The Best Affordable Summer Beauty Finds

Summer style gets real simple with these fun beauty buys. Best part? They’re all under $50.

Summer is a time for flowy fabrics, bright colors, and wavy locks. But the warmer weather also provides an excuse to take some beauty risks and explore brighter hues that have a little more shine. Here, some of our favorite beauty picks for the summer. We've got you covered with everything from bright lips to shimmery eye shadows.

1

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Mattes in Craving Coral

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Photo by walgreens.com

There’s no need to break the bank to try out popsicle lips—this season’s hottest trend. This shade, a mix between red and coral, pops against summer-favorite fabrics like white and yellow. 

To buy: $7.50; ulta.com

 

2

Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder in Dayglow

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Photo by milanicosmetics.com

Use this pressed powder to highlight or strobe sun-kissed cheeks—the soft bronze adds a less intense contour effect.

To buy:  $10; milanicosmetics.com.

 

3

Joico Blonde Life Brightening Masque

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Photo by ulta.com

If you’re looking to brighten your hair this summer, this product is for you. Apply the formula to strands once or twice a week and—voila—no fancy salon treatments required.

To buy: $20; joico.com.



4

Lemonhead Spacepaste Eye Shadow in Silverlake

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

If there was ever a time to experiment with wilder makeup looks, like glittered eyes, summer would be it. But glitter can be a real hassle to apply. Try this glitter paste instead. The formula goes on clean (no strays!) to add some worry-free shine. 

To buy: $22; getlemonhead.com.


5

Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss in Frosted

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

Eye gloss does the job of an eye shadow, but imparts a wet-looking shine. This rose gold shade, a must-have for warmer months, is flattering on all skin shades, too.

To buy: $24; butterlondon.com.


6

Smashbox Cosmetics Be Legendary Liquid Lip Metal in Mauve Squad

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

This lip color provides full coverage and lots of shine. A great shade if you’re looking to step outside of your makeup comfort zone and try something new.

To buy: $24; sephora.com.



7

Sephora Ready in 5 Eye Brush Set

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

This set comes with all the brushes you need to perfect your signature eye look. The trio comes in a slim pouch that make storing a breeze, too.

To buy: $20; sephora.com.


8

Caress Evenly Gorgeous Body Wash

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

This could be the body wash you’ve been waiting for. The formula not only smells delicious, but it also does double-duty as an exfoliant that leaves skin smelling great and feeling even better.

To buy: $4; target.com.


9

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Smoldering Satin

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

This lightweight liquid eye shadow is long-lasting and will leave your eyes shimmering all night long.

To buy: $24; sephora.com.



10

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Liquid in Gold Champagne

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

Have you been wanting to try highlighting, but don’t know where to start? Experiment with this liquid face highlighter—it's easy to apply and reflects light beautifully.

To buy: $24; makeupforever.com.


11

Catrice Liquid Metal Eyeshadow in Under Treasure

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

Add a little shimmer to your look with this metallic shadow. The shade is just right for a night out with the girls and will add flare to any outfit.

To buy: $4; ulta.com.


12

Nails Inc Sweet Almonds Powered by Matcha Nail Polish in Mayfair Market

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

Rose gold has been popping up everywhere from phones to shoes to eye shadows. If you’re looking for a way to try out the trend, snag this nail color. It not only looks good, but also treats nails to a much needed moisture boost.

To buy: $15; sephora.com



13

Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Lace to the Altar

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Photo by essie.com

This long-lasting color from Essie’s bridal collection mimics the shine or iridescent pearls, making your nails pop whether you’re walking down the aisle or strolling down the sidewalk. 

To buy: $11.50; amazon.com.


14

Cuvée Beauty Champagne Texturizing Spray

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

This spray gives your hair definition and provides flowing waves without any residue. The nourishing formula helps to condition and strengthen locks, too.

To buy: $45; cuveebeauty.com


15

Fresh Citron de Vigne Moisturizing Hand Cream

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

From a brand known for their irresistible scents, a hand cream that is equal parts moisturizing and fragrant. The rich lotion is small enough to throw in your purse for whenever you need a moisture boost, too.

To buy: $14; fresh.com



16

Ciaté London Makeup Melter

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

This makeup melter provides a new way to quickly remove makeup after a long day. The balm cleans and soothes the skin, leaving it feeling moisturized rather than dry or irritated.

To buy: $20; sephora.com


17

Lancôme Juicy Shaker Lip Gloss in Snow-Tilly

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

Because it’s an oil rather than a gloss this formula isn't sticky, but rather provides soft lips with a subtle frosty sheen.

To buy: $22; ulta.com.


18

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Cleansing Bar

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

This is the perfect cleansing bar to care for sensitive or dry skin. The almond milk and honey work in harmony to leave your skin smelling wonderful and feeling smooth.

To buy: $5; thebodyshop.com



19

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Facial Mist

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

This mist contains a natural antioxidant that will leave your face feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. It both soothes and softens skin—a perfect addition to your routine.

To buy: $13; target.com


20

E.L.F. Massaging Eye Wand

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

This wand gently vibrates while giving off heat to prep your eyes for any makeup routine. Just run the wand across your eyelids to help skin better retain any shadow or pigment.

To buy: $25; elfcosmetics.com


21

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Blush Kit

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Photo by ulta.com

Whether you want a dramatic or understated look, this palette has the shade for you. With these four colors, you're sure to find the best shade to enhance your look and bring color to your cheeks.

To buy: $17; walgreens.com.



22

Côte Nail Polish in Nos. 113, 115, and 116

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Photo by coteshop.co

90s trends are back with a vengeance this season—what better way to represent the decade than with a pop of neon. Try one of these fun shades for a bright burst of color.

To buy: $18 each; coteshop.co.


23

OleHenriksen Pure Nurture Facial Water

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

This spray is great for anyone with dry or sensitive skin and will leave your face feeling hydrated and refreshed. A mix of botanical extracts, antioxidants, and nutrients will give you a little boost any time of the day.

To buy: $22; sephora.com


24

Hollywood Fashion Secrets Stylette Kit

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

This kit is a must-have for any girl on the go—everything you need for a fashion or beauty emergency, from deodorant marks to eye makeup mishaps, is tucked into one tiny, portable pouch. 

To buy: $15; hollywoodfashionsecrets.com.



25

Kitsch Hair Coils in Crush

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

Keep your hair dent free, but out of the way with plastic coils that work the same way as any other hair tie—sans the extra tugging on your scalp.

To buy: $6 for four; mykitsch.com.


26

Goody Bright Boost Extra Small Round Brush

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

The quickest way to the perfect blowout is the right round brush. This lightweight choice works well on any hair type.

To buy: $3; walmart.com.


27

Tatcha Exfoliating Camellia Soap

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

This body bar is great for every skin type. Whether you’re oily, dry, or somewhere in between, this bamboo-scented bar will leave your skin clear, exfoliated, and clean. 

To buy: $15; tatcha.com



28

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Cushion Corrector + Primer Duo SPF 20

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Photo by ulta.com

This powder provides both color correcting and priming to prep your face for your makeup routine and the day ahead. Its weightless formula is the perfect first step for whatever summer look you're ready to try.

To buy: $17 each; cvs.com.


29

Youth to the People Youth Duo Mini Cream and Cleanser

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

This duo (cream not pictured) could be the solution you’ve been searching for to bring a youthful boost to your skin. The cream and cleanser helps combat dryness, wrinkles, and loss of firmness that can occur in skin over time.

To buy: $20; sephora.com


30

Kitsch Ice Castle Hair Ties

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

If your hair tie inevitably ends up on your wrist, make the move look a little more deliberate with this pretty twist on the standard accessory. The cloth construction means it won't tug strands either. 

To buy: $9 for five; mykitsch.com.



31

E.L.F. Gentle Peeling Exfoliant

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

Use this exfoliant a few times a week to slough off dead skin for clean, glowing skin. Follow up with moisturizer to leave your skin hydrated and supple.

To buy: $10; elfcosmetics.com


32

Cocofloss in Delicious Mint

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

We know flossing is a pain, but this compact floss provides a burst of mint every time you do the otherwise mundane task. Not sold yet? The floss is infused with coconut oil, making it easy to slide each piece in between tight teeth.

To buy: $8; goop.com.


33

OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish in Pursuit of Purple

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Photo by Jeff Westbrook

If you're not quite ready to go for brighter shades, like neon, this pretty lilac hue is a great fit for you.

To buy: $13; ulta.com.