Five must-have summer beauty essentials

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, summer is getting into full swing, and that means it’s time for summer glam. Think glowing skin, carefree hair, and pedicured toes. Here are our five must-have picks for staying summer beautiful.

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Self-Tanner: You don’t have to go full-on orange anymore – current self-tanners impart a gorgeous glow that you can actually regulate. For a gradual glow that builds over time, we like L’Oreal Sublime Glow Daily Moisturizer ($8.99, Ulta.com). Or, get the glow that you want with only one application with Mystic Tan Sunless Tanning Lotion ($38, Sephora.com).

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Salt spray for the hair: For easy, breezy beach waves, all you need is a hair elastic and a bottle of salt spray. Take damp hair, twist it clockwise, and wrap into a bun. Let dry. When it’s dry, take it out of the bun and spritz lightly with salt spray and tousle. This is a great style when you’re too tired to blow your hair out after a long day at the beach. Try Sedu’s Beach Beauty Sea Salt Spray ($8.99, Folica.com) or Bath and Body Works Bohemian Beach Spray ($9.99, BathAndBodyWorks.com).

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Perfect pedicure tools: You don’t have to spend big bucks at the nail salon for pretty piggies. Make a one time investment in good pedicure tools and DIY. Tweezerman, a beauty guru’s favorite brand for all tweezer needs, makes a complete kit that includes everything you need to give yourself a professional pedicure in their Pedicure Solution Kit ($50, Amazon.com). Get some friends together and give each other pedicures while drinking fruity tiki drinks for a fun spin on this otherwise boring chore.

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Sunscreen: Every single day, no exceptions. New body lotions are making it easy to get your daily dose of SPF by including it in their formulations. What took them so long? Try Eucerin’s Everyday Protection Body Lotion SPF 15 ($7.99, Walgreens.com) or Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen ($8.99, Target.com).

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Shimmer lotion: This is a great addition for going-out evenings or to add a bit of interest to your self-tanned skin. Urban Decay has a lovely milk-and-honey scented shimmer lotion ($28, Sephora.com), or invest in the Sephora Summer Glow bath set ($25, Sephora.com) which includes a spray oil with shimmer along with a shimmering melted body butter that goes on incredibly rich and smooth. Adds just a touch of color that comes off with soap.

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