From tackling our greasiness to brightening our lips, here are the beauty team's top picks for getting ready for summer's sky-high temps and body-baring outfits. We're not about to let a sweltering couple of months get in the way of anything — and here's how we're going to do it.
1. L'Eau de Missha in Not Over You
"When summer comes around, the only fragrances I can tolerate need to be light and super-fresh. This fragrance smells like a fancy shampoo and gives you that just-showered feeling when you really need it — I've actually been using it all spring as a late afternoon pick-me-up. The blend of green apple, lemon, lily of the valley, and jasmine is somehow playful and crisp all at once. Plus, I love that every fragrance in the L'Eau de Missha line is only $39 each, meaning you can own a whole fragrance wardrobe for the price of one high-end perfume." — Tara Rasmus, assistant beauty editor
$39, available at Missha.
2. Bliss Blood Orange And White Pepper Sugar Scrub
"Now that I'm finally able to ditch the suffocating layers of clothing and show some skin, it's slowly dawning on me that my scaly, dry, flaky body is in no condition to see the light of day. I'm normally not a big fan of shower scrubs, because they are usually all oily and leave behind a weird residue, but this one from Bliss is none of the above. It won't separate, spreads on smoothly, and rinses off clean. I apply it in the shower — using circular, upward motions — to help get my circulation flowing and jolt my sleep-addled brain from its a.m. fogginess. The citrusy, slightly spicy smell also helps awaken my senses, so I feel invigorated and my skin looks soft and glowing when I emerge from the shower." — Megan McIntyre, senior beauty editor
$36, available at Bliss.
3. Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
"Cleansing my face is usually a one-way ticket to Boring Town, but this cleansing balm actually makes me look forward to washing up. It has a slew of natural ingredients: sweet almond oil, shea butter, starflower seed oil, orange peel wax, rose flower wax, and on and on. (No surprise, then, that it has an amazingly fresh, slightly herbal scent.) The texture is akin to a very soft wax, but it melts into a cleansing oil as soon as you massage it into your skin. It lifts off makeup, leaves my skin soft, and feels utterly luxurious. And, because just the smallest bit will cleanse the whole face, I expect this tub to last for at least six months." — Annie Tomlin, beauty director
$60, available at Time To Spa.
4. Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Muse
"I always admire girls who can pull off vibrant lipstick, so this summer I'm taking the colorful-pout plunge. I'm obsessed with this bright, matte coral — it's just the right amount of eye-catching, and it's perfect for warm sunny weather. It goes on like a gloss, lasts like a stain, and is super velvety." — Gabrielle Korn, beauty production assistant
$28, available at Sephora.
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