By Andrea Dashiell / Special to Sunday Market
After nine months of drizzle and dreariness, summer’s arrival is deserving of a celebration.
It’s not just the 70-degree days and late sunsets we adore. Part of summer’s appeal — at least for the girlie-girls among us — is the sunny highlights, golden gams, perfect pedicures and fresh-faced makeup of the season.
If you’re itching to update your beauty regime for sandal season, start right here.
Before you start layering on the tanning creams, take time to exfoliate your skin. For your face and décolleté, try M-61’s Power Glow Peel ($28 at Bluemercury, U District). Created by Bluemercury co-founder Marla Malcom Beck, the foolproof peel gently removes dull skin and brightens your complexion.
Then turn your everyday moisturizer into a customized self-tanner with the new Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster ($30 at Macy’s). Mix a couple drops of the sunless tanning serum into your favorite moisturizer to get a subtle glow within hours.
MAC’s Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35 ($30 at Macy’s) is a lightly tinted cream in new bronze tones. It works as a primer, or wear it alone when you want light coverage without too much weight.
When it’s time to head out, dust on Guerlain’s iconic bronzer for a sun-kissed glow. The Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($52 at Nordstrom) comes in a compact that’s so pretty you’ll be itching to pull it out for touch-ups.
Finish your face with a couple coats of sweat-, humidity- and pool-proof mascara, such as L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara ($8 at Bartell Drugs), and a swipe of Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($22.50 at Sephora). The Tulip shade provides a burst of sheer pink along with much-needed sun protection.
For a natural-looking, streak-free tan, try St. Tropez’s Self Tan Bronzing Mousse ($42). Use the Application Mitt ($9, both at Nordstrom) to achieve a reliably even, golden color — without that telltale self-tanner smell.
Even with a (faux) tan, you still need to apply sunscreen. L’Oreal’s Advanced Suncare Invisible Protect Dry Oil Spray ($11 at Bartell Drugs) is lightweight, moisturizing and water resistant with SPF 30. After a day outside, slather on Alba Botanica’s Very Emollient After Sun Lotion ($8 at Whole Foods), which uses antioxidant-rich green tea and vitamin E to soothe skin and replenish moisture.
Snag one of the new Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace razors ($10 at Target) to toss into your travel or workout bag. The compact design makes it perfectly portable, so you’ll always be ready to show some skin.
Before you slip on those new sandals, be sure to prettify your toes. Deborah Lippmann’s summer collection is an ’80s-inspired lineup of bold colors. Paint on the bright, beachy-blue Video Killed the Radio Star Nail Polish ($18 at department and beauty stores) for a show-stopping pedicure.
UV rays can do a number on colored hair, so protect your tresses before hitting the beach with Davines SU Milk ($28 at Rosaline Hampton, Bellevue). The UVB-filtering leave-in treatment guards your color and adds moisture to the hair.
For an intense treatment, try the ultra-moisturizing Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask ($43 at Bluemercury). Its argan oil and proteins leave dry, damaged hair stronger and softer. The new Drybar Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-In Conditioner ($29 at Sephora), a spray-on conditioning mist, leaves tiny flecks of mica in the hair to reflect light and create a shimmering effect.
Love products that do double duty? Don’t miss Olivine’s Love + Salt Beach Hair and Body Mist ($10 at shopolivine.com), created by Seattleite Julie Merriman Wray. Spritz it on damp or dry hair and scrunch through for beachy waves, or apply it to skin for light hydration and a fresh scent.