New Summer Tips

3 Skin Savers We Love

These formulas tackle annoying skin issues without causing the greasies.

1. A face-firmer.To battle pesky lines and firm up your skin, try a product that boosts collagen production. Neutrogena’s treatment duo uses bioelectricity to do the trick. [Neutrogena Clinical Facial Lifting Wrinkle Treatment Night, $40, at drugstores]

2. A radiance booster.
Want a glowifying SPF moisturizer that won’t leave you oily? Clarin’s new do-it all lotion is the answer. It contains brightening sea lily to help fake a good night sleep. [Clarin Brightening Hydrating Day Lotion SPF 20, $59, clarinsusa.com]

3. An allover skin fix.
Skin care shouldn’t stop at your face – you want a body wash that hydrates and evens out skin tone. The verdict on Olay’s: My skin was its softest ever after my shower. [Olay Total Effect 7-in-1 Advance Anti-Aging Body Wash, $6, at drugstores].

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4 Steps to a Natural Fake Tan

Our better-than-St.-Bart’s guide will have people stopping you in the hallway: “Wait, weren’t you in the office last week?”

1. Prep your skin. Exfoliate, towel-dry, then apply a thin layer of oil-free moisturizer-it’ll buff rough dry spots and help the tanning solution go on more evenly, says NYC self-tanning expert Meredith Fish.

2. Go stand in an empty tub. You won’t be worried about spills, and if you are using a spray-on formula, it’s like a private tanning booth.

3. When applying the tanner, think of each body part as having four sections – front, back and each side. Do everything in that order, so you stay consistent and don’t miss a spot. Wrap your hair in a towel to get it out of the way when you do your face. For sprays: Close your eyes, hold your breath and mist your face, keeping the can at least five inches away. For lotions and gels: Smooth it onto your skin in small circle, making sure to evenly coat and blend.

4. Wait until you are dry before putting on loose clothing (no tight jeans!), and consider going commando so you don’t end up with panty lines.

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Five Cool New Ways to Use the Stuff You’ve Got
Make everything in your makeup drawer work double hard (just like you do!)

No. 1 – A Flatiron
Usually you:
Straighten with it.
Now try: Making curls. Clamp a skinny flatiron like Sephora Tourmaline Flat Iron [$68, sephora.com] around a section of hair. Rotate iron once, then glide it down to the ends. Repeat all over.

No. 2 – Lip Gloss
Usually you:
Add shine to your lips.
Now try: Using it as an eye shadow base. Dab gloss on your lids; then put shadow on top. Try Maybelline New York Shine Sensational Lip Gloss in Minty Sheer [$6, at drugstores].

No. 3 – A Hair Elastic
Usually you:
Make one outstanding ponytail.
Now try: Grouping your glosses, pencils or brushes together, each with a hair elastic. It’ll keep you from doing the every morning root-around.

No. 4 – A Face Mask
Usually you:
Do a little facial.
Now try: Hydrating your feet! Smooth a moisturizing mask like Clinique Turnaround Instant Facial [$37 clinique.com] over your feet, wait five minutes, then rinse.

No. 5 – A Blow Dryer
Usually you:
Blow out your hair, duh.
Now try: Blasting your eyeliner pencil with a dryer for a few seconds to get a smudgy line. A good portable dryer: Conair MiniPro Tourmaline Ceramic Styler [$20, at drugstores]

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