Sunscreen, sun protection, sun care, UVA, UVB, SPFs … there are so many choices and a lot of jargon when it comes to taking care of your skin in the sun. Sometimes you just want an expert to tell you what they wear, how they wear it and why they love it.


We rounded up seven of our Beauty Stylists to give it to us straight and find out the secrets to wearing sun protection: which ones to get for specific needs, how to wear it with makeup–both before you put on makeup and reapplication that won’t ruin your look after–plus the best new products out there.

Turns out, even with all the options available, there was a hands-down favorite among almost all of them. Read on to find out what it was and see all their other sun-care essentials.


Now that summer is here, sunscreen is a must for me, and I carry these products everywhere I go to make sure I stay protected throughout the day. They make it super easy to touch up, and they never run or cause my makeup to look cakey.

1. Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15: My go-to touchup powder. It’s super slim, compact and leaves my makeup looking fresh and natural all day without a heavy look or feel. I love that it comes with a convenient little puff. Plus, you can’t beat that it has your sun protection added as well! I also make sure to press the product into the skin rather than swiping; it gives a more natural look.

2. Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm SPF 10: Our lips need some love too when it comes to sun care, and this is one of my ultimate favorite lip balms for the day. It is nice and creamy, super hydrating and plumping as well. I use it during my morning routine alone, and I carry it with me to touch up. The great thing is that you can apply on top of or mix into any lip color you want (I’ll usually use a lip brush). Trust me, this product lasts a long time and is worth the price.

3. COOLA Suncare ‘Classic Face’ Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30: Here’s another little gem that I’ve added to my purse recently (it’s amazing for traveling). I am constantly looking for the newest additions for sun protection–especially something for touchups, since we should be reapplying every two hours. I apply right before I leave the house to set my makeup and easily reapply it during the day too. It not only instantly hydrates, but leaves you protected as well. Just remember: don’t get too close to the face, and you’re good to go!

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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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Pool-Party Pretty, Pronto

Ahh, summertime, when cold-weather gear gives way to…bathing suits. The first pool-party evite hits your inbox and you realize you never got around to those extra Pilates classes and spa appointments. No need to panic or send lame excuses—these pool beauty lifesavers will get you head-to-toe-gorgeous in no time flat.


Mascara is the one makeup item most women won’t leave the house without, but who wants to look like a raccoon in the pool? On the other hand, removing waterproof mascara can often be a bear. CARGO ‘Better than Waterproof’ Mascara truly lives up to its name, and comes off (when you want it to) with warm water and gentle pressure—no need for special eye-makeup remover.

With no time for a waxing or dealing with ugly razor bumps, you’ll be glad to have the Bliss ‘Trim & Bare It’ Grooming System. This handy cordless gadget has four attachments for trimming and micro-shaving delicate areas (and also can be used on eyebrows and facial hair). Best of all, you can use it in the shower to cut down on prep time.

Self-tanner: the slimming, concealing gift to bodies everywhere. We love Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel—it dries ultra-fast, and the oil-free, streak-free formula gives you a natural golden (not orange) color that lasts.

When it comes to poolside makeup, most of us want to look carefree and water-sporty, but could use a little help to cover imperfections or dark circles. CARGO ‘blu_ray’ High Definition Concealer is waterproof, long-wearing, and designed for completely natural-looking coverage in places you want it—with a line-smoothing ingredient to boot.

Kate Somerville truly gets pool appearance anxiety: her ‘Body Glow’ Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20 is the perfect topper for self-tanner. Not only does this lightweight lotion give you the best kind of sun protection, it contains caffeine for firming, algae for conditioning, and mango butter for softening (and a delicious smell). Bonus: light-reflecting pearls make your skin glisten beautifully in the sun.

To add extra glow to your cheeks, try AERIN Beauty Multicolor for Lips & Cheeks. This natural, radiant color looks gorgeous on every skin tone, and its subtle, luxurious rose scent makes you feel like you’re poolside at a bungalow in St. Barth’s. (Currently available in selected stores; call a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist or Live Chat to order now. Available online mid-July.)

Wearing lipstick to the pool sends a signal you’re that person who never gets her hair wet (like your mom). Up your down-to-earth factor with Dior ‘Addict Lip Glow’ Color Reviver Balm, which looks pinkish in the tube but deepens when applied to lips for a soft, natural-looking tint that lasts for hours. (It also contains sunscreen—Mom will be happy.)

The one place it’s essential to look ‘done’ is your toes. Get in the spirit of the season with Deborah Lippmann The Mermaids Summer Collection: fun, sparkly shades that glisten like treasures in the sea. (Beauty Stylist Sarah Zaret, Nordstrom Mission Viejo, turned us on to this pool-perfect line. Thanks, Sarah!)

Shop our full collection of summer essentials including sun care, skincare, makeup and fragrance.

[Story & photos by Stefanie Frank]


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