Energize Your Look
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Energize Your Look

10 beauty risks you'll want to take this summer.

Punch up your look by doing something new with your beauty routine! Try one -- or all -- of these 10 ideas:

  1. Get sparkly. Apply a shimmery body lotion (found at all drugstores these days) on shoulders and cleavage when wearing a bare top.
  2. Go for ocean-inspired eyes. Sweep a very sheer layer of sea green or blue shadow over lids. Top with black mascara, and finish with pale pink or peach lip gloss.
  3. Try copper tips. Deviate from summer's standard bright manicure with a neutral, coppery polish color.
  4. Get beach hair. To give locks a mussed, sexy look, apply a saltwater spray when damp and dry naturally. KMS Beach Head Sea Salt Spray is a good choice.
  5. Wear falsies! For a big night out, apply a set of false lashes to upper lids. Add a bit of black liner, and finish off with a sheer cherry lip gloss.
  6. Stay cheeky. Powder blush can streak in the summer heat. Instead, try a gel blush (Tip: You can wear it as a lipcolor, too!).
  7. Make it matte. Summer is often about glossy lips, but to switch things for night, go the opposite direction by applying a bright color such as red or fuchsia in a matte formula. Wear with black mascara and nothing else on your face.
  8. Pull a high pony. Low ponytails look most chic for the office -- but for fun summer days, pull hair into a sporty high ponytail at the crown of your head.
  9. Go monochromatic. Forego color cosmetics and use a powder or stick bronzer all over your face: On lids, cheeks, and lips topped with gloss.
  10. Try (tasteful) nail art. At your next pedicure, ask for a small design on your big toenail: cherries, a daisy, or a star look funky now.