It’s getting warmer out there … which means many things. One of them is that it’s high time to chuck your heavy winter foundations in favor of something lighter, less smothering, and preferably the kind of simple one-step product that you can just smooth on and go. This is not the time to be painstakingly dotting concealer on every little blemish — that’s what the other 9 months of the year are for. For one less thing to worry about, grab one of these 5 light, multitasking base products, toss ‘em in your beach bag, and go! Keep reading »
The dividing line between shimmer and glitter is seemingly modest, but boy, is there a gigantic difference between the two (let’s just say glitter is kind of like shimmer’s trampy sister). There’s a time and a place for everything, but when it comes to your makeup this summer, subtle shimmer is the way to go: it reflects light and imparts a dreamy, ethereal glow that can’t quite be traced, completely devoid of the garish “1980s prom in Utah” effect glitter is infamous for. A touch of incandescence restricted to one area of the face not only brightens but also draws the eye away from imperfections, so nobody has to know about the dark shadow under your eyes or the zit on your chin, because look, you’re shimmering, and it’s so pretty! Also, bonus: men don’t really know about this stuff, so when they see you glistening all over the place they just think you’re magic. What more could you ever want than for people to think you’re magic? That’s what I thought.
Last week, Sophie Evans, celebrity skin finishing expert for St. Tropez, demonstrated her tips for getting the perfect sunless tan. Evans has tanned everyone from models during London and Paris fashion weeks to celebrities for the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. And now she’s letting us in on her secrets. Keep reading for Evans’ tips for successfully applying self-tanner. Keep reading »
The latest in retro fashion statements? Slathering streaks of colored sunblock on your nose or cheeks with Zinka products. The gnarly sun protection brand has been popular with surfers for over 20 years, and re-entering the mainstream. Ironic? Awesome? Hilarious? Oh, pipe down hipsters. We see you rolling your eyes while simultaneously applying a stripe of neon yellow to your nose. For those interested in the lifeguard look, you can choose from some 10 colors (mix and match, dude!) including army green, electric blue, blindingly bright orange, and pink.
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Unless you are some sort of superhuman, summer inevitably brings on the butt sweats, and, um, sweat in other private areas. This extra moisture can cause inner thigh irritation if you’re doing a good amount of walking in a skirt or dress. One way to avoid this super uncomfortable rash would be to wear shorts under your skirt (or just not wear skirts?), or you could safeguard against chafing with an anti-chafing gel. Our pick: Monistat’s Anti-Chafing Powder-Gel, which is non-greasy (meaning it won’t damage your clothes) and guards against wetness (ew, sorry, we know that sounds dirty). If you’ve already hit Chafe City, try a diaper cream (no, really) to relieve irritation in a snap. Mustela’s Vitamin Barrier Cream has an incredibly rich texture to soothe and reduce redness. [Mustela Vitamin Barrier Cream, $9, Sephora; Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel, $7.99, Drugstore.com] Keep reading »
Summer is a favorite season in the beauty category (shimmery self-tanner, anyone?) but also one of the most problematic. When it comes to vacation hair, the beauty books seem to have it down: go for that beachy surfer girl thing. But what about dealing with the elements day-to-day? We’re talking humidity hair, that particularly unflattering style that happens somewhere in between your home bathroom and office. For those who have summer styling problems, look to Oribe’s Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray, formulated to combat this very issue. The “Miami-tested” product “shields hair from frizz on the sultriest of days (and nights), protecting sleek blowouts and perfect curls alike,” so it’s useful for curly and straight-haired girls alike. The perfect aid for helping you attain that “put-together” look (even when beneath it all, you’re sweating like a pig), this Oribe spray is the type of beauty product that might just keep you sane this summer. [$38, Barneys New York] Keep reading »
When I lived at home, my mom made us — and our confused friends — wash our feet in the sink before entering the house proper during the summer. In sandal weather, she could often be heard admonishing us not to “drag our street feet into the house!” As a result, I’m flexible and balanced enough to stand on one leg while the other is in the sink and consider myself an expert at warding off what I like to call “hobo feet.” Click through for tips for keeping your feet smooth and pretty, even as summer sandal dirt threatens to make them filthy and dry.
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