If you’ve been keeping up with beauty trends at all, you’ve probably noticed the widespread fascination with orange lip color come later winter or early spring. Now that the warm weather is in full swing, however, there’s really no better time to whip out the melon and tangerine glosses for a fresher-than-fresh face.

Anyone who’s ever been to the beach knows that it doesn’t pay to fight the current too much. The same tactic applies to beach beauty, though. If you can learn to use the elements to your advantage, you can avoid getting swept out to sea with vain attempts to look perfectly polished.

In the summer, we bare it all, so it comes as no surprise that this is also the most important time of the year to make sure we’ve got a head-to-toe beauty routine going on. In being thorough, it’s especially important to make sure we’re not leaving the “toe” part out of the equation.

You’d have to be “knuts” to wear this much makeup, but a team of makeup artists decided to see what a year’s worth of cosmetics would look like all at once. By meticulously painting 365 layers of foundation, blush, gloss and eyeshadow onto model Hannelore Knuts’ face, they’ve given us all a shocking visual aide that demonstrates what we’d all look like without makeup remover.

Traditionally speaking, summer isn’t really the time to go heavy on your eye makeup (save for those special occasions you’ve got planned for the evening). Light, shimmery shadows work best, but there are variations on this theme that will serve your changing moods throughout the season.

There’s nothing overly indulgent about letting yourself slip into a fragrant, scented bath from time to time, especially if those 10-15 minutes you have in the shower every day are among your only chances to really relax all day. If you’re feeling over-stressed and over-worked, make it a priority to carve out some time in your day for a luscious bath.

When you hear the term “free radicals,” you either think of politically-polarized hippie activists or you think of beauty concerns that plague the modern-day woman. When beauty experts talk about these harmful environmental particles, they often use the word “antioxidants” in the same sentence, as they’re the classic defense against environmental stresses.

No facial product is an island, and there’s something to be said about the power of skincare items to work together to bring you wonderful (or sometimes not so great) results.

Next time you sprinkle that herb in your salad, take a closer look at its green, natural glory. A little known fact about dill is that it actually contains the power to put elasticity back into aging skin.

Most ladies in the midst of their morning routines have plenty of things on their minds, and we’re willing to bet that mosquitoes are probably last on that long list. But what you don’t know about your beauty routine could be the reason you’re covered in more bug bites than you wish.

Not all beauty solutions are necessarily designed to have permanent, lasting effects, but that doesn’t mean you should rule them out entirely. In fact, reconsidering a temporary solution may give you just the tool you need to look great for a special night or occasion.

Where beauty is concerned, it’s easy to treat the face and the body as entirely separate matters. The problem with this approach is that the middle ground often gets neglected, leaving the necks and decolletage of many women lacking in moisture, sun protection and care.