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Summer 2012 Makeup: Best Face Products

After you’ve shopped for eye shadows and the perfect vacation lippie, don’t forget about your mug! We’ve rounded up bronzers, blush, and more to help you put your best face forward this summer.

By Leah Melby

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.

$12.99; target.com

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sonia Kashuk


Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush

Photo Ready Cream Blush
These punchy colors are the brainchild of Revlon Artistic Director Gucci Westman, the beauty guru behind runway looks, like Rag & Bone and J.Mendel’s. The silky gel texture leaves a pretty, dewy look with color inspired by her tony trips to St. Tropez.


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.

$18; victoriassecret.com

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Victoria’s Secret


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.

$34; sephora.com

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Benefit


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.

$20; stilacosmetics.com

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Stila


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.

$32; sephora.com

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Josie Maran


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!

$40; beauty.com

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mally Beauty


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!

$3.99; newyorkcolor.com

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NYC Color


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.

$50; saks.com

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Burberry


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.

$73; kohgendocosmetics.com

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Koh Gen Do


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?

$55; sephora.com

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Hourglass


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

$24; beautyhabit.com

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul & Joe


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!).

$24; sephora.com

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sephora