It’s August, which means the restaurant patios are open, the
box-office hits have arrived, and Summer Fridays have banished the 4 p.m. slump. And if you’re a beauty lover, there’s one more cause for celebration: Tons of stores are revamping their beauty shelves to prep for the season ahead, which means an influx of glossy lip tints, melt-resistant eyeliners, dewy highlighters, and cult-favorite eyeshadows worthy of their own wait-lists.
If you’ve been watching
Ulta Beauty specifically, you might have noticed a few extra pages on the site’s “new arrivals” section. We curated our favorites — from the season’s “It” palette to our new favorite lip balm — ahead.
There is a lot of product out there — some would say too much. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team, but if you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
You’ll feel like you’re on a beach somewhere when you swipe on Rebels Refinery’s mango and strawberry-flavored lip balm — even if you’re chugging water from your Swell instead of sipping a piña colada. It smells like paradise, keeps your lips
glossy, and you’ll never lose the bright-pink, spiky pineapple in your bag. Rebels Refinery Geometric Pineapple Lip Balm, $5.99, available at Ulta Beauty
Opt for just
concealer when it’s too hot and sticky for foundation by simply dabbing this lightweight, hydrating formula over any dark circles or pimples. Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Concealer, $29, available at Ulta Beauty
A do-it-all eyeshadow palette for summer nights, this $20 pick from Milani includes warm golds, peachy pinks, berry mattes, and buildable metallic shades.
Milani Gilded Desires Face & Eye Palette, $19.98, available at Ulta Beauty
This lightweight cream eye primer can be used alone for a dewy finish on lids or as a primer to lock down your eyeshadow.
Amazing Cosmetics Online Only Illuminate Eye Primer, $24, available at Ulta Beauty
Part skin care, part makeup, Pacifica’s new gem serum can be pressed onto clean skin for a subtle shimmer, creating a lit-from-within glow under foundation.
Pacifica Gem Serum Radiant Drops, $16, available at Ulta Beauty
This lip gloss feels a little tacky when you first swipe it on, but it quickly sinks into lips, leaving a weightless stain that lasts all day without flaking.
Lancôme L’Absolu Lacquer Longwear Lip Gloss, $26, available at Ulta Beauty
If you’re already swiping this cult lip balm on 15 times a day, now you have a bright pink or electric orange version to switch things up.
Lano Lips Lips Tinted Balm, $13.5, available at Ulta Beauty
This retro tin might look like any old balm, but it actually has a bouncy, marshmallow-like texture that blends perfectly onto cheeks without smearing or sticking.
Too Cool for School Online Only Jelly Blusher, $20, available at Ulta Beauty
We’d love this mini stain for its glossy, saturated color alone; the fact that it’s also packed with shea butter and plum seed oil to moisturize lips makes it an instant classic.
Too Cool for School Online Only Glossy Blaster Tint, $18, available at Ulta Beauty
Urban Decay’s new “Beached” eyeshadow palette is inspired by California coastline — if you couldn’t tell by the gorgeous muted blues and sandy beiges. The
UD Heat palette was all the rage last summer, and we expect this cool-toned aquamarine iteration to sell-out just as fast. Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette, $34, available at Ulta Beauty
think you need a long-wearing bronzer, until your contour starts running down your cheeks at 9 a.m. on the subway platform. This version doesn’t budge, and comes in two metallic shades of rose gold and copper. MAC Extra Dimension Bronzing Powder / Mirage Noir, $34, available at Ulta Beauty
Sun Bum’s sunscreen for our face, and now the brand has our lips covered, too. The twist-up balm hydrates and protects lips, while leaving behind a pretty rosy color for “no makeup” makeup days. Sun Bum Tinted Lip Balm SPF 15, $5.99, available at Ulta Beauty
This concentrated highlighting liquid can be layered from “barely there” to “beauty vlogger” in just a few drops. It comes in soft pink, pale gold, and deep bronze to flatter all skin tones.
model’s own Glow For It Illuminator Drops, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty
Of course, if highlighting is your game, then this is
the palette to have this summer. The 6-pan collection holds a spectrum of glittery metallic shades, from iridescent violet to dark golden rose. They’re not subtle, and that’s the point. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dream Glow Kit, $45, available at Ulta Beauty
Glitter is everywhere this summer, and this Insta-famous brand delivered with thick chunky shadows that make a statement on their own. Dose of Colors Block Party Single Eyeshadow, $20, available at Ulta Beauty
Benefit’s new blurring foundation makes skin look so airbrushed and flawless, its only competition is FaceTune.
Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation, $29, available at Ulta Beauty
Stila’s best-selling waterproof eyeliner just got an upgrade: The recently-launched liquid pen now comes with a super-fine micro-tip for the teeniest, most precise lines.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – Micro Tip, $22, available at Ulta Beauty
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