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12 Brilliant Summer Beauty Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

12 Brilliant Summer Beauty Hacks That are Borderline Genius
12 Brilliant Summer Beauty Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

Summer is undoubtedly one of my favorite seasons. The hot weather makes for perfect beach days, late nights, and adventure-filled road trips.

Look your best this endless summer with these 12 brilliant summer beauty hacks that are borderline genius.

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Give Your Lips a Sugar Scrub for Smooth Lip Color Application

Chapped lips can cause uneven lipstick application and unsightly patches. Mix together 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp honey and 2 tbsp brown sugar for an ultra-hydrating DIY lip scrub. Massage on your lips to exfoliate and reveal soft, beautiful lips. Make extra to exfoliate your entire body!

Prevent Eyeliner from Getting On Your Lids with a Thin Coat of Eyeshadow

The summer heat can leave your lids extra moist. Prevent eyeliner transfer by applying a thin layer of eyeshadow on your lids beforehand.

Mix Shimmery Eye Shadow with Lotion for a DIY Body Bronzer/Illuminator

Whether you’re in need of sun-kissed or illuminated skin, lotion and a bit of eyeshadow can do the trick. For a DIY bronzer, choose a glittery copper or gold and mix with your lotion. If you’re going for a lighter look, mix in shimmery pink or gold.

Lighten Hair at Home with a DIY Treatment

For blonde or light brown hair, dilute lemon juice with a little water. Spray onto damp locks, comb to distribute, then go out and let the sun and lemon juice work to lighten your hair.

Related: 8 Cheap and Effective Hacks to Lighten Your Hair at Home

For dark brown or black hair, use equal parts baking soda and 3% hydrogen peroxide. Use a brush to test a small section of your hair prior for signs of an allergic reaction. After 30 minutes, you can start to section your hair and apply hydrogen peroxide throughout. (Make sure to also apply hydrogen peroxide to the undersides of your hair!) As you complete a section, wrap it in aluminum foil to trap heat and speed up the lightening process.

Wait 30 minutes, then shampoo and condition your hair as normal. Your hair will be dry so be sure to use a good leave-in conditioner.

Use a Makeup Setting Spray to Sweat-Proof Your Glam

Beat the summer heat with a strong makeup setting spray that will keep you looking your best. I highly recommend Bella Jade’s setting spray. It literally gives your makeup epic-staying superpowers.

Refrigerate Nail Polish for a Smooth Application

Hot weather causes nail polish to become tacky and difficult to apply. Refrigerate nail polish before your mani-pedi for an effortlessly smooth application.

Use Chamomile Tea Bags to Soothe Bikini Rash

A bikini line is only as good as its chamomile tea. Steep 1-2 bags and chill for the ultimate bikini rash tamer.

Comb Through Your Brows with a Bit of Hairspray to Keep Them In Place

Heat, sweat, and pools are all an essential part of summer. Keep your brows locked in place with a bit of hairspray. Spray an eyebrow comb (or toothbrush) with hairspray and gently brush over your brows for an all-day hold.

DIY Overnight No-Heat Wavy Beach Hair (3 Ways)

Achieve fun wavy beach hair overnight in three easy ways. Here’s how:

Post-shower, dry your hair until it’s slightly damp. Then use a sea salt spray throughout your hair. If you don’t have sea salt spray, you can make your own with 1 cup of hot water and 2 tbsp Epsom salt. You can definitely use regular salt, but Epsom salt is full of nourishing minerals that strengthen and repair your hair.

Then, braid, twist or bun your hair overnight for no-heat wavy locks.

Related: 9 Mind-Blowing Reasons to Take an Epson Salt Bath Today

Coat Your Feet with Deodorant to Prevent Blisters

Band-aids aren’t exactly the cutest accessories. Apply deodorant to your feet to reduce friction for all-day comfort in your cutest shoes.

Spray Dry Shampoo in Your Shoes to Soak Up Excess Moisture

To combat odor-causing bacteria, spray dry shampoo in your shoes before you wear them. Dry shampoo will eliminate excess moisture and keep your feet F-R-E-S-H.

Related: 6 Hacks to Get Your Feet Insta-Ready This Summer

Use Baby Powder to Separate Sand from Your Legs

After a fun day at the shore, the last thing you want is to lug sand back into your car. Dabble on Burt’s Bees talc-free baby powder to instantly free your legs from sticky sand.


I hope you enjoyed these hacks. If you haven’t gotten a chance to try them, remember to pin and save for later!

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