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Beauty Sins: The Top 5 Things to Avoid This Summer

When we think of beauty sins, especially in the summer, there’s one big, glaringly obvious one: Not Enough Sunscreen! We know this, you know this, everyone knows this! That doesn’t mean we’re going to stop talking about it — but we will take a small break to talk about the other cardinal summer beauty sins.

Orange Tans and Awkward Tan Lines:

We commend anyone who uses self tanner instead of tanning beds and unprotected sun exposure, but we do have to draw the line at unnatural colors and strange lines. Avoid any mishaps with our guide to self tanner. Of course if you happen to be pale and love it, own it!

Chlorine Damaged Hair:

Chlorine-induced green hair isn’t only for little kids. If you’re swimming all season long, you’ll need some serious hydration. If color your hair, you may also need some color help. Start by using a leave in conditioner before you enter the pool, next use color protective shampoo and conditioner to thoroughly cleanse.

Frizzy Hair:

Frizzy hair is the enemy of all women. At the root of the problem? Dehydrated hair. Use a deep conditioning treatment to repair damage and cut back on heat styling to avoid more. Use a few drops of serum on dry hair to smooth out flyaways that emphasize breakages.

Dark Makeup:

We love a dramatic face but overly done makeup is a big no-no in summer. Save the black and grey shadow and maroon lipsticks for fall. That doesn’t mean you can’t play up your best assets. Instead, use subtle bronzes to create a soft smokey eye, and a bright orange or fuchsia lipstick for a perfect pout. To be safe, play up one feature: either a statement lip, or dramatic eye.

Shiny Forehead:

It’s barely ten in the morning and you’ve already sweated through your makeup, leaving a shiny glow on your forehead. Instead of piling more makeup on top, which will only clog pores and leave your face look cakey, stop the sweat before it starts by setting makeup with a primer and setting mist. If it’s too late for preventative measures, blotting papers will soak up the shine, without disturbing your makeup.

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