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Look Hot, Feel Cool This Summer

Get rid of frizz, get healthy glowing skin, and look like a natural beach beauty with these tips.

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Use a Sunscreen with Sheen

Choose an SPF 30+ clear spray formula. "Avoid missed spots by putting it on before your swimsuit," says Marsha Gordon, MD, vice chairman and professor of dermatology, Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Try: Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Spray SPF 70, $10.99, drugstores.

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Refine Your Bikini Line

Exfoliate before you shave or wax to banish bumps. "Use a brown-sugar scrub. It won't sting, like salt can," says skin-health expert Kate Somerville.

Try: Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish, $65,

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Treat Your Feet Every Day

Keep a foot file or pumice stone in the shower so you can tackle dry-skin buildup. "Daily maintenance will prevent cracks and ashiness," advises pro manicurist Deborah Lippmann, who tends to Mariah Carey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Madonna.

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Splurge on Your Brows

Examine your arches in natural light, which makes it easier to spot regrowth. "Bathroom lighting isn't bright enough," says New York City makeup artist Carmindy.

See a pro: During the summer, when you're wearing minimal makeup, shaped arches bring definition to your face. It's worth the money to go to a brow groomer once every three months.

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Pick a Hot Polish

Be adventurous with nail color. "Bright pinks like strawberry and magenta are trendy this season," says Lippmann. They're the perfect accessory to summerize any look. Be sure to keep nail length short, so your tips don't look tacky, and after putting on color, apply a high-gloss top coat.

Try: Essie Nail Polish in Movers & Shakers, $8,

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Flaunt Your Curves

Play up your cleavage with these three tips from makeup artist Brian Duprey, whose clients include Rachel Bilson and Alyssa Milano.

Step 1: Find a neutral matte bronzer powder, such as Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder, $32, "Shimmery or orangey shades can look fake."

Step 2: Using a large fluffy brush, sweep the powder vertically between your breasts. "The bronzer will create the illusion of a shadow, making your cleavage appear deeper."

Step 3: Finish by swirling the brush along the top of your breasts, so the bronzer gradually blends in with your skin tone.

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Choose Sweat-Proof Color

On a sweltering day -- especially at the beach -- what makeup isn't going to melt and smudge everywhere? Rule No. 1: Avoid creams and powders. Instead, try a berry or pink stain on cheeks and lips. "You'll look completely natural and it'll stay put, no matter how much you sweat," says Duprey. His quick tricks:

Cheeks: First, smile, then dab blush on the apples of your cheeks. Blend in circles quickly, since stains dry fast. Try Lorac Sheer Wash Lip and Cheek Tint, $19,

Lips: Apply lip color evenly, wait for it to dry, then slick on clear gloss if you want more shine. Try Benefit Posietint, $28,, or Duprey's Hydra Lush Lip Stain & Treatment, $32,

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Get Sun-Kissed

Bronzer alone isn't the secret to copping a golden glow indoors. "An added pop of bright blush is essential, because summer heat turns your cheeks pink," explains Carmindy. Blend a sheer cream bronzer on your temples, under your cheekbones and on the bridge of your nose. Try Sally Hansen Sheerest Cream Bronzer, $11.95, drugstores. Then swirl coral blush on the apples of your cheeks. "The brighter, the better!" says Carmindy.

Try: IsaDora Perfect Powder Rouge in Coral Blossom, $14, drugstores.

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Fight Frizz in 2 Minutes Flat

On humid days, blow-drying is pointless. Apply a drop of styling cream, such as John Frieda Frizz-Ease Weather Proofing Style Sealant Creme, $5.99, drugstores, then sweep hair up into a high ponytail. "Ponies look fresh this season, and do a good job of hiding frizz," says celebrity stylist Harry Josh.

Update your style: Pulling your hair into a sexy bun is a hot-weather no-brainer. But to look more ladylike than lazy girl, add sun-kissed streaks. "Highlights on your lower layers will help your hair look golden from all angles," says celebrity colorist Rita Hazan. If you use an at-home color kit, pin the top two-thirds of your hair up, then paint thin streaks scattered evenly on the bottom third. Finish the rest as usual.

Try: Herbal Essences Color Shade-On-Shade Highlights, $9.99, drugstores.

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Protect Your Color

The sun dries out your hair's cuticle, causing little tears that let color molecules leak out. "I advise all my clients to use a UV-protective conditioning styling product every day during the summer, whether they're at the beach or in the city," says Amy Mrkulic, a colorist at NYC's Oscar Blandi Salon. Good color-protection ingredients to look for: vitamin E and grapeseed oil.

Try: Oscar Blandi Capri Sun Shield Spray, $20,, before styling or air-drying.

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Condition the All-Natural Way

"I ask models to treat dry hair with avocados, which have tons of essential fatty acids that enhance shine," says Bumble and bumble editorial stylist Dennis Lanni. His soft-as-silk hair recipe:

  • Toss two peeled, pitted avocados into a blender and whip.
  • Coat hair, saturating each strand.
  • Comb through to evenly distribute the mixture, then clip hair up for 30 minutes.
  • Wash out the avocado with a hydrating shampoo, then follow with conditioner.

Try: Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner, $24 each,

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Get Happy Hair -- Fast!

Here's a quick fix we scooped from New York City's Cornelia Day Resort. "A clay hair mask removes excess oil, unclogs pores, and exfoliates dead skin, which traps sebum," says aesthetician Eugenia Iordache-Cabrera. At home, deep-clean roots with a clay shampoo, such as Rene Furterer Curbicia Purifying Clay Shampoo, $23, Use it two or three times a week to keep grease under control.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2008.

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