Extend Your Summer Glow

Hang on to your beachy look as the seasons change.
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Softly bronzed skin, hair with golden highlights, shimmery sunny makeup -- summer's easy, sexy look is so addictive that, come September, it's hard to give it up. The great news? You don't have to! It's easy to take your summer beauty style into fall. Just follow these tips:

Skin

In the summer, your skin naturally looks healthier. Warm weather and more physical activity increase blood flow to the skin, giving you a rosy glow, and safe tanning (that's a tan from a bottle) adds a bronze sheen. What's more, gentle exposure to the sun -- with sunscreen, of course -- can temporarily eliminate breakouts. When fall hits, keeping your summer skin is easy. First, stick with your exercise routine. Finding ways to keep your activity level up will help retain your rosiness. Next, continue with weekly self-tanner applications, but go one shade lighter than your summer color for a natural look. Finally, be meticulous about your skincare routine. Wash off all makeup before bed to keep that breakout-free skin, and use a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen for daytime, which will enhance your tan. Final tip: Don't head to the tanning salon to maintain your bronze color -- tanning beds are just as damaging as the sun!

Hair

Being outdoors in summer months can have a gorgeous effect on hair. The sun is a perfect lightener, creating the utmost in natural-looking highlights. Even dark hair reaps benefits from the summer, becoming shinier and more supple thanks to the warm weather increasing natural scalp oil production (this oil is what gives hair its summer sheen). And breezy summer nights can create a sexy, windblown silhouette on any style or hair texture. Keep your hair in summer shape when the leaves begin to turn by first heading to your colorist. She can even out any brassiness in your sun-generated highlights, and add some dimension with strategically placed lowlights -- a great segue into fall. Once a week, give yourself a hot oil treatment to keep up the natural shine in your strands. To get a sexy, summer-inspired style, skip the brush and use your hands to tousle and comb hair as you blow dry (the idea is for hair to not be too perfect). Finally, try a summerizing hair product, such as a salt spray, which adds texture and bounce as ocean water naturally does.

Makeup

On hot summer days (and nights!), shimmery, bronzed makeup and bold popsicle colors are perfect picks: They play up the depth in your skin and the lightened strands in your hair, and have a playful feel. While you don't want to do full-on bronze goddess makeup come September, you can keep the spirit of your summer look. Pick brown and bronze eye shadows with a hint of shimmer -- avoid the heavy frost that you wore in August. For cheeks, do double duty: An application of bronzer powder in a light shade, topped with a coral or peach shade of blush. And on lips, go glossy, but tone down the popsicle brights a bit. That means that if you did cherry red in the summer, for example, go for a burnished brick gloss instead.

 

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