Copy from the best

Sophia Loren wrote her own how-to on her own timeless look in the 1980s.   Still available online.Sultry is the word that defines the long, hot “dog days” of summer. And when it comes to sultry, no one ever did it better than such movie stars as Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot. That’s why everyone from stars to stylists still copies their looks. You can too, whether it is for a week at the beach or for a hot, summer afternoon.
 
If you are feeling sophisticated and want to look like you came straight from the Italian Riviera, take your cue from La Loren. That is what Dolce & Gabbana did when they designed their summer collection.
 
Keep your skin clean and flawless. The beach is no place for heavy makeup. Protect your skin with Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50. It comes in two golden shades and covers flaws naturally. Apply winged eyeliner in black or brown. Brown looks softer if you are not a dark brunette. Use Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara or Mary Kay Waterproof Mascara, if you need a waterproof formula. I find Rimmel regular stays on even in steamy weather, but if you are getting wet, it also comes in waterproof. I love this mascara. The brush is fabulous and looks like a department-store mascara, designed to give you big lashes. Wet N' Wild H2O Proof Liquid Eye Liner ($3.99) has staying power and a thin brush. L’Oreal Waterproof Intense Eye Liner can make it easier to get the correct “cat-eye” shape because the pen format makes drawing easier for beginners.

Make up For Ever makes the best stay-put lip colour. Aqua Rouge in Pink will give you that natural, soft pout look that La Loren and Bardot always wore. It is a little more intense than a natural lip and a lot sexier. You can control the shine and it stays on forever.
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Brigitte Bardot in the 1950s create the look women still want --and copy.Brigitte Bardot was the ultimate bikini beach girl. Her look was sexy but still young and playful. The key to her look – besides a knockout bikini body – was high volume hair, doe or winged eye liner and pale lips. On the beach, try giving your hair a boost with dry shampoo to pump up the volume. This stylist trick will give your hair lasting oomph. Then copy Brigitte and pull it into a high or low ponytail – or even cute pigtails. Sophia Loren liked big hair too, but on the beach she wrapped her hair in a silk scarf. If you decide to try this look, practice so you look like a movie star and not a cleaning lady.
 
Apply waterproof liner in a winged line. To get Bardot’s look, apply your eye in a thinner line from the inner corner of the eye.  Let the line get thicker from the middle of the eye out. Start the “wing” from the bottom corner of the eye. Then join and blend it with the upper line into a soft doe-like shape.  Try Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Waterproof Gel liner or Revlon Colorstay Crème Gel Eye Liner. Both of these eyeliners are easy to work with and are as good as many pricier liners. Keep cotton buds and remover handy until you get the hang of it. Work the liner into your lashes, and then add mascara.
 
Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in Pink shown Matte you can make this glossy. Stays on for hours--even  through eating.
Another soft, sexy lip colour to try is Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Dubonnet Soft Shine.
 
A sunless tan or bronzer will help you get a safe but chic glow.
 
If you always streak, here are the products our own “golden girls” swear by:
 
Fake Bake Air Brush Tanning Spray and the Flawless Bundle with: Flawless Face, Body Polish, Oil-Free Lotion and exfoliating brush. Both give that perfect glow and make it easy to get professional results every time. The spray makes touch-ups easy.
 
Australian Gold sun care products smell great and are well priced. The line contains a special super anti-oxidant from down-under. They make face and body sunless tanners as well as sunscreen with bronzers. Australian Gold sunless tanners have high SPF values, making them good for the beach.
 
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Daily Face Moisturizer has no unpleasant tanner smell. It contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E; it will moisturize as it gives you a glow. Gradual tanners are great if you tend to get streaks from sunless tanners because you cannot misapply them.
 
And for those, like me, who don’t tan, a hint of bronze and shimmer can work magic in summer’s bright light.

Josie Maran Bronzing Argan Oil  is a luxurious, natural way to get a little glow.  Maran’s Bronzing Argan Oil is contains Argan oil which is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids. You can apply touch where you need a lift. The sheer colour can be applied for different levels of intensity.   Buy it from QVC and get a travel size of Josie's Argan Color Stick in Pink Peony, a gorgeous, wearable pink for lips and cheeks perfect for this look.

 
 
If you are looking for pure shimmer at a bargain price try Wet N’ Wild Coloricon Bronzer SPF 15. The compact has added sunscreen ingredients to help protect skin from harmful UVB rays. But be aware that you will still need an additional sunscreen.  The quality of the powder is amazing. It feels like silk and looks very natural. At only $3.99 the Coloricon bronzer comes in three shades. Reserve Your Cabana is a light pearlized bronzer.
 
Darlings, summer is the time to amp-up the volume and enjoy the sexy vibes stirred up by long sunny days and hot sultry nights. So go ahead and free your inner movie star.
 
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