Summer Blast

In case you didn’t get the memo, the heat is on. And if you haven’t done it already, it’s time to give your makeup bag a makeover. Shelve the heavy foundations and lipsticks and invest in those new self-tanning towelettes (I love Kate Somerville 360) and sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher (Being True Essential Gel is my must-have). Now check out the latest summer lip colors to complement your golden glow.

The wonderful thing about the seasonal shades I’ve selected is that each enhances your own individual, summer skin tone – whether it’s a light, sunny peach or a deep, dark savage tan. Their unique, light-reflecting properties and multi-faceted color blends actually help give you that distinctive radiance you get only after a day in the sun.

Hourglass Cosmetics Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss ($26) in Hypnotic glows like a brilliant tropical sunset – glistening copper with a hint of rose. The high-shine gloss comes in a sleek shell of a package that’s so slim you could slide it into the band of your bikini, while the wide snap-on cap keeps the applicator tip well-protected from sand and sea.







Clarins Instant Sun Light Click & Gloss ($18) in Coral gives even the palest of complexions a flush. Don’t let the neon bubble that surfaces from the pen the first time you click it fool you. The silvery shimmer offsets the bright coral color, its silky soft texture melts onto the lips, and unbelievably adapts to your lip’s natural color. SPF 6 helps filter nasty UVs.








Dieci Colori Lip Lite ($20) in V is a subtle, orangey pink that slides on soft and stays that way thanks to Jojoba, Avocado Oil and Vitamins A and E. You’d never know this luxury gloss-stick actually has a job besides accentuating your pout. An SPF 15 guards lips from sun damage. Dieci Colori is a hypoallergenic cosmetics line from Dieci Lifestyle Spa in Livingston, New Jersey.







Style & Spa’s Serenity Super Lip Gloss ($5.40) in Super Bare is a creamy, shiny nude gloss perfect for when you look so kissed by the sun you wouldn’t even consider wearing makeup. Think Kim Kardashian. This one’s slick but not sticky, plus it’s water-proof so you’ll look this blazin’ good even soaking wet. Super Gloss is part of the Serenity Bare Minerals all-natural makeup collection from Style & Spa of Peace, based in Chicago.





The renowned Milvali Salon in San Francisco also has its own mineral make-up brand, and its Indelible Liner ($13) and Lipstick ($12) in Heather and Girlie is an unmatched combo of velvety texture and precision perfection with a healthy-looking blush of color. The nudish-pink liner features an automatic, self-sharpening pencil on one end and an anti-feathering lip brush on the other. The compact lip stick is its creamy counterpart.

The gloss•a•ry is PrettyCity’s monthly roundup of all that glitters from our own wand-toting shimmer expert, Michelle Carney. Tune in each month for the latest and greatest in pout perfecting products utterly devoted to your sparkly, sexy and oh-so-shiny lips. Please contact Michelle Carney with story ideas or product suggestions

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