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Achieve top beauty trends at home

Armed with the right tools and tips, achieving the top hair and makeup looks for the summer season can be a breeze.

From the casual comfort of a beach-inspired appearance to a more formal updo, Baltimore stylists and artists have come up with ways to recreate these looks on your own. Follow these rules and stand out from the rest.

Makeup trend: Smoky eye

Expert: Gavin Hebert, makeup artist at All About Me Salon and Day Spa, Towson; allaboutmedayspa.com

How to achieve it: The smoky eye is a technique more than a color, according to Hebert. "It can be worn during the day for a little more sultry, everyday look," he says. Create this ombre effect by staying lighter in the inside corner and darkening toward the outer. Hebert starts with a Jane Iredale eye gloss in "brown silk" as the shadow base. Use the trio shadows in "brown sugar" staying with the "lighter-to darker" effect and finishing with "wink" in the inner corner and in the arch of the brow. Finish by using "PureLash" in black to the top lashes and on the outer corner of the bottom lash line.

Tools you'll need: Eye gloss in "brown silk" by Jane Iredale; "PureLash" in black.

Makeup trend: Ombre lips

Expert: Lexi Martinez, founder of L.M. Artistry; facebook.com/LMUA27

How to achieve it: Mix pink and purple; orange and gold, or do a reverse ombre with bold color in the center that fades to almost nude at the edges, which gives a "just bitten" look.

"There is an ombre to fit virtually any makeup lover," Martinez says: "There are endless ways to mix and customize your own trendy look. Pairing a deep wine tone on the outer part of the top and bottom lip, then adding a pop of bright red in the center is another trend that allows fashionistas to test drive a more conservative option."

Take the main lipstick color — usually the darker of the two — and apply it all over the lip or line the outside and shade halfway, leaving the center of the lip exposed. Take the other color and apply it to the center of the top and bottom lip. Use a lip brush to gradually blend the colors together where they meet.

Tools you'll need: Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics; Lip Mix by MAC Cosmetics; Lip Liner by Bite Beauty; a lip brush by MAC Cosmetics

Makeup trend: Summertime glow

Expert: Felicia Gray, founder of Bth Artistry; bthartistry.com

How to achieve it: Even your skin tone with moisturizers with built-in sun protection such as Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream SPF 30 or Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20. Use a cream-based concealer in any "trouble areas," Gray advises. Apply Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer under the eyes, then set with a face powder for staying power, says Gray. For the perfect summertime glow, take a highlighter or illuminator — such as Lorac TANtalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo or NARS Illuminator — and brush it onto the cheekbones, forehead, and down the center of the nose. Use a powder brush to blend it together and brush bronzer over the cheeks and the sides of your face for the ultimate sun-kissed glow, Gray says. To blush, swipe some color above where you placed the bronzer. Start at the apples of the cheeks. Complete the look by building eyelashes using Maybelline Great Lash in Blackest Black. Add Laura Mercier Lip Glace Bare Beige or Bare Pink to gloss the lips.

Tools you'll need: Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream SPF 30 or Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer; It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer; Lorac TANtalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo or NARS Illuminator; Maybelline Great Lash in Blackest Black; Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Beige or Bare Pink

Hair trend: Beachy wave

Expert: Mary Frances Blomme, bridal and hair color specialist; owner, Phillip Michael Studio Bridal, Federal Hill; phillipmichaelstudiobridal.com

How to achieve it: "First and foremost, you have to understand your own hair texture," Blomme says. "If you have fine hair, your best option is to blow-dry first. This will give you some much-needed volume."

Divide hair into three sections — top, bottom and middle — going horizontally across your head. Begin with the bottom section and grab 2- to 3-inch sections. Treat them first with an aerosol hair spray, such as Sebastian Re-shaper. Use a 1-inch iron. Grab each section, wrap around the iron, count to 10 and release. After completing all three sections, pull on them with your fingers to soften the curl until you have reached the desired amount of wave. "Remember, you want to leave a little more curl than you might think because you want this look to settle and last," she says.

If you have curly hair, "Work with what you've got," advises Blomme. Use an appropriate shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, she says. "I love DevaCurl for those with truly curly hair." To transition from curly to beachy wave, you first must "tame the frizz," she says. "I use Brazilian Blowout's Acai Protective Thermal Straightening Balm." Apply a dime-sized drop into your hand, rub it into your palms like it's lotion, and spread it equally throughout your damp — not wet — hair. Use a blow-dryer and larger-sized round brush to smooth out the hair that frames the face. Stop blow-drying. Grab another dollop of straightening balm and "scrunch" the hair to mix the smooth front with the curly back.

Tools you'll need: Curling iron; Sebastian Re-shaper; DevaCurl; Brazilian Blowout's Acai Protective Thermal Straightening Balm.

Hair trend: Perfectly undone headband bun

Expert: Tiki Spruill, stylist at About Faces Day Spa & Salon, Canton; aboutfacesdayspa.com

How to achieve it: Prep your dry hair with a thickening spray or hair plumper like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. Gently rub a styling cream though the hair like Bumble and Bumble Thickening Cream. Tease hair to desired fullness. Place a 1/4 -inch elastic headband over your hair as if you were placing a crown on your head, advises Spruill. Starting on one side of your hair just in front of the ear, tuck, twist or loop the hair into the head band. Roll the remaining hair up in the back and tuck, loop or twist securely into the headband. "If needed, secure with one pin," she says. Run fingers through the front of the hair to loosen it from the elastic, and to add texture.

Tools you'll need: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray; Bumble and Bumble Thickening Cream; elastic headband; pin

Hair trend: Straight hair

Expert: Brian Oliver, stylist at Phillip Michael Studio Bridal, Federal Hill, and David Rios Salon & Spa,Georgetown; davidriossalonandspa.com

How to achieve it: First, straighten your hair with a keratin treatment, especially if hair is coarse or curly, says Oliver. "After the treatment, maintenance is very easy," he says. Start with a nonsulfite (no suds) shampoo with an intense hydrating conditioner such as L'Oreal Kerastase shampoo. After washing the hair, let it air-dry or do a quick dry with the blow-dryer. If you want to add body, use a brush. For an undone look, run your fingers through your hair while you blow-dry, according to Oliver. As a finish for extra shine, use L'Oreal Kerastase oleo relax serum. "That will add extra shine and gloss," he says.

Tools you'll need: L'Oreal Kerastase shampoo; L'Oreal Kerastase oleo relax serum; hair dryer

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