Our 5 Must-Haves for July 4th Weekend
Headed out of town for the 4th of July long weekend? That’s the game plan for just about everyone, which means it’s time to pack your most patriotic gear. But what’s a perfectly-coordinated red, white, and blue outfit without a gorgeous beauty look to match? Whether you’re camping, going to a BBQ, or swimming at the pool, beach, or lake, make sure you don’t leave home without these skin care essentials in your weekender bag.
You’ll need a trusty SPF in tow regardless of the forecast—sun, rain, partial clouds, or full overcast. Choose one that offers broad-spectrum coverage and has at least SPF 15. We like Vichy Idéal Capital Soleil SPF 50. The ultra-light texture feels comfortable on the skin without leaving a sticky, greasy, white residue. Formulated with antioxidants, white grape polyphenol, and vitamin E, this sunscreen helps neutralize free radical damage caused by pollutants as well as the sun’s harmful UV rays. Plus, the formula is non-comedogenic, so we can rest assured that our pores won’t take a hit from liberal coats.
Chapped lips are the bane of any day—don’t let them ruin your trip. Keep your pout hydrated with a nourishing lip balm. We love Maybelline Baby Lips because it keeps lips moisturized for a full 8 hours. Out of the six shades on offer, Quenched—the brand’s colorless version—offers SPF 20 to protect and hydrate at the same time.
Are you more of a lipstick fan? We share the best lipsticks—that also boast skin care benefits—here. Pick a festive shade of red to match the holiday theme!
With a jam-packed itinerary of outdoor activities, a facial mist is a good product to keep on-hand for quick, refreshing relief from the heat. La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water contains a mix of mineral salts and trace elements that offer immediate soothing effects on skin.
All that time in the sun is bound to make your skin look shiny and sweaty—and not in a good way. Don’t stress! Blotting papers are easy to use and can help curb unwanted midday oiliness. NYX Professional Makeup Blotting Paper is available in four unique types to absorb excess oils without ruining makeup. They take up virtually no space in a bag, so there’s really no excuse not to bring them along!
Ditch your foundation for a lighter BB cream boasting natural-looking coverage, SPF, and antioxidant-enriched hydration. Lancôme Bienfait Teinté Beauty Balm checks off all the boxes. Available in seven shades, the formula—with broad-spectrum SPF 30—will even your complexion and provide all-day moisture for an enviable glow.