Our Trending Now shop is all about summer beauty this month. To celebrate sunny days (and staying safe out in them), our East Coast Beauty Director Laksmi Sam shares her three expert picks for sunscreen.


After a long, dreary winter, who doesn’t eagerly welcome the feel of warm sun on our skin? While Vitamin D does a lot to boost our spirits and inspire us to throw on shorts, sundresses and swimsuits, it’s important to care for and protect any exposed skin during summer months. To navigate it all–with so many sun products out there for face and body, and questions about how often to apply–here are the 3 sun items I think your beach bag really needs.

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The long weekend ahead has us daydreaming about spending some extra time in the sun (if the weather here in Seattle cooperates, that is!). Wherever your Memorial Day or summer travels may take you, stay protected from the sun’s rays. Our Beauty Stylists are here to help, sharing their head-to-toe selects for sunshine-ready SPF.



Aveda ‘Sun Care’ Protective Hair Veil: I am obsessed with this spray because it protects my hair from UV damage and prevents my color from fading. I love it for those reasons, but even more for the smell; it’s impossible to not get addicted. —Meredith Christian, Online Beauty Stylist

Shiseido Refreshing Sun Protection Spray for Body & Hair Broad Spectrum SPF 16: I use this spray to extend the life of my expensive salon color, which the sun tends to strip. It leaves a subtle sheen in my hair, almost like a shine serum but not as greasy. Plus, you can use it on your body, leaving your skin silky soft. —Elyse Reneau, Costa Mesa, CA


Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Primer SPF 50: As a runner, I suggest this lightweight and water-resistant SPF primer because it does not run into your eyes while sweating. Don’t forget the tops of your ears, a high-risk spot! —Iris Brostowicz, Michigan Ave

AMOREPACIFIC ‘Color Control’ Cushion Compact SPF 50: AMOREPACIFIC makes wearing sunscreen so easy with their new SPF 50 CC compact! This sheer, long-lasting makeup protects against UVA and UVB rays and provides all-day hydration for a luminous glow. It’s great alone for my days off or with a little loose powder to add coverage while at work. —Allyson White, Walnut Creek, CA


Supergoop! Lip Balm SPF 30: This product is always in my handbag. It has a light pink tint and shea butter to keep lips hydrated. I love that it is paraben- and fragrance-free. Skin cancer should be a concern for everyone—I don’t worry about my lips when I have my Supergoop! —Alesha Gerner, Wellington, FL

LORAC ‘Breakthrough Performance’ Lipstick SPF 15: Lipstick junkies like me can get ignored when it comes to sun protection. When my tan is on and my beach-waved hair is perfect, the last thing I want is a bare pout. These LORAC lipsticks are packed with pigment, but have SPF 15 so you stay protected. —Meredith Christian, Online Beauty Stylist


Clinique Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream SPF 15: We forget that our hands are directly exposed to the sun’s harmful rays while driving. Clinique was smart to design a product that helps fade dark spots from past sun damage while preventing future damage. —Allyson White, Walnut Creek, CA

La Prairie ‘White Caviar’ Illuminating Hand Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15: With a mother from Lithuania and a father from Ireland, I can burn in the moonlight. Not wearing sunscreen, even on my hands, is not an option. This hand treatment not only protects, it brightens and hydrates for younger-looking skin. Plus, it strengthens nails and softens cuticles, essential to keeping my manis looking fresh! —Alexa Kehoe, Michigan Ave


Kate Somerville ‘Body Glow’ SPF 20 Sunscreen: Not only does it provide protection, it also has caffeine to tone and mango butter to moisturize. —Allyson White, Walnut Creek, CA

Sun Bum Sunscreen Spray (SPF 15, 30, 50 or 70!): Sun Bum is based out of Cocoa Beach, Florida, so you know they mean business when it comes to sun protection. And, if that’s not enough, they are endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation. This spray is just one of those products you can’t go wrong with. —Meredith Christian, Online Beauty Stylist


Keri Blair, M·A·C Senior Artist, shares her timely tips for a beautiful bronze complexion.

With summer just around the corner, there is no better time to stock up on the best tips and tricks to get that gorgeous summer glow. Speaking as someone whose natural complexion is the color of skim milk: achieving that bronzed effect can be challenging.

Luckily, M·A·C’s Temperature Rising collection is replete with all the necessary bronzers, elixirs and bronzing oils. Bronzer, or “sun in a compact,” is a must-have for the spring and summer seasons. Having the right products is only part of this sun-kissed equation—proper placement is of the utmost importance. Here are some of my top tips for looking radiant and effortless this summer.

1. If you wear foundation daily, keep your shade choice true to your skin tone. It’s always a great idea to mix your foundation shades as the seasons change (no one’s complexion is all one single color, anyway). In my opinion, trying to achieve a bronze effect by using a darker foundation is a big no-no. Instead, keep your foundation true to form and then apply your bronzing powder.

If you have a very fair complexion, steer clear of bronzers that are too orange. Instead, use a peachy blush (try M·A·C Powder Blush in Ripe For Love), and then apply a more yellow or golden shade of bronzer (try M·A·C Nude on Board or Refined Golden Bronzing Powder).

On darker skin tones, try a deep peach blush for a fresh color accent (try M·A·C Peaches Powder Blush) and then a deeper, warmer shade of bronzer (try M·A·C Pro Longwear Bronzer in Sun Dipped).

2. Use a large powder brush and sweep the bronzer on the high planes of the face—tops of the cheekbones, creases of the eyes, bridge of the nose and tip of the chin. Bronzer shouldn’t be used to contour; it should add color and create a halo effect on the face.

3. For the ultimate summer skin, it’s important to add some highlight and shine. Create an effortless glow by tapping M·A·C Golden Elixir Strobe Cream into the tops of the cheekbones, under the brow bone and on the bridge of the nose.

4. Lastly, don’t forget to address all those “undressed” areas. M·A·C’s Bronzing Oil adds just a tint of lush bronze pigments and shine to all of your “exposed” areas. Try applying to your shoulders, collarbone and décolletage.

M·A·C Temperature Rising Collection

Strobe Liquid Foundation | Pro Longwear Bronzer | Powder Blush

For more expert tips, follow Kerri on twitter @MAC_Keri_B.


Bikini-Ready Beauty Secrets

To give you that extra boost of confidence, our Beauty Stylist Tannah Ives from Thousand Oaks shares her favorite skincare tips to get ready for bikini weather.

Tone. Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control Treatment targets cellulite before it starts, leaving your skin looking smoother and firmer. Pair the treatment with Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pads for Body, which enhance your natural curves by adding a golden, tan touch.

Remove unwanted hair. The Bliss Poetic Waxing At-Home Hair Removal Kit is amazing! It comes with its own microwavable cup, along with a calming pre- and post-waxing oil, making at-home head-to-toe hair removal simple, comfortable and convenient. Also by Bliss are Ingrown Eliminating Pads, which fix lumps and bumps on legs and bikini areas.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Simply Mahvelous Legs Shave Cream is perfect for the lady who doesn’t want to wax. Its rich and creamy formula contains moisturizing essential oils and herbal extracts. The brand’s Gentle Exfoliating Body Scrub contains aloe vera and chamomile to help calm skin, smooth, and exfoliates dead surface cells for after a shave.

Exfoliate. Do this regularly with Clinique’s Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream. It ‘s oil-free and stimulates, invigorates and refines rough skin. Use in the shower; the refreshing menthol scent will stay with you all day!

Be sure to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated. L’Occitane Certified Organic Pure Shea Butter comes in a beautiful tin that travels easily. This wonderful product glides onto skin in one swipe, and it replenishes moisture and calms skin in no time.


This year, it’s all about getting the perfect summer tan without the harmful sun damage. We consulted Beauty Stylist Cassi Coulter at Nordstrom Mission Viejo, and she shared her favorite products for looking perfectly sun-kissed—with no sun required.


Self Tanners

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Tinted Self Tanning Gelée gives a heavenly tan as well as a soft bronze shimmer when applied. Its color starts to develop in under an hour.

Xen-Tan Mousse Intense is a great weekly self tanner for face and body that gives a more natural-looking olive undertone. It’s streak-free and oil-free, and it smells delicious.

Last but not least: Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel. One of the first self tanners to hit the market, this gel is quickly absorbed, and it’s beautiful on both the face and body.

Expert tip: be sure to exfoliate before any self tanning application, and always apply to well-dried skin.


Perfect your glow with Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder, one of my favorites—a little goes a long way. I use the ‘Golden Light’ shade for fair skin and the ‘Medium’ shade for warmer skin with cinnamon undertones.

Laura Mercier ‘Matte Radiance’ Baked Powder (in shade 03 or 04) is also a beautiful way to give the face, neck and décolletage a warm summer glow.

Expert Tip: You can also use bronzer to color-correct. If your face and neck are lighter than your body, you can even out your skin tone by applying bronzer with a large fluffy brushlike the Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush—on your neck and all around the edges of your face (jawline, hairline and sides of face).


The dog days are upon us, and let’s face it, sweltering temps can cause makeup meltdowns and general skin lethargy. One of our favorite summer pick-me-ups is a nourishing facial mist. They refresh and rebalance while rebooting makeup with a simple spritz. And with temperatures creeping into the 90s here in Seattle, we could definitely do with a little refreshing!

Evian Facial Water Spray
philosophy ‘hope springs eternal’ facial mist
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater
Laura Mercier ‘Flawless Skin’ Perfecting Water Moisture Mist
CAUDALIE Beauty Elixir

La Mer ‘The Mist’