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7 Ways to Be a Hot Mama
Clever beauty tricks to look hot this summer
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- Get an Eye for Color
Forget liner and shadow -- go for colored mascara. (Nope, it won't look wacky.) It lengthens lashes and looks like you're wearing subtle eyeshadow, minus the creasing and fading you get in summer's humidity. One we love: Clarins Wonder Waterproof Mascara in Wonder Mint, $23.50
- Fake It!
Love the look of a tan? Get help from a bottle. Gradual self-tanners remove the "oops" factor, so no worries that you'll look streaky or, worse, like Paris Hilton. One we love: Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer, $8. It absorbs quickly and you can see results after just one application.
- Grin and Bare It
Remove unwanted hair at night, not in the morning, so skin is less susceptible to irritation from sun, salt, and chlorine. For effortless -- and painless -- hair removal that lasts much longer than shaving, we love: Nair Lasting Results Hair Remover, $7.
- Restrain Your Mane
When your hair is beyond hope, do'nt fight it -- hold it. Pull into a ponytail, and slip on a wide headband to hide frizz and flyaways. A pretty fabric-covered one -- we love: Goody's Lush Blooms band, $6 -- makes you look even more put-together.
- Get Lollipop Lips
If you have no time for anything else, swipe on a candy-colored gloss with SPF and you're good to go. The pop of color brightens your face, plus you're getting the added benefit of sun protection. One we love: Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15, $14. The color doesn't quite last eight hours, as claimed, but definitely makes it pas the four-hour mark, which is pretty great for a gloss.
The hot-pink nail polish your daughter loves? Wear it on your toes! This bright shade's fun and flirty (less severe than red), and has the impact of an accessory. Besides, pale polish can turn yellow when exposed to sun and chlorine. Pinks we love: Essie Nail Ppolish in Movers & Shakers, $8, essie.com, China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Limbo Bimbo, $6, head2toebeauty.com, and Tracy Reese for Saly Hansen in Sumptuous Petal, $6.
- Use SPF All Over
Sure, you slather SPF on your face every day, bt what about below the neck? Get in the habit of applying sunscreen on arms, legs -- anyplace that's exposed -- every morning. Look for one that doubles as a oisturizer and has an SPF of at least 15. One we love: Banana Boat Sun Wear Daily Sunblock Lotion Mist SPF 50, $11; it's easy to apply and never feels sticky.