Lashes take a dip, as nails and lids pop
While you’re hopping in and out of the pool all summer long, find one less thing to worry about with eyelashes that look plump and curled from sun-up to sun-down. Noir Lash Lounge (various locations) is the first boutique in Western Canada to offer LashDip ($125 for upper lashes, $45 for lower, and $45 for a touchup), a hypoallergenic, semi-permanent waterproof mascara developed in the U.S. The product requires a patient technician who curls and primes each individual eyelash with up to six coats of a black, gel-like substance. Once the lashes have been “dipped”, they look curled and coated for up to six weeks, with little maintenance required. For those wanting to go the extra mile, try Noir Lash Lounge’s Faux Natural ($65) treatment, which combines LashDip with a half-set of eyelash extensions.
From mellow shades of tangerine to bright coral, this season’s “it” nail-polish colour is orange. Luckily, this happy hue is available in a range of shades and price points. If you’re timid about painting orange polish on your nails, test it out—guilt-free—with Joe Fresh Polish in Crush ($4 for 6 millilitres at Joe Fresh Style [540 Granville Street] and Real Canadian Superstore [various locations]). While this particular shade of orange veers on the lighter side, it still packs a punch and flatters all skin tones. For those wanting to make a bigger impact with their nails, try Essie Polish in Capri ($12 for 14 millilitres at BeautyMark [1268 Pacific Boulevard]). This fiery shade of blood orange goes on creamy and opaque, which makes it ideal for beach-bound toes.
Neon colours are no longer reserved for just your highlighter collection. Bright eye shadows are a fun way to kick up your summer beauty routine a few notches, whether it be with a futuristic sweep of yellow or a tribute to ’80s blue. CoverGirl’s Eye Enhancer 4-Kit Shadow in Tropical Fusion ($8.49 at London Drugs [various locations]) is a noncommittal way to wear neon eye shadows, with peacock blue, seafoam green, bright coral, and lemon yellow shades. For a cool, minimalist look, pair M.A.C. Cosmetics’ (various locations) Electric Eel ($14.50) eye shadow with a sleek, no-fuss ponytail and nude lips.
Before you slip into that teeny-weeny bikini this summer, think about paying a visit to an aesthetician for a little waxing down there. And if the thought of that has you squirming, consider checking out frilly lilly (1076 Hamilton Street). This pink- and white-trimmed boutique looks more like a confectionery than a waxing destination, which makes the entire experience all the less painful. Choose from four region-specific monikers for your nether regions. The Alaskan ($25) takes just a little off the sides, while the patriotic-sounding Canadian ($35) removes a little more. The Hawaiian ($58) leaves you with just a strip down the middle, and the infamous Brazilian ($58) doesn’t leave a single hair in sight. Frilly lilly uses a special type of hard wax that shrink-wraps around each hair, which not only stops the wax from catching onto skin but also prevents pesky in-grown hairs.
Wind-blown, tousled waves are just a spray bottle away with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($23 for 118 milliliters at Sephora [various locations]). This styling product helps you achieve that sexy, slightly crunchy, sun-drenched look seen on California surfer girls without having to set foot on the beach. It’s no secret that saltwater adds volume and texture to hair; this Bumble and Bumble spray contains a similar mixture, enhanced with kelp extracts to lock in moisture. The spray works best on those with wavy to curly hair but also adds body to fine, straight hair. Simply spray onto towel-dried locks after showering, scrunch with your hands, and you’re good to go.
Tanning, whether on the beach or in a bed, is so passé, but that doesn’t mean that you must give up that pretty sun-kissed glow. Rather than going all-over tan, the most healthy, natural look is to highlight just the right spots, like your cheeks and the bridge of your nose, as well as the front of your legs, shoulders, and collarbone. For a subtle, year-round glow, try Surf, Baby! Cheek Powder ($28 at M.A.C. Cosmetics [various locations]), which comes in a bendable, cream-based peach- and gold-hued compact. Then add just the right amount of tan with Michael Kors Leg Shine ($32 at Sephora [various locations]). This roll-on deodorant stick–like canister allows for easy application to the front of the legs and can pull double-duty on the shoulders and décolletage as well, leaving skin with a sleek, nongreasy finish.