Summer Beauty Basics for a Glam Glow

Summer Beauty Basics for a Glam Glow

By Andrea Lerum

Summer is a time to strip down any beauty routine to a few essentials that leave skin glowing and protected from head to toe.  Keep your daily routine short and sweet with these tips and tricks.


Swap out heavy foundation for a light, all in one BB cream.  An ideal BB cream will prime, protect and moisturize while providing coverage.  Proper application is key. Patting the product onto the skin works great but blending it in with a good foundation brush will help it absorb and last longer.  Try creams by Boscia, Smashbox or BareMinerals for a natural, radiant look.

Sweep a bronzer, like Laguna by NARS, across cheeks for a sun kissed look and for an allover glow, finish by highlighting cheeks using a versatile shimmer bloc like the one offered by Laura Mercier.  For best results, try using a fan brush.

Minimize the use of liquid eye makeup and dark colors.  Summer heat can quickly smudge these looks making you look more like a raccoon then a beach bunny.  If you are after color, light green eye shadow is a fun trend to try.  Matte and nude tones are a safe go to and can be easily lightened with a sweep of the shimmer brick across the brow bone.   To top off your look, opt for a waterproof mascara.

Don’t forget to protect lips! Choose a lip balm containing SPF and layer with lipstick or wear alone.


Prep skin for a safe, UV-free, self-tan with a rich exfoliating scrub.  The brand Lather offers a luxurious foaming scrub in scents like almond cream and yuza sugar cane.  Follow up with a self-tanner like Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for a healthy looking, natural tan without the danger of the sun. Moisturize skin daily but especially after a day spent in the sun to prevent over drying.

Most of the products mentioned in this article can be found locally at Nordstrom or Sephora.  Lather products can be found online at

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Clockwise from Top Left:

Almond Crème Body Buff by Lather ($22)

Kiehl’s Lip Balm ($7)

Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc (shown in Pink Mosaic) ($40)

NARS Bronzing Powder (shown in Laguna) ($38)

Jergens Natural Glow ($10)

Boscia BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 27 ($38)