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Summer Beauty Tips: Avoid Beauty Blunders

Limp locks, melting makeup and faded manis are only a few of summer's biggest beauty bummers. Beat the heat and look your best with our no-sweat solutions.

By Dori Katz

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Hair Bummers
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Hair Bummers

Bummer #1: Your Once Voluminous Hair Falls Flat
Plump it up with a weekly protein treatment, says celebrity hairstylist Jeanie Syfu. Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment, $34, adds body and strengthens strands with quinoa protein. Apply to damp hair, leave on for 10 minutes and rinse, followed by a light moisturizing conditioner on ends. When blow-drying, make sure each layer is completely dry, especially near the nape. Otherwise, you'll lose fullness faster. Finally, play around with your part! Hair gets used to falling in a certain direction—switching it up instantly adds lift and movement.

Bummer #2: Your Vibrant Hair Color Is Fading Fast
Keep your hue bright and true by cleansing with cooler water in the shower. George Papanikolas, celebrity hairstylist for Matrix, explains that higher temperatures swell the hair's cuticle, causing it to release color. Try an opaque (instead of translucent) color gloss, which will deposit pigment and extend your DIY or salon dye job a few weeks. Rita Hazan Ultimate Shine Color Gloss, $26, is available in five shades. And fight the urge to wash daily—natural oils help strands retain color. When you do shampoo, using products for color-treated hair is vital, especially in summer. They contain extra conditioning ingredients and instantly up the shine factor.

Shot on location at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida.

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Makeup Bummers

Bummer #1: By Lunchtime, Your Morning Makeup Has a Full-Blown Meltdown
A silicone-based primer helps you save face by stopping makeup from slipping and sliding, says Achelle Dunaway, makeup artist and creative director of E.L.F. Cosmetics. Clinique Superprimer Face Primer, $27, will mattify skin and fill in pores and fine lines for a smooth canvas. Stick with cream eye shadows and blushes—they won't cake (like powders do) when you perspire. For foundation and concealer, remember that less is more. Use dense formulations, like a cream or stick, to avoid melting, and "spot" apply only where needed. And to avoid the dreaded T-zone shine, keep oil- absorbing papers in your purse.

Bummer #2: Your Fragrance Disappears When You Step Outside
Exfoliate a few times a week with a granular scrub, suggests Mark Knitowski, Victoria's Secret VP of fragrance. Removing dead cells lets perfume adhere to your skin. In addition to spritzing, rub on the lotion or solid version of your favorite scent. These formulations last longer since they don't contain alcohol. Store bottles in a cool, dark place to keep top notes from diffusing. Pop them in the fridge for a refreshing burst every time you spray.

Shot on location at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida.

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Nail and Skin Bummers

Bummer #1: Your Super-Shiny Manicure Dulls Instantly
Apply a quick-dry top coat every other day to keep your manicure looking fresh longer, says Jenna Hipp, manicurist to the stars. Always extend the brush past the nail edge to minimize chips. Use a product with UV filters, like Zoya Armor Top Coat, $10, which prevents sheer shades from yellowing in the sun. When color starts fading, try adding a sheer metallic color on top—it will reflect more light than a cream polish and won't chip as fast.

Bummer #2: Despite Applying Sunscreen, You Get a Major Burn
Soak in a bathtub with lukewarm water and 6 cups of regular milk to help lower body temperature and hydrate skin, says celebrity aesthetician Renee Rouleau. Then apply a lightweight lotion containing antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, to reduce inflammation and skin damage. For major irritation, either a cooling, gel-based mask (like Origins GinZing Refreshing Mask, $25) or cold plain yogurt will bring soothing relief. Leave it on for 15 minutes; rinse and repeat as needed.

Shot on location at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida.

Originally published in the June 2014 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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