I dig this stuff



I have oily skin—yes, even still, at this stage in the game—and in the summer, my face shines like a disco ball. I very much dislike the look of a face that looks powdered, however, and for that reason was thrilled to find Supergoop Invincible Setting Powder, which goes on super-translucent, and, even better, has an SPF of 45.

What are your summer beauty essentials?


nars lip pencil

In actual life, my summer beauty routine does not differ too much from my routine the rest of the year, but I do make certain adjustments (and am curious to hear about yours in the comments).  I like to go with a lip color that feels (and looks) a bit lighter than what I go for in the chillier months, and this Nars shade—called Golshan—is nice and bright with just the tiniest hint of orange.

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I splurge on these self-tanner towelettes because I think towelettes are a pretty fool-proof way to apply self-tanner—I always botch things up when I try to use lotion—and because they make my ghastly pale legs a convincing shade of dark. Tan Towels are also supposed to be pretty good, and they’re cheaper.

nars pencil sharpener

There is nothing at all summer-specific about this cosmetic pencil sharpener, but I just discovered it, and it is far and away the best pencil sharpener I have ever used. It makes everything super-pointy, so you can draw really precise lines.

nars eyeliner

Long-wear, waterproof eyeliner is essential once it starts getting all sweaty out, and this is the best one I’ve found.

sun bum

I like a sunscreen spray, and Sun Bum is my brand of choice because it stays put for a long time.

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I can’t stand how it feels to have my hair down on really gross, humid days, so I pull it back in a twist with these hair pins that I have been using for as long as I can recall.

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I just ordered this bronzer, which was introduced last week introduced by Drunk Elephant, my favorite skincare brand.  I can’t wait to try it, because it’s got all sorts of good-for-your-skin stuff in it, and because I just feel that Drunk Elephant wouldn’t introduce a bronzer unless it was a really good one.

I swear by this stuff



I’ve got weird, sensitive skin, and the notion of acid peels has always kind of scared me, but I am so trusting of Drunk Elephant products that I decided to give their T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial a shot, and I have to say, it is a miracle worker: my skin positively glows after I rinse it off. The instructions say to use it no more than twice a week, but I’m cautious and use it even less than that, because it is strong. It isn’t cheap, but I’m still on my first container of it and I’ve been using it for months.



Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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