The best way to look like you just spent a day at the beach is to actually be there (or learn how to re-create the look!). Check out these sexy summer hairstyles
some of our favorite celebrities sport on the sand so you too can be a bonafide beach bunny this summer.
Tousled waves are perfect for summer because they look great and are also the easiest to re-create. To pull off this look, start at night. Separate wet hair into two sections and tightly braid straight down. In the morning, take the braids out and spray a super-hold hairspray like Aussie Sprunch Catch the Wave Hairspray for all-day hold. Related: How to Get Beachy Waves All Year Round
Taking a dip in the ocean or pool feels great, but sometimes it doesn't leave your hair looking so great. Want to take a splash without getting chlorine-soaked hair? Take a few bobby pins and pin hair under the nape of your neck, letting the front strands fall forward. This style is especially perfect for
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The best way to look like you just spent a day at the beach is to actually be there (or learn how to re-create the look!). Check out these sexy summer hairstylesRead More »from 4 Quick and Easy Hairstyles for the Beach
A faux glow promotes safe sun care but can be tricky if you haven't mastered the application techniques. Here are the top five at-home spray tanners, as reviewed by our testers. Be sure to check out the other top 20 picks, which include lotions, wash-offs and mousse.
Clinique Self Sun Body Airbrush Spray
- Drying Time: 10 minutes
- Formula and Smell: "I liked that the scent didn't conflict with my perfume," said our tester, Olga, 25. "The spray factor made it easy to apply on hard-to-reach spots like my tush and the middle of my back."
- Results: "I noticed color about five hours in, and when I woke up the next morning, I looked like I had spent a week at the beach. It's the first self-tanner that didn't make me look like I took a dip in a nuclear-waste swamp. The color came off once I shaved, so it's good if you want a temporary tan. I wish the hue stayed longer, though."
- Tester Tip: "Always have a backup bottle. After a few applications, I ran out before
This has been one crazy hot summer so far. Stepping outside is like opening the door to a pizza oven (without the mouth-watering smell). Since none of us have time to take a cold shower every hour, these five cooling beauty products will provide immediate relief from the heat. So don't sweat it-stash these under $15-picks in your fridge for an extra-cool effect, and for goodness sake sit closer to the fan/air conditioner! Related: Jump in the pool with these water workouts.Read More »from Products to Keep You Cool During the Heatwave
Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Cooling Mist
Wearing a heavy fragrance when it's sweltering outside is like sporting a full face of makeup at the beach. Lighten up with a scented body spray. This aloe-infused version has a cooling effect when you mist it on and comes in a slew of summery scents. $12, bathandbodyworks.com
C.O. Bigelow Mentha Foot Tingling Foot Cream
Just as its name suggests, this peppermint-infused cream instantly invigorates tired tootsies and helps relieve swelling. Slather it on after a
You worked out all winter, ate healthy, got eight hours of sleep every night, and are ready to show off your bikini body this summer, right? Let's face it - we all set warm-weather goals for ourselves to get in bathing-suit shape, but more times than not, a little thing called life gets in the way of achieving them. Just because you may not be at your goal weight at the start of the summer doesn't mean you can't be by the end of it. Thanks to these exercises designed by Brett Hoebel, founder of HoebeL Fitness and designer of the program RevAbs, you can exercise even when you're not near a gym without sacrificing time with friends or fun.
Kickboard Sprints: Holding onto a kickboard with your arms completely extended, kick your legs as fast as you can for one length of the pool. When kicking, keep your legs straight, bending the knee only slightly. Rest for 15 seconds and repeat, kicking back to the other side. Related: 5 Best Exercises for Killer Legs
Areas targeted: butt, legs,Read More »from Easy Summer Exercises for the Water
- RealBeauty.com | Summer Beauty – Wed, Jun 30, 2010 7:30 PM EDT
Our feet sure take a beating during the summertime from less-than-supportive sandals, going barefoot at the beach, and from all that extra running and walking we do between summer sports, vacations, and outdoor activities. Stop blisters and calluses before they form and treat any you've already got with these simple tips. Related: How to Cure Athlete's FootRead More »from Ouch! Treat (and Prevent) Blisters and Calluses on Your Feet
Since some blisters get so uncomfortable they can prevent you from even slipping on your shoes, you can pop them-the right way-if you need to. "If the blister is intact, sanitize a needle with alcohol, then pop the blister along its edge to let the fluid out," says Chappaqua, NY, dermatologist Lydia Evans. Don't peel off the skin though, she warns. If it has already been torn open, apply an antibiotic ointment like Polysporin to prevent an infection, then cover it with a bandage. Reduce the shoe-on-skin rubbing that creates a blister by sprinkling your feet with a foot powder to keep them from sweating, says Dr. Evans.
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Tue, Jun 29, 2010 7:41 PM EDT
Bust out the earplugs. Soon, teen girls will be shrieking over the phenomenon that is Twilight. (Who are we kidding? Adults too.) Whether you're Team Jacob, Team Edward, or Team Whoever Takes Their Shirt Off the Most throughout the course of the film, one thing is for certain - Kristen Stewart is one very lucky girl. We caught up with Stewart's makeup artist, Robin Mathews, who transforms her into Bella Swan, the most-wanted mortal in Forks. Read on to see how she gets Bella's skin so flawless, desirable to vampires, werewolves, and everything in between!Read More »from How to Get Flawless Skin Like Twilight's Bella Swan
Q: What was your inspiration for Bella's look in the film?
A: We had to keep Bella's makeup natural but still make her stand out among all the other mythical creatures with their dramatic makeup. I've often described her look as "flawed yet flawless." She is a modern-day fairy-tale character, a heroine beloved by so many. Her look needed to be comparable to the flawlessness of a Snow White or Sleeping Beauty. Yes, she is a real human
We can't believe that Fourth of July is this weekend. This also marks for us, the real start of the heat-heavy summer, which in turn equals more beach time. Here's what we'll be toting to the shore this weekend, to ensure that everything from our lips to our hair is protected. Then, check out the best sunglasses for every face shape.Read More »from Beach Bag Essentials That Won't Weigh You Down
SuperGoop SPF 30 Wipes
Being safe in the sun has never been easier - just swipe and go. These wipes are especially good for wriggly little ones and for times you need last-minute sun protection. Bonus: No sticky, greasy hands from rubbing in sunscreen! $36, sephora.com
Burt's Bees Sun Protecting Lip Balm SPF 8
This lip balm tastes and smells sweet, and the UVA/UVB protection wards off sunburned lips. The formula isn't super tacky so you won't have to worry about your hair sticking to your lips. $4, burtsbees.com
No matter how hard you try, sand always manages to stay on your skin. You end up finding it everywhere, which is never an easy
Sometimes we forget that once we apply the SPF, we also need to reapply it. Or sometimes, we let the sound of crashing waves lull us into a well-deserved nap. Or, we've had one too many margaritas (with salt) and end up losing track of time. End result of all three scenarios? Sunburned, pinky, red-hot skin.
So what do you do at nighttime, when you're meeting the family for dinner, or having evening drinks with your friends? If you prefer not to go bare-faced, or constantly have to hear, "You look so tired!" here's the how-to for applying makeup on a sunburn from Carmindy, celebrity makeup artist and star of What Not to Wear.
- Smooth an aloe gel over your face to soothe the skin, then use a moisturizer with SPF.
- Apply a liquid foundation with a non-latex sponge, and press it into your skin, being careful not to wipe, which will only make it look streaky. Then, dust a loose, yellow powder all over, which gets rids of shine while neutralizing the red tones, and also sets the
Don't resort to throwing your hair into a ponytail all summer. These styling picks fix frizzy locks and sun-bleached strands so you can still sport sexy, fun styles in the heat. PLUS: See more summer hair productsRead More »from 5 Summer Hair Products to Beat the Heat
Goody Spin Pins
Sporting a low bun has never been easier. These two screwlike pins are the equivalent of 40 bobbies and won't snag hair - wet or dry. Plus, hair-elastic tan lines on your wrists are never flattering.
$6.49, mass retailers
Related: Learn how to use them.
Redken Color Extend Sparkling-Shield Leave-in Conditioner
Just like your skin, your hair needs protection from the sun. So whether you're busy jumping waves or spending the day in the park, this leave-in conditioner detangles hair while shielding it from UVA and UVB rays. Bonus tip: Apply an oil-free spray sunscreen wherever your hair is parted to prevent scalp sunburn.
Related: Get sun-kissed highlights without the sun damage.
Suave Professionals Weather Protection 365 Anti-Frizz
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Tue, Jun 22, 2010 5:32 PM EDT
You can glare at those girls wearing loads of mascara at the beach, but we both know you've secretly applied some of your favorite blush for a day of sunning as well. Here, we give you some products that will make it look like you rolled out of bed and onto your beach towel without the globs of foundation or three coats of bronzer. Shh...it'll be our little secret.Read More »from 5 Makeup Products to Make It Look Like You're Not Wearing Any
Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer
Going outside with a blank canvas (i.e., your face) can be slightly terrifying. This lightweight, tinted moisturizer gives you SPF coverage while leaving your face with a nice, natural-looking color that matches your skin tone. To get a streak free look, use your fingers as opposed to a sponge. "Fingers are the new brushes," says Max Factor movie makeup artist Ronnie Specter. Smooth the color all over your face, including your eyelids, and extending it to the base of your neck so you don't look two-toned. $40, bobbibrowncosmetics.com
Aussie Sun-Touched Shine Leave-In Conditioner