Easy Breezy Summer Beauty

Looking great on lazy summer weekends doesn't necessarily call for a lot of time—or stuff. These must-haves will score you maximum impact with minimal effort.

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MD Solar Sciences Mineral Screen Tinted Gel 30+, $24

This mineral sunscreen protects with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, but—amazingly—it never feels the least bit sticky or tacky on your skin. Instead, the finish is silky to the touch and, thanks to just a hint of complexion perfecting tint, totally flawless.



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Benfit Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15, $20

Ditch the heavy lip color. This rosy balm laced with sunscreen pulls triple duty moisturizing and protecting delicate lips AND infusing them with just enough healthy color to make you look and feel pretty.



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Nars The Multiple, $39

Summer weekend nights call for slightly more makeup than days, but keeping it light, natural and easy is still the way to go. This chubby stick can be swiped and on eyes, cheeks and lips and blended with a fingertip for a polished, coordinated look in—literally—seconds flat.



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Eucerin Everyday Protection SPF Body Lotion, $9

Apply this moisturizer after your morning shower and rest assured your skin will be protected even if an invitation to a stroll in the park or a lunch al fresco pops up unexpectedly.



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Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, $23

Weekends are supposed to be carefree, so why are you spending them fighting against your hair’s natural texture? Stop the madness and let your locks dry naturally, then enhance the look with a few spritzes of this texturizing mist. You may be surprised how much you love the effect.



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Deborah Lippmann On a Clear Day, $18

That dark or nude-hued nail polish doesn’t stand a chance against the sun’s UV rays. Keep the color from fading and/or yellowing by brushing on a topcoat with added UV filters before a weekend of fun on the sun. This version is chip-proof, ultra-glossy and extends the life of your manicure if you apply it every couple of days.



Photo courtesy of Lippmann Collection

Kiss Magic Shine File, $1.29

If routine manicures don’t make your weekend to-do list, consider the much lower-maintenance buffing option instead. This handy file buffs nails to a high-shine that rivals the glossiest topcoat—but you'll never have to worry about chipping polish.



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Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain, $18

A few coats of mascara are all your eyes really need in the way of makeup on laid-back summer weekends. With its exclusive PolyFlex technology, this lash enhancer lasts four whole days—through swimming, sweating, sunbathing and more.



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Secret Clinical Strength Waterproof, $8

Nothing destroys a carefree weekend look faster than sweaty underarms. This pro-strength anti-perspirant is waterproof, making it a must-have for humid days—and those spent pool-, lake- or seaside.



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Fekkai Marine Summer Beachcomber Leave-In Conditioner, $24

Heat and sun can cause hair color to fade faster than usual. Instead of risking your investment, simply swap your conditioner for a UV-infused one, like this one that detangles while shielding strands with an invisible layer on sun protection. Really, what could be easier?




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First Published June 8, 2011

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