Big-day beauty

08/10/2012 3:52 PM

08/24/2012 4:16 PM

During Carolina wedding season, also know as summer, every bride, bridesmaid and wedding guest is looking for the same answers when it comes to beauty. Luckily, every season my favorite brands offer new, improved solutions to the beauty blunders that come with the summer heat. Here are a few of my favorites that truly work. They deliver stunning color, nature-inspired scents and solutions to keep skin fuzz-free and hair frizz-free. Make these products a part of your big day to guarantee glow!

The seeds from the achiote tree found in South America produce a beautiful pigment used in this collection from Tarte featuring the Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss, LipSurgence lip luster and Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush. Tarte Gifts from the Lipstick Tree Achiote Color Collection. $42. Sephora.

Two coats of this polish will make you feel as if you've treated yourself to a professional manicure. The unique flat brush distributes an even coat with a glossy finish that lasts over a week. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Shell We Dance. $6.99. Drugstores nationwide.

Infused with coconut water, water lily and amber, don't forget to pack this for your honeymoon wherever you travel. Each product in the collection smoothes and hydrates skin without leaving any greasy residue. Carol's Daughter Coconut Collection: Coconut Body Cleansing Cream, $17. Coconut Dry Oil Mist, $21. Coconut Shea Souffle, $13. Sephora.

DIY hair removal saves time and money. Make a small investment with this portable gadget and you'll enjoy the results of clean, smooth, fuzz-free skin for months to come. no!no! Hair. $270. www.my-no-no.com.

Always on trend, Tweezerman does it again with the wildly popular chevron print on our most needed tool. The perfect size for a makeup bag or purse, they also work as a fun, practical gift for bridesmaids. Tweezerman Chevron Mini Slant. $15. Sephora.

When a heavy sunscreen cream seems like too much product in the summer heat, try this lightweight serum that shields the sun. Supergoop! SPF 30+ City Sunscreen Serum. $42. Sephora.

A curly-haired gal’s summer hair-saver! This styling aid with a wheat protein complex keeps hair hydrated but frizz-free. Ouidad Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel. $22. Ulta.

Perfect for your post-wedding travels and TSA-approved, make sure to pack this duo to ensure smooth, healthy hair wherever your adventure takes you. Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy Keratin Care Travel Valet Duo. $17. www.keratincomplex.com.

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