11 Summer Beauty Secrets from the Experts
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11 Summer Beauty Secrets from the Experts

Expert strategies to address melting makeup, vanishing nail polish, sweaty skin, and more.

3 Tips for Summer Skin

Feel the Burn

To soothe sunburned skin, heat a cup of regular oatmeal with one-half cup whole milk until cooked. Let cool and apply to burned skin. The oatmeal soothes and the milk acts as a gentle exfoliant to remove dead cells, says Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Nail Spa in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Lighten Up on Lotion

On really hot days, use a hydrating toner instead of moisturizer -- it will keep your skin balanced but won't feel heavy or greasy, says Olga Lorencin-Northrup, cofounder and aesthetician at Kinara Spa in Los Angeles.

Clear Your Complexion

If you've got a recurring breakout on your chin, hydrogen peroxide in whitening toothpaste could be the culprit. Switch to regular toothpaste pronto, says Fredric Brandt, MD, a dermatologist in New York City and Miami.

5 Tips for No-Melt Makeup

Fake a Glow

Instead of applying terra-cotta bronzer over moisturizer, start by stroking a gel bronzer across your forehead and cheekbones and down your nose. Then dab on lotion and blend for a dewy, sun-kissed look, says Wende Zomnir, creative director of Urban Decay and Hard Candy cosmetics.

Keep Yours Cool

Stash your tinted moisturizer or foundation in the refrigerator. When you smooth it on, the heat from your face will melt it in -- you'll look like you have naturally perfect skin, says Jane Ford, cocreator and cofounder of Benefit Cosmetics.

Get Bright-Eyed

Pull the focus upward by brushing lids with a single shade of tropical-colored powder shadow, like violet or peacock green. To add drama for evening, use a pencil to line along upper lashes and smudge, says Candace Corey, international makeup artist.

Stay Cheeky

Use a cream formula instead of powder, which will streak if you sweat, says Leslie Lopez, celebrity makeup artist for Jergens.

Make It Seamless

Avoid obvious-looking makeup by wearing the same shade -- such as pink or peach -- on eyes, cheeks, and lips. You'll look like you, just prettier, says Jeanine Lobell, celebrity makeup artist and creator of Stila Cosmetics in Los Angeles.

3 Tips for Sandal-Perfect Feet

Light Up the Beach

If you're beach bound, choose a vibrant red or bright pink nail color for toes. Pales tend to turn yellow or fade entirely when exposed to sand and UV rays, even with a sun-protecting top coat, says Donna Perillo, owner of Sweet Lily Nail Spa in New York City.

Soften Up for Sandals

Drizzle warm body oil on heels and wrap in cotton gauze for 15 minutes to reveal the softest, sexiest, most sandal-perfect heels ever, says Noella Gabriel, Elemis director of product and treatment development.

Mellow the Yellow

Soak feet in a basin of water with a capful of Clorox bleach for a few minutes to deep-clean dingy feet and turn yellow-stained nails a bright white, says Jean Ford, cocreator and cofounder of Benefit Cosmetics.