The Best Beauty Products for Late Summer, According to Real Simple’s Beauty Director
Aesthetically pleasing hand lotion, plus seven other beauty buys to simplify your routine.
Summer is winding down, but your beauty routine probably isn’t. Here are the best items to stock up your makeup bag.
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; glossier.com.
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; sephora.com.
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; amazon.com.
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; walmart.com.
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; ulta.com.
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; sephora.com.
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; sephora.com.
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; urbanoutfitters.com.
This story originally appeared in the August 2020 issue of Real Simple.