Look and feel like you just came back from the beach – even during the off-season.
There’s no need to give up your summer-inspired beauty habits once August gives way to September. With only a few small tweaks to your skin, hair and makeup routine, you can keep these warm-weather beauty benefits well into fall.
Dewy, Sun-kissed Skin
Slough s-l-o-w-l-y. Skip scrubbing with gritty exfoliants, especially once the mercury dips – that will dry out skin. To get rid of dull skin so your sunny glow still shows, use a moisturizer with alpha hydroxyl acids or retinol, which will speed up skin-cell turnover gently. (Try Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15).
Seize a mist opportunity. Before you apply your day cream, dampen your face with a spritz of water for extra moisture. And refresh your skin throughout the day without mussing your makeup by using a spray that has a superfine mist. I recommend trying a soothing one, such as Darphin Nebulskin Aromatic Spray.
Save your summer glow. To add a hint of color to your complexion, dilute your regular self-tanning lotion with an equal amount of facial moisturizer. This keeps skin hydrated so your faint bronze sheen with last as long as a week.
Light, Glistening Makeup
Glimmer just a little. Dust your forehead, your cheeks and the bridge of your nose with a bronzer that’s more rose than brown for a softer look. The powder gives skin an allover shimmer and sops up any excess oil.
Be in the pink. On the apples of your cheeks, dap a pink-toned cream blush (a bubblegum hue if your skin is fair; coral if you’re darker). Warm the cream between your thumb and finger so it goes on smoothly and sheerly. Opt for an iridescent pink gloss or balm for lips; regular use will provide the added benefit of moisturizing a parched pucker during the cold, dry months ahead.
Lighten eyes. Modify the current smoky-eye trend by passing on pencils (too dramatic!) and lining lids with a brown cream shadow. It’s a subtler look to match your minimally made-up face. For glistening lids, put on a cream shadow at least one shade lighter than the liner. Finish by applying two coats of dark-brown mascara.
Shore up strands. If you want to lighten hair, heal end-of-summer damage with a deep-conditioning treatment before getting highlights. It will help strands absorb dye evenly and prevent breakage.
Warm it up. Shades of gold and red in your hair will brighten your complexion better than cool, ashy tones, which tend to make skin appear wan.
Simulate sun streaks. For a natural effect, ask your colorist for highlights concentrated around the face and along your part, where the sun would hit. And for a “postsummer grown-out surfer look, streaks should begin about an inch below roots. Extra autumn bonus: Highlights will actually make a better showing in the fall than in the beach season, when rays tend to sap their vibrancy.
Crisp, Summery Scents
Stay on tropic. Reminisce about your exotic-island escape by spritizing on Calgon Tahitian Orchid Body Mist. The fruity and floral combination of pineapple, melon and tuberose will take you back to the cabana in a flash.
Add a little lemon. Picture this: you, a hammock and a talk glass of lemonade. Ahhh! Try something almost as refreshing even after summer has ended with Fresh Lemon Sugar Eau de Parfum.
Be beach bound. Head back to the shore – minus the bumper-to-bumper traffic. Anyone yearning for the scent of sand, salt and sunscreen by the sea will love Bobbi Brown Beach. It’s the closest thing to ocean air in a bottle.
At-Home Hue Help
- Go for highlights a shade or two lighter than your true color. Blondes can try Clairol Herbal Essences HighLights in Golden Blonde; for dark hair, try the same brand in Rich Copper.
- If you’re a brunette or redhead and highlights need reviving, wash with Shikai Color Reflect Warm Shampoo to enhance auburn tones.
- Blondes can restore lusterless, sun-bleached highlights with Bumble and Bumble Color Support Shampoo for Golden Blondes.
Keep Sizzling After Summer Is Over
- For a dewy look, dab on Jouer Cosmetics All Over in Peony. Line lids with Eyes in Suede and brighten mouth with Lips in Shell.
- Summarize your scent with a spritz of Bobbi Brown Beach perfume.
- Apply Neutrogena Skin Soothing Eye Brush Tints in Honey Shimmer on upper lids for a touch of gold.
- Lips get some extra shine with a swipe of Aura Science Reflect Double Shine in Smoothie Pink.
- Brush on Cargo Blush in Mendocino to give skin a subtle glimmer.