Summer is a time for natural beauty, glossy lips and fresh scents. Here are the essentials for the beach/pool party/road trip:

* Gold dust. It's everywhere, on every skin tone, and accentuates a tan.

* Be compact. Eyeko crams two eyeshadows, blusher, lip gloss and sponge applicator in a palm-size compact.

* Go light. Pick a scent that isn't overwhelming for a late-day pick-me-up or post-beach refresher.

* Always hydrate. Lather on the lotion to keep skin smooth and shiny.

* Gloss away. A layer of tinted lip gloss makes you feel like your tees and shorts are a ballgown.

* Use protection. There are now sunscreens specifically for the face that are moisturizers with the benefit of a high SPF.

* Pack it all away. A good bag makes all the difference -- the one above from Katherine Whitney lets you unbutton the interior and throw it in the wash.

-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond

From top left: Tea Pots lip gloss in vanilla chai tea and red zing with honey, $6 each at meetmark.com. Eyeko's Make Out for Eyes, Lips and Cheeks, $19.50 each at sephora.com. Jouer Cosmetics customizable palettes, $18 each at jouercosmetics.com. Stila two-sided eyeliner and mascara in copper, $20 at sephora.com. Katherine Whitney bag, $115 at Sassanova, 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW.From top: Clean eau de toilette, $45 at sephora.com. Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream, $27.50 at PureBeauty, 1031 Connecticut Ave. NW and 7505 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Korres Sunscreen Face Cream SPF 25, $28 at 866-STUDIO1. Silky shaving oil in ocean mist ($9.50) and whipped shea butter in lavender cedarwood ($16.50) at bathbybettijo.com.