Aesthetically pleasing hand lotion, plus seven other beauty buys to simplify your routine.

By Heather Muir Maffei
Updated July 13, 2020
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Summer is winding down, but your beauty routine probably isn’t. Here are the best items to stock up your makeup bag.

Best Beauty Products for August: Hand Cream
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Glossier Hand Cream

Talk about lending a helping hand: The Instagram-favorite brand donated 10,000 of these squeezable pods to health-care workers on the front lines of the Covid crisis. The pink pepper scent is lovely, the lotion feels like velvet, and the flip top requires only one hand—whee!

To buy: $18;

Best Beauty Products for August: Eye Primer
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Becca Cosmetics Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer

Cool to the touch, this vitamin E–laced balm has a slight shimmer to counteract sallowness and fills fine lines to prevent the dreaded concealer creasing.

To buy: $32;

Best Beauty Products for August: Oat Mask
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Aveeno Oat Mask with Cucumber Extract

Facial masks don’t have to be fancy. Smooth this on and rinse after five minutes. Oats restore your skin barrier while cucumber and seaweed extracts wake up your face.

To buy: $10;

Best Beauty Products for August: Hair Refresher
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Dark & Lovely Hair Refresher

So many dry shampoos require rubbing or brushing to blend in—not this one. To revive protective styles like braids and twists, simply spray it onto your scalp and go.

To buy: $6;

Best Beauty Products for August: Mascara
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CoverGirl Clean Fresh Mascara in Extreme Black

The curved wand deposits a mineral-oil-free formula that lengthens, volumizes, and defines without clumping or smudging.

To buy: $11;

Best Beauty Products for August: Lip Balm
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Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm

The healing powers of a balm now come in a light, nonsticky, long-lasting, vanilla-scented gloss with murumuru seed and shea butters.

To buy: $22;

Best Beauty Products for August: Bronzer
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Kosas The Sun Show Moisturizing Baked Bronzer

It’s a powder that blends like a dream—er, cream—so you look sun-kissed, never sparkly or streaked. Look at you glow!

To buy: $34 each;

Best Beauty Products for August: Hand Soap
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Gelo Hand Soap Starter Kit

Reduce waste and reuse bottles in the easiest way: Just drop pods into water and shake for a sanitizing foam that saves money and the earth.

To buy: $7 each;

This story originally appeared in the August 2020 issue of Real Simple.