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Sizzling Hot: 4 Easy Ways to Update Your Look for Summer

Don't waste a precious minute of summertime stressing about your hair, skin, and makeup. Keep your look natural and no-fuss with these easy, breezy secrets for your prettiest season ever.

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Keep Cool with Melt-Proof Makeup

The biggest color trend this summer: sheer shades. "Bright translucent eye shadows instantly perk up your face and are easier to maintain in the heat than a rich lipstick or vibrant blush," says Dick Page, Shiseido artistic director. Go for the bold with lilac eye shadow or cobalt-blue eye­liner. Blend it with a small damp brush to diffuse the pigment and give it staying power.

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Makeup Products for Summer

Clockwise from bottom left: Rimmel London Glam'Eyes Quad Palette in State of Grace ($6, drugstores). NYC New York Color Mono Eyeshadow in Manhattan Gaze ($3, drugstores). Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil in Blue Sky ($16, department stores). Lancome Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Amethyst Glam ($48, department stores).

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Flaunt Your Fun Nails

Color-saturated fingertips and toenails look great against your faux glow. For a streak-free application, paint on two light coats of polish. "Thin layers dry faster, so they're less likely to smudge," says Jan Arnold, cofounder of CND, a nail-product company. The hottest colors of the season: tangerine for your fingers and teal for your toes. Both are flattering on all skin tones.

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Bright Nail Polish Shades

From bottom: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish in Fairy Teal ($8, drugstores). OPI Turquoise Shatter ($9, Ulta stores). Essie Nail Polish in Braziliant ($8, drugstores). Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry Nail Enamel in Chili ($6, drugstores).

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Make a Splash with Sexy Hair

Summer is the time to embrace your natural texture, so send your blow-dryer on sabbatical. For a laid-back style that still looks smooth, apply an antifrizz cream to damp hair. Comb it through with your fingers, then air-dry strands for a not-too-perfect finish. "You'll have flyaway-free hair that holds up on even the most humid days," says Sarah Potempa, a celebrity stylist for Aussie.

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Frizz-Fighting Hair Products

From left: Pantene Restore Beautiful Lengths Smoothing Balm ($5, drugstores). L'Oreal Paris EverSleek Frizz Taming Creme Serum ($9, drugstores). Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil ($8, drugstores). Fekkai Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream ($24, Nordstrom stores).

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Show Off Your Shimmering Skin

Go too heavy with the bronzer and you can end up looking orange. To get a golden luminosity, dilute your self-tanner by mixing it with an equal amount of body lotion and apply it every few days, says Linda Hay, a makeup artist for Victoria's Secret. And remember, before you head outdoors, put on a nongreasy sunscreen, such as Banana Boat SPF 110 Sport Performance UltraMist Continuous Clear Spray ($11, drugstores).

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Golden Beauty Products

From left: Dior Nude Healthy Glow Powder in Sunset ($46, dior.com). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess ShadowStick Duo in Gold Bronze ($20, department stores). Sephora Collection Sun Disk in Aruba ($22, Sephora stores). Australian Gold Instant Bronzer SPF 30 Continuous Spray ($10, drugstores).

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2011.

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