6 Essential Products For a Summer Glow

6 Essential Products For a Summer Glow

There's nothing I love more than a post-vacation glow. Even in the colder months, I like my skin to look healthy and sun-kissed. It's a liberating feeling to rock a fresh face, sans makeup.

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I've tried and tested an incredible amount of products over the years and finally narrowed it down to the best of the best, so it seemed timely to do a roundup of my favorites. 

1. St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Mousse—The key word here is gradual. You might gravitate towards the Dark Bronzing Mousse in hopes of achieving a deeper tan quicker, but learn from my (orange) experience and opt for this daily version. You don't need to worry about finding the perfect shade with this one-color-fits-all formula. It's a whipped, foamy texture, meaning it spreads evenly and dries quickly. I like to use it consistently for 3-4 days to build up the level of color I want and then reapply every 2-3 days to maintain. It also fades evenly and naturally.

2. Vita Liberata Body Blur—Think of this like a BB cream for your body. It evens out skin tone, minimizes the appearance of blemishes and bruises and adds a pretty sheen that gives the illusion of slimmer legs. This is my go-to for weddings, parties, the beach, you name it. A bit pricey, but IMO worth it.

3. Jergens Natural Glow Face Daily Moisturizer—Yes, I still use Jergens. Yes, it's amazing. I love that it has added UV protection in addition to making my skin look flawless. Whenever I use this, I can skip foundation because it leaves my skin looking even and fresh. Plus, you can get it at CVS for less than $10. I use the shade Medium to Tan. To apply, I use it all over my face and bring it down to my neck and chest to ensure an even color.

4. Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder—This is the most natural looking bronzing powder I've ever tried. It never looks orange or dirty. Despite it being a powder, it never sits on top of skin. The formula is incredibly buildable, so you can achieve a darker tan with as much product as you wish to apply. I use the shade Golden Light and brush it up my cheekbones, forehead and down the bridge of my nose.

5. Glossier Haloscope in Topaz—If you're not a powder girl, or want a product that you can apply sans tools, you'll probably love Haloscope. It comes in three shades, but Topaz leans the most bronzy. I like to apply this on my eyelids as a cream shadow, above my top lip for a plumper appearance and a little on my cheekbones for a dewy sheen.*

6. Application Mitt—To avoid the dreaded orange palms, get you a mitt. Sure, it'll look ratty and dirty after one use, but it washes out and it's the only way you'll get a streak-free application. I use the St. Tropez mitt because it's the best one I've found for getting that perfect, even look.

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