We love how summer provides us with longer days and shorter nights, but increased exposure to the sun can lower energy levels and put more pressure on skin than most women realize. In order to keep brides looking and feeling their best all summer long, we’ve put together some of our editors’ favorite beauty picks to stay fresh during the warmer months. Whether you desire an invigorating scrub, a revolutionary skin treatment, or a pastel nail lacquer designed especially for brides, Inside Weddings invites you to try our beloved beauty products for this season.
The summer months provide the perfect opportunity to be bold with your lip color. Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms give brides the opportunity to keep lips moisturized, while also adding bright pops of color to their makeup looks. Four enticing shades – orange, pink, red, and violet – flourish on contact to bring out a bride's unique natural lip tone. We love these flirty lip colors for bridal showers and bachelorette parties, and they're also great for easy touch-ups on the big day. $17; available at Clinique counters nationwide and clinique.com.
While most retinols have a reputation for causing mild irritation in exchange for smoother skin, Le Mieux Retinol Serum rewards brides with youthful-looking skin without the discomfort. The revolutionary product contains a new form of encapsulation technology that effectively targets cells to hydrate skin from within. After cleansing in the evening, brides and bridesmaids can apply the serum that reverses damage caused by stress and harmful UVA/UVB sun rays in order to appear stress-free throughout the wedding-planning process. $95; 888.327.8188, myskincarebox.com.
Experience the summer nostalgia of childhood lemonade stands with Sugar Lemon Blossom Sugar Scrub by Lalicious. Pure sugar cane crystals whisk away dry skin cells to reveal soft and luminous skin. Notes of florals and lemon zest provide a relaxing retreat, while cold-pressed coconut and sweet almond oils deeply moisturize skin. For best results, use the intoxicating scrub each day at the end of a shower or bath. A perfect gift for bridesmaids or the bride herself, this refreshing product is essential for starting a new day of wedding planning. $34; lalicious.com.
Preparing for a fast-approaching wedding date can be stressful. Rushing from brunch with your bridesmaids, to cake-tastings with your planner, to dinner with your fiancé leaves little time to pamper yourself in between. In times like these, we suggest spritzing “Imperial Tea” from The Asian Tales Collection by Kilian. The fragrance was designed to reproduce the same sense of relief you receive when inhaling a freshly brewed cup of authentic Jasmine tea. Release the calming scent before wedding-related appointments to stay relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on your next task as a bride. $245; available at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and bykilian.com.
With names like “Got Engaged!,” “She Said Yes,” “Love Every Minute,” and “Meet The Parents,” we can’t help but fall in love with Essie’s 2014 Wedding Collection. Designed for all of the special moments in between the proposal and saying, “I do!,” these refined and radiant shades will pair perfectly with the shimmering engagement ring you’ll be showing off every step of the way. $8.50/each; available at fine salons.
After just four weeks of use, OVM by Perricone MD has been proven to effectively even skin tones, erase fine lines and wrinkles, and firm skin to achieve a radiant glow at any age. Brides are encouraged to use the product as a quick fix for softer and smoother skin before fittings and wedding-related appointments, or discover the long-term benefits just in time for the big day. $165; 888.823.7837, available at Sephora and perriconemd.com.
Inspired by the creator's travel memories from destinations across the globe, Spadaro Luxury Fragrances are a must-have for your own honeymoon travels. Meaning sweet love, the "Doux Amour" fragrance was developed on a journey to Morocco and blends floral essences, rare amber sandalwood, and vanilla. For a summery scent inspired by sunsets in Cabo San Lucas, "Beso Del Mar" meaning kiss of the sea features notes of lime, agave nectar, and driftwood. Whether you're jetting off to these destinations for an exotic honeymoon or taking a mental vacation from the stresses of wedding planning, these fragrances are sure to delight. $95; spadaro.co.
Show off a summer glow at your wedding by simply applying Sun Kiss by Elemental Herbologydaily. This daily body lotion delivers a lasting glow without the use of harsh chemicals. Watermelon-seed and macadamia oils moisturize skin, aloe vera and lavender sooth sensitive skin, and olive oil, pomegranate, and fig extracts protect skin from environmental extremes while giving brides the confidence to shine on their special days. $52; available at select retailers nationwide and elementalherbologyus.com.
Opening photograph by Carrie Rodman Photography.