One thing we know without a doubt about celebrities, is that they always look flawless. Whether they’re frolicking on the beach, dining at a posh patio bistro in Beverly Hills, out at an exclusive evening gala or walking the red carpet, they’ve got it going on. This summer, summon your inner celebrity, and look positively radiant transitioning from poolside to the nightclub with these simple steps that make celebrity beauty not only attainable, but effortless. You’ll envy Amber Heard no more, as you prepare to be her equal in fashion, style and all-out summer perfection with this how-to guide.
1.) Show a little skin
It all starts with the skin. It is your canvas; once it is primed properly, everything else just enhances that gorgeous foundation. The old myth of drinking 8 glasses of water a day has its pay off and yields obvious results, so hydrate frequently and for a little extra nourishment try pure coconut water. Skip anything high in sugar and omit dairy products, which can cause breakouts.
Protecting your skin is a must! Carry sunscreen with you and apply generously, especially if you are exposed to the sun frequently. A bronze tan does make the body appear more toned and healthy, but make sure you are tanning safely and using products like Jergens Natural Glow lotion to spend less time frying while still achieving the look of an authentic tan.
Coconut oil can be used in the shower for shaving or washing, and it moisturizes the skin better than any , leaving those legs silky smooth and touchable. Stars like Gwyneth Paltrow like to use Omega-3 oil to enrich their skin. It’s even safe to use on your face.
Many advise not going a single day without washing your face. It doesn’t matter how hard you partied the night before, commit to cleanliness and your skin will shine for you. When in a rush, try face cleansing wipes by OLAY to remove makeup in a hurry.
Lastly, try to exfoliate at least twice a week to shed off all of that old, damaged skin. Jojoba Oil beads are a less harsh option than scrubs if you have sensitive skin.
Bonus Tip: Bronzer is a multi-purpose life saver. Stars like Rachel Bilson use it on their cheeks and eyelids to create a natural looking glow, but you can also brush it on your shoulders and collar bone for a fresh sun-kissed look.
2.) Flash those pearly whites
Stars like Julia Roberts know that a woman can light up a room with just a smile. Not so much, however, if that smile is yellow, dull or displaying teeth that are crooked. If needed, consult your dentist to invest in a product like Invisalign to straighten teeth.
Luckily most stores now carry over-the-counter products such as strips or rinses to whiten teeth. Depending on your budget, you can either opt to get your teeth professionally whitened, which shows results immediately, or you can purchase a do-it-yourself product like Crest 3D Whitestrips. Some strips whiten in 15-30 minutes making it easy to wear them on your drive to work or while getting ready in the morning.
Always carry floss with you to tend to teeth and gums after dining. Also keep a mini mouthwash bottle or mints in your purse, in case you need to interact with fans or friends. They’ll thank you for it.
Bonus Tip: Jessica Chastain revealed a little actors secret in a recent interview: Place your tongue behind your teeth when you smile to avoid over over-smiling.
3.) Hair to die for
When it comes to hair products, the expression “you get what you pay for” is very true. The higher of quality of products you use, from your brush to your conditioner to your hairspray, the better results you’ll receive. Since most celebs go through intense styling on set, they opt for minimal product on their off days and seek to repair damage using Moroccan Oil.
Lucky for you, a relaxed style dubbed ‘the mermaid wave’ is back in season and can be achieved by loosely braiding hair while still damp and sleeping in the braids the night before. A wooden brush is suggested to keep tangling and frizz controlled.
4.) Beach-body ready
If you envy the perfect bikini bodies of Megan Fox or Jennifer Lawrence, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that you too can look fit and fab, the bad news is, it will take some work.
At the core of it, just get active. Run or power-walk at least 30 minutes each day, go dancing, or choose an activity that gets you moving to burn those calories. Bikram Yoga, aka ‘Hot Yoga’, is also a quick way to shed those pounds and is a favorite of Madonna and Britney Spears.
Eating in moderation and using portion control is key. (Quick Tip: when you go out to eat, ask for a to-go box right away; even before you start eating and put half it away to take home) Try to increase your lean proteins like chicken and turkey and decrease your carb and sugar intake. Juicing is also a fantastic way to get great nutritional calories and cut back on fat. Check out juicemaster.com for some great tips!
Bonus Tip: For maximum results it is always best to consult a personal trainer and nutrition expert. Someone like MJ Carlesi of MuscleSorority.com can create a specific dietary and work out plan based on your body type, eating habits, even blood type, which gives you optimized results that you can expect to start seeing in about two weeks.
5.) Fashion and Beauty of the Stars
While you obviously want to ditch the dark tones for summer, find a bright color that best compliments your skin tone. Purchase a few key accessories in that shade such as a piece of jewelry, a killer handbag or a pair of sunglasses. Neutral tones and whites are great to wear as a backdrop to your new bright accessories, making you look fresh and chic during the day. Then try switching it up to a darker pallet of the same color for a bold look in the evening; a deep fuchsia dress with lighter, warmer pink accessories for example.
In the summer, a lot of us are worried about our makeup fading or running due to heat or sweat. Stars like Eva Mendez suggest skipping the foundation and just mixing in some bronzer with moisturizer. Frieda Pinto puts petroleum jelly on her eyelids for a dewy look that reflects natural light. To always look energized and bright, try dabbing concealer at least two shades lighter than your normal tone under your eyes. If you have oily skin you can take a tip from Scarlett Johansson and start with a matte base then add a bit of shimmer or sparkle. Translucent powder is also a great product to help control shine.
Now you know how to get that flawless look that will bring out your inner celebrity this summer, day or night!