The latest polishes come flecked with summery textures: flowers, sand and, yes, even crushed seashells. Re-create this tropical mani by following these easy steps. First, file nails into an oval shape, which instantly slims your hands. Apply one coat of white polish to nails. When it's dry, paint one nail with a second layer of white polish. While it's wet, dip a flat, damp eye shadow brush into the shells included in the Ciate Shell Manicure kit in Wish Upon a Starfish ($25, Sephora stores) and press them onto your nail. Skip a topcoat so the texture shows. Repeat the process on remaining nails. In a girly mood? Go for Nails Inc. Floral Nails in Richmond Gardens ($11, Sephora stores). Or get in a beachy state of mind with Nicole by OPI Limited Edition Roughless Textured Nail Lacquers in I'm Stucco on You ($8, drugstores).
The secret to a striking eye look is to keep the rest of your makeup minimal—just tinted moisturizer, mascara and gloss. Swipe a primer, like Smashbox 24-Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer ($20, smashbox.com), over lids. Trace a green shadow stick along the inner corners and bottom lash lines and a blue one over your lids, winging it out at the corners. Try Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic in Iridescent Lime Green and Iridescent Electric Blue ($21 each, sephora.com). Blend any harsh lines with your finger. Layer on powder shadow in similar shades to lock in the color. We like Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette in No. 10 ($60, yslbeautyus.com).
In Full Bloom
Peonies, which smell as amazing as they look, are popping up in a bunch of fragrances this summer. Find your dream scent based on your style.
Playful: Peony + Apple
Try Marc Jacobs Daisy Delight Edition ($75, sephora.com)
Romantic: Peony + Pink Peppercorn
Try Lanvin Paris Me L'Eau ($92, nordstrom.com)
Boho: Peony + Bergamot
Try Ralph Lauren Fragrances Midnight Romance ($94, ralphlauren.com)
Sexy: Peony + Musk
Try Elizabeth and James Nirvana White ($75, sephora.com)
After a dip in the ocean, your hair has effortlessly pretty texture. Celebs like Beyonce are making this "wet look" the new glam hairstyle. Score the sultry effect by applying a combo of mousse, like Suave Professionals Natural Infusion All Day Body Leave-In Foam ($5, drugstores), and salt spray, such as Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray ($15, target.com), to clean, wet strands. Although your hair will eventually air-dry, spritzing on an oil—try Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil Deep Nourish 5-Action Hair Elixir ($6, drugstores)—will give it a glossy look all night.
Juicy Orange Lips
This punchy pout makes a statement without requiring a ton of mirror time. Because bright shades accentuate flakes, exfoliate lips (use a pinch of brown sugar and a little olive oil) and then rub on balm. Apply an orange lipstick, cleaning up the lines with a cotton swab. Blot with a tissue to even out the color. Fake a fuller look by dabbing matching gloss on the center of your bottom lip. Pick your go-to orange based on the finish you want.
Creamy lipstick: Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Vegan Lipstick in Tangelo ($19, ybskin.com)
Long-lasting stain: By Terry French Riviera Tint to Lip in Beach Game ($36, barneys.com)
Shiny gloss: Cargo Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Rio ($16, cargocosmetics.com)
Matte cream: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Kimber ($18, sephora.com)
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2014.
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Summer Beauty Trends to Try
It's insanely hot outside and you're juggling a jam-packed schedule. So give your blow-dryer a break and forget the full face of makeup. Pick one (or mix and match a few) of these bold beauty moves that take just minutes to master but will leave you looking like a goddess. Your sexiest summer starts here!