Summer means rooftop get-togethers, fabulous weather, picnics in the park, and all the outdoor activities you can think of. Everyone’s out and about, los días are brighter and longer, la gente seem happier, work hours miraculously become shorter, and the overall excitement is palpable.
However, hopping from soirée to soirée can leave us exposed to the elements, making our skin and hair prone to some beauty challenges. As Latinas, we know textured hair gets extra frizzy because of the humidity, and curls can get out of control. Once we start sweating, our makeup also suffers, giving us the dreaded pasty look that we try to avoid at all costs.
But these beauty inconveniences don’t need to get in your way. We’re giving you the lowdown on the hottest Summer trends and the Ulta Beauty products you can use to achieve them while still looking fresh in this Verano caliente. Keep scrolling for all the details!
The first rule of Summer is to stock up on sun care. However, wearing sunscreen plus primer and all the other layers of makeup might feel too cakey and overdone for the season. We want to keep it light and simple, and that’s why SPF creams that also serve as primers or tinted moisturizers are must haves. You can start with Olay Face Sunscreen Serum + Makeup Primer SPF 35, which absorbs quickly to prevent makeup from smudging or fading. Pür 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15 multitasks by visibly correcting flaws, smoothing lines, and plumping, firming, and evening out your skin tone, while It Cosmetics CC+ Cream SPF 50 is a great one-step product to help with color-correcting, anti-aging skin care, and strong UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen. If powder is more your thing, bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is a buildable formula that lets you customize your coverage from sheer to full.
Give your skin and hair that little extra pampering they so deserve. When you’re finally at home after fulfilling all your social activities, it’s the perfect time to have some me-time. Remove your makeup and cleanse your face with Fountain of Truth Take It Off Cleansing Balm, which magically changes to a lightweight milk when activated with water. Next you can spray on Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea. It’s infused with nutrient-rich botanicals and cucumber essential water to revive dull, tired skin and provide a cooling boost of hydration. If you’re washing your hair, Redken’s All Soft Heavy Cream Super Treatment will restore the hair’s strength and softness thanks to ingredients like argan, avocado, and olive oils. And before you call it a day, make sure to apply First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream in Mango all over your body to banish dry skin immediately and feel extra tropical.
Protect your naturally textured hair from frizz with the right products. Beat the heat, stay cool, and Summer-proof your look with serums and leave-ins that will make it easier to take on the hottest Summer trend for hair: braids. We recommend Redken One United Multi-Benefit Treatment Spray, a leave-in (or rinse-out!) that conditions, eliminates frizz, adds shine, and protects against hair damage. CHI Keratin Silk Infusion Reconstructing Complex heals and hydrates dry, damaged hair by retaining moisture and smoothing the hair cuticle. IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel is great for that touchable hold and shine without the crunch. SheaMoisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Build-Up Blaster uses green coconut, activated charcoal, and white tea to remove buildup from your scalp and hair, but keeps your strands nourished.
We want to get glowing, but we don’t like the glow to come from sweating incessantly in the heat. Highlighter continues to be an ongoing trend for the Summer, and these highlighters will make you seem like you have a natural glow, a “yo no se qué” about you. We love the trio of intensely pigmented highlighters in the Tarte Sugar Rush Fresh & Frosted Highlighter Palette, which lets you layer or mix and match. Too Faced Natural Lust Satin Dual-Tone Bronzer comes in an oversize compact with a rich coconut scent, and has a satiny feeling on the skin. You can remove the guesswork with Ofra Cosmetics Rodeo Drive Highlighter, which is a versatile and universally flattering sun-kissed shade. If you prefer liquid formulas, Smashbox Crystalized Shimmer Drops are buildable with an iridescent pearl effect that adds radiance to your face or your lips.
El Verano is all about bright colors, and the unexpected trend this season is pink eye shadow. We’re obsessing over the 12 matte, shimmer, and glitter shades in the NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette and the super chic I Heart Revolution’s Glitter Effect Palette in One True Love. Those pinks will definitely make your eyes pop in an unexpected yet chic way, while looking trendy and fab all at once. If you prefer to add a different color but still look bright and fun, we recommend Morphe 35H Hot Spot Artistry Palette, which includes some deep blues that will make you look like La Reina del Mar. And last, but not least, Beauty Bakerie Coffee & Cocoa Bronzer Palette is perfect to finish your look and add that little extra golden touch.