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Colorful Summer Looks: Brights & Neon

Add a pop of color to your summer fashion and beauty routine with these brilliant tips.

By Linda Moran Evans and Dori Katz

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By Tom Corbett/ Shot on location at The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
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LEFT: Day or night, a simple sheath in neon green is no-fuss—just right.

Dress, H&M, hm.com for stores, $50. Heels, Versace for H&M, hm.com for stores, $129. Bracelets, Lee Angel, 212-334-6573, $92.

RIGHT: Lighten up in a pale palette. A crisp shirt and high-waisted shorts pair perfectly for fun in the sun.

Top, Ann Taylor, anntaylor.com, $68. Shorts, Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole stores, $79.50. Heels, n by Nicole Miller, JCPenney stores or jcpenney.com, $35. Bracelet, Sequin, sequin-nyc.com, $98.

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LEFT: Wear high-beam brights together—like this electric yellow blouse with hot fuchsia pants.

Top, Zara, zara.com, $50. Pants, Ann Taylor, anntaylor.com, $88. Heels, House of Dereon, undergroundstation.com, $65. Pink bangles, R.J. Graziano, 212-685-3737, $60 each. Orange and pink bangle, Lee Angel, 212-334-6573, $90.

RIGHT: Energize your wardrobe and your attitude with megawatt shades. A tunic in orange is stunning solo or belted over soft trousers.

Dress, H&M, hm.com for stores, $35. Heels, Zara, zara.com, $100. Cuff, Lee Angel, 212-334-6573.

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Pucker up with a pop of color. Magenta, a juicy deep pink, flatters all skin tones. Keep the rest of your makeup minimal with a little foundation, well-groomed brows and black mascara.

Dress, Zara, zara.com.

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A bronzed face contrasts beautifully with summer whites. Get this sun-kissed style with peach or apricot blush, bronzer and shimmery brown eye shadow. Nude lipgloss is the finishing touch.

Dress, Raoul, raoul.com.

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LEFT: Embrace your inner goddess in a strapless dress—you'll love the freedom.

Dress, Maggy London, maggylondon.com, $148. Heels, Jon Josef, jonjosef.com, $150. Necklace, Sequin, sequin-nyc.com, $98. Ring, Vince Camuto, macys.com, $19.

RIGHT: Suit yourself in effervescent pearl. Three easy pieces—a cropped jacket, a bandeau top and wide-legged pants—make a cool statement.

Jacket, White House Black Market, White House Black Market boutiques and whbm.com, $108. Top, Elle, Kohl's stores and kohls.com, $42. Pants, Talbots, talbots.com, $99. Shoes, Alfani, Macy's and macys.com, $89. Necklace, Marc by Marc Jacobs, lordandtaylor.com, $97.

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Get the Look: Go for the Glow

Choose bronze and champagne shadows with subtle shimmer.

Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow in Bad to the Bronze, drugstores, $7. Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in Seashell Pink, Ulta stores and ulta.com, $19.

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Get the Look: Go for the Glow

Brush a pearlized powder in inner corners of eyes and below the brow bone to highlight.

Yves Rocher Luminelle Eyeshadow in Snow White, yvesrocherusa.com, $5.

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Get the Look: Go for the Glow

Dust bronzer across forehead, down nose and along cheekbones to mimic the sun's natural effects.

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc Free Correcting Bronzer, drugstores, $14.

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Get the Look: Go for the Glow

A blendable mousse-like blush gives a dewy finish.

L'Oréal Paris Magic Smooth Souffle Blush in Cherubic, drugstores, $13.

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Get the Look: Go for the Glow

Try a pale pink or nude gloss with a touch of shine.

Stila Passion Fruit Crush Lip & Cheek Stain, stilacosmetics.com, $24.

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Get the Look: The Bright Stuff

Apply a thin layer of foundation to conceal redness.

CoverGirl + Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation, drugstores, $14.

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Get the Look: The Bright Stuff

Lengthen every last lash by moving the wand back and forth in a zigzag motion.

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof Bold Volume Lifting Mascara, esteelauder.com, $21.

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Get the Look: The Bright Stuff

For well-defined arches, fill in and brush brows upward and out.

Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Medium, benefitcosmetics.com, $20.

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Get the Look: The Bright Stuff

To make lipstick last all day, outline and color in lips with a silica-based primer.

BITE Beauty Line & Define Lip Primer, sephora.com, $22.

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Get the Look: The Bright Stuff

A rich, creamy texture means super-smooth, even application.

Topshop Make Up Lips in All About Me, Topshop stores and topshop.com, $15.

Originally published in the July 2012 issue of Family Circle magazine.

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.

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