Star-Tested Summer Beauty Tips
ALTERNATE YOUR CURL
The number one tip-off that your beachy waves didn’t actually come from a day at the beach is curls that all twist in the same direction. Celeb hairstylist David Babaii, who worked his magic on Olivia Wilde’s locks, says the key to getting a natural-looking style is to alternate the direction you wrap each section around a large curling iron then finish it off with hair spray (he likes ).
EXTEND YOUR GLOW
What’s worse than shelling out cash for a spray tan only to have it fade a few days later? Extend the life of your faux bronze by slathering on a super-moisturizing body balm that absorbs quickly. Maria Menounos maintains her enviable tan by doing just that with .
NEVER LET 'EM SEE YOU SWEAT
If you feel like your makeup slides off your face during the summer months, follow beauty lead and try one of her go-to products, . Applied under bronzer and blush, it helps fight oil so you don’t look like you’re melting 10 minutes after you walk out the door.
TOUCH UP YOUR TEMPLES
We’re guessing you know to apply bronzer to your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, but makeup artist Quinn Murphy, who works with supermodel Erin Heatherton, says you should be dusting it on your temples as well. He uses and swears it creates an extra-radiant glow, plus it makes your faux tan look more realistic.
JWoww and Snooki may take hours to do their hair at the Jersey Shore, but most of us prefer to hit the beach with an updo like Lily Collins’s plaited look. It’s surprisingly easy to do and works just as well on the red carpet as the boardwalk. Create two loose braids on either side of the forehead, says stylist Thomas Dunkin. Next, twist the braids so they blend with the rest of your hair, pin into a bun, then hit with Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce Spray.
RIDE THE WAVE
Tousled surfer-girl waves are the official hairstyle of summer, but if saltwater does nothing for your strands, fake it with the Beachwaver tool, used by stylist Sarah Potempa on . Set the iron to left or right depending on which side you’re curling, then hit Go. The rotating barrel will do all the work. Genius!
DO THE DEW
Dewy skin looks gorgeous after a day at the beach – sweaty skin, however, isn’t quite as alluring. Toe the line à la with an oil-absorbing powder like Tarte’s Smooth Operator Amazonian clay finishing powder, which makeup artist Denika Bedrossian used to reduce shine in the star’s T-zone and leave her cheeks glowing.
LET YOUR LIPS BE YOUR ACCESSORY
Want to hit the boardwalk without heading home to change? Look totally done-up with bold bright lips, like . To complement her neutral dress and minimal accessories, makeup artist Lorrie Turk gave her a head-turning pout and kept the rest of her look low-key. Using a lip brush, she applied CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lipcolor in Cheeky.
DON'T NEGLECT THE DéCOLLETAGE
Daring to bare in a sexy bikini top? Follow lead and apply an illuminator to your chest. Her makeup artist used St. Tropez Violet illuminator, but anything with a bit of reflective quality will make your skin look instantly sexier and sun-kissed.
USE BRONZER AS EYE SHADOW (REALLY!)
No need to pack a ton of products in your beach bag – just let yours do double duty. After prepping Paula Patton’s lids with primer, makeup artist Fiona Stiles applied CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer (in Light Bronze and Brown Bronze) from the lash line up to the brow “to add a little depth to the eye”. Instant drama and no massive makeup bag required.
BE HANDS ON
has a very handy hairstylist to thank for her beautiful, beachy waves – and you can use his trick to get glamorous locks with minimal effort. Celeb stylist David Babaii skipped the brush and instead used his fingers while blow-drying Kate’s mane to enhance texture before curling sections and spritzing on IT&LY Purity Design Pure Definition Hairspray.
Get a faux glow like by layering tinted moisturizer, bronzer and blush. It sounds like overload, but when properly blended, the result is surprisingly natural. Makeup artist Molly Stern prepped Kate’s skin with Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer in Sand, added warmth with Hourglass Illume Crème-to-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset, then dusted NARS HighlightingBlush in Miss Liberty on her cheekbones for a just-back-from-vacation finish.
Fresh-out-of-curlers waves can look too polished and stiff. So for soft, curled do, celeb hairstylist Davy Newkirk used his fingers to comb through the actress’s just-set ringlets, tousling the strands and applying Alterna Bamboo Style Moldable Texture Paste for a boho, beachy effect.