10 Gorgeous Ways to Prep for the Total Solar Eclipse

Can’t get your hands on those cardboard glasses? Buy these intergalactic beauty products instead.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you haven’t secured your glasses for viewing the total solar eclipse on August 21 where the moon will obscure the sun for a few breathtaking moments, you are probably shit out of luck. Or, you’re considering risking your eyesight to witness this monumental feat of cosmic geometry that hasn’t occurred in the United States since 1979. As someone who has scoured the internet and even stopped into Home Depot IRL (trust me, that happens even less than a total solar eclipse) in an effort to get my hands on a pair, I haven’t decided which route I’m taking quite yet, but I’m leaning towards crafting a pinhole projector out of a Lucky Charms box in lieu of living the rest of my life in the dark. Sky gazers standing in the narrow path of totality that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a complete blackout, but the rest of us will see only a partial eclipse (a phenomenon that can cause severe damage or blindness if viewed with the naked eye). Cue that box of magically delicious cereal. 

While I can’t help my fellow procrastinators get their hands on a pair of coveted cardboard specs that are currently inciting bidding wars on eBay as if they were designer sunglasses, I can provide you with ten beauty finds that are out of this world. Who needs to see a solar eclipse when you banish breakouts with Sunday Riley’s new Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask or exfoliate with Blaq’s Meteor Show Scrub formulated with actual fragments from outer space? Check out Time’s simulation of the much-hyped event, turn up Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” and spend two and half minutes (the longest amount of time the phenomenon will last over the bustling metropolis of Goreville, Illinois) treating yourself to these space-inspired products instead. Even better than clear, luminous skin? Your 20/20 vision will remain rightfully intact.

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