Lighten Up Your Beauty Routine!

Heavy creams and opaque makeup are the cosmetic equivalent of a puffy coat in mid-July. So what’s akin to a cute little sundress? This sheer, fresh assortment of featherweight makeup, fragrance, and skin and nail products

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Sheer Delights

The rainbow of nail lacquers is like lip gloss for nails: bright, shiny and see-through. These transparent tints from Sally Hansen's Triple Shine Nail Color Palm Beach Jellies Collection ($5; amazon.com) come in an assortment of six juicy hues. Also try OPI Sheer Tints Top Coats ($9; ulta.com), which can be worn alone or layered over your favorite pale polish for a watercolor effect.

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Mouthy Multitaskers

The latest lip colors are hybrids, blending the best elements of lipsticks, balms, glosses, stains and liners into one formula. For example, both Dior Dior Addict Lipstick, shown at left ($32; dior.com), and Lancôme Baume in Love ($26; lancome.com) give lips a gloss’s shine, a stain’s staying power and a balm’s hydration. Similarly, chubby pencils go on like a liner, imparting the color payoff of lipstick and the endurance of a stain. Try Estée Lauder Pure Color Lip Shine ($24; esteelauder.com) or Bobbi Brown Art Sticks ($26; bobbibrowncosmetics.com).

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Fresh Fragrances

Yes, citrus is a summer-appropriate scent—but there’s a whole world beyond that. Imperial Tea By Kilian ($245; saks.com) is a refreshing blend of jasmine tea and white musk; Fendi Fan di Fendi Blossom Eau de Toilette, shown left ($71; macys.com), pays homage to the original fruity Fan di Fendi but adds sakura cherry blossom and jasmine; and Lancôme La Vie Est Belle L’Eau de Toilette ($65; lancome.com) takes the original feminine Eau de Parfum blend, lightens it to a toilette and adds magnolia. Prefer something a tad richer? Prada Candy Florale ($68; sephora.com) starts with the honeyed base of the original Prada Candy and elevates it with a bright, flowery infusion.

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A Little Cheeky

Complement your (faux) tan with a touch of fresh, dewy blush. By Terry Cellularose Blush Glacé Hydra-Radiance Aqua Blush, shown ($58; byterry.com), provides a soft, sheer, long-lasting finish. Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm ($21; clinique.com) boasts a rounded tip to make application easy. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée ($22; sephora.com) cools skin with coconut water. And YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush ($40; yslbeautyus.com) provides a buildable pop of color that can efficiently be applied to cheeks as well as lips.

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Skin Quenchers

Finding the right summer skin-care regimen can be a sticky problem. Some products lack the emollient ingredients aging skin needs; others leave the skin too tacky for summer. But this new crop of jellylike hydrators strikes the right balance. Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Crème ($87; chanel.com) uses an ingredient called Camellia Alba PFA to help skin hold on to water all day, while Giorgio Armani Crema Nera Extrema Supreme Reviving Cream Light Texture ($380; giorgio​​armani​beauty-usa​.com) boasts the anti-aging benefits of original Crema Nera Extrema—in a gel-like formula. To treat a very parched complexion, slather on Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask, shown at left ($45; peterthomasroth.com); it feels best straight out of the fridge. Below the neck, H2O Plus Oasis Body Cleansing Water, shown at left ($25; h2oplus.com), cleanses without stripping skin oil, and Yes to Coconuts Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion ($10; yestocarrots.com) pairs nourishing coconut oil with aloe in a liquid moisturizer you spritz on.

 

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First published in the July/August 2014 issue

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