, but can be used with your figures for an effortless look. This Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee from Josi Maran is a Summertime Beauty Essential, Found Here.  

Waterproof eyeliner

Waterproof eyeliner is an essential for sunny pool days. There is nothing worse than black mascara and eyeliner running down your face when you’re wet. To avoid this mess try a waterproof formula for a streak-free application Try this Urban Decay 24/7 waterproof eyeliner, found here.

Lip Stain

Summer days usually include fun, all day activities. Who wants to worry about re-applying their lipstick multiple times a day? A great summer beauty essential is a lip stain that will last all day. Best part is that it will not transfer while eating or drinking! Try A YSL glossy stain, found here.

Hydrating Moisturizer

The last important beauty essential is a hydrating night moisturizer. After a day in the sun, your skin’s moisture has been reduced. Although this step is easily forgotten, along with sunscreen is probably the most important for healthy radiant skin. Try this Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial, found here.

What is your must-have summer beauty product?

Rachel is a Junior at the University of Oregon studying Journalism, Advertising, and English. She is on the writing team for HCO. She aspires to become an editor of a fashion magazine, a food writer, or creative strategist at an advertising firm. Rachel has always loved the freedom of writing and loves all things creative, makeup, fashion, food and Art History. When not studying for school, she enjoys the beach, traveling, dancing, and eating Nutella.
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