Summer: It’s finally here. The warm sun on your skin. Longer days coupled with gorgeous sunsets. Happy hour alfresco. To bypass any thoughts of its sweaty, sticky side effects, we’ll start the season by sharing a Byrdie-curated collection of hair, skin, and makeup essentials with online shopping mecca QVC.
Byrdie’s GM, Leah Wyar, will be at QVC HQ on June 15 for the second live Byrdie Beauty Hour, where she’ll talk about all things summer beauty. Tune into QVC’s Facebook Page or QVC2 at 9 p.m. ET for intel on every beauty must-have for the season, live demos, and Leah’s pro tips and tricks.
Until then, how about this sneak peek?
Test-Drive a New Self-Tanner
There’s no faster (and safer!) way to give your skin a sun-kissed glow than with a self-tanner. That’s because UV rays and tanning beds emit harmful rays that can damage your skin, leading to premature aging (or worse, skin cancer). But those telltale spots and weird smells sometimes give it a bad rap. Whether you’re a self-tanner newbie or a pro, we found two perfect-for-everyone options that will give you your most natural-looking glow yet.
Love to self-tan but hate having to wait hours for it to do its thing? Us too. That’s why we love this fast-acting power-tanning duo for both your face and body that creates a beautiful bronze finish in just 20 minutes. Buff the tinted mousse all over your body using the foam-like mitt for zero streaks and no stained palms. The face serum contains skin goodies such as hydrating hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and vitamins C and E; easily smooths on like skincare; and leaves a subtle, barely there glow.
Wake up fresh-faced with this mess-free overnight sleep mask. It’s a moisturizing gel cream laced with a low dose of DHA, the self-tanning agent that transforms your glow overnight. You can even use it in place of your go-to nighttime skincare because it has nourishing avocado, sunflower and grapeseed oils, and hyaluronic acid. The result is a more even skin tone that looks naturally luminous.
Make Your Makeup Meltproof
Our ideal vacation has our skin looking perfectly bronzed, glowing, and sun-kissed, but in reality, it’s more like a sweaty, flushed, and smudgy mess. Lock your look with these long-lasting formulas we put to the test.
Fill in sparse spaces or overhaul your shape with this cult-favorite waterproof pencil. The twist-up angled tip lets you apply as much pressure as you want for a light, dark, or anywhere-in-between payoff and helps you mimic the appearance of real hair in just a few swipes.
Long-wear foundation is efficient, but it can feel thick or cakey on your skin. Transform your go-to into something that lasts for 12 hours in seconds with this clear setting spray—a long time makeup artist staple we always spy on set. Throw the travel size into your bag if you need to reset or refresh your makeup midday.
Choose an SPF You’ll Want to Apply
Sunscreen may feel more like a rote, mandatory step in your routine—like brushing your teeth—than, say, running a sleek device all over your face. Yet it’s one of the few things proven by science to protect your skin. Elevate the MVP by trying one of these innovative, luxurious picks.
Not only is it mineral-based (with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide), but the universal tint also blends seamlessly with skin tones so you can use it solo or underneath makeup without any white residue left behind.
Give Your Hair Extra TLC
You may switch up your skincare routine with the season, but what about your hair care? Chances are that your regimen is overlooked when it comes to swapping in seasonal must-haves. But high humidity, hot temps, and sun exposure can make your hair more susceptible to damage during summer. Here’s how to elevate your hair game right now.
Wrap wet strands in this plush microfiber hair towel with a stay-put strap and watch them dry at record speed. Or use the ultra-absorbent scrunchie (swap between the chic Luna Gray or Cloud Pink color) to create a top knot that does double duty.
Just as heat from your hair dryer or styling irons can damage strands over time, the sun’s rays can scorch it too. This mega-size moisturizing mist contains Himalayan D hatelo oil, rich in essential fatty acids, to hydrate and shield strands with every spritz. And the stats don’t lie: Studies showed a 92-percent reduction in hair breakage on chemically bleached, dry, and damaged frizzy hair when compared to those who used nothing at all. Spray any one of the three yummy scents—Amber Vanilla, Green Tea, or Yogi-Berry—on dry hair to instantly refresh without washing or on wet strands to erase tangles fast.
Master the No-Makeup Summer Look
Strike the perfect balance of luminosity and freshness without going overboard or looking undone with these picks. We predict they’ll be your go-tos long past Labor Day.
Conceal what you want (like dark circles, blemishes, or spots) and leave the rest of your skin uncovered. Then add luminosity with a touch of the radiance cream on cheekbones, brow bones, and your cupid’s bow. We love this duo for the believable shimmer and mineral pigments. The buildable formula lets you customize coverage, while the sheer cream luminizer gives skin the good kind of shine.
Nothing wakes up your face as fast as a swipe of mascara. But humidity, hot air, and sweat make streaks inevitable. Smudge and water proof, this mascara not only goes on crazy creamy, but the extra-large brush is also packed with bristles so no lash is left behind. And while we aren’t sure you’ll ever require it, it can stay put for a solid 24 hours.