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Sun Worship

Escape to an exotic paradise with a sexy, island-girl glow.
Sun Worship Escape to an exotic paradise with a sexy, island-girl glow.

Tall, tan, young, lovely—those blessed with all four may have an edge this summer, but that doesn't mean the rest of us can't join the party. Also, it seems like more and more cosmetic companies are eager to get in on the action, churning out Spring/Summer collections with almost spot-on trend accuracy (ochre minerals and loose powders, to name a few), and we're happy to take advantage.

As with most things beauty, the French take the lead once again this season, with both Guerlain and Lancôme Paris seeking exotic and tropical escapes as their muses. For Lancôme's Tropiques Muse Summer 2009 collection, inspiration was culled from the luscious and passionate country of Brazil, while the fanciful subcontinent India served as the source of Terracotta Mineral, Guerlain's 2009 summer campaign.

For the latter, the collection marks an innovation on their much-lauded Terracotta line, with minerals now providing a more natural, mattified and velvety finish that imparts a goddess-like bronze that stays on even in the harshest of summer heat. The luxury of the whole set is also evident from the get go, from the elegant, earthy packaging of wooden caps and tortoiseshell compacts, to the opulent, tropical themes emblazoned on the bottles themselves. And before you think style takes precedence over substance with Terracotta Mineral, one look at the cohesiveness of the sensual line—tan enhancers everywhere, from lips to tips—will convince you that they really do take the business of bronzing seriously.

Before jetting off to that island paradise for the holidays, ensure you look the part with a succulent, golden glow from head to toe. Hint at the sultriness for day, sticking to punchy brights and a sheer finish; for night, go fierce with tan-boosting oils, smoldering eyes and seductive lips. Girls from Ipanema beware—you've got some competition.

Click on to witness the glitz for Look We Love: Golden Goddess.

Click here to see Style Bible's guide to summer.

—Eunice Lucero, Beauty Editor

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