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Summer tricks for BEAUTY

Summer Hair Trick: Summerize your topknot.

The topknot is possibly the best summer hairstyle: Your hair's up and off your neck, and the high bun has a cheekbone-lifting effect. But with such a slicked hairstyle, the frizzy fine hairs around your forehead can start to show, especially in situations involving humidity or sweat. To shore up your topknot for summer fun, mist strong-hold hairspray directly onto the topknot and then set using your hair-dryer for a minute or two. The result will be beach-ready and perspiration-proof.

Summer Beauty Trick: Apply your antiperspirant at bedtime.


It seems counterintuitive, but swiping on antiperspirant before you hit the sheets at night is actually more effective than applying in the morning, since the aluminum-based compounds that block sweat glands have more time to absorb before you start perspiring. Better yet, no white streaks when you pull on your little black sundress! But go ahead and apply another coat in the morning if you shower or just want to feel extra fresh.

Summer Makeup Trick: Play with water-friendly eyeshadow.

To make your eyes pop even under water, skip the usual blended eyeshadows and crease contouring, and instead have some colorful fun with a waterproof eyeshadow crayon.


Summer Hair Trick: Dig out your headbands.

You definitely already own the right accessory for this look—don't you have a whole drawer full of these things that you never wear?—and any old snug headband is an excellent tool for concealing sweaty roots (or redoing your hair after a swim). Pull your hair into a ponytail and slip on a thin black band. It'll also keep hair from frizzing and clinging to your sticky forehead, all while making you look hot in a good way.

Summer Hair Trick: Do the twist.

Twists are quicker to throw in than braids and are an instant pretty-me-up move when your strands are looking soggy and lifeless. Even better, try putting in some twists when your hair's half-dry after a salt-water swim session; your hair will have the right gritty texture to help hold them in place and make them look sexy. (Don't forget to throw bobby pins in your beach bag.)

Summer Beauty Trick: Let your skin shine on.

You can fight the good fight against the season's shiny skin, or you could just relax and learn to enjoy the gleam. Hey, it's summer after all—everybody's a little misty. Reimagine glossy skin as natural radiance, and then go enjoy the sunshine!

Summer Hair Trick: Consider "the Karlie."

If your long hair is leaving you hot and bothered again this summer, perhaps it's time to finally change up your cut? Model Karlie Kloss has the bob everyone wants, one that sure would feel breezy right about now. Just sayin'.