New Beauty Routines - Best Beauty Treatments
Long, low-key afternoons. Lazy weekends. Now is the perfect time to break out of your routine. We've got 31 new ways to jazz up this season—and your looks!
Oprah.com | Jul 18, 2013
Dab a light gardenia oil—like the intoxicating Kai Perfume Oil ($48; BeautyHabit.com
ears and knees. Spend the day feeling like you're on a lanai.
Take a vacation—from your face. Skip the makeup,
swipe on a clear lip gloss, run a comb through your hair
and...done. No peeking in the mirror for the rest of
the day. Instead of thinking about how you look, reflect
on the myriad joys of summer.
Upgrade your baby pink nail polish to a version infused
with delicate shimmer, like Morgan Taylor Professional
Nail Lacquer in Sugar Fix ($8.50; MorganTaylorLacquer.com
for salons). It's still sensible (imperceptible chips) but more playful.
Simplify your on-the-go makeup arsenal with a single
multitasking stick. Josie Maran Argan Color Sticks
) come in five creamy shades that can be used as lipstick, blush, even eyeshadow.
Smooth, defined brows help you look polished even on
makeup-free days. A tinted gel (like Anastasia Tinted
Brow Gel, $22; Anastasia.net
) fills in gaps and tames unruly hairs. Brush the gel up and out from the inner corners of your brows to the ends.
Give your skin a subtle gleam with a shimmery
moisturizing oil, like L'Occitane Pivoine Flora
Illuminating Oil ($35; Loccitane.com
Don't go overboard—apply a light layer only on
your collarbones, the tops of your shoulders and your
Swap that boring brown-berry lipstick at the bottom of
your purse for a coral gloss. Two creamy shades that
flatter every skin tone: Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss
) and Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe Lip Gloss in
Coveted Coral ($9; Target.com
A creamy, opaque concealer can melt in the heat. Use
YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch highlighter ($40; YSLBeautyUS.com
on the inner corners of your eyes instead. The sheer,
illuminating formula hides puffiness and brightens dark
shadows without settling into fine lines and wrinkles.
Turn your ponytail into a statement in four steps:
1. Spritz thickening spray from roots to ends.
2. Make a side part.
3. Use a fine-tooth comb to tease the underside of a three-inch section of hair just behind the top of your head.
4. Gently smooth over that area as you
brush your hair back into a ponytail.
For a natural blush that lasts all day, dab a bit of a long-lasting liquid stain (like Topshop Make Up Lip & Cheek Tint, $14; Topshop.com
) on the apples of your cheeks and blend it upward toward your temples, using circular motions.
The Color Lavender
Have you been wearing the same tomato red on your toes for the past ten summers? Reinvent your pedicure with a
lively lavender polish. Our favorites: Givenchy Le
Vernis in Croisiére Purple ($20; Sephora.com
), OPI Nail Lacquer in
You're Such a BudaPest ($9; Ulta.com
), Essie Nail Polish in
Full Steam Ahead ($8; Beauty.com
Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Do the Mermaid ($19; DeborahLippMann.co
Ready for Takeoff
Adding subtle wings to your black eyeliner makes your
eyes look more awake. Use a flat-tipped liquid pen (like
e.l.f. Triple Tip Waterproof Eyeliner Pen, $2; EyesLipsFace.com
to make a thin, quarter-inch-long flick from the outer
corner of your eye toward the outer corner of your brow.
A touch of green flatters every eye color. If
you're pale, blend a sheer minty shadow (like Make
Satin Finish Eyeshadow in Sea Glass, $18; WeSeeBeauty.com
over your lids. If you have olive or dark skin, dust the
tips of your lashes with a deep teal mascara (like By Terry Mascara Terrybly
in Dark Forest, $47; Beauty.com
Looking for permission to skip face-washing tonight? Here
it is: Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing
Wipes ($6; Target.com
) are infused
with soothing aloe vera and softening papaya extract.
(The delicious coconut scent is a nice bonus.) Use one
right before you hit the pillow.
A silver eyeshadow with no glitter or shimmer (like
Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Magical, $23; LauraMercier.com
complements every skin tone; a light wash all over lids
is low-key enough to wear during the day.
Call a truce in your fight against frizz. A cute
bucket hat hides a humidity-ravaged style, protects your
face from damaging UVA-UVB rays and elevates any casual
summer outfit. ($138; Coach.com
Splendor in the Grass
A citrusy summer fragrance is predictable—try a
lush green vetiver instead. Giorgio Armani Beauty
Armani Privé Vétiver Babylone ($160; GiorgioArmaniBeauty.com
) perks up the fresh grassy note with sunny bergamot and spicy pink pepper.
If you think scarves are just for winter, think
again...about a bright wrap in lightweight cotton,
pashmina, silk, or linen. Wear it tied in a loose knot or
drape it like a cowl around your neck for sun protection;
in the AC, throw it over your shoulders to ward off the
chill. ($175; TheodoraandCallum.com
Smooth a cloth mask saturated with skin-brightening
ingredients over your face, put your feet up, close your
eyes for ten minutes—and open them to softer, more
radiant skin. Want an even more transporting experience?
Store the individually wrapped masks in the fridge.
(Shiseido White Lucent Power Brightening Mask, $68
for six; Shiseido.com
Update the French manicure with an elegant—but
slightly more edgy—camel and rose-gold combination.
Paint caramel over the whole nail; then, with a superthin
eyeliner brush, trace a golden shimmer over the tips.
(Pierre Hardy for Nars Nail Polish Pair in Easy
Walking, $29; NarsCosmetics.com
In bright summer sunlight, brown eyeliner is more
flattering and looks more natural than stark black. Reach
for a coppery or gold-flecked brown (like Pixi Endless
Silky Eye Pen in CopperGlow, $15; PixiBeauty.com
Take the weight of the world—or at least the weight
of your handbag—off your shoulders: Switch to a
snappy straw clutch. Do you really need more than your
wallet and a lipstick when running errands on a summer
afternoon? (Danielle Nicole, $48; LordandTaylor.com
Make your morning routine deliciously indulgent.
Caudalie Divine Scrub ($38; Caudalie.com
) mixes brown sugar with grapeseed, argan, hibiscus and sesame
oils. As you smooth it on, it turns into a creamy milk
that leaves skin silky and scented with grapefruit, rose
and a hint of musk.
When blow-drying isn't an option, work a large dollop
of volumizing mousse on damp hair from roots to ends and
let it air-dry. The alcohol-free formula of Philip B
Russian Amber Imperial Volumizing Mousse ($28; PhilipB.com
moisturizes, adds shine and controls frizz.
For a natural, lit-from-within blush effect, apply a
creamy formula (like Koh Gen Do Cream Tint, $39;
) under a sheer tinted moisturizer.
Have you noticed more tiny lines around your eyes? Slip
on a pair of chic, oversize shades for squint and sun
protection—as well as a hit of instant glamour.
(L'Wren Scott, $359, Selima Optique; 212-343-9490)
Pull your hair back into a pony, braid it, secure with
another elastic. Twirl the length of the braid around the
base of the pony and hold it in place with five bobby
pins. Enjoy the oohs and aahs.
Skip the pencils and primers and get long-lasting, kiss-
proof lipcolor with a stain. New formulas have the creamy
(and comfortable) finish of a lipstick. YSL Rouge Pur
Couture Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes ($34; YSLBeautyUS.com
come in 10 shades, from subtle beige to wowza!
Yes, you can infuse beachy texture into your stick-
straight hair. Sea salt sprays coax waves from even the
flattest hair. Spritz KMS California Hairplay Sea Salt
Spray ($17; drugstores) liberally through wet hair, then use your fingers to create small twists as it dries.
Trade your foundation for a self-tanner and feel the
thrill of running out the door barefaced—but still
even-toned. We like BareMinerals Gradual Glow Sunless
Face Tanner ($24; BareMinerals.com
If you want full, dark lashes all day, apply fake fringe.
It takes only a few more seconds than layering mascara,
and there's no need for touch-ups. Try half-strips,
like Sephora Collection Flirt-It Lash Duo ($10; Sephora.com
) and end
the month with a real eye-opener.