My Summer Beauty Routine Is All Brand-New: 23 Products So Good I Could Scream


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I’ve talked about my signature beauty look time and time again: that red lip, winged eye, matte foundation, retro vibe I am famous (to myself) for. If it’s not already obvious, I don’t really stray from it, but things have seriously taken a turn for me this year. I’m doing things to my face I’ve never even dreamed of! Okay, it’s not anything drastic to anyone else except me, but wearing a nude lip or plain gloss is basically the same as someone who has never done anything to their hair before and suddenly dyed it bright blue. It’s a big change for my red lipstick-obsessed self! Who IS she? 

Aside from my lip game, I’ve embraced other things, like lighter coverage foundations, wearing multipurpose sun protection, and wearing fruity-floral perfumes instead of dessert gourmands. Is this the Invasion of the Body Snatchers, or, am I, gasp, opening my mind (and my beauty cabinet) to new horizons?

The thing is, even though I’ve found products (and makeup looks) that I love and work for me, I still enjoy trying new things (kind of has to come with the job as a beauty editor)—and it’s paid off. My skin is in its best shape. I’ve had fewer breakouts, the texture of my skin is smooth and fantastic, and I even see fewer fine lines (even though I’m seriously overdue for a Botox appointment). 

If you’re in the market for some new summer beauty products, I’ve got tons of recommendations for you from all different categories. Keep scrolling to learn about my entirely brand-new summer beauty routine, which contains 23 products, from acne and sunscreen primers to a must-have, chest zit spray, and the mid-coverage foundation I can’t stop wearing.

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Marie Lodi
Freelance Beauty and Fashion Writer/Editor

Marie has covered beauty, fashion, and lifestyle for almost 15 years. She contributes to the beauty section here at Who What Wear. Previously, she was the Looks Editor for Bust Magazine, built the beauty vertical at HelloGiggles as its beauty editor, and was a founding staff writer at Rookie mag, giving fashion advice to teens. Her bylines have appeared in The Cut, Allure, Glamour, The Hollywood Reporter, and more. She was born and raised in Southern California and is based in L.A. Marie is a self-proclaimed costume design nerd and a co-host of Makeover Montage, a podcast about fashion in film and costume design. You'll see her writing about her beauty obsessions: red lipstick, winged eyeliner, pink hair, nail art, and skincare for people over 40. When she's not working, she's playing with her dog, Gnocchi, and writing her style newsletter, Overdressed.