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!)
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[Story & photos by Stefanie Frank]