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The Hottest Beauty Trends to Pair With Your Bikini

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If the Spring 2015 swim week collections in Miami this past weekend were any indication, it’s time to seriously step up our poolside beauty game. Our three favorite looks—seen at Clover Canyon, RVCA, and Mara Hoffman—put our lazy topknots and ponytails to shame. At RVCA (center), models teamed their barely-there bikinis and high-tops with inverted, braided pigtails (a look that we’ve seen on the red carpet as well).

Mara Hoffman’s girls (right) sported plaits, too—but their look was all about “epic,” undone volume inspired by Guatemalan jungle warriors. Catwalk by TIGI global creative director Nick Irwin began by gluing double wefts of extensions from ear to ear for added fullness (although anyone with long, thick hair can re-create the look sans faux strands). After parting hair down the middle, he added soft waves with a large curling iron and brushed them out for a “candy-flossy” texture. Next, he gathered hair at the nape of the neck and braided only the bottom 3 inches—either in one single plait or two mini pigtails—and wrapped single palm fronds around the ends. The final touch was a thick swipe of emerald eyeliner on lower lash lines, which picked up on the electric hues in Hoffman’s designs.

Color was the main focus at Clover Canyon (left), where makeup pro Sarah Lucero channeled a “sun-kissed siren.” The simple look included loose waves, clean skin, and nearly neon tangerine lips. To achieve the stained-but-slightly-glossy effect, Lucero used a blend of Stila Color Balm Lipsticks in Avery and Valentina, pressing them into models’ pouts for a softer look. Orange lips are an easy, fuss-free way to make a statement on the sand—or anywhere, really. Streamline your morning routine for the rest of the summer with a swipe of intense, melt-proof pigment.

Photo: Courtesy of BFAnyc.com; Stila

Get Kate Bosworth’s Romantic Braided Updo

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Kate Bosworth always nails it in the beauty department, whether it’s her signature glowing skin or a trendy neon lip. At Wednesday’s launch party for her new app, Style Thief, she turned heads with a romantic, of-the-moment braided updo. We like to think of it as a more relaxed take on the milkmaid. Stylist Bridget Brager twisted Bosworth’s strands into a slightly messy tangle of plaits using just a few products. The added bonus? In addition to looking lovely, braids take your hair up and off your back, keeping you cool as the summer heats up. Get the look with the pro’s five easy steps:

1. Start by spritzing your hair with Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray from roots to ends.

2. Give your hair a rough blow-dry with your hands, concentrating on lifting strands away from the scalp for added volume.

3. Next, create a “disheveled, deep part” to one side.

3. Starting at the crown, begin braiding forward “so the braid falls toward the forehead, canceling the hairline, which gives a soft, romantic feel,” Brager explained. Then, start a second and third plait at the temples, braiding back on each side.

4. Add a touch of Kevin Murphy Easy Rider pomade to each braid to tame flyaways and boost shine. Loosen the braids as you go to avoid looking too “done.”

5. Weave the braids together around the back of the head, pinning them low for a “halo effect.” Finish with a light coat of L’Oréal Paris Elnett Hairspray. Don’t fret if a few pieces fall out—it adds to the bohemian vibe. We also suggest using bobby pins that match your hair color for a seamless finish.

For even more stay-cool summer hair ideas, check out our latest beauty guide.

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Photos: Getty

Zendaya Coleman Reveals the Secret to Pulling Off Pigtails

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zendaya-colemanPigtails are staging a comeback for the over-10 set: Guido Palau doubled up on braids for Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall ’14 collection, Chloë Sevigny arrived at the Met ball with two inverted twists in tow, and Hanneli Mustaparta wore fluffy ponies front-row at Dior Resort. Reminiscent of MBMJ’s fierce manga-meets-ninja models, Zendaya Coleman hit the BET Awards last night sporting superlong, tight plaits with a black cap, oversize hoops, a bomber jacket, and tiny bralette. Coleman proves that the key to pulling off bad-girl braids is to wear an equally edgy outfit; with a flirty dress or gown, it would have been all wrong. You can also take beauty cues from the new MBMJ ad campaign and add some unexpected color (and shock value) to a milkmaid iteration.

Photo: Getty

Flashback Friday: The Bitty Braid That Makes a Big Impact

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ann-catherineFlashback Friday is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Anne-Catherine Lacroix

The Moment: Bitty Braid

The Motivation: Summer is officially on come Saturday, and for East Coasters battling constant humidity, this means finding innovative ways to keep cool (and frizz-free). One of our favorites: the braid. Championed by Cara Delevingne at the launch of Kate Moss’ Topshop collection in London, a petite, face-framing plait is an easy way to camouflage bangs or simply pull strands off your face. We’re taking style cues from Cara and this late nineties editorial and replacing a handful of bobby pins or a headband with this tiny—yet effective—twist.

Photo: Inez & Vinoodh for Harper’s Bazaar, July 1999; courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

The Hair Trend Continues: Kenzo Opts for Cornrows

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The plait that captivated many a designer (Adam Selman, Simone Rocha, and Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen among them) for Fall 2014 shows no sign of stopping: Cornrows made an appearance at Kenzo’s Resort show yesterday, alongside oversize hoops on select girls (an accessory seen at Balmain a few months back). They’ve also been spotted recently on the likes of Queen Bey, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, and Kristen Stewart. The braid with serious street cred that stems back to the Stone Age even showed up in our latest feature. For those of us who are all thumbs, we suggest finding a dexterous friend or enlisting the help of a pro.

Photo: Courtesy of BFAnyc.com