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Your best beach beauty guide

Written by: holly 31st July 2013

Look gorgeous on your summer holiday with my guide to being beach beauty ready…

You want…to stay sun safe and look hot

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Slather on sunscreen that only provides SPF? No thanks. Instead choose one that protects and illuminates skin with a golden shimmer or go for an oil sunscreen that will add a sexy sheen to your beach-body.

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Even though you want to look like a bronze goddess, always make sure your sunscreen offers a high protection against UVB and UVA rays. For optimum coverage, apply 3tbsp of sunscreen all over your body at least 20 minutes before you go in the sun.

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* Garnier Ambre Solaire Golden Protect Lotion SPF30, £13.49, which gives a golden shimmer without compromising protection. * Lancaster Sun Beauty Sheen Oil Fast Tan Optimizer, SPF30, £24, delivers UVA/UVB protection and contains a tan activator complex for a faster, deeper tan – yes please!

You want…beach ready hair

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Yeah, beachy waves look gorgeous and are the perfect no sweat solution for your hair to look beach-bouncy rather than a frazzled frizz ball while you’re posing for selfies on the sun lounger.

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Spritz salt spray on damp hair, start at roots and work through hair to tips, and then use a wide toothed comb to distribute it thoroughly. Next, take sections of hair and twist before pinning pin in place. Leave to dry, which let’s be honest won’t take long sitting on your holiday balcony, and just before you head to the beach take out the pins and you’ll have perfect beach waves.

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* Mark Hill Beach Babe Wave Spray, £5.99, contains real sea salt and beach perfect ingredients for that ‘just walked off the beach’ look. * Mark Hill Just Tease Me Wide Tooth Comb, £3.69, will give any type of hair an amazing tousled texture.

You want…bright summer nails

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Oh. Em. Gee. It’s time to get your flouro on! Don’t be scared ladies, no matter what shade you choose for your holiday hero mani and pedi – neon nails are this summer’s hottest nail trend. Get involved, the neon signs are there!

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I always splurge on a long-lasting gel mani about two days before I go on holiday as it lasts for up to three weeks and means you don’t have to pack any polish and then I give myself a DIY pedi. I love Jessica GELeration Gel nails, from £35 (0845 217 1360) and Nails Inc’s Gel Manicure, £35 (nailsinc.com).

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* Revlon Nail Art Neon in High Voltage, £7.99, comes with a white base coat to make the neon shade pop. * Models Own Iced Neon Nail Polish in Bubblegum, £5, packaged in frosted glass to protect the intense flouro colour. * Rimmel 3D Plumping Topcoat, £4.49, adds a gel effect 6-day shine to any nail polish.

You want…good to glow make-up

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Ok, we all know that a full face of make-up is a big no on the beach, but as long as you leave your lipstick at home and pack your beach bag with a selection of no-fail beauty buys, you can still look like a hottie in the heat.

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There are a few tricks to avoid make-up meltdown. Firstly switch your foundation for a super-charged BB cream that’ll act as your moisturizer, concealer, foundation, primer and SPF all in one. When it’s hot wearing a swipe of waterproof metallic liner will feel light, won’t smudge and look stylish. Use a stain on lips and cheeks and invest in a waterproof mascara. Sorted!

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Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF25 Skin Perfecting Action, £28, ticks all boxes and gives UVA/UVB protection. * L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess Waterproof, £10.99, delivers waterproof volume to lashes. * 2 True Cheek ‘n’ Lip Tint, £1.99, gives a stay-put pink stain, add a slick of Vaseline over the top to make it water repellant.