Summer 2012 Makeup: Best Face Products
Sonia Kashuk Illuminating Bronzer
The gorgeous, embossed croc pattern of this compact earns a spot on our vanity table for its style, alone! The silky texture and sun-kissed color is pretty fab, too, especially after hearing from Miss Kashuk, herself, that the formula uses a lot of the same ingredients found in brands triple the price.
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Victoria’s Secret Airbrush FX Bronzing Face Primer
Already a fan of how primer can help set your makeup for a full day, in one application? Update yours for the season with a little bit of built-in color courtesy of this pick’s infused bronze tint. Faking a good faux glow is hard—the more helpers, the better.
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Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation
Bare-faced beauty is a great concept, until you take into account free radicals and air pollution. This foundation is packed with top-tier SPF protection to ward off harmful UV rays, while the light-diffusing ingredients will help plump up wrinkles and maintain your glow, no matter outdoor smog levels.
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Stila All-Over Luminizer in Rose Gold
This cult-favorite gets updated in a warm, rose gold shimmer. Before applying, close your eyes and imagine a warm beach somewhere. Got the image? Dab this potion on the parts of your face where you imagine the sun would hit you first, like the high points of your cheekbones.
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Josie Maran Bronzer Sun Spot Corrector
Don’t just fight dark spots with your arsenal of nighttime serums. This argan oil-infused bronzer uses bearberry extract and vitamin C to brighten skin, while SPF protects it from additional damage. Go ahead, and glow smartly.
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Mally Beauty Believable Bronzer Trio
Ever wish for a makeup artist to magically appear in your bathroom, telling you how to mix all of your powders for a gorgeous glow? Backstage vet Mally heard your calls! Her savior-of-a-trio includes all-over powder, a shimmery highlighter, and a pop of pink for cheeks!
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NYC Smooth Skin Perfecting Primer
With soaring temps making you sweat, there’s no shame in calling in extra troops to get your makeup to last through the day. This vitamin-packed lotion shrinks pores and smooths skin, but the iridescent shimmer’s so glow-tastic, we’d wear it alone, too!
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Burberry Beauty Sheer Summer Glow
Brit beauties (or wannabes, like us) have likely already fallen for the house’s light blushes and powders that can help you perfect the natural looks they send tromping down the runway season after season. Grab all four of their existing cheek shades in one limited edition palette, perfect for bronzing, highlighting, and blushing.
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Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Premium Pressed Powder
Artisanal-like craftsmanship and soothing ingredients make this tri-colored powder worth its hefty price tag. Shea butter and jojoba seed oil restore skin, while expertly-cut minerals create a feather-light application that enhances radiance and sets makeup.
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Hourglass Immaculate Oil-Free Liquid Foundation
This liquid-to-power foundation dries velvety smooth and is free of the oils that leave skin screaming in the brutal summer months. Two anti-aging stars, Spanish lavender extract and Himalayan Edelweiss, reduce wrinkles and slow collagen breakdown respectively. Did we just introduce you to your new summer BFF, or what?
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Paul & Joe Face Color G in Nymph
Grab a bouquet that won’t wilt in the humid weather. This bubblegum blush is the perfect brightness for any skintone, and the subtle hint of shimmer adds a touch of radiance. Plus, the flower—adorable
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Sephora All-Over Bronzer
Make your bronzer look realistic by picking a compact with multiple hues (including a pink!). They’ll blend together and give you natural color, rather than looking like you just covered your mug with pure cocoa powder (or cheese puff dust, eek!).
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