The Best in Celebrity Summer Beauty

Get style secrets from the best in Black Hollywood. Hottest Hair! Prettiest Pout! Sexiest Skin! See who topped our celebrity most wanted looks for spring. By Qianna Smith
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 27, 2009

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Get your beauty fix this season with our celebrity most-wanted looks for summer. Find out which stylish stars take the top honors for sexiest skin, prettiest pout, hottest hair and more!

By Qianna Smith

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Pop star Rihanna perfects her red-carpet glow from head to toe. To get her look, apply a luminous serum where the light naturally hits your face to accentuate your features.

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Illuminate your natural beauty with a luminizing primer for a light and weightless luster. We love Smashbox Hybrid 2 in 1 Luminizing Primer, $34, smashbox.com. For extra glow, apply Fresh Satin Luster Face Palette, $45, sephora.com, to the brow bone and cheeks.

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We’re obsessed with Beyoncé’s honey locks. If you switch your color as often as B, a good moisturizing system is key to maintaining your do.

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Maintain you mane attraction with Phyto à Porter Color Collection, $12, sephora.com. Citrus fruit extracts and almond protein revitalize your hair and keep your color vibrant and smooth.

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Eclectic soul sister India.Arie keeps her tips on point. No worries; maintaining celeb style manicures is easier than you think.

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Maintaining your nails can be a chore. Keep it clean and simple with Talika Instant Manicure, $33, spacenk.com. This effervescing powder, when added to water, whitens and cleans nails in minutes. Plant extracts improve circulation, remove discolorations or strains and softens cuticles.

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Let your fingers and toes bloom this spring with Borghese’s new limited-edition nail lacquer inspired by petals in pinks and purples, $8, drugstores nationwide. Each new hue is a feminine celebration of all things spring.

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Alicia Keys’s sleek locks easily refract light, adding a luminous sheen to her look. Keep your tendrils sleek like this soul star with a deep moisture system.

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Glisten and gleam your way through the most exciting season like singer Alicia Keys. We adore Oscar Blandi Collezione di Jasmine Hair Smoothing Essentials, $48, sephora.com. This hair system imparts shine and tames frizzies by adding moisture to dry and rebellious locks.

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Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson rocks an awesome bootie (the perfect accessory for your legs this season) to show off her red-carpet ready form.

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Get your limbs ready with Bliss Bikini Perfect Deluxe—Spa Edition, $60, sephora.com. The set includes a multi-setting razor, body scrub, body butter and peeling pads for a bump-free surface. Everything you need to keep your skin looking silky smooth all season long.

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Actress Gabrielle Union complements her dimples with a light and natural sweep of blush. Maximize your canvas by using both a shine and a blush.

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Contour your cheekbones and add luster with Avon’s Smooth Mineral Blush Duo, $10, avon.com. First, buff the blush onto your cheekbone. Then, apply the luminizing powder just above the apple of your cheeks to create a natural-looking glow.

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Actress Vivica A. Fox captivates us with her powerful and flirtatious eyes. Get her daring look when you apply contouring colors to the brow bone and innermost corner of the eye.

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Become a vivacious vixen with Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes, $32, bloomingdales.com. The four-color compact contains two contouring brushes and an instructional look book for ease. Set your doe-eyes with Bare Escentuals San Francisco Weather Anything, Rain, Or Shine Eye Collection,$32, bare escentuals.com.

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Bravo’s “The Fashion Show” host Kelly Rowland is thinking pink for spring. From glosses, to lip stains, to matte lipsticks, pink is pervading the color scene. Stay on top of the beauty buzz like Rowland and experiment with a vibrant hue.

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What’s in your fruit basket this spring? Take a cue from your grocer and pucker up in watermelon pinks, peachy hues, vibrant berries and gorgeous grape shades. Get the most for your money with this e.l.f. cosmetics Super Glossy Lip Shine Box Set, $5, eyeslipsface.com.

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Celebrity “Eye Brow King” Damone Roberts says the brow is the single most important and underestimated feature on the face, that’s why they must be well maintained. We are lovin’ “Ugly Betty” star Vanessa Williams’s sexy arch, which pops out her incredible facial features.

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The secret to a Vanessa Williams’s perfectly shaped brows is using the right tools. Try the Sephora Arch It Brow Kit, $35, sephora.com, which comes with three brow stencils from natural to dramatic, a duo brow gel and powder compact to fill in and shape brows, a clear brow mascara to hold brows in place, tweezers, and an eyebrow brush. Everything you need to create the brow that works best for your face shape.

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At 37 years old, Jada Pinkett Smith has a natural glow that women in their 20’s only dream of having. To get Pinkett’s flawless flush, start with a clean moisturized face, says celebrity hair and makeup artist Roberta “Robbi” Rogers. Your foundation will go on more smoothly if the skin is well-hydrated.

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In four easy steps you’re on your way to improving and enhancing you skins natural beauty with the Philosophy Completely Clear Skin System, $38, sephora.com. This deep-cleansing system works to treat existing blemishes, prevent future breakouts, soothe and hydrates the skin.

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As the temperature rises this season, the last thing you want to worry about is keeping your hair under control. Hair accessories like this headband worn by actress Kerry Washington at the 8th Annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City is a fun and flirty option for looking stylish with minimal effort.

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Forever 21 has some affordable and fashionable headband styles that start as low as $1.80. From pearls, to jewels, to fancy floral, there are so many options to try we’re sure you’ll find one that works best for you.

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Lash out like “Young and the Restless” actress Eva Marcille at the NAACP Image Awards. When applying your mascara, we suggest wiggling the wand from left to right at the base of your lashes. You want your brush strokes to go from the root to the tip of the lashes—this creates the illusion of added length and fullness.

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It’s all about creating a fresh face for spring and a great away to take your beauty to the next level is to pump up the volume of your lashes. Get voluptuous lashes with Rimmel London’s New Sexy Curves Mascara, $7.49, target.com. You’ll love this mascara brush that curves in to dramatically curl and declump lashes. We also can’t get enough of Urban Decay’s Big Fatty, $17, beauty.com, which comes in fun, flattering bright hues.

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Let your smile make someone’s day. Oscar-winning beauty Halle Berry has one of the most dazzling set of pearly whites in Hollywood. Find out how you can mimic her look without having costly whitening procedures.

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“I swear by Crest Whitestrips. People ask me all the time if I’ve gotten by teeth professionally whitened and I just smile. Everyone woman needs a personal beauty secret,” says Qianna Smith, ESSENCE.com beauty editor. Check out these new advanced seal strips and get a dramatically whiter smile ($44.99, drugstores nationwide).

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First Lady Michelle Obama has caused quite a stir for asserting her right to bare arms. Her toned and sleek physique is what every woman wants to achieve this spring/summer.

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Work your upper body with a shoulder press. The benefits of this exercise is that it effectively tones and tightens the arms. Stand tall with your feet slightly apart, 3- to 10-pound weights at head level, and palms facing forward, then raise the weights over your head. Try can foods at home if you don’t own weights.