These are the Best Innovative Beauty Products for Summer 2021

We don’t need to explain why 2020 was the year beauty routines fell out of fashion. It’s not necessary to tell you why 2020 was the year that beauty routines collapsed. With mask mandates being relaxed, and makeup sales rising, the message is clear: Beauty is back. We gave our editors the task of selecting the best products from three categories. These are our top picks for summer 2021 tinted lipsticks and sunscreens.

Tinted Lip Balm

white and pink labeled soft tubes on white round plate

Your lips are finally being noticed after more than 18 months of hiding behind masks. This summer, a lightweight tinted balm is ideal because it is both light and comfortable. If you’re looking for pigment, you can choose from one of the nine shades in Glossier Ultralip line. It has a shiny sheen, luxurious feel, and great color payoff.

The buttery ILIA Balmy Tint Hydrating Lip Balm, which comes in eight looks-good-on-everybody shades, gives a wash of color with one coat and a more intense tint with three.

The Lip Bar Tinted Lip Balm is a great choice if you prefer sheer color. It has just the right amount tones and peppermint, so it will be a pleasure to reapply. You can’t have enough gloss, but you want something that lasts.

Merit Shade Slick Tinted lip Oil goes on smooth, shiny, and moisturizing.

Nail Product

pink and black nail polish bottles

If you have mastered DIY mani-making in the last year, or at least tried to, then it is worth a raise. The market has never been more diverse in nail-color options, which is good news for both those who love to do their own nails and those who prefer the salon experience but want to bring their own. The Essie Museum Muse Collection is the next best thing to having your nails professionally done. It features a variety of summer-ready colors in the Gel Couture formula, which promises up to two weeks’ lasting power.

The brand-new OPI Malibu Collection has bright, happy colors that go on shiny and smooth.

The pale gray-green Piedra from the JinSoon x Suzie Kondi collaboration is one of the most unique shades we’ve ever seen, and Tomato Zero Irritant Nail Polish debuts an innovative water-based formula made for hypersensitive skin (and actually performs).

Sun Protection

You still see sunscreen as an unsexy but necessary evil. To make way for a new generation of premium sun protection, which looks and feels great, the old formulas are too cumbersome and difficult to apply.

The ’80s-inspired packaging of Vacation SPF 30 Classic Lotion might look retro, but the thoroughly modern formula that smells like the Platonic ideal of summer and sinks into skin like a dream.

SkinCeuticals Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 is more than sunscreen. It’s proper skin care with a smooth, slightly blurring finish that evens out skin tone with ingredients such as niacinamide or tranexamic acids.

If you like a side of instant glow with your SPF, the dewy, hydrating effect, EltaMD UV Glow Broad-Spectrum SPF 36 will be your new go-to, plus Supergoop! Glowscreen Body SPF40 for everything below the neck.

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