I always dial back my makeup when the summer heat rolls around and even now I am really into minimal, super glow-y makeup and skin when I find myself getting ready on certain days. I’ve been testing a variety of new products lately and found some new favorites that are perfect for that minimal-effort, maximum pay-off glow we often want in warmer months. Today’s post features some tried and true favorites of mine along with some new noteworthy finds.
The Best Products for a Summer Glow
This product needs no introduction at this point because I’ve talked about it extensively and use it nearly every day. It is my holy grail filter for your face glowy bb cream. You can read my full review here.
Instant glow can be yours when you mix these glow drops with your favorite moisturizer. I tried it alone (the instructions say you can use it both ways) but thought it was a bit much solo but I got multiple compliments a few days later when I tested it mixed in with my daily moisturizer. It’s a bit more of a mega-wattage glow than the Tan Luxe glow drops I mention below so it’s definitely more of a use it on special occasions kind of product.
The drops are made with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and sea kelp and lemon fruit water so you really get a major dose of radiance with just a drop or two. You could also mix this in your daily SPF if that’ll help you be better about wearing SPF daily but I’d use no more than a drop for daily use.
I love this buttery yet powder bronzer. It gives such a good radiant glow to the face and just warms everything up to make it seem like you’ve spent time outside even if you worship more at the altar of SPF than sun like me!
Exfoliating is one of the best ways you can get a glow as it’ll help all of your other products work harder and more properly. This body scrub is so great for sloughing away dead skin all across your body and it is my go-to before I do any sort of tanning. It also helps any and all body oils and body lotions work better so get in the habit of using this in the shower. The Eucalyptus scent is to die for.
This cream highlighter is the dewy glow of my dreams. Add it to your cheeks, your cupid’s bow, down your nose and your brow bones and you’ll look like you just spent a week in Greece. It’s such a gorgeous flush of highlight without being obnoxious and blends out so beautifully for a natural glow. Bonus points: It’s refillable!
I bought one of these lip balms to try it and then promptly bought two more. Lip balm feels like underselling it as it is so plush, so velvety and feels almost like a treatment for your lips. The shades are so flattering and work like a balm but have the payoff of a non-sticky, super lush gloss. I absolutely love this product and plan to wear all three shades I own (Garconne, Nana and Chou Chou) all summer long as my go-tos. My love for Westman Atelier really knows no bounds.
Ever since I brought this part-serum / part-primer gel I can’t quit it. I *love* this stuff and have turned so many friends onto it. It looks amazing under the Erborian BB Cream and just gives the most beautiful dewy finish to your face without much work. I use the Starglow shade and I have also written a full review of the Saie Glowy Super Gel.
If you’re not big on bronzers but want your skin to have a tanned glow this summer, add 1-2 drops of these tanning drops to your favorite moisturizer and apply all over your face and neck. It’ll develop gradually and give you a glow without the sun damage. I wrote a whole review here.
Body self tanner that makes it so easy and so much less annoying. I absolutely love the spent-the-weekend-at-the-beach vibes this lotion gives you and the fact that it is easy to apply and usually doesn’t cause any tanning nightmares. I wrote a whole review here.
This body oil recently came my way for testing and I fell in love with it. I often find body oils too sticky or too slick but this one absorbs in gorgeously right away and leaves skin glowy and hydrated with little effort. It’s super lightweight and smells amazing. A little goes a long way so it’ll last you all summer and beyond.