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Slideshow: Hot Summer Makeup and Beauty Tips

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Summer Makeup Swaps

As you shift from cashmere to cotton, lighten up your makeup with transparent textures and bright shades. Bold makeup colors like wine and burgundy look heavy in the summer, so opt for a sheer lollipop wash of color with fruit-hued lip gloss, and cream, not powder, blush and eye shadow. Read More

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Bright and Beautiful

Tangerine. Melon. Peach. Orange. This summer's makeup hues are straight from the orchard. Wearing these bright shades is easier than you think. The trick is to choose sheer colors. Pick a bright lip gloss in your favorite citrus shade. A bronze or apricot blush in a cream formula gives Read More

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Do You Need Lip Service?

On days when you want to skip lipstick, protect your lips with an SPF 30 (or higher) lip balm. Balms that contain glycerin are especially moisturizing, and tinted versions offer a hint of color. If your lips are chapped, seal in sun protection and speed healing by applying a thin layer of Read More

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Hot Styles for Short and Long Hair

A sleek braid updates a plain old ponytail. To keep hair away from your face, work with damp hair, keeping it close to your head and preferably around the nape of your neck. Headbands can keep short hair and bangs off your face. Crisscross a couple of thin ones -- plastic or metal -- about an Read More

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No Blow Dryer Needed!

Yes, you CAN skip the blow dryer entirely. Instead, style your hair while you sleep. Work a styling cream through damp hair. Twist hair into loose pin curls and secure with bobby pins, about a dozen sections in all. When you wake up, you'll have beachy waves with tons of volume. Or, make an Read More

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Sun and Saltwater: Hair's Enemies

Your hair needs sun protection. Harmful UV rays can burn your scalp and scorch and fade colored or highlighted strands. Your best defense is a hat. Second best: a product like a hair spray or leave-in conditioner made specifically to protect hair color against sun damage. Before a swim, Read More

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Seek Stronger Shades

The sun's rays can also damage your eyes, raising your risk of cataracts and other conditions. When you shop for a new pair of shades, look for a label that says the lenses block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound or oversize frames block light that hits eyes from the sides. If you spend Read More

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Prevent a Makeup Meltdown

Lighter makeup won't slide off your face like heavy foundation in hot weather. Try a tinted moisturizer or lightweight cream-to-powder formula. Trade your lipstick for a tinted lip balm. Switch to waterproof mascara, water-resistant cream eye shadow, and gel eyeliner. Shiny at Read More

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Tip-Top Toes

A gel or shellac pedicure costs more, but the finish stays shiny and chip-free for several weeks. To maintain a traditional pedicure, apply a new clear topcoat every other day. Fix chips by soaking a cotton swab in nail polish remover. Use it to even out the surface around the chip before Read More

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Oops! Unexpected Tan Lines

Strappy summer shoes and clothes can lead to surprise tan lines -- such as on the tops of your feet and on your wrists. How to disguise them? Smooth them away instead of covering them completely. Mix two parts liquid bronzer with one part moisturizer, and blend over any tan Read More

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Fighting Frizzy, Fussy Hair

Summer weather and frizzy hair go hand in hand. But fighting frizz starts before you even go outside. Use a moisturizing conditioner every time you shampoo. Well-hydrated hair is less likely to soak up water from humid air. Coat hair with a smoothing anti-frizz product to create a Read More

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Plump Up Wilted Hair

Straight, fine hair often falls flat in the summer heat. If limps locks are your enemy, use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner and follow with a root-lifting spray. Try a drying technique that gives you more height at the crown. When you dry your hair, lift roots with a small round brush Read More

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Lighten Up! Your Skin Care, That Is

Even if you have dry skin, you don't need thick, rich cleansers and moisturizers in steamy summer weather. If you used a creamy moisturizer in January, consider a gel for summer, which will hydrate your skin without clogging pores. If your skin gets oilier when it's hot, try a mild Read More

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Can You Hide a Sunburn?

Trying to cover sunburned skin with foundation will only make it look worse. Instead, smooth on an aloe vera gel to soothe the burn. Then, tone down redness and shine with a gold-tinted moisturizer. Look for a golden lotion with a touch of shimmer for your body, and a sheer bronze or Read More

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A Streak-Free Fake Tan

Exfoliate before you apply self-tanner. Exfoliation gets rid of flaky skin that would peel off unevenly, leaving you with blotchy areas. Lightly moisturize dry areas like knees and elbows. Tinted self-tanners help you easily see any missed spots. New to self-tanning? Lotions with Read More

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Hot Spots That You Forgot

Any skin that's exposed when you're outdoors should be generously coated with sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside. Doctors say people often miss the tips of the ears and the back of the neck, common spots for skin cancer. Slather your feet, too -- before you slip into your sandals. And don't overlook your hands and chest. Both areas are quick to show signs of sun damage, like brown spots and wrinkles. Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily.

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I Hate Sunscreen Because It's Slimy!

Good news! Sunscreen doesn't have to feel tacky or slimy to work well. New lightweight lotions, gels, and sprays go on silky smooth. Try a few until you find one you love. And wearing a physical sunblock like zinc or titanium oxide no longer means you'll be left with a telltale white mask. Read More

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Beating Those Pesky Breakouts

Summer breakouts are common. We tend to sweat more, creating a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Choose a sunscreen that's "non-comedogenic." That means it won't block pores. If you still break out, try a cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, ingredients that Read More

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Don't Break a Sweat

By the time you leave your house in the morning, you may already feel damp. Perspiration might pool on your underarms, along your hairline, and on your palms and the soles of your feet. Dress in layers of natural fabrics like cotton so that circulating air can keep you cool. "Clinical Read More

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A Closer Shave

Razor bumps, especially around the bikini line, are a summer bummer. Since you're shaving more often now, it's more likely that growing hairs will sneak under the skin, causing the nasty red bumps that form around ingrown hairs. Avoid ingrowns by exfoliating before shaving. Try out Read More

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"Ouchless" Waxing

Take an anti-inflammatory, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, before your appointment. Breathe! Inhale deeply when the wax goes on and exhale when it's yanked off. Shop around for a procedure that might be less painful. Hard wax, for example, is less likely to stick to the Read More

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on May 17, 2012

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