How to Get the Kardashian Glow for the Summer

From reality tv stars to beauty moguls, the Kardashians are known for their ultra glam makeup looks. Aside from their signature lashes, you’ll always find them sporting a highlight that looks like they’ve been bathed in a halo of light. Well, we’ve done our research and found the few key products you’ll need to create a fresh, luminous glow that would even impress the highlight and contour queen herself, Kim Kardashian West.

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First things first, you’ll need to prep the skin with an ultra-hydrating moisturizer. Peter Thomas Roth’s Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream ($35.99) helps lock in moisture since it’s formulated with 30 percent hyaluronic acid, which keeps skin supple and plump for 72 hours. You can choose to wear a primer on top or skip it completely like Kim does.

When it comes to foundation, use one that gives a radiant finish like Glo Skin Beauty’s Luminous Liquid Foundation ($47.99). This lightweight mineral foundation is infused with both diamond powder and green tea extract to make it look like you’re glowing from within. Apply some of the foundation on your neck as well so there’s no harsh line. Dab the product into the skin with a KKW-approved BeautyBlender ($15.99) sponge that’s been dampened for the most flawless streak-free finish.

Complete the base by applying Jane Iredale’s Active Light Under Eye Concealer ($24.99) under your eyes, on the bridge of your nose and the cupid’s bow to brighten up your face. The concealer also works as a highlighter so it creates a soft-focused effect that will amp up the glow.

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Lightly dust Karin Herzog’s Egyptian Earth Finishing Powder ($35.99) over the t-zone to set the base. The powder evens and illuminates the skin, providing it with a long-lasting radiant finish. Now time to bake in true Kardashian fashion with BareMinerals Barepro Contour Face Shaping Trio ($30.99). Apply the lightest color in the areas you want to be highlighted—so under the eyes and on the middle of the nose, chin, and forehead. Let it sit on your face for a few minutes, then dust it off. Use the medium color to bronze the skin and the darkest color to contour.

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Once you’re done, bring some color back into your face with
Jane Iredale’s In Touch Cream Blush ($17.99). Use your fingers to apply the product onto your cheek and then blend it in with the BeautyBlender. The creamy formula blends effortlessly into your skin—not to mention it also smells like chocolate.

 
Then glide BareMinerals Highlighter Stick ($18.99) on the highest part of your cheekbones. This oil-free highlighter is infused with Mineral Moonbeam Essence that mimics how light reflects off crystals, which gives your cheeks an ethereal, multidimensional look. Feel free to also dab some on your cupid’s bow and tip of the nose if you love the shine. To make your eyes look bigger and brighter, apply Jane Iredale’s Eye Highlighter Pencil ($11.99) along the inner corner, waterline, and brow bone. And voilà, you’re ready to keep up with the Kardashians all summer long.

How to Protect Your Hair During the Summer

Just as you slather on the sunscreen during summer, you need to be sure that your hair is protected, too. There are several ways to ensure that your strands stay in shape no matter how much heat and humidity comes their way. Here’s how to accomplish that while ensuring that every day is a great hair day.

Cover It Up

Occasionally a heat wave rolls through and makes it impossible to manage your hair. Use this opportunity to add a few chic hats to your wardrobe. They’ll protect your mane from dryness—and as a bonus, you’ll also shield your skin from damaging ultraviolet rays.

Use UV Protection

It’s just as important to protect your hair from ultraviolet rays as it is your skin. Overexposure to the sun can lead to dryness, brittle strands, and even fading color. A product such as TIGI Bed Head Beach Freak Moisturizing Detangler Spray ($12.99) contains a potent UV complex that is formulated to filter out those potentially harmful rays that might cause your hair to look less than healthy. It also includes seaweed extract, which is enriched with protein to strengthen and prevent dryness.

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Prevent Chlorine Overexposure

You can spend as much time in the pool as you desire—that’s the beauty of summer, after all. But all that time splashing around comes at a price for your mane. Take the time to protect it from chlorine, which can cause extreme dryness and, in some cases, even cause your strands to turn green. A little bit of conditioner is all you need. Simply apply a dime-sized amount to damp hair, comb through, and throw your hair in a bun. Try Bain de Terre Meadow Balancing Conditioner ($11.99)—it’s safe for daily use, smells great, and is suitable for all hair types.

Protect from Overheating

If you’re a slave to your hairdryer and flat iron throughout the year, it’s important to do one of two things. Either take a break f
rom using those tools completely—usually easier said than done—or protect your hair from the effects of heat styling. Try Hot Sexy Hair Prep Me 450° Heat Protection Blow Dry Primer ($12.99), which helps reduce breakage and minimize brittle strands. Bonus: It leaves hair ultra smooth and silky!

Get Your Wave On

Although it’s tempting to throw your hair up in a topknot or ponytail every day of the week, there are styles that you can achieve without heat. By adding Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($29.99) to your routine, you can rock an amazing look that channels a tropical vibe. A little spritz from top to bottom on wet hair is all you need to style your mane. Finger comb it through for best results and try not to touch—you’ll love the natural, super-soft wave that results.

 

 

How to Get a No-Makeup Makeup Look For Summer

Less is definitely more when it comes to creating a no-makeup makeup look. That being said, you’ll still need certain products to achieve it. We’ve found the best seven beauty products that will get you a fresh face for summer that will endure even in the hottest of climates. Versatile and affordable, all of these products will become essentials in your beauty bag.

Concealer

Skip the foundation, and opt for a full coverage concealer instead. Dermablend’s Quick-Fix Concealer ($18.89) will give you all the coverage of a foundation without making it feel like you have a mask on. Use the stick concealer to cover everything from under-eye circles to blemishes to scars. Since it comes in a variety of yellow and pink tones, you’ll be able to pick your perfect match. With its smudge-proof SPF 30 formulation, this stick concealer will be your go-to during the summer.


Powder

If you can’t live without foundation, no worries! You can still use it—in powder form that is. Jane Iredale’s Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder ($34.89) offers sheer to medium coverage so you can either apply it as a setting powder for the concealer or build it up for that extra bit of coverage. The water-resistant SPF 20 product diffuses the appearance of fine lines and pores all while concealing redness. Great for those with sensitive skin types, including those with eczema, acne, and rosacea.

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Eyeshadow

For the eyes and brows, all that’s needed is a good eyeshadow palette like Jane Iredale’s Eyeshadow Kit ($38.99) in Daytime. The kit provides five neutral colors that work well for all skin colors. For a subtle, but noticeable highlight, apply the lightest color in the inner corners of the eyes, brow bone, and cheek bone. Apply the medium shade in your socket and underneath the tip of your nose for dimension. Apply the remaining medium to dark colors to your brows.

Mascara

To make your eyes really pop, use YoungBlood’s Mink Lengthening Mascara ($19.99). This long-wearing mascara doesn’t flake or smudge so rest assured it will stay put in the blazing heat. For the best results, apply the mascara close to the base of the lashes, then wiggle upward for maximum volume and length. Make sure to separate each lash for the most natural look.

Blush & Bronzer

Get that flushed look with TIGI Cosmetics’ Glow Blush ($12.99). The highly pigmented product appears dark, but it goes on sheer so you can easily and seamlessly blend it into the skin for a rosy glow. Same goes for BareMinerals’ Invisible Powder Bronzer ($26.99)—the baked bronzer gives a naturally radiant finish that is both buildable and multidimensional.

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Tinted Lip Balm

Finish it off with lips that look naturally stained with BareMinerals’ Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm ($13.99). Ingredients like vitamin E and passion fruit seed oil deeply hydrate the lips while leaving behind a beautiful color stain that lasts. Initially applied the product is sheer, but you can layer it to achieve a full coverage glossy pout.

The Best Grooming Gifts to Get Your Dad for Father’s Day

Shopping for your dad can be quite the challenge, no matter what time of the year it is. Either he claims he already has everything he could possibly want or insists he doesn’t want anything. But instead of adding to his collection of watches this Father’s Day, get him something he’ll actually use every day. Here are the seven best grooming gifts for even the most low maintenance of dads.

Face and Body Cleanser

When it comes to bath products, less is more for guys, which is why PCA Skin Total Wash Face & Body Cleanser ($14.99) is the ideal cleanser for any father. The two-in-one product is gentle enough to use on the face both day and night, but has enough exfoliation to get rid of dead skin cells, too.

Shampoo and Conditioner Duo

Here’s a haircare set your dad will be sure to appreciate: TIGI B for Men Clean Up’s Shampoo & Conditioner Set ($20.99) is both practical and effective as it adds shine without any buildup. Used together, the aromatic shampoo and conditioner helps to promote a healthy scalp and hair growth thanks to powerful ingredients like gingseng root extract and natural peppermint.

Pre-Shave Exfoliator

Rev up your dad’s skincare routine with Jack Black’s Face Buff Energizing Scrub ($16.99). Perfect for fathers who constantly shave since this facial scrub removes any dirt and helps to reduce ingrown hairs from popping up. With ingredients like peppermint to refresh the face and allantoin to soothe the skin, your dad will be left with smoother skin.

 

Shave Oil

Any guy knows how important it is to prep the skin before shaving, which is why Lock, Stock & Barrel Argan Blend’s Shave Oil ($11.99) makes a useful gift. Your dad can apply it before or as a substitute to shaving cream, but either way the oil will help to minimize nicks and repair damaged skin due to the ingredients’ anti-inflammatory properties.

Moisturizing Aftershave

Constantly shaving facial hair can be irritating, but you can help soothe your dad’s skin by getting him a quality aftershave like John Masters Organics Eucalyptus & Agave 2-in-1 Moisturizer & Aftershave ($22.89). Containing a combination of agave and oat beta glucan, this double-duty aftershave works to soften and revitalize even the roughest of skin.

Hair Gel

If your dad’s a fan of hair gel, look no further: TIGI B For Men Power Play Firm Finish Gel ($9.99) is all he needs. This product provides hair with that classic gel-look while also conditionining the hair. The best part is that there’s no flaking or itching so any father can feel confident knowing his hairdo will stay strong all day through.

Clippers

Looking for a bigger gift for your dad? Then consider purchasing him the CHI Turbo Super Charge Clippers ($89.99). It’s definitely an investment piece since these clippers will save your dad so much money—and time—in the long run. The precise blade can be used to cut wet or dry hair, not to mention it comes with eight attachment combs, so the styling options are limitless.

 

What Type of Sunscreen Do You Need?

The countdown to summer is on—and that means it’s also time to reintroduce sunscreen to your skin care routine if you haven’t already done so. While it’s a year-round essential, many people simply don’t use it until the temperatures soar and the sunshine beats down on their skin. As long as you use it, you’re in good shape. But are you using the right type of sunscreen?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), there’s no specific type that is better than another. However, it is important to seek out a formula that meets the following criteria: it should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more, provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and be resistant to water. All of these factors will offer you greater protection from burning, the visible signs of aging, and skin cancer.

Based on your skin type, where you’re going to be, and what your preferences are, you can select from a wide range of sunscreens. Here are several we love and highly recommend for their protective benefits:

For Normal Skin

If you have normal to combination skin, you’ll benefit from a lightweight formula that increases your ability to resist harmful ultraviolet rays and minimizes the odds of developing fine lines and wrinkles. PCA Skin Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Water-Resistant ($25.99) is a potent product that lasts whether you’re taking a dip in the ocean or relaxing by the pool. It contains caffeine, a hyper-charged anti-aging ingredient that works overtime to save your skin.

For Oily Skin

Dealing with oily skin can be especially frustrating in the summer, when sebum production seems to go into overdrive. Luckily, products like bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($21.99) help soak up the shine while giving your skin the protection it needs when you’re outside. And if you happen to have a few dry patches, this will help stave off the flakes and improve the overall appearance of your skin with regular use.

For Dry Skin

Dry skin can be difficult to treat, especially when it comes to selecting an effective sunscreen that won’t make the problem even worse. Seek out formulas enriched with moisturizing ingredients, like gentle oils or squalene. Avene Hydrating Sunscreen Balm SPF 50 ($13.99) contains shea butter and glycerin, both potent “drinks” for your skin that help nourish. Vitamin E protects your skin from antioxidant damage, while Avene’s signature thermal spring water provides some calming protection.

For Sensitive Skin

Don’t let blotchy skin and hypersensitivity stop you from wearing sunscreen. If anything, you need it more than ever to minimize the odds of aggravating already irritated skin. Try Dermablend Cover Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($25.99) if your goal is to cover the redness while protecting your complexion. This provides full coverage, so you can rest assured that the ruddy nose, dark spots, and undereye circles will all be beautifully concealed. With up to 16 hours of coverage, it’s available in 21 shades and won’t budge.

Top Haircare Tips From Celebrities and Their Hairstylists

A red carpet look is nothing without an amazing hairstylist, which is why we’ve rounded up the best celebrity hairstylist tricks, as well as a few tips from celebrities themselves. Gorgeous Hollywood-style hair is just a few products away.

Create beach waves while asleep

All you need to create effortless no-heat waves is a good salt spray, according to Michael Angelo, a celebrity hairstylist who’s worked with Brooklyn Decker and Adriana Lima. Just lightly spritz dry hair with the spray, twist hair into “four flat Princess Leia buns” and go to sleep. “The style is super comfortable to sleep on and you can wake up and shake loose effortless beachy waves,” he told Self. Our personal favorite is Tigi Bed Head Queen Beach Salt Spray ($14.99) as it’s infused with mineral-rich Balinese salt and UV Complex, which protects hair against harmful sun rays.

Use hairspray before curling hair

If you’re familiar with Jane the Virgin, then you know how perfect lead actress Gina Rodriguez’s signature waves look on and off screen. Turns out the trick lies in the hairspray application! Celebrity hairstylist Paul Norton has a simple, yet interesting technique as he spritz it on before applying heat. “This gives her hair an extra ‘shape-ability’ so it adheres to what the curling iron gives you,” he explained to Glamour. To get a strong hold without any added weight, use Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray ($15.69) for healthy looking hair that will stay in place all day long.

 

Apply a hair mask before you exercise

Sweating from a workout is one of the best ways to get rid of toxins. Unfortunately, all that perspiration comes with a downside: the salt from sweat can actually dry out your hair. But luckily, there’s a quick fix for that. Hairstylist Jen Atkin, whose celebrity clients include Khloe Kardashian and Jessica Alba, advises to apply a hair mask on before exercise to help push moisture back into the strands and seal it in. The heat from exercising will also allow the mask to work deeper so all you have to do later is rinse it out. Obliphica Professional Seaberry Mask ($26.99) is the perfect mask as it deeply hydrates while restoring the hair’s elasticity.

Reduce hair breakage with the right brush

Not all brushes are alike—the one you use to brush out wet hair might actually be causing split ends. But fear not because Drew Barrymore has an easy solution for all of us: The Wet Brush. In fact, she let everyone know on Instagram that she swears by the brush for both her and her kids. They come in a bunch of different colors and sizes, but the Pop Fold Wet Brush ($7.89) is the most convenient for traveling because of its foldable, compact design. No more tugging or pain, guaranteed.

Freshen up with dry shampoo

It seems like Ashley Benson has never had a bad hair day, but maybe that’s because her secret weapon is dry shampoo. “It really works well for me because I have extensions from time to time so it helps make everything look really fresh,” she told W Magazine. The Pretty Little Liar confessed that she loves Oribe haircare products, especially the dry shampoo so try Oribe’s Gold Lust Dry Shampoo ($37.89) for a similar look. Not only does this product absorb oil and product buildup, but also it helps restore strength and softness back into the hair. Dry shampoo works well to texturize tresses so it’s a great double duty product.

 

 

 

How to Tan at Home Like a Pro

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Achieving a golden glow is one of the easiest ways to refresh your skin for the onset of warm weather. While baking in the sunshine is certainly a feel-good summer pastime, it’s not the safest way to achieve the tan skin you crave. With a few key products from our extensive collection of self-tanning beauty products, you’ll be on your way to rich, flawless color in no time. Here’s what we suggest to achieve a beach-worthy look—without the harmful ultraviolet rays.

  1. Exfoliate Your Skin First

The key to successful at-home tanning is smooth skin. If you leave behind traces of roughness, your product will inevitably get caught up in the flakes and leave dark, unsightly patches of color behind. Use a gentle product, like John Masters Organics Raspberry & Orange Body Scrub ($16.99), to slough away dead cells and leave it soft and supple. This one is ideal for all skin types and leaves behind a soft, fruity scent.

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2.Dry Skin Off Completely

Although you may be tempted to apply your tanning product immediately after stepping out of the shower, it’s important to wait until your skin is completely dry. For best results, dab your skin dry and wait at least 10 minutes before the next step. This will prevent those telltale streaks.

3. Add a Touch of Lotion

A hint of moisture is essential for those areas of the skin that are naturally dry. Use a lightweight product, like Elta MD Lotion ($13.99), to hydrate the elbows, knees, and ankles. The key here is to apply the moisturizer sparingly; too much will affect the way the tanner blends into your skin, but too little won’t soak up any lingering dryness.

4. Apply Your Self-Tanner

From mousses to liquids to creams to sprays, the self-tanning world is rife with options. Using a spray product, such as Bliss FatGirlSlim Hide and Glow Sleek ($33.99), makes it easy to reach difficult spots, like the back of the body. Be sure to select a shade that’s designed specifically for your skin tone—don’t opt for the color that you’re trying to achieve. A gradual formula is a great choice for beginners who want to monitor their color and stop when it reaches a certain intensity. Try Fake Bake Amplify Daily Lotion Gradual Tan ($15.99).

5. Clean Up the Mistakes

The odd mistake here or there is inevitable. With time those will become less frequent, but you can easily fix any errors with one very simple cooking ingredient: lemon. Simply rub half of the citrus fruit onto the affected area for a couple of minutes. Then smooth it out with a slightly damp towel.

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