By Amy Sciaretto


Cosmeceuticals guru Perricone MD is branching out of skincare into makeup in the form of their translucent, perfect-for-summer No Foundation Foundation, a delicately tinted moisturizer which boasts an SPF of 30. The dewy but lightweight formula is not your mother’s, or even your big sister’s, foundation. The veil of coverage allows you to forego heavier products so skin can breathe. Apply two drops via fingertips, blend in a circular motion and you’ll notice evened tone and imperfections will be erased.

Available at Sephora and

If you prefer nude lips during the summer swelter, slick on Edward Bess Lip Gloss for the sexiest shine fest your lips could hope for. The chicer-than-chic Desert Glow is a slightly sparkly gold and one swipe is all you need while sipping a tropical cocktail by the beach.

Available at Bergdorf Goodman or

Cat Cosmetics, created by actress Catherine Hickland, offers an ingenious product dubbed Smolder, a liner/shadow combo with a wet-look, bronze stick shadow on one end and a sexy black pencil eyeliner on the other. Both were designed specifically for maximum smudging and for summer-ready smoky eyes that aren’t as heavy as fall and winter versions.

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Freeze 24/7 Mineral Makeup takes the guess work out of the cosmetic industry’s hottest trend of the past few years. Why Freeze? The flawless, airbrush-like coverage doesn’t budge, even on the most humid of days. You’ll look ready to be photographed for the cover of any magazine 24/7.

Available at CO Bigelow locations.

Global Goddess Boho Exotic Eyes i-Divine Eyecolor offers a wide range of jewel-toned shades that are rich in color payoff, infused with anti-aging white tea and perfect for all skin tones. After all, what’s a summer night and tanned skin without a little splash of color?

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Soothe parched or sunburned summer smackers with Tokyo Milk’s utterly divine Bon Bon Lip Balm. The vintage pot packaging -they’re bite-sized and portable- is to die for, while the non-waxy, airy texture will hug lips and keep them hydrated. You know that sorta crackpot sect of people who think lip balm is addicting? I’ve been slathering Opera Mint on my pucker 10 times a day, so I’m inclined to think there’s something to that theory! Each balm comes equipped with a mini-pamphlet insert that spouts kissing instructions and details the creators’ fave movie smooches. Aw!

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Therapy Systems eye shadows never scrimp on color payoff and Champagne Platinum is a blendable, shimmery, summer gold which looks effortless when paired with a swipe of black liquid liner. You’ll get summer cat eyes at their best, without that ‘overdone’ look.

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Originally published July 2009



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