Editors' Picks: Our Go-To Summer Beauty Staples

A true "shot girl summer" includes a beauty bag refresh (you weren't going to reuse all that stuff you've been storing since summer 2019, were you?). Check out the 12 must-have warm weather staples our editors are loving right now

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Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Eyeliner


Hanna Flanagan, Editorial Assistant: Colored eyeliner is one of the hottest trends of the summer, and I'm embracing it! This long-lasting formula adds a pop of color when applied to the waterline. It also makes for an easy one-step eye look when smudged across the lash-line — I just add cream blush or bronzer and I'm out the door!

Buy It! Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Eyeliner, $7.99; maybelline.com

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Chanel Lip Gloss

Chanel/editors' picks beauty
Courtesy Chanel

Alex Apatoff, Digital Lifestyle Director:As someone who looks sickly without a punchy lip color, I'm levitating with excitement about this post-vaccine, lower-half-of-the-face renaissance.

But a return to Ruby Woo feels a little much for the moment, which is why I'm leaning on a few bright shades of Chanel lip gloss this summer. They're packed with pigment but more low-key and forgiving than lipstick — they give me "carefree high school senior" feeling without the accompanying stickiness.

Buy It! Chanel Rouge Coco lip gloss in "Bitter Orange," $32; chanel.com

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Supergoop Defense Refresh (Re)setting Mist

courtesy supergoop

Colleen Kratofil, Style Editor: Let's be real, sometimes it's hard to remember to re-apply sunscreen regularly throughout the day, especially if you have a full face of makeup on. That's why I swear by this setting mist. It's the perfect way to reapply — and get refreshed thanks to its cooling spritz!

Buy It! Defense Refresh (Re)setting Mist SPF 40; $14; bluemercury.com

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Glossier Cleanser Concentrate


Hanna Flanagan, Editorial Assistant: The brand's long-awaited follow-up to its cult favorite Milky Jelly Cleanser is definitely worth the hype. Formulated with plant-based ingredients and fruit juice extract, this highly-concentrated cleanser polishes away dullness and refines pores for a smooth and glowy complexion. I keep it in my gym bag as a post-workout face wash because I can count on it to remove sweat and dirt without stripping my skin.

Buy It! Glossier Cleanser Concentrate, $20; glossier.com

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European Wax Center Post-Wax Masks

EWC Treat Post-Wax Calming Masks

Jackie Fields, Senior Style & Beauty Editor: While waxing gets me the long-lasting results I want in summer, I find the process sometimes irritates my skin. So after my last appointment, I gave these hydrogel patches a try. They cooled on contact and hydrated the skin too – and I find them a heck of a lot less messy than applying aloe straight from a tube.

Buy It! European Wax Center Post-Wax Calming Masks, $12 (for four strips); waxcenter.com

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Eir Bite Tamer

EIR bite tamer

Jackie Fields, Senior Style & Beauty Editor: Mosquitos have a thing for me – it's annoying to say the least. But this pocket-size bug bite treatment has made the aftermath of a day at the park much more tolerable. The castor oil formula is super-soothing and the roll-on applicator makes targeting inflamed spots a breeze.

Buy It! Eir Bite Tamer Roll-On Itch Reliever, $18; eirnyc.com

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Beekman 1802 'Sweet Grass' Soap


Colleen Kratofil, Style Editor: When all I want to do is spend all day, every day outside, I bring the scents of summer into my shower with Beekman 1802's "Sweet Grass" scent. It mixes the earthy aromas of rosemary, mint and, yep, sweet grass into one. Plus, the goat milk formula gives my skin that deep clean it needs after hot days, without stripping away moisture.

Buy It! Beekman Sweet Grass Soap, $18 for 3-pack; beekman1802.com

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Tower 28 Beach Please Luminous Tinted Balm

Tower 28
Tower 28

Hanna Flanagan, Editorial Assistant: There's nothing I love more than a blush that gives my cheeks a pinky, sunkissed flush. I dab this creamy formula along my cheekbones and across the bridge of my nose to make it look like I spent all day basking in the sun (and not hiding under an umbrella!).

Buy It! Tower 28 Beach Please Luminous Tinted Balm in Happy Hour, $20; sephora.com

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Smith + Cult Nail Polish


Colleen Kratofil, Style Editor: The first day it's warm enough to wear sandals again, you can find me getting a pedicure and picking out the brightest, hot pink hue from Smith + Cult. The brand's formulas always go the no-chip distance and the sunny shades instantly usher in the new season.

Buy It! Smith + Cult Nail Polish in Plastic Beach, $18; smithandcult.com

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Sun Bum Original Sunscreen Lotion

Sun Bum
Sun Bum

Kaitlyn Frey, Assistant Style & Beauty Editor: I'm lucky enough to test all the latest SPF launches as part of my job, but each summer I always go back to this classic formula. I actually look forward to applying sunscreen thanks to its signature semi-sweet coconut and vanilla scent, which brings back all the best beach memories.

Buy It! Sun Bum Original Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, $15.99; ulta.com

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Versed Instant Gratification At-Home Dermaplaning Tool

Versed Instant Gratification At-Home Dermaplaning Tool

Andrea Lavinthal, Style + Beauty Director: I've always left dermaplaning, which is essentially shaving the fuzz and top layer of your skin off using a super-sharp blade, to a pro because, well, "super-sharp blade." But then a beauty editor friend raved about this new easy-to-use at-home tool, so I gave it a try. It left my face looking incredibly smooth, plus it made my skin care products absorb way better. I'll be happily (and carefully!) shaving my face all summer to maintain the glowing results.

Buy It! Versed Instant Gratification At-Home Dermaplaning Tool, $19.99 (including two blades); versedskin.com

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Skylar Hydrating Body Wash

Capri/editors's picks beauty
Courtesy Skylar

Alex Apatoff, Digital Lifestyle Director: I brought this "5 free" formula with me on a drive to Florida in March (literally the only benefit of a three-day road trip: no need to pack only travel sizes!) and it turned out to be the absolute perfect body wash for the beach. It's got a creamy, super-hydrating consistency that kept my legs smoother longer, helped keep my self-tanner well-blended and prevented any cracking from sand and heat. And the scent is heavenly. Even though I'm back in Illinois, one whiff gives me major salt-and-sun vibes.

Buy It! Skylar hydrating body wash in "Capri," $18; skylar.com

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Thrive Causemetics Lip Balm SPF 24

thrive lip balm

Jackie Fields, Senior Style & Beauty Editor: My love of lip treatments runs deep – in my apartment there's one pretty much everywhere I turn. But, I might have to replace the ones in my purses with this SPF 24 lip balm which not only protects my lips UV rays but also loads them with hydration. The tube I am using boasts a "sweet tangerine" flavor but it's not at all as saccharine as the name would suggest. It's more like a hint of fresh citrus.

Buy It! Thrive Causemetics Sunproof Intensive Lip Balm SPF 24, $18; thrivecausemetics.com

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