From must-try hairstyles to making green juice work for your complexion, get warm weather-ready with 15 of-the-moment ideas. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.
Go for a top knot style
"With inspiration from celebrities like Jessica Alba and Kourtney Kardashian, this hairdo is a go-to this season, perfect for day or night," says Adrianne Johnston, a stylist at Chicago's Maxine Salon. "Pulling up long hair is a must for women during the warmer months, and the top knot is a confident, sexy style." Johnston says the key to achieving the perfect top knot is to not pull it too tightly - if you do, it will look severe and painful rather than fun and effortless. Keeping the knot looser will also add dimension and show off your color. Then, spread it out a bit with your fingers. "Sunlight will hit the knot and look spectacular," says Johnston.
Paint your digits in pastels
"Pastels are the hot trend for spring and summer in fashion and beauty. We're seeing lots of manicure and pedicure looks featuring mint, lilac, and sorbet shades," says Bliss Educator Laura Ann Conroy. SpaRitual's new Meditate nail lacquer collection is all soft, airy pastels, such as this mint green shade called Introspective ($12).
Sip your way to a glowing complexion
You've probably seen pictures of celebs sipping on green juice, and thanks to the popularity of drinking your fruits and veggies and new organic-juice bar chains, they're not the only ones. The juicing trend is now traveling to your face, so this summer, hydrate and fortify skin with wrinkle-fighting antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, and E, by imbibing your vegetables. The brand-new non-alcoholic herbal martinis from Altar blend heirloom veggies with herbs for cocktails that will refresh your complexion and your thirst. Hey, we won't tell you it's not a health drink if you decide to mix it with your favorite liquor.
Score a slimmer silhouette without hitting the gym
Can a rubber corset really help you shed inches from your waist? Hey, celebs are trying it. Jessica Alba is reported to have used a corset for three months to help her get her pre-baby body back. We're not sure if this trend will catch on, or if the product will do anything to actually change your body, but corsets can give your frame an instant boost by reigning in a post-baby pouch and creating the illusion of a sundress-ready, smaller waist. The Almighty Cincher by Amia ($54) has special FlexiBoning to immediately smooth back-fat and tummy rolls, and supports the spine to help relieve back-pain.
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Plump your lips sans injectables
Want to get lips as full as Angelina Jolie's without looking like you've gone needle-happy? The latest lip-volumizing products are made with special peptides to increase collagen and blood flow so your kisser looks plumped up without causing that irksome stinging sensation. One to try: EnvyDerm Lip Volumizing and Conditioning Plumper ($28) comes in a summer-y peachy shade called Lola, as well as a variety of other bright colors.
Firm your skin for bikini season
Kate Upton's smooth, toned skin on her 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover proves that baring supple, even-toned skin is key for getting your best beach body. That's why it's just as important to pay attention to the area below your neck during the summer season. Try applying a daily lotion packed with skin-firming ingredients such as algae, fruit acids, and grape seed oil. Kerstin Florian's new Multi-Vitamin Firming Crème ($65) has all of these ingredients, as well as hydrolyzed rice extract to help even out skin tone.
Pair bright flip flops with a feminine sundress
Copy celebs like Emmy Rossum, and give your heels a break this summer in favor of comfy flip-flops. The key is to ditch those cheap plastic sandals for a padded, stylish pair that won't leave you pained and without support. OKA b's thongs have built-in massage beads, and come in tons of bright colors, like popsicle pink and grass green.
Kiss your mascara goodbye
Kim Kardashian's impossibly long lashes have sparked speculation that she has mink eyelash extensions. Mink is a little much, but more lash boutiques are popping up across the country, such as the Courtney Akai Lash Boutique in New York City. For thicker and longer lashes sans mascara that still look natural, you might try a combo of a few individually applied eyelash extensions and a semi-permanent lash tint. Bonus: They stay put even when swimming, and should last four to six weeks before you need a touch up. Treatments start around $200, but you can often find them for as much as 50-percent off on flash sale sites such as Living Social and Groupon.
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Don a hat with built-in sun protection
Hats are back, and stars are sporting fedoras to add style to many an outfit. Katy Perry has been spotted in a basic black one, and Naomi Watts wears a little straw number for added sun protection. The latest technology is for hats with built-in sun protection, such as Wallaroo's Frankie Fedora ($38). It blocks 97.5 percent of harmful UV rays, and is a super-simple fix for bad hair days.
Create beach waves
Stars like Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore are all about the beachy waves - and so are we. For a sexy, tousled style after an ocean swim, simply use your fingers to scrunch strands for body, and let air dry for that fresh-from-the-beach look, says Oded Gabay, celebrity hair stylist and owner of New York's Lovella salons. If, alas, you're not at the beach, Gabay suggests spritzing strands with beach wave hair spray or plain old salt water in a spray bottle instead, and then scrunching to give hair texture.
At-home self-tanning goes organic
Organic airbrush tans are popular summer beauty boosters, and now a new crop of at-home sunless tanners formulated with eco-certified organic DHA (the ingredient that turns your skin from pasty to bronzed) means you can achieve a safe, golden glow without a trip to the salon. Norvell's brand-new paraben- and gluten-free line has a variety of easy-to-apply, streak-free formulas ranging from a gel-crème, to a mousse, to a mist.
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Get your tootsies in flip-flop shape
Smooth, soft feet are even more important if you're rocking the bright flip-flop trend - baring gnarly calluses and cracked heels is definitely a beauty don't. "Dry skin dusts off easier than wet, so conquer calluses by buffing the bottom of your feet with a foot file while dry," says Bliss Educator Laura Ann Conroy. "Also try using a salt scrub on your feet when in the shower to keep calluses from coming back." Instead of buying a whole new product, try a body scrub that you can also use on your feet. We like Kanshi Salted Mango Hand & Body Scrub ($19), which is made with exfoliating sea salt, and is packed with moisturizing olive and grapefruit peel oil to keep skin deliciously soft.
Apply sunscreens that reverse aging
Slathering on SPF is a must during the dog days, but the latest generation of UV blockers goes beyond protecting skin from damage to also fighting aging. Case in point: Diamond White SPF 50 cream ($97) thwarts damaging UVA/UVB rays while also fighting age and sun spots. Special ingredients such as ellagic acid from pomegranate extract work to decrease melanin production linked to those pesky dark patches.
Nix hair everywhere
Sure, bump-free, smooth legs and bikini lines are always on-trend for beach-worthy days, but this summer, it's all about going completely bare. "We're seeing a huge uptick in the number of full-body waxing treatments - including full arms, chest, stomach and back - that we're performing this spring and summer compared to past years," says Jennifer Pesce, a hair removal expert for New York City's Shobha salons. "Some clients say that they like the way it leaves their skin free of any peach fuzz, but also really smooth all over - like an added exfoliation treatment." To soothe skin post-wax, try Shobha's Rosewater Freshening Cloths ($9) for the face, body, and bikini area. They're paraben- and artificial-fragrance-free, and come in single packets that you can easily toss into your beach bag to also swipe away sweat and grime that can clog pores and cause ingrown hairs.
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