Whether you’re plotting your next tropical getaway or prepping for the onset of beautiful, warm weather in your hometown, these 15 fun and practical finds comprise our must-buy list for the sunshine-filled days ahead.
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1. Bombshell-Worthy Bronzer
When you're on vacation, sometimes a great glow-enhancing powder is all the makeup you need. This bronzer and highlighter duo from Charlotte Tilbury's forthcoming beauty line is a total game-changer (the glam rose gold packaging is just a bonus).
2. Nourishing Body Oil
Keeping skin hydrated is super-important when you're facing salt water, sand and wind all day long. We're obsessed with Miranda Kerr's organic beauty products, including this rosehip body oil, which you can apply post-shower for an allover glow.
3. Fresh Fragrance
In hot and humid climates, a heavy, heady fragrance can be suffocating. Opt for a fresh and light scent, like Jouer's signature floral perfume with notes of jasmine, gardenia and honeysuckle. The rollerball size makes it perfect for travel.
4. Serious Sunscreen
Obviously, no vacation beauty hero kit is complete without a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor. This lightweight, oil-free SPF 50 sunscreen is paraben, sulfate and phthalate-free and helps repair sun damage while protecting skin from UVA and UVB rays.
5. Waterproof Mascara
If bare lashes are a no-go for you, bring a waterproof formula in your kit like this chemical-free, volumizing and conditioning option from Tarte. Even the packaging, with its natical insignia, feels summer-y and fun.
6. Texturizing Spray
If there were ever a moment to ditch the hot tools and embrace hair's natural texture, a warm-weather vacation is it. If your natural texture needs some help in the grip and curl department, a salt water spray will nudge things in the right direction.
7. Lip Balm With Sunscreen
In addition to sun protection for your skin, face and hair, your lips need a little bit of special attention too. A bare bones balm like this SPF 25-option from Jack Black will condition and protect your lips all day long.
8. Bright Eyeliner
For a night out, ditch smoky eye makeup in favor of a fun bright-color liner and a little bit of gloss on lids (when in a pinch, just use Vaseline or lip balm). We love Mally Beauty's bold pencils, especially because they're waterproof!
9. Chic Pouch
What's a beauty kit without a chic case to hold everything? Kill two birds with one stone by opting for one that can double as a clutch during your trip. Clare Vivier's unfussy options are perfect for this sort of thing.
10. Foundation With Sunscreen
When you want a makeup look with a little bit more coverage for a day of sightseeing or shopping, a light liquid foundation with sunscreen will do the trick. Eve Lom's just-launched option has anti-aging properties in addition to SPF 15. Win-win.
11. Stylish Sunglasses
While not technically a beauty product, a pair of stylish sunglasses will protect your eyes in the bright sun and for that reason, they're a must-have. We adore these lucite frames from Celine because they go with everything. If your lenses aren't polarized, consider having them replaced for added protection.
12. Bronzed Polish
We live for Tom Ford's beauty products and his new nail polish collection is calling for a tropical getaway. Bringing a bottle of gorgeous lacquer with you on your trip is never a bad idea for quick touch-ups or a proper mani/pedi.
13. Playful Pomade
Every getaway makeup bag needs a wild card product that's over the top and fun. This metallic-hued pomade is begging for a night out in a tropical locale. Slick back hair into a topknot or low ponytail and smooth down the crown using the product.
14. Bold Lipstick
For an equally pretty alternative to bright-color liner, go for a lipstick in a pink, orange or hot red shade. Illamasqua's new 'Glamore' lipstick collection is our go-to for warm-weather thanks to the highly pigmented hues and satin finish formula.
15. Hair Oil With Sunscreen
While on vacation, be sure to guard your strands against sun damage. Spritz this lightweight oil on hair before you head to the beach to lock in moisture and protect against UV rays all day long.