Here Comes the Sun
July 14, 2014
With beach houses, pools and yachts on our social radar, summer beauty is one of the most exciting topics to talk about. Many of us follow the motto that less is more, and very few women hit the beach with full-face makeup! But it’s clear that hydrating and moisturizing – while protecting from UV rays – are musts when it comes to stepping out in the sun. You might feel overwhelmed with sophisticated summer options that are meant to be layered with others or combine more than one step in one product (think BB and CC creams), but our beauty specialists are always available to answer your cosmetics queries. July is here, so we took the liberty to ask them about summer beauty routines, new SPF products and what to wear before-and-after we bask and play under the sun. What are your beauty summer essentials? Let us know in the comments below.
Which sunscreen do you recommend for the summer months?
“The higher the better. I always recommend at least an SPF 30” – Amber Smith, YSL and Giorgio Armani specialist
“New from Shiseido, Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ is ideal for active summer sun exposure. This lightweight spray absorbs quickly and provides water resistant protection (80 minutes). It features a 360-degree sprayer, making it effortless to protect even hard-to-reach areas.” – Penny Armstrong, Shiseido and Clé de Peau Beaute specialist
Is it OK to wear moisturizer and foundation along with sunscreen, or is it better to choose a product that combines coverage and sunscreen?
“Yes, it fine to layer. But if you can use a product that has two or three steps in one that is great. I love Armani’s Luminessence CC Cream with SPF 35. It is a lightweight moisturizer with anti-aging products, sheer foundation, and an SPF all in one.” – Amber Smith
“In the summer months you want to use fewer layers on your skin because of the heat and humidity in the air. I recommend Lancome’s Bienfait Multi-Vital Teinte-High Potency Tinted Moisturizer. Bienfait Teint BB Cream gives the skin a natural, even coverage while serving as your daily source of vitamin- and antioxidant-enriched hydration. Plus, it leaves no greasy feel, and the formula contains Broad Spectrum SPF 30.” – Andrea Partlow, Lancôme specialist
Before going out in the sun…
“Clean with Phyto-Blanc Lightening Foaming Cleanser, followed by Phyto-Blanc Lightening Toning Lotion, All Day All Year cream, which acts as a protective shield against the environmental stresses responsible for skin aging, Sunleÿa SPF 50, and finally Phyto-Touche Illusion D’Ete and Confort Extrême Lèvres Lip Balm.” – Kelly Sweet, Sisley Paris specialist
“Start with Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Repair Lotion SPF15, followed by Primer Radiance Bronze, and finish with Laura’s Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 topped off with Mineral Powder.” – Lori Wright, Laura Mercier and RéVive specialist
“Being fair skinned and living in the extreme heat of our Texas summers my biggest concern is protecting my skin. I never leave the house without my Lancôme Revitalizing Lip Treatment Highlighting Effect Pro-Xylane™ SPF 10 Sunscreen and my Lancôme Bienfait UV SPF 50 Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen.” – Andrea Partlow
After a day in the sun…
“After a day of fun in the sun, Laura’s beloved favorite Almond Coconut Body Wash, Body Scrub and Body Souffle are still my go-to products to cleanse, recondition and rehydrate my skin. The delicious scent and comforting feel of the products transport me to the beach in my mind every time. It’s just the best, for mind, body and soul!” – Lori Wright
“I love to treat my skin with YSL Forever Youth Liberator Intensive Mask. I wake up with my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. Don’t forget your eye cream. I love YSL’s new Or Rouge Eye Creme. This wonderful new product addresses 11 of the signs of aging. I use this day and night.” – Amber Smith
To extend my tan…
“Make your tan last by keeping skin well moisturized. Active ingredients in Clé de Peau Beauté Restoring Body Cream provide lasting hydration while improving firmness and radiance.” – Penny Armstrong
“Sisley After-Sun Care Tan Extender boosts the skin’s protective film, strengthens its natural photo-protection and prevents from sun-induced dehydration.” – Kelly Sweet
“I like to keep my beautiful bronze color by using a self tanner and bronzer. I recommend the Lancôme Flash Bronzer Body Gel, as well as the leg gel, which will both give an instant glow of bronze warmth to the skin as well as self-tan within two hours of applying. I also love the Lancôme Star Bronzer in natural glow for the final step in finishing your makeup routine. It will complete your look giving you a sun-kissed glow.” – Andrea Partlow
Three summer essentials you cannot live without…
“I love Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC Cream to hydrate, protect and add a little bit of coverage, Armani’s Maestro Liquid Bronzer to give my skin a warm sun glow, and lastly, I wouldn’t live the house without a pop of color on my lips. Armani’s CC Lipstick gives the comfort and protection of a lip balm with the color and coverage of a lipstick. Everyone needs a bright pink or coral lipstick to be summer ready.” – Amber Smith