Bronze Ambition: Best Buys

Lustrous metallics are having a shining moment. Pull off the season's prettiest neutrals with these top products.

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Lustrous metallics are having a shining moment. Pull off the season's prettiest neutrals with these top products.
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Yu Tsai
Putting on the Glitz

Bikini top, OMO Norma Kamali; cylindrical ring, Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière; square ring & square bracelet, Sabrina Dehoff; cord bracelets, Pandora.

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Bronzer in Sunrise Glow, $12.
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Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia, $23.
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Yu Tsai
Liquid Cold

Baring it all at the mercy of sand and surf means nixing every inch of dry, peeling, uneven skin. Exfoliate daily head-to-toe, and go easy with the self-tanner by choosing a formula that subtly bronzes you up — and moisturizes, too.

On Skin: Perricone MD No Sun Tanner.

Shirt, Equipment; briefs, Eres; necklace, Bottega Veneta; cord bracelets, Pandora.

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NYC Sparkle Eye Dust in Champagne, $4.
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L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional The One Sweep Eye Shadow in Playful for All Eyes, $10.
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Nars Illuminator in Laguna, $29.
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Yu Tsai
Siren Song

Frayed, flyaway tangles won't pass for beachy hair. But in order to maintain its glorious sheen when up against wind, sun, and salt, chemically colored or straightened hair needs extra coddling. Best bet: Drench it with a rich, protective conditioner while damp, then pull it off your face.

On Hair: Ojon Color Sustain Protecting Cream.

Cord bracelets, Pandora; mask bracelet, Dominique Aurientis; skirt, fashion editor's own.

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Flirt! Big Flirt Lipgloss in Big on Beige, $16.
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Nars Lipstick in Pago Pago, $24.
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Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash, $4.
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Yu Tsai
Heavy Metals

Mix powdered metallic shadows or loose pigments into your lip balm, moisturizer, sunscreen, or even leave-in conditioner for a glimmering effect — you'll look as if you've been misted with gold.

On Skin: Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna.

Bodysuit & leather harness, Lanvin; barrette (on harness) & necklace, Chanel; cuffs, Simone Brewster.

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Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer in Not a Gold Bigger, $8.
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Jeffrey Westbrook/Studio D
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Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Pearls Marbleized Eyeshadow in Bronze Blowout, $7.
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Essie Nail Polish in Shifting Power, $8.
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Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel Creamliner in Glam Brown Eyes, $11.
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Nars Hollywoodland Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, $24.
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Yu Tsai
Putting on the Glitz

"Apply cream colors with your fingers to warm them up so they melt into skin instead of sitting on top like a mask," advises Francelle.

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Topshop Liner in Tarnished, $16.
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Napoleon Perdis Boudoir Mist Spray Foundation, $49.
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Yu Tsai
After Glow

Make no mistake: Crimson, sunburnt skin (the result of blood rushing to the afflicted area to start the healing process) is not a good look for sophisticated neutrals. Ward off the telltale flush by dousing yourself with sunblock every two hours or post-swim. Follow with a mineral bronzer to up protection and minimize that pasty SPF glow.

On Skin: Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protective Cream SPF 35.

Bikini top, Salvatore Ferragamo; jeans, Gant by Michael Bastian; briefs, Cosabella; necklace, E.M. Noir; insect cuff, Lanvin; square bracelet, Sabrina Dehoff; cord bracelets, Pandora.

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Nars Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Gold Digger, $26.
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Mark Ibiza Sol Marbleized Eye Shadow Stick in Bronze Chic, $10.
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CoverGirl Intense ShadowBlast in Beige Blaze, $8.
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