By: Kerri Winick GALTime Staff
How do the experts do it? Come rain or shine, dry strands or dry skin, they’re able to keep our favorite beauties looking beautiful. Yes, they have an all-access pass to top notch tools and supplies. But sometimes, all it takes it a dab of drugstore lotion and a simple spritz of lemon juice (Yes, lemon juice!). We asked a few of our favorites for the scoop. Here are their tips for staying pretty and polished.
Keep Your Hair Looking Pretty:
Colorist Justin Pellicione of NYC’s Ted Gibson salon says:
*Whether you’re at the pool or the beach, bring a hair treatment oil or conditioner to protect your color from the sun. One product. Double duty. It will also act as a deep conditioning treatment! The sun will cause the product to penetrate into the hair shaft, as well as repel the chlorine and salt water.
*Rocking a sleek, chic ponytail? Stay away from products containing alcohol. They’ll dry out your hair. Instead, smooth on a dry oil (like Argan Oil) or Ted Gibson “Tame It” to keep hair hydrated and repel any moisture.
*A loose, messy up-sweep with bobby pins is effortless and always looks chic! When applying conditioner, start at the ends and work your way up. Never slather product on at the root. Doing so will not improve dry locks and you won’t get the bounce and body you’re looking for.
Keep Your Polish Looking Pretty:
Celebrity manicurist Skyy Hadley of As “U” Wish Nail Spa says:
*To keep your feet refreshed, fill a spritzer bottle with a mixture of lemon juice, water, and a little bit of baby oil. Shake and spritz onto hot feet for a totally refreshing pick-me-up. The citrus will refresh and revive and the baby oil will help moisturize. This is definitely important over the summer while our soles are being beaten by flip-flops.
*To maintain pretty nails, apply cuticle oil daily. You can even apply it when your nails are already polished. This really hydrates and brings moisture into the skin and helps polish last.
* Every other day, you should apply a top coat of clear polish. If you already have polish on your nails then use a clear topcoat. If your nails are bare, you should apply a nail protein.
Keep Your Skin Looking Pretty:
Professional makeup artist Andrea Ducharme says:
*Eucerin Aquaphor is a great skin protectant, eye makeup remover, lip balm and overall miracle product. Andrea smoothes it over eye cream at night (to seal the stuff in), and also rubs it into cuticles, feet, elbows, etc. She says she can’t live without it!
*Use a cleansing water to fix makeup mistakes…without leaving residue! Cleansing waters are often found with French skincare lines and are perfect for even the most sensitive skin. Andrea’s favorites are from Caudalie and Darphin.
*A classic pinky-beige lipstick in a glossy finish is flattering on everyone. It makes the lips defined, yet not obvious. Andrea’s favorite recipes are MAC Spice lip pencil and Nars Catfight lipstick, or Paula Dorf Poetry lip pencil and Mac Viva Glam V lipstick. Top with clear gloss for an out-of-this-world shine.
*If you want to even out your skin, ALWAYS match foundation to the lighter tones of your complexion. Add in some color with blush and bronzer.
* A facial hydrating spray will make your complexion glow. Spritz on before and after foundation. If you use mineral makeup this is a must! Your skin will simply glow. Andrea’s all time favorite is Caudalie's Beauty Elixir with Rosemary and Mint.
Professional makeup artist Nancy Sprague says:
*To help “cover” small flaws and add a hint of tint to legs, try using a tinted moisturizer. Nancy mixes together Boots Tinted Moisturizer and Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream. She says the result is amazing. You can also use them solo. (PS: Boots is from Target! Score!)