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Colorful Summer Looks: Brights, Neons and Metallic Finishes

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

By Linda Moran Evans, Dori Katz and Nicole McGovern

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Gilt Trip
Brian Doben
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By Tom Corbett/ Shot on location at The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
By Tom Corbett/ Shot on location at The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
By Tom Corbett/ Shot on location at The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
By Tom Corbett/ Shot on location at The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
By Tom Corbett/ Shot on location at The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
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Gilt Trip

A glistening pattern makes this button-down feel glam.

Top, Chico's, $109. Shorts, Parker, $60. Earrings, Blu Bijoux, $12. Necklace, Sole Society.

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All That Glitters

Jazz up basic black with lustrous shorts and sparkly statement jewelry.

Top, Kenneth Cole New York, $78. Shorts, BCBGeneration, $108. Necklace, Shop Design Spark, $34. Bracelet, Blu Bijoux, $40.

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Bling Theory

A bejeweled tank adds just enough glimmer for a casual summer evening.

Tank, Marshalls, $30. Cami, Commando, $48. Jeans, Old Navy, $37. Sandals, Nine West, $79. Earrings, Wimberly Inc, $97. Clutch, Sole Society.

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Mixed Metals

Forget what you've heard: Pairing silver with gold is no faux pas. Don't be afraid to layer on the shine—it'll add dimension to any outfit.

Jacket, Vince Camuto, $139. Top, Dae Sung Trading Corp., $33. Skirt, Kardashian Kollection, $59. Bangle, Kenneth Jay Lane, $125. Earrings, KiraKira, $98. Shoes, Sole Society, $80.

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Colorful Setup

Mellow out an abstract print and neon sandals with sleek white pants.

Jacket, Forever 21, $30. Pants, Old Navy, $35. Shoes, Call It Spring, $45. Earrings, Color by Amber, $20. Headphones, Urbaners, $100.

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White Hot

Take a swing at the sporty trend in a perforated dress with a twirl-worthy skirt.

Dress, BCBG Max Azria, $198. Shoes, Jessica Simpson Collection, $89. Clutch, Cocobelle, $150. Necklace, ABS by Allen Schwartz, $75.

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Game-Changer

Running shorts go the extra mile in electric pink. Top this with a silky bomber for a winning look.

Jacket, NYDJ, $140. Shirt, Lands' End, $49. Shorts, L'Amour Nanette Lepore, $34. Necklace, Forever 21, $12. Bracelet, C. Wonder, $48. Watch, Komono, $60.

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Skirt the Issue

A simple white skirt is par for the course, so add a shot of style by pairing it with pretty patters and bold accessories.

Tank, Nicole by Nicole Miller, $36. Skirt, Fila, $36. Shoes, ...me Too, $99. Earrings, Stella & Dot, $44. Ring, Kenneth Jay Lane, $90. Clutch, Old Navy, $23.

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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'Oreal 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.

Estee 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 and July 2014 issues 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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