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By Julia Ford-Carther

Summers in Los Angeles are characterized by hot temperatures and even hotter style. Dare to bare it all this season with transparent makeup, a buffed body, and an easily maintained mane. We’ve compiled a short list of this summer’s must-haves to keep you looking your best whether you’re heading to the board room, the beach, or the bar.

Nothing brings back memories like the smell of summer, and Bobbi Brown Beach Body Scrub has captured the essence of the season in a softening body treatment. The pumice particles will slough away the top layer of dead cells so the citrus, an industry-standard when it comes to fighting free radicals, can go to work to restore your sun-kissed skin. Also a requisite for any pre-self-tanning treatment. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, or http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

This spot-on, spotless bronzer won’t leave you wanting more. Guerlain Terracotta Spray SPF 10 covers the bases and protects the natural pasty color you’re hiding with a rich glow infused with SPF. Use for the face or body – the continuous spray application goes on evenly, dries quickly, and leaves you looking like you’ve just been airbrushed. Available at Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, or http://www.sephora.com.

Strands really take the heat driving around LA in those convertibles during the scorching summer months. On top of the usual daily styling, locks are exposed to UV rays and chlorinated or salty water, which can result in an unruly style that resembles something like bedhead gone wrong. Just because you’ve spent the day at the beach doesn’t mean you should look like it come evening. Undo Mother Nature’s mess with Ojon Tunu Elastik Hair Tamer leave-in balm. The silicone-free formula works on any hair type because it doesn’t weigh hair down or dry it out. It’ll smooth everything over in no time. Available at Apothia at Fred Segal or http://www.amazon.com.

Nobody likes working long hours during the summer. Thankfully, Smashbox has developed a powder that works overtime so you don’t have to. Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder packs in 48 minerals, 11 amino acids, peptides and pure gold, all working against time and nature to ensure not one fine line goes unwrinkled. The self-dispensing compact releases shaved pressed powder that finishes like a light, matte loose one – perfect coverage for sticky weather. Available at Bloomingdale’s, Century City, or http://www.beauty.com.

Summer beauty on the west coast is all about getting away with as little as possible. You don’t want to cake on makeup only to have it sweat off by midday. Get back to basics and go (almost) natural. A shiny, sheer gloss will draw attention to your lips and provide enough color to carry you from day to night. Pucker up to Lancôme Juicy Tubes Pure, the new, natural version of the original Juicy Tubes, in Ginger Root, an all-around flattering brown-nude shade. Available at Nordstrom, The Grove, or http://www.lancome-usa.com.

Originally published July 2009
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