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Beat the heat: Looking good at your Memorial Day party

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Fashion and beauty tips for Memorial Day

Even though Memorial Day parties can be casual, you still want to look your best. Follow these beauty and style tips to look fabulous on Memorial Day, no matter where you are spending the holiday.

Strike That Posy dressFor a BBQ or picnic

If you are hanging out at a backyard BBQ with family and friends or going to a Memorial Day picnic, don't assume everyone will be in shorts and tees. Check with the hostess and if it's a tad more dressy, opt for a flirty cotton dress and flat sandals instead -- especially if you are on a date. We love the Strike That Posy dress, priced at $50 at ModCloth teamed up the Sam Edelman 'Gibson' sandals, available for $100 at Nordstrom.

Esther Williams.For the beach

If you heading to the beach for Memorial Day, keep your makeup to a minimum, put your hair up in a beach-friendly style, and don your favorite swimsuit. We love some of the retro swimwear that is popular right now, like the line from Esther Williams. Don't forget a floppy hat and an oversized pair of shades to protect your face and eyes. When you get out of the water, throw on a cover-up dress or tunic. You'll adore the Halogen 'Cowly' cover-up available for $48 at Nordstrom.

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Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral MoisturizerFlawless face

If you are going to be outside all day, you don't need to wear heavy foundation. Instead, stick to a tinted moisturizer with SPF like Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer or Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer. Always carry blotting tissues with you to absorb oil and sweat throughout the day.

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Anna Sui Volume Up MascaraThe eyes have it

To keep your eye shadow in place, always use a primer. Keep your lashes looking long and lush with a smudgeproof, waterproof mascara. Waterproof mascara resists tears and water, while smudgeproof mascara resists sweat and oil. So for the summertime, you probably want both. Consider Anna Sui Volume Up Mascara, CoverGirl Smudgeproof Waterproof Mascara and NYX Cosmetics Long & Full Lash Waterproof Smudgeproof Mascara.

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