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Clinical and research dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf shared her summer skin care tips with us for keeping skin safe this summer, including what number SPF is best, how often you should really be applying that sunscreen and other ways you can get the most out of your SPF products this season. 

Tip #1: SPF 50+

In the summertime months, Dr. Graf recommends that you wear at least a minimum of SPF 50 or more. To the discussion over whether sunscreen over SPF 30 is any more effective than SPF 50, Dr. Graf says: “Yes!” But even at a higher level it still needs to be applied much more often than you think. Leading us to Tip #2.

Tip #2: Re-apply every 40 minutes

Despite what you may have been previously taught, for maximum skin coverage in the summer months re-application should be occurring every 40 minutes. Regular re-application is even more important if you have been sweating or in the water. Dr. Graf also says that sunscreen should be the last item applied to your face, on top of your makeup. 

Tip # 3: A shot glass of sunscreen

One of the biggest sunscreen mistakes commonly made is not applying the right amount of sunscreen in the first place. Dr. Graf says that a shot glass worth of sunscreen is the proper amount to spread around your body. 

Tip #4: Lotions, Sprays, Powders - which is best?

Sunscreen has come a long way and is now available in many forms. Deciding which one is best for you has more to do with your lifestyle. Sprays can be excellent for those on the go, especially for families, but ensuring you are using the proper amount of sunscreen is crucial to sprays offering maximum protection. Dr. Graf encourages her clients to steer clear of powders as the only type of sun protection. Two product recommendations from Dr. Graf: Glytone Continuous Spray SPF 50 for the body and Avene High Protection Tinted Compact for the face. 

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Amy Adams embodied retro elegance at the New York City premiere of ‘Man of Steel’. Celebrity stylist Laini Reeves was inspired by the “intricacy and femininity of Amy’s spectacular gown” to create a hairstyle “reminiscent of the classic screen sirens of the 1920s — but with a sleeker, modern, creative take.” 

After creating a low side part, Reeves used a ‘low’ setting to blow dry Amy’s hair, then applied Moroccan Oil Treatment to add the natural-looking shine. After spraying the hair with Moroccan Oil Luminous Hairspray, Reeves took 1-inch sections of her hair and used a 1.25-inch marcel curling iron to give her hair the defined wave. Finishing off the look with a soft bristle brush to gently soften up the waves, more hairspray set the hair in place and kept it that way throughout the night.   

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Lindsey Vonn initially got our attention when she became the first American female to win an Olympic gold medal for downhill skiing. Lately she’s been gaining our attention on the red carpet with her boyfriend Tiger Woods. She’s been spotted at events like the Met Gala and most recently at the CFDA Fashion Awards for independent American designers, where we were surprised to find we had some serious eyebrow envy. 

Vonn’s CFDA red carpet makeup look was created by ArtMix artist Hazuki Matsushita, who opted to draw attention to her eyes by emphasizing her eyebrows. Matsushita wanted a softer, yet defined shape for Vonn’s brows, so she used Tweezerman Slant Tweezers to develop more of an arch. Tweezerman Brow Mousse was applied to seal in the shape and then a soft, ashy eyebrow powder was used to create a lighter color on the brows. 

For envy inducing brows at home, check out the Tweezerman Brow Rescue Kit, which includes Tweezerman slant tweezers, brow mousse, brow highlighter pencil, and a brow brush in a travel case.

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Photo of Lindsey Vonn from Popsugar  

                            

The summer travel season kicks off this Memorial Day weekend and the only downside to a long weekend is being forced to play favorites with the products in your makeup bag. Fitting the perfect outfit in a small carry-on is tough enough, but the task of packing a truncated version of my daily skincare and makeup routine for a long weekend feels downright impossible sometimes. These compact, multi-tasking products are on my summer must-have list for weekend travels or carrying around in your purse for quick touch-ups.

1. RMS Beauty Luminzer: This organic, sheer luminizer can of course be used as a highlighter on your cheeks and orbital bones, but you can also swipe a little of this under your eyes to help diffuse dark circles. RMS Luminzer is a quick way to make your skin look refreshed when you’re traveling, and the organic ingredients are actually improving your skin over time.

2. Becca Beach Tint: There are eight shades to choose from, but pick one that you want to use for both your cheek and lip color. The tube may be small, but the color is super pigmented so a little goes a long way. For added color, warm the tint in your hands first for even distribution and apply as you would a bronzer.
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For someone who declared that “the Met Ball is the most terrifying red carpet in existence,” model and actress Brooklyn Decker sure seems to hide her nerves well.  While she looked great from the neck down, wearing a beaded Peter Pilotto dress to the PUNK: Chaos to Couture themed Met Gala, what she had going on above the neck particularly caught our attention. The deep side part in her hair stayed glam with waves cascading down one side while still managing to keep true to the evening’s punk theme with studded hair pins holding the hair in place and also showing off her ear cuffs. 

In her Met Gala Diary for ABC’s News’ blog, Brooklyn Decker shared that she and hairstylist Patrick Melville discussed the hair together and came up with the “pretty side part with a punk twist”. Patrick Melville, an Aveeno celebrity hairstylist with over 20 years of industry experience, has a way of putting together gorgeous red carpet looks that can actually be replicated at home. He shared the steps he took to create the look for us to try a little punk couture hair of your own. 

  • Blow dry hair straight
  • Use large barrel curling iron to create texture; for hair closer to the face, curl towards the face
  • Once hair is curled, spray hair with a Dry Shampoo like the Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo to break apart the curls and amp up the texture
  • Part hair towards the left side of the head and wrap the hair from the left side of your face across your scalp towards the right
  • With bobby pins of your choice (in Brooklyn’s case we used these really cool studded pins), fasten hair creating this asymmetrical look

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