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Six Steps to Clear Skin this Summer

Sticky summers mean tricky skin and Lucky Magazine has brought you six fool-proof steps to achieving the silkiest, smoothest skin—no matter how high the humidity level. This short and sweet guide gives you the warm weather basics to gaining clear skin in the hottest months as well as some of the best products on the market for each step of the way. Begin with a good cleanser followed by a sonic-frequency powered clarisonic, a gentle exfoliator and hydrating mask are next and finish your regimen with a revitalizing toner and smoothing serum. And the whole scheme is deceptively easy, low-maintenance girls. Make a point to devote 20 minutes to yourself and your skincare regimen and you’ll be blemish-free this sweaty summer. And it doesn’t end there!—Lucky‘s beauty section is overloaded with skincare tips and wellness guides to help you stay looking and feeling your best right now. Indulge, dahhhling.

Summer Styles

uncomplicated chic

What is your signature summer style? C’mon, we all have one. Well, if you haven’t figured out what yours is yet, there’s still time! And thanks toThe New York Times Magazine you’ve got some inspiration to help get you there. Maybe you’re a hot weather siren, draped in crimson as the temperature rises. Or are you currently trapped in electric ladyland mixing bright accent with bold garment. Personally, we’re spending this summer both uncomplicated and chic with distressed boyfriend jeans, feminine heels, and blousy tops a la Katie Holmes. Whether you’re ready to change up your style halfway through the season or just need a little motivation to bring this summer home, T magazine has it in their Summer Style article. See ya under the sun, gorgeous.

Heel Appeal

Although most of us are only familiar with the opposite ends of the heel spectrum—flat and stiletto—there is a wide range of heights and shapes therein. Without further adieu, let us help you better understand each heel and what outfit they work best with.

Flat – The lowest on the height scale, flats are known for their practicality and comfort. Thankfully, the flat has transitioned from grandma’s walking shoe to stylish loafer as of late and in doing so, have become more popular than ever. Keep casual cool with stovepipe jeans or go retro by pairing your flats with wide-leg trousers. Looking for something a little off the beaten path? Match your feminine floral summer dress with a pair of bold color flats.

Kitten – Equal parts old world and new school, the kitten heel is back with a vengeance. The perfect peekabo beneath bootcut jeans (a kitten heel is usually no more than two inches!), they are also a great complement to full skirts and a fine compromise between practicality and personality. Another great perk about this little kitty? They are quietly sexy with shorts or a mini skirt.

Spool – In vogue throughout Europe’s Baroque and Rococo periods, the spool heel is characterized by a thin middle bounded by a thick bottom and top. Also seen in the 1860s and more recently in the 1950s, the spool heel has made recent appearances on Prada and Louis Vuitton runways. Keep your whole ensemble vintage-chic with a modern take on the tiered skirt or slip into something minimalist and let your heels have their moment in the spotlight.

Wedge – Defined by a continuous heel, the wedge is every on-the-go stylista’s secret weapon. Offering more support than your typical heel, wedges can be made of wood, cork, plastic, or leather and are essential in every season. For summer, slip into some denim pedal pushers and finish the look with a pair of cork wedges. Or, match your best patterned skirt with a breezy top and funky plastic wedges for revamped summertime cool.

Stiletto – Every girl’s best—and after a long night, worst!—friend. The stiletto is sky high, spiked sex appeal like no other. While we’re sure you already know how to work these kicks without any teaching, remember that these are the best option when moving from work to play. Instead of packing a second outfit for post-work drinks with friends, add a blinged-out accessory and your hottest stiletto heels. To die for, darling.

Nailin’ It

No look is complete without special attention to details: the soft tendril edging your neck, an encrusted broach perched on your lapel, a patterned sock peeking out from beneath your pants. And if you ask us, a well maintained set of nails is the ultimate final touch. Thanks to some innovations in the nail world, us girls no longer have to tirelessly paint and paint (and chip and repaint!) our fingers’ ends. Nail art is moving forward, people! Guestofaguest.com recently featured some fresh developments in the nail design field and we’re positively bursting to share these ideas with you. From python nail tattoos to do-it-yourself lace overlays to the hottest moon mani you’ve ever seen off the runway, this article is choc-full of summer tips for your tips. Take a peek at this video to see how to create your own snake-charmed nails and stop by The Nail File: Nail Trends for the Summer to get full rundown.