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8 must-have beauty products this summer
1) Stellar Stardust Lip Powder
Globbing on a sticky layer of lipgloss is the last thing you feel like doing when it’s 30ºC out and you’re poolside with your #mcm. Enter Stellar Stardust Lip Powder in 01, the latest must-have for those who demand low-maintenance beauty buys. The fluffy formula, which comes in six shimmery shades, can be tapped on with the same lightness you use to apply your eye cream. Wear it solo or over a hydrating lip balm for a magical summer glow.
Stellar Stardust Lip Powder in 01 ($33), at sephora.com.
2) St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Face Sheet Mask
The St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Face Sheet Mask simultaneously hydrates and bronzes due to a hyaluronic-acid-based serum that gradually deposits pigment over 15 minutes. Unlike traditional self-tanners, there is no base colour, so the results are that of a normal sheet mask (read “glow-y”) until the streak-free tan develops eight hours later. You can also customize the depth of the shade: Five minutes nets you a light glow, while the full 15 minutes takes your skin to Tahiti for a week.
St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Face Sheet Mask ($10), at beautyboutique.ca.
3) Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter
The perfect golden hue of Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, coupled with its “I could be in Barbados right now” coconut scent. Retire your highlighter palette for the summer—this is better. Trust.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter ($55), at sephora.com.
4) Vichy Minéral 89 Fortifying and Plumping Daily Booster
Thermal water is to Vichy what cheekbones are to Olivier Rousteing. So when the French skincare brand was formulating its daily booster, Minéral 89, its goal was to include the highest concentration of thermal water it had ever used (which makes sense, since the skin-soothing and healing H2O, in varying doses, is the hallmark ingredient in all of its products). “Our objective was to integrate more than 20 percent thermal water,” says Elisa Simonpietri, international scientific director for Vichy Laboratoires. The labs were able to get to 83 percent, she explains, but the formulation wasn’t perfect. The trouble was in fine-tuning the jelly-like product, which was inspired by the “bouncy skincare” trend coming out of South Korea. The other non-negotiable was that it had to be a fragrance-free formula that could be absorbed in seconds and contain as few ingredients as possible—they narrowed it down to 11—to ensure that it would play nice with any and all skincare that followed it. The brand calls Minéral 89 “product zero” because it should be the first product used after cleansing but also because it’s compatible with the skincare you’re already using. “You can use it with all kinds of products,” says Simonpietri. Like a fresh splash of water, it floods skin with hydration (thanks to the hyaluronic-acid component) and gives it an immediate plumped-up boost of radiance.
Vichy Minéral 89 Fortifying and Plumping Daily Booster ($40), at vichy.ca.
5) Pür Skin Perfecting Foundation Brush
This brush’s synthetic-microfibre bristles are densely packed so the smallest amount of product glides over skin—ideal for the summer months, when your expensive foundation starts to sweat down your cheeks. Pür Skin Perfecting Foundation Brush ($40).
Pür Skin Perfecting Foundation Brush ($40), at beautyboutique.ca.
A face mist is never not enjoyable, but the refreshment factor is amplified when it’s the closest you’ll get to a body of water between nine and five. Pick a favourite, place it on your desk and spritz liberally.
6) Cover FX
Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray uses kaolin clay and enantia chlorantha bark to rid skin of excess oil without the use of drying alcohol.
Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray ($39), at coverfx.ca.
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist combines Hungarian thermal water with notes of orange blossom, rose and sage for a supremely delicate mist.
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist ($90), at omorovicza.com.
Graydon Face Food Mineral Mist blends magnesium, zinc, colloidal silver and copper to calm inflammation.
Graydon Face Food Mineral Mist ($35), at graydonskincare.ca.
This article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of ELLE Canada.