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Best Late Summer Makeup and Skincare

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 14, 2020
Best Late Summer Makeup and Skincare

End summer in a beautiful way with these beauty essentials

We know that summer 2020 has looked a bit different than you imagined, with less beach trips and more tropical Zoom backgrounds that give the illusion of being actually able to travel. But a summer staying inside doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy all your favorite beauty products, and with the season winding down… there are a selection of August and early September favorites that you need to know about.

These makeup and skincare products let you say goodbye to summer and make an easy transition into fall makeup, incorporating a few seasonal classics (hello, facial spray!) and letting you express yourself through the seasons in a beautiful way. As excited as we are for falling leaves and an excuse to wear a beanie every day, we aren’t quite ready to leave summer behind… and you’ll be feeling the August heat with these late summer makeup essentials.

PHYTO-PIGMENTS Last Looks Cream Blush by Juice Beauty, $25

PHYTO-PIGMENTS Last Looks Cream Blush by Juice Beauty
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Let’s talk about blush. When done right, it can look practically flawless on your face, especially when paired with your best bronzer for a radiant summer glow. But powders can be a bit tricky, and it’s easy to go overboard and look more clown-ish than cute. Why not try a cream blush for a subtle hint of color before heading into fall? Fall makeup is a bit more minimal, and the look you’re going for should be a natural flush of color on your cheeks. Like the radiant sheen you get after a long yoga or an ultra-relaxing facial massage. Cream blush isn’t just more buildable and easy to apply than powder, it also looks more subtle on your skin and lets you maintain your summer makeup glow through the later months, while still being a totally acceptable look when September rolls around. PHYTO-PIGMENTS Last Looks Cream Blush by Juice Beauty is one of the best cream blush beauty products in our community, with 98% of users saying that it’s majorly pigmented, blendable, and long lasting.

24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream by Tula, $52

24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream by Tula
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“I have oily skin in my T-zone area, nose and chin, as well as minor acne and on my cheeks. This is the first moisturizer I have used that does not feel heavy on my skin.” Most skin care enthusiasts know that between summer and fall is the time to switch out your lightweight gel moisturizer for a thick, creamy one - but what about August and the later summer months, where the lines are a little more blurred? You need a moisturizer that delivers all the hydration and isn’t too light or too heavy on your skin, and this beauty product by Tula is the perfect solution. It contains probiotics, rice nutri peptides, and watermelon fruit extract and squalane to lock in moisture to the skin while helping to reduce the appearance of dullness and fine lines. It’s the best late summer makeup product to get your skin in the mood for chilly days, and can even be worn under your foundation for a luminous, later summer glow.

Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer, Make Up For Ever, $36

Pro Fusion Bronzer by Make Up For Ever
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As we transition from summer into fall, you’re likely to see a few changes in your skin. Not just in texture and dryness, but you may be more tan at certain times and fairer at others. Especially in summer 2020 when we’ve been inside more often than not. While bronzer is a summer makeup essential, you need to invest in the right shade to keep you glowing in all the best ways. That means a beauty product that’s easily buildable, with a light luminosity that lets you radiate from the inside out no matter your skin tone. The Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer by Make Up for Ever has a gel texture that’s creamy and easily blendable - meaning that it won’t feel too heavy on your skin and creates a warm radiance that’s a beautiful tribute to the end of summer.

Balm Dotcom by Glossier, $12

Balm Dotcom by Glossier
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“This product is the best lip balm I’ve tried. It’s so creamy, and super amazingly moisturizing for chapped lips. It’s perfect for any look, and depending how much you put on it either looks like a gloss, or just a balm. Both of which I love.” Glossier’s mantra is “Skin first. Makeup Second.” Of course, they do both pretty well… as evidenced by this cult beauty product that gives your lips the love they deserve and a boost of subtle color. Balm Dotcom is packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to hydrate and nourish dry, chapped lips, and it’s available in seven flavors like Birthday and Coconut to switch up your style for the new season. 98% of users agree that this beauty product is sheer and incredibly long lasting, and you’ll get a taste (literally) of fall makeup and skin care as Balm Dotcom leaves a subtle tint and hydrates your pout with rich ingredients like Castor Oil, Beeswax, and Lanolin.

CC+ Cream with SPF 50+, IT Cosmetics, $39

CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ by IT Cosmetics
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You may have just read the words “SPF 50” and gotten all wide-eyed about this late summer makeup essential, and we don’t blame you. As any good skin care enthusiast knows, you need SPF in all settings and seasons. And CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ lets you end summer on a good note while following you into fall with incredible SPF protection and glowing skin. This full-coverage foundation doesn’t just provide sun protection, it also has a variety of skin and wellness benefits, thanks to a powerhouse trio of Collagen, Peptides, and Hyaluronic Acid. The first two work to fill in fine lines and create younger, fresher skin, no matter how old you are, while hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates your skin to prevent the dryness that comes during the fall season. IT Cosmetics is the best there is when it comes to skincare-makeup hybrids, and you’ll always be covered in more ways than one with this late summer makeup product.

Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer by Aveda, $32

Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer by Aveda
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Looking for the next beauty product to become the light of your life and skin care routine? You can always count on Aveda. There’s a reason that tinted moisturizer always makes the top lists of summer makeup must-haves. It’s lightweight, hydrates your skin, and evens out your skin tone without feeling too cakey or heavy on your face. Basically, it’s an Instagram filter in a tube… and the magic can continue from late summer into fall with Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer. It has top ratings for blendability, hydration, and being gentle on all skin types… and 93% of people agree that it’s especially ideal for sensitive skin. Carry it in your bag and use tinted moisturizer for the final days of summer when you’re sitting by the pool, or just working from home on the back patio. Pro tip: a bit of tinted moisturizer will make your skin will look amazing on Zoom calls.

Liquid Eye Shadow in Gold Goddess by Stila, $24

Liquid Eye Shadow in Gold Goddess by Stila
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“This is seriously the best glitter eyeshadow I've ever used! The pigment is great, zero fall out, stays on all day but still easy to remove with makeup remover, reasonably blendable, and adds brilliant sparkle while still looking classic and not gaudy.” Listen, we love fall makeup as much as the next person. Who doesn’t go crazy for a burgundy lip and neutral eyeshadow? But before summer comes to an end, you want to be a little extra with the Liquid Eye Shadow in Gold Goddess by Stila. No makeup brushes, no fallout, and no fading… just a blendable wash of glimmering gold over your lids that looks like the most beautiful summer sunset ever.

Petroleum Jelly Original by Vaseline, $1

Petroleum Jelly by Vaseline
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Sometimes, one dollar is all it takes to get a head start on your fall makeup routine. Petroleum Jelly Original is a skin care classic that’s been clinically proven to heal dry, damaged skin, one of the worst parts of the fall season, and can be used on your face, legs, and especially hands to smooth your skin. While this cream is definitely on the heavier side, it works to prevent and treat your cracked skin and acne, all while adding a boost of hydration. It can be used on your face like a moisturizer, or anywhere else on the body… but we do have a bit of a tip for your hands and feet. After you’ve applied this product to your extremities, apply gloves or socks over it to lock in moisture and experience your most soothed, hydrated skin ever.

Oat Mask With Pumpkin Seed Extract by Aveeno, $10

Oat Mask With Pumpkin Seed Extract by Aveeno
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“I love how extra gentle and nourishing this Aveeno Oat Mask with Pumpkin Seed Extract is! It is perfect for my sensitive and dry skin. The scent is wonderful and makes it a nice, relaxing experience when using this mask.” Pumpkin spice lattes are a symbol of fall, and it’s never too early to start feeling pretty with pumpkin. This beauty product by Aveeno soothes your skin with feverfew extract, while your skin is rebalanced and revived with pumpkin seed extract in just a few minutes. The velvety, smooth texture feels calming on your skin and won’t clog your pores, and it’s a great pick-me-up to beat dry skin before it even happens.

Almost Lipstick in Black Honey by Clinique, $20

Almost Lipstick in Black Honey by Clinique
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Transitioning to fall makeup generally means darker colors - more burgundy, red, and burnt orange that puts you in the mood for leaves and spooky decorations. But summer isn’t over yet, and we have the perfect beauty product that does justice to both seasons. Almost Lipstick in Black Honey by Clinique is one of the most popular universal lipsticks in the world that looks gorgeous on all skin tones, and it taught us to never judge lipstick by its tube. Despite the name and how dark this color looks on its own, it becomes a sheer, sweet tint of plum once you apply it. The perfect subtle hue that you can rock in between seasons, without looking too vivid or vampy. And it’s not just the color that we’re obsessed with, but the lightweight and smooth texture that delivers a burst of moisture the moment it touches your lips. If you haven’t been convinced to try it yet, just know that this cult universal lipstick has been around for nearly fifty years and sells one tube every three minutes.

Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater by Mario Badescu, $12

Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater by Mario Badescu
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If we had to choose just one beauty product that’s the definition of summer makeup and skin care, it’s this facial spray by Mario Badescu. It’s a VSCO girl classic that delivers a dewy glow while soothing and immensely hydrating the skin, without having to worry about products streaking or melting off your face. It’s perfect for beach trips and hiking days where you want a radiant complexion with barely any product on your face, and while these outings have likely been less frequent in summer 2020, you can still use this facial spray to glow up before going back to school.

Nature Glow Artistry Palette - 35O by Morphe, $25

When it comes to summer 2020, there are two types of makeup lovers: those who haven’t touched a makeup brush in 6 months, and those who have spent all the time inside perfecting their neutral eyeshadow for when they’re allowed outside again. If you’re in the second category, this one's for you. Nature Glow Artistry palette lets you unleash your creative side with  a selection of warm, nude eyeshadow hues, which we all know are universal and help make your transition into fall makeup that much easier. Mix and match your favorite shades in a selection of colors and finishes to discover which lewks you want to show off on Zoom school this fall, or use shimmery gold and burnt orange to create a late summer makeup tribute.

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