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America's Next Top Model

A Top Model’s Secrets to Warm Weather Beauty

Whitney Thompson, Cycle 10 winner of America's Next Top Model (the first plus-size one ever!) and a model for Wilhelmina, provides us with advice for looking beautiful during the summer.

How to Tame Frizzies

If you are a sun goddess, you know how important it is to protect the sensitive skin on your lips. There is nothing sexy about dry, burnt lips. If you don’t already carry a Chapstick with you, run to the store and pick up one with at least an SPF 15. It’s super cheap, protects your lips, and now does a third job. Take your Chapstick, rub a little between your palms, warming it up and smooth over frizzies and flyaways. I've been using this trick since high school. I am from Jacksonville, Florida, which is swamp city, and messy hair is just a part of life. But not only does the weight of the Chapstick hold those pesky hairs in place, the SPF will also protect you hair from sun damage. It’s so simple and cheap that you have no excuse to not to try this.

Melting Makeup?

Any beach babe knows that all makeup is a potential beach disaster. From raccoon eyes to dripping foundation, putting makeup on before going out to have fun in the sand can be a potential disaster. So how can you look glamorous at the beach without having a makeup meltdown? I recently discover a product called, “Suntan Boulevard” by Bath and Body Works. It is an SPF 30 bronze face sunscreen. I place it strategically over my cheekbones and nose (which happen to be the places that I burn) to get a sexy, bronze glow that hides imperfections and protects my skin. Add a lip stain and you have easy, practical, pretty, beach-friendly makeup.

Citrusy Highlights

This one is for the brunettes. I hate seeing brunettes botched with bleached highlights that went orange on them. We want the contrast of color to make our hair appear more voluminous and “sun-kissed” but salons are expensive and can damage already fragile, beach hair. I began using lemon juice to highlight my hair in high school. It’s so simple, practically free, and will never turn your hair orange.

Cut up a lemon or two and squeeze the juice in to a small bowl. Tie hair into a ponytail and dab lemon juice from your forehead straight back. Follow this process around your face, framing it with subtle highlights. Take the remaining juice and run through the tips of your ponytail for a surfer-girl look. Then, go outside. Garden, play volleyball, read a book, whatever you want to do as long as it’s in the sun. The sun’s rays will accelerate the lemon juice to give you natural looking, sun-kissed (literally) hair. The more times you repeat this, the more noticeable your highlights will be.

A Fragrant Way to Cool Down

A refreshing way to keep from smelling like summer sweat is to buy a cheap bottle of body mist (like Dove) and put it in your refrigerator. You don’t want to waste expensive perfumes when you’ll be washing it off in the pool anyway. The cold mist will instantly revitalize your body and lift your spirits as well as cool you down from the sweltering summer heat.

Natural Moisturizer and Bug Repellent

Summer time is the perfect season for showing off your skin. There are so many lotions and oils to keep your skin soft and shimmery, but my absolute favorite is something that you can find in the baking isle at the grocery store —
coconut oil. It looks like a solid but it will quickly melt into your skin, it has the perfect summer scent, and it will keep the mosquitoes off of you. Coconut oil is a natural bug repellent, so slather it all over to accentuate your beautiful summer skin.

Beach Mani-Pedi

My favorite summertime trick is naked nails. A lot of people cover their nails with festive summer colors and that can be fun too, but what’s the point in paying for a mani-pedi when the sand naturally exfoliates your tootsies and the sun bleaches your nail tips bright white? You can easily look like you have french tips but you won’t have to worry about chipping if you just leave your nails bare.

Sun exposure also turns any nail polish color yellow, even clear polish, and nobody wants nails that look like they have fungus on them. Plus, whether your swimming at a pool or surfing on a beach, water is not polish-friendly. So take advantage of being able to bare your toes and fingers in the sunshine. Let them soak up some sun and the only tool you’ll need for nails all season long will be a file.

I hope these tips keep all of you supermodels super glam all summer long!

In addition to her thriving modeling career, Whitney also designs and sells candles and jewelry on her website, where a percentage of the proceeds go to the National Eating Disorder Association. You can also follow her on Twitter @WhitneyANTM.

04.13.2011 / 10:05 PM EDT by Whitney Thompson
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