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Makeup tips & tricks for summer

Find out how to look hot all summer long with these makeup dos and don'ts.

Do lighten up your foundation

In the wintertime, your skin might need a heavy liquid foundation, but in the summer, a tinted moisturizer or sheer foundation will do. Look for makeup that contains SPF to protect your skin from the summer sun. Also consider natural mineral powders when the weather heats up. They are lightweight and good for your skin.

bronzerDon't overdo the bronzer

Bronzer is a fabulous way to achieve the sun-kissed look without risking sun damage. However, you want a natural golden glow -- not Snooki-inspired orange skin. Apply bronzer with a light hand and only use a color that is a shade or two darker than your natural complexion.

turquoise eyeshadowDo experiment with bright colors

Bright makeup is hot for the summertime. Coral or fuchsia lips are all the rage. Also, dare to experiment with bright eyeshadows -- from turquoise to sunny yellow, brights are in.

Don't let your makeup melt away

If you are going to be swimming, be sure to use waterproof mascara and eyeliner. If you are going to be outdoors, you don't just need a waterproof formula -- you need one that is smudgeproof too. Smudgeproof mascara is formulated to resist sweat and oil while waterproof mascara resists water and tears. For summertime, find a mascara and other makeup products that are both waterproof and smudgeproof.

Do embrace the natural look

You don't need much makeup in the summertime -- especially if you are going to be outdoors. Embrace the natural look and dare to go bare. If you aren't comfortable with completely bare skin, just use a product to even out your skin tone, add a coat of brown mascara and a dab of lip gloss.

sunscreenDon't forget the sunscreen

Whatever you do this summer, don't forget the sunscreen. Sun protection is essential to avoid wrinkles, damaged skin, and of course, skin cancer. Reapply sunscreen often, especially if you go in the water.

Do get a pedicure

It's sandal weather! Be sure to get a regular pedicure this summer -- whether you have a standing appointment at the salon or do it yourself. Check out these pastel pedicure picks to keep your toes looking their best.

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