Wrap a long, lightweight, solid-color scarf around your waist and knot it loosely just in front of one hip bone. The dangling ends will make you look longer and leaner. More Tips >
We love tank tops: they’re cheap, they come in a zillion colors, they always fit just right, and we can dress ‘em up or dress ‘em down.
Here are four fun ways to show off your skillful accessorizing and rock a tank top:
Experiment with length. Tank tops provide the
ideal clean slate for playing with different waist lengths. Try a pair
of high-waisted shorts or a chic pencil skirt over your tank top for a
slimming, edgy look, or let your tank hang over a pair of comfy leggings
for a more casual look.
2. Take advantage of the tank’s low scoop neck and show off an incredible necklace. Layered necklaces, turquoise beads and crochet collars will dress up any tank and draw attention to your sun-kissed neckline.
3. Layer your tank with a loose razor back top of a contrasting color or opt for another tank with a smocked waist. Try a buttoned vest (cute!), or a ruffled short sleeve cardigan finished off by a solid wide belt. This will cinch your center for a slimming effect and offer a look that you can take from day to night.
4. Embellish your tank with a flower brooch. You can find some incredible one-of-a-kind options at Etsy, the online website for handmade goods, or swing by H&M for a low-cost assortment of colors and sizes.
Such is the life of a fashionista without good lighting: leaving the house thinking your look is fierce, only to discover outside that it’s altogether frightening. When in doubt, always believe the rearview mirror. Why? Because you’re usually looking in one during broad daylight.
Where you do your makeup makes all the difference in the world. The holy grail of makeup-approved lighting is natural daylight. It’s the reason I tell women who are testing foundation in the store to walk outside for a second look. If it appears perfect in natural light, then it is. Overly cool lighting can make you think you need more product, and lighting that’s too warm can fool you into believing your blending is great.
Off lighting is the primary reason some of your favorite celebs hit the red carpet looking like a mess. It’s not that their makeup artist hates them; it’s that they trusted the hotel room lighting, which made the makeup look fabulous.
An inexpensive way to turn your bathroom into a makeup trailer is to get a lighted vanity mirror. Today’s versions mimic natural lighting as well as evening lighting so you can glam up a look in a hurry, 24/7. Or, for foolproof beauty, move your makeup kit near a window with sunlight. You’ll see your exact results and lose your fear of the brutally honest rearview mirror.
Misbehaving hair, runny makeup, blisters and more! Here’s how to prevent and treat five of the most common hot-weather woes.
1. Frizzy Hair
Use a moisturizing conditioner every time you shampoo. Well-hydrated hair is less likely to soak up water from the humid air. Coat hair with an anti-frizz product to create a barrier between your locks and the steamy weather. Style with an ionic dryer to help seal the cuticle.
2. Melting Makeup
Trade winter’s foundation for a tinted moisturizer and powder blush for a cream-to-powder formula. Trade your lipstick for a color lip balm. Switch to waterproof mascara, water-resistant cream eye shadow and gel eyeliner. Shiny at midday? Pressed powder will turn cakey; instead, roll a blotting sheet over your skin.
3. Chipping Pedicure
If you’re going on vacation, try a gel or shellac pedicure. It costs more, but it stays shiny and chip-free for weeks. To maintain a traditional pedicure, apply a new topcoat every other day. Fix chips by soaking a cotton swab in nail polish remover. Use it to even out the surface around the chip before applying fresh polish.
4. Tan Lines
Summer’s halter tops, strappy sandals and bangle bracelets can lead to unexpected tan lines on everywhere from the tops of your feet to your wrists. Smooth them away rather than trying to cover them completely. Mix two parts liquid bronzer with one part moisturizer, and blend over any white lines. This will discreetly erase any lines of demarcation.
5. Foot Blisters
Avoid blisters by choosing sandals made of supple natural materials rather than synthetics. Make sure they fit properly when you try them on. (Don’t rely on promises that they’ll stretch.) If you get a blister anyway, try to let it heal on its own, switching to a shoe that doesn’t rub the irritated area. If the blister is painful, you can carefully speed healing by cleaning the area with soap and water. Wipe down a straight pin with rubbing alcohol. Gently pierce the top of the blister and press lightly to drain the fluid. Apply a dab of triple antibiotic cream, cover with an adhesive bandage and change the dressing every day.
You’re taking off layers of clothing and swapping turtlenecks for tees. Next step: a chic, new warm-weather hairstyle. Here are three ideas:
1. The Pixie
You might not remember which movie won the Academy Award for best picture this year (it was Argo), but you certainly remember Charlize Theron’s chic pixie ’do. You’ve seen similar styles on Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry and Miley Cyrus. This look takes confidence to pull off, along with flawless eyebrows and a dab of texturizing cream to keep the layers looking tousled, soft and feminine.
2. The Bob
“It’s classic, versatile and looks great on everyone,” says celebrity stylist Julia Papworth about this timeless cut. Dipping below chin length in the front and hugging the nape of the neck in the back, the bob looks as good with natural texture as it does blown smooth. Jennifer Lawrence has been rocking a slightly shaggy, shoulder-length version of the bob -- or “lob” for long bob. The advantage of the summer lob: it can be thrown up in in a pony for beach days.
3. Flapper Dos
With The Great Gatsby roaring into the Cineplex, ’20s-inspired ’dos are modern again. To achieve Gatsby star Carey Mulligan’s retro look, part damp hair on one side. Then create finger waves by winding small sections of hair around your middle and index finger. Secure each curl with a clip. Set with hair spray and let dry. If your hair is long, tuck the back section into a bun.