Summer Style from Head to Toe
Published July 8, 2013

Summer Style from Head to Toe

It's summer which means you're busy pondering whether to apply sunscreen or sun block. Not to mention other difficult choices such as margarita vs. daiquiri. That's why this week we've rounded up complete looks, think hair, makeup and clothes, to make nailing summer style simply effortless.

The Whole She-Bang

Those with straight or wavy hair can opt for a hair style that has become a timeless staple: eye-skimming fringe. Celebs like Taylor Swift, Emma Stone, and Zooey Deschanel have been caught on camera sporting this 'do which pairs best with eye makeup that really pops.

Choose from summer's brightly hued eye liners; emerald, turquoise and purple, or, go dramatic with smoky eyes. Whatever makeup you choose, be sure to pin hair back while applying cosmetics as that's the best way to avoid getting mascara on your bangs while perfecting eye makeup. Choose smoky eyes and red lips for a retro, pin-up effect.  Or, celebrate your independent style like a rock star by coordinating this edgy hair 'do with nude lips, brightly colored lids, a basic tank top, accessories from Target's just launched Feed collection (feeding hungry families in the USA), and Rock & Republic's patriotic Lolita Stars & Stripes Denim Shorts, $58 at Kohl's.

Emma Watson
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Smooth Operator

Those who want to spotlight their great bone structure will love that sleek, slick-backed hair is a hot trend this season. Not to mention that this is one do that's essentially humidity proof.  One caveat, slicked back hair can go quickly from sleek and chic to greasy and gross. Be sure not to over apply hair products; we're aiming for a just out of the pool sheen not a haven't showered for days disaster.

A product we reccomend to achieve the sleek, wet look is Phyto Pro Wet Gel ($24).  Highlight great bone structure by wearing slick locks with makeup that focuses on cheek bones. Shade, bronze and highlight to really focus on that pretty face of yours. Apply Mac’s sculpting powder, Mac Taupe, sparingly to create a long downward triangle in the hollow of the cheek to shade cheeks.

Next, get glowing by applying bronzer in circular over cheekbones, blending up towards temples. Finally, apply a touch of highlighter to the highest part of your cheekbones. Complement this hair and makeup look with a menswear inspired outfit such as skinny jeans, heels and a body-conscious blazer.

Scarlett Johansson
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Beach Princess

Forget teasing. Definitely ditch the "Bumpits." There's a better updo this summer and it's completely free of the hair poof many a smart woman has succumbed to.  Create a youthful looking braided tiara, a la Scarlett Johansson with either your own hair or faux hair. This look can be paired with a complete updo or with hair worn half up and half down. 

And, for those whose hair is too thin to braid well or for those who just haven't mastered the DIY tiara braid, store bought options abound. Sally Beauty stores offer DWTS Bellissima Braided Headband for $10 while a brand called "Braidies," sold online at, serves up faux braids in 1/2 inch or 1/4 inch thickness options for $9 each. The braided tiara complements romantic summer sundresses, glowing skin and glossy lips perfectly.

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