Our Editors' Top Beauty Buys For Summer

As the seasons change, so do our beauty routines. We're finally able to bid adieu to wintertime super-moisturizing and hat-mussed hair, and wave hello to lightweight SPFs, dewy lipglosses, and hair products that let our inner beach bums free. If your medicine cabinets are as unprepared for the warm-up as ours, you'll want to take a peek at what Refinery29 editors are looking to cop at beauty counters this weekend. Check out our top makeup and beauty picks for summer!
Christene Barberich, Editor In Chief
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Ellis Faas Skin Veil with SPF 15—"I'm not big into foundations, but I do love a product that mixes moisturizer, color, SPF, and a little glow all in one. As luck would have it, this new amazingly lightweight Skin Veil does it all, including minimizing the appearance of any pesky fine lines. Plus, the flushy-nude tint is just right for summertime."
$65, available at Space.NK.
Martin Margiela Untitled Fragrance—"I recently read about Martin Margiela's new scent in a magazine, and while I generally don't fall for the fragrance flavor of the moment (I'm mostly an Aqua Di Parma girl), I'm definitely going to rotate this woodsy-musky scent in this summer."
$140, available at Saks.
Jason Apricot Scrubble Wash—"I recently picked this up at my local health food store, and it's kind of a mini wonder. Without being overly abrasive, it really does the job of sloughing away dead skin and polishing up that dull winter complexion. It's great for smoothing your upper arms, too."
$6, available at Web Vitamins.
NARS Multiple in Maui—"I know I'm so boring including this, but seriously, there's no better makeup deal on the market. The Nars multi stick in Maui is all you need to apply a rosy touch of color anywhere on the go. And the finish is really smooth and even, so the look is incredibly natural. I love it!"
$39, available at Sephora.
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Nudist Supernatural Lip Shine by Well People—"I'm really into this new non-toxic lip shine by Well People. It has a funky, herby scent and the Nudist Shade #5 has just the right purple-pink tint. I also love that it's super moisturizing and healing since my lips are dry year-round."
$23, available at WellPeople.
Nude Hydrating Water—"I am addicted to all Nude products, but their Hydrating Water is especially crack-like. It's great for cooling sun-damaged skin, it hydrates with prickly pear, and it's almost better than an espresso for an afternoon pick-me-up."
$20, available at Sephora.
Piera Gelardi, Creative Director

Topshop Eyeshadow Mousse In Tundra—"I love this khaki metallic hue for highlighting my hazel eyes and adding a touch of disco glamour. I'm wearing it with rimmed eyes and natural pink cheeks and lips."
$16, available at Topshop.
Browhaus Lash In Bloom Extensions—"I got eyelash extensions from Browhaus as a birthday gift from Christene—a total indulgence—and now I'm hooked on having amazingly long lashes (because, sadly, I wasn't born with 'em). When they're gone, I'll be trying to achieve the look naturally with Wet 'n Wild MegaLash Clinical Serum, a cruelty-free product that's been getting amazing reviews. At the affordable price point, it's worth a shot!"
$145, available at Browhaus; Wet 'N' Wild MegaLash Clinical Serum, $7, available at select drugstores.
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Sally Hansen Pumice Foot Polish—"Trekking around the city streets in sandals means my feet need a lot of attention. This great foot pumice gets the job done and the tea trea and lavender scent makes it feel like a luxury."
$7.49, available at Target.
Dior Addict Lipstick In New Look #745—"I got to try a bunch of different Dior Addict Lipstick colors on our Lipstick Diaries shoot and now I am, er, addicted. I love this vibrant, glossy red that's both hydrating and highly pigmented."
$28, available at Dior.
Tarte Smooth Operator SPF 20 Tinted Moisturizer—"This eco-friendly, animal-friendly tinted moisturizer is just the thing for summer. Nice coverage, lightweight feel, SPF, and it lasts all day. My daily must-have."
$30, available at Sephora.
Illamasqua Nail Polish in Gamma—"I'm obsessed with this super-bright orange shade and will definitely be sporting it all summer long. It reminds me of a highlighter and glows like it has a half-life at dusk."
$14, available at Sephora.
Connie Wang, Global Editor
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skyn ICELAND Icelandic Relief Eye Cream—"Seasonal allergies kick my ass during the summer months. I keep super-sensitive, puffy eyes at bay with this cream from Skyn."
$45, available at Sephora.
Phoenix Botanicals Lip Balm—"I'm a sucker for pretty packaging. These eco-friendly organic lip balms come in delicious flavors (rose, lemon florals, mint, and vanilla clove) in these biodegradable recycled tubes that operate like push pops!"
$20 for four, available at Phoenix Botanicals.
Sue Devitt Hydrating Eye & Cheek Palette—"Since I never put anything in its proper place, I've been making more of an effort to choose makeup products I won't be embarrassed to have littering my dressers. This gorgeous palette is like an art piece."
$37.50, available at Barney's
Lorac Take A Brow Eyebrow Palette—"I wish I had Bambi brows, but I fill in what I've got with this Lorac palette. Fake it 'till you make it!"
$22, available at Sephora.
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Eau D'Orange Verte Deodorant Stick—"I don't really sweat much, so this splurge actually lasts me quite a while. Plus, the cologne fragrance stands in lieu or a summer scent."
$35, available at Neiman Marcus.
Yoshi Magic Water—"My no-shampoo regimen is going along swimmingly thanks to this magical hair spray from Yoshi. A quick spritz livens up sad, greasy locks and also works as a pre-heat styling conditioner."
$14, available at Yoshi Hair Studio.
Betsey McLain, Beauty Editor
YSL Singulier Nuit Blanche Waterproof Mascara in Vibrant Plum—"I'm a huge mascara fan, so I try them all, but I can't get enough of YSL's helix brush. Plus, I love how this plum color doesn't look crazy on; it's just subtle enough to get a second glance."
$30, available in May at YSL.
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Topshop Nail Polish in Awol—"I always go for a bright pedicure and this shade is going to look great with a tan."
$10, available at Topshop.
Guerlain Terracotta Khol Kajal—"Besides making me feel super regal a la Cleopatra, I love how this liner goes on extra smooth."
$36, available at Sephora.
Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15—"This lippie has it all: An amazing sugary scent, SPF protection, a great nude tint (and good nude shades are hard to find), and most important—it doesn't dry out my lips."
$22.50, available at Sephora.
Jo Malone Sweet Lemon, Fresh Mint Leaf, and Earl Grey & Cucumber Colognes—"I can't stop layering these bright, fresh scents. So gourmand and yummy."
$55 each, available at Neiman Marcus.
Redken Nature's Rescue Radiant Sea Spray—"I'm always searching for ways to calm summertime frizz and this texturizing spray does the trick and it has a time-released, fresh oceany scent—just run your fingers through your hair."
$15, visit Redken for salon locations.
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