Jillian Dempsey $28
Delicate seasonal updates for your makeup bag, just in time for summer.
Written By JACK SUNNUCKS
Shockingly, it’s already June. Which means it’s likely that you’ve already swapped your glass of Burgundy for a nice, dry rosé. Or traded in prestige pictures for pleasantly dopey popcorn flicks. And in order to withstand sun, surf and sand, you should apply the same pared-down philosophy to your cosmetic wardrobe. With this in mind, we’ve chosen a selection of lighter products for summer—lighter both in the sense of transitioning into the time of year when the sun actually sets after 8 p.m., but also in texture, feel, and scent. Hopefully, you’ll feel like a cool summer breeze, or at least a refreshing gust from a midcentury ceiling fan. Read on for our picks of light summer essentials that will shepherd you safely and chicly through the warmer months.
First things first. After exposing your skin to a potent cocktail of sun, salt and sweat, Bioderma’s Sébium Pore Refiner will return your dilated and clogged pores to their selfie-ready state. Agaric acid, a powerful astringent, tightens pores and refines the skin’s texture, while antioxidants preserve its natural radiance.
Obviously, if you use only the best sunscreen, your pores shall remain totally divine. Avène is the ne plus ultra in this field, and with an SPF of 50 you’re protected—even from the rays that have penetrated through the ominously huge hole in the ozone layer. Infused with soothing Avène Thermal Spring Water, the sheer, lightweight lotion also provides intensive 24-hour hydration.
Chanel, ever modern, has given its iconic N°5 scent an update. The house’s new perfumer, Olivier Polge (whose father crafted Chanel’s fragrances for more than thirty years), has revealed some of the more lighthearted aspects of the scent, with citrus topnotes over a new ylang-ylang heart. It still has the romanticism that has made the scent so beloved, but it’s lighter; a breeze on a beach rather than the allure of the boudoir. Think Chanel N°5, but for summer.
There’s simply nothing better than returning from the beach (or from sitting in traffic/on the subway) and throwing oneself between clean sheets. This candle evokes that feeling by mixing the scent of linen with notes of blue chamomille, white cedarwood and sweet musk.
No, this is not a product to wear while swimming (although admittedly one could). The name of Serge Lutens water-based lip stain reflects its uniquely light consistency. Swipe once for barely there color, or layer applications for a more pronounced effect. Also, in case you thought summer was all about corals and neons, it’s not. This brown tone is far more sophisticated and nods to the all-the-rage nude look.
This lightweight base is perfect for when you don’t want to wear heavy-feeling foundation—which, in the summer, is never. The translucent formula perfects, sculpts, and illuminates skin—the holy trinity of beautification. You could either mix it with your foundation for that glowy summer appearance, or use it alone as a base (also for that glowy summer appearance!).
Of course, once you’ve applied sunscreen, and perhaps a wide-brimmed hat, there’s not much chance that stray rays are going to penetrate your lovely visage. That’s where Chantecaille steps in—a few drops of the weightless liquid bronzer will give you a fresh-off-the-beach glow. It’s also full of raspberry stem cells to reduce redness, just in case you have had a touch of actual sun.
Christophe Robin $71
Giorgio Armani $39
Koh Gen Do $59