Look Amazing This Season: Healthy Nails, Smooth Hair, Glowing Skin
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Look Amazing This Season: Healthy Nails, Smooth Hair, Glowing Skin

Show-off nails. Frizz-free hair. An instant glow. Everything you need to corner the market on hot -- when it's hot.

Flawless Makeup

Streamline! "Mix in a few drops of liquid bronzer to warm up your foundation and minimize your routine," says Nick Barose, celebrity makeup artist for Clarins.

Get staying power. To prevent midday eye-shadow and blush meltdowns, use gels, stains, or cream-to-powder formulas. "They'll stay put even if your skin turns into an oil slick," says Mary Schook, owner of Beauty by Mary Schook salon in New York City.

Stamp out shine. "Nothing refreshes your complexion faster than blotting sheets," says makeup artist Alison Raffaele (try Clean & Clear Morning Burst Oil Absorbing Sheets, $4.99, drugstores).

Keep nails nude. Save the plums and eggplants for fall. "Sheer, shimmery beige polish disguises chips, so you can spend more time poolside instead of in a salon," says celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal. Bonus: Metallic lacquers adhere better -- and last longer -- than the creamy kind.

Ban brushes! "If you can't swipe it on with your finger, save it for next season," says Roncal.

Pretty Hair

Retire your dryer. "Get a haircut that works with your natural texture and you'll never have to blow-dry it," says Nunzio Saviano, a stylist at the Oscar Blandi Salon in New York City. Give curls lots of layers, since blow-drying can stir up frizz; give a straight style fringed ends.

Condition like crazy. Slick on a leave-in cream instead of a gel before pulling hair back into a low bun -- you'll nourish and protect strands all day, says Edward Tricomi, cofounder of the Warren-Tricomi salons in New York City and Los Angeles.

Style while you snooze. Braid damp locks before bed, suggests Saviano, and you'll wake up to sexy, no-fuss, naturally dried waves. In the a.m., rub a quarter-size amount of a styling cream into your palms, then twist to coat strands.

Get insta-waves. Skip the blow-dryer and mix a cup of warm water with a half cup of salt, pour the brew into a spray bottle, and mist it all over your head to create tousled waves when you can't get to the beach, says Jet Rhys, a salon owner in San Diego.

Request skinny streaks. Some girls just can't give up their multicolored shade no matter what the season. "A few very fine highlights around the hairline will look natural and grow out effortlessly, so you don't need constant touch-ups," explains colorist Joel Warren of the Warren-Tricomi salons in New York City and Los Angeles.

Enviable Skin

Simplify for summer. Swap your basic cleanser for one that does double-duty. Products that contain exfoliating salicylic acid can unclog pores and help decrease oil production, says Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, consulting dermatologist for L'Oreal Paris.

Switch up your moisturizer. The best ones deliver a tint, sunscreen, antioxidants, and skin-calming ingredients, such as aloe, all in one tube, says Jeannette Graf, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at NYU Medical Center in New York City.

Brighten up. Need a boost for drab skin? Try a homemade honey mask. "Honey is a natural healer and humectant, perfect for post-sun exposure," says Joyce Carboni, spa director for Skinsational Skin & Body Spa in San Diego. Strawberries are loaded with skin-brightening vitamin C -- blend five of them with three tablespoons honey until the consistency is super smooth. Apply to clean, dry skin; rinse after 5 to 10 minutes.

Get buff. Douse a wet washcloth with moisturizing body wash to cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate all at once, suggests Ranella Hirsch, MD, a dermatologist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (But replace the cloth after each use.)

3 Fixes for Common Summer Flubs

Soothe sunburned skin. "Freeze aloe vera gel in ice cube trays, then gently rub them over sun-exposed skin to cool down fast," suggests Carboni.

Whiten stained nails. If self-tanner stains your nails, soak them in denture cleaner for a few minutes instead of scrubbing them and stressing about orange cuticles, says Dr. Hirsch.

Treat infected feet. Audrey Kunin, MD, a Kansas City-based dermatologist, recommends applying antifungal foot cream before and after heading to the pool or Pilates studio to ensure you don't get athlete's foot -- and spend the rest of the summer trying to treat it.

6 Look-Healthy Essentials

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector, $28, clarins.com. Delivers radiant skin at lightning speeds.

Fekkai Wash & Wear, $20, neimanmarcus.com. This featherweight spray dry-cleans strands, lifting away gunk and sopping up oil with grapefruit extract.

Revlon Instant Nail Gloss, $7.99, drugstores. With a conditioning blend of oils and antioxidants like vitamin E, this portable pen makes nails look instantly polished.

mark. Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint, $6, meetmark.com. Sheer gels that make your cheeks flush faster than an embarrassing moment.

Maybelline New York Expert Eyes Eye Makeup Remover Towelettes, $6.99, drugstores. Don't let their soft exterior fool you -- these oil-free towelettes are tough enough to dissolve liner, shadow, and all of your mascara without leaving greasy residue.

Too Faced Tanning Bed In A Tube, $22.50, sephora.com. It may be a gradual self-tanner, but it offers immediate gratification, thanks to a built-in bronzer and skin-softening oils.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2007.