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32 Essentials for Looking and Feeling Your Most Badass at the Beach, Lake, or Pool

There's something about being near a body of water that's truly transformative. The pool says lie back and be seen. The beach teases out adventurous sides. The lake evokes playful spirits.

Here, all the beauty and fashion picks you'll need to suit up for your chosen vibe...

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At the Pool

Poolside hanging is all about swanning. Glam-to-the-gills style works particularly well when squeezing a lime into a mojito is the only splash you intend to make.

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Butter London Nail Lacquers in Sunnies and Seaside

What better nail inspo than sunshine and water?

Buy it: $15 each, butterlondon.com

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Nars Monoi Body Glow

Gives skin a delicate gleam.

Buy it: $59, narscosmetics.com

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Daily Tone Correcting Primer

Prevents (and treats) sun damage with antioxidants and just feels fancy.

Buy it: $40, ulta.com

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Big Mouth Toys floating drink holders

Grab a cold one without ever leaving the deep end.

Buy it: $15 for set of 3, alwaysfits.com

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Aerie bikini top and bottom

This disco ball of a two-piece gets the cabana dance party started.

Buy it: Top, $30, and bottom, $25, ae.com

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Physicians Endorsed for Gottex hat

This wide brim is as UV-protective as it is swank.

Buy it: $95, solescapes.com

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Chaser one-piece

A plunging maillot is sophisticated and hot as hell.

Buy it: $84, chaserbrand.com

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara

Major mascara that won't smear—come sweaty lids or underwater dives.

Buy it: $23, toofaced.com

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Stella & Dot necklace

Every goddess deserves gold tassels.

Buy it: $169, stelladot.com

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Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Copper Nude

Wear a combo of these glistening neutrals (with a dart of blue along the lash line) for stunning sunset eyes.

Buy it: $12, ulta.com

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Sam Edelman sandals

So fierce, they make any gauzy cover-up look 10 times more fabulous.

Buy it: $190, samedelman.com

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At the Beach

The waves are calling, oh sporty one, and a triangle 'kini won't cut it. Trade up for true athleisure and strap on your water shoes. Take a breather with a beach read so captivating, you almost forget where you are: paradise.

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Venessa Arizaga choker and necklace

Macrame (and puka shells!) scream vacay.

Buy it: Choker, $195, and necklace, $145, venessaarizaga.com

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'Ways to Disappear' by Idra Novey

A juicy caper of a novel with surfer-like pivots.

Buy it: $25, amazon.com

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Banana Boat SunComfort Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50+

Its protective film repels sand.

Buy it: $8, target.com

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Dior Vernis Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Cosmic

Too active for jewelry? This coral shines like an accessory on toes and tips.

Buy it: $27, dior.com

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Duskii Capri vest and shorts

Sexy and sensible, whether napping or bodyboarding.

Buy it: Vest, $125, and shorts, $85, duskii.com

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Billabong one-piece

This curve-hugging number was made for bae-watching.

Buy it: $80, billabong.com

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Twenty-Four Carat cap

Provides just enough shade and stays put during spontaneous v-ball games.

Buy it: $40, shoptwentyfourcarat.com

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Bernie Mev sneakers

These make running on sand less of a drag.

Buy it: $77, shoeparlor.com

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Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30

Ideal SPF touch-up for rando spots (e.g., ears).

Buy it: $25, fresh.com

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Cocovit Coconut Oil

Protects strands from moisture-zapping salt water.

Buy it: $38 for 8.8 oz, cocovit.co

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At the Lake

Lounging on the dock, trekking along a rocky shoreline, or strapping on a life vest and zipping off on a Jet Ski: Lake life gets us nostalgic for a more innocent, laid-back time.

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Charming Charlie scarf

The chillest way to display patriotism.

Buy it: $15, charmingcharlie.com

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BullFrog Mosquito Coast Sunscreen SPF 30 with Insect Repellent

Shields you from harmful sun rays and rabid mosquitoes at the same time—score!

Buy it: $10, bullfrogsunscreen.com

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Ban.do Too Cold to Hold drink sleeve

Keeps a solid grip on your slippery bev at all times.

Buy it: $5, bando.com

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Tommy Hilfiger maillot

Classic and retro, in a Dirty Dancing kind of way.

Buy it: $86, swimoutlet.com

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Laura Mercier Colour Dots Lip & Cheek Sheers in Sangria and Fruit Punch

Brightens your whole face for the inevitable squad photo.

Buy it: $32 each, lauramercier.com

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Eco Peace bikini top and bottom

A high waist makes legs look long. The camo print gives it outdoorsy edge.

Buy it: Top, $84, and bottom, $80, amazon.com

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Rebecca Minkoff sandals

Chicer than flip-flops, but just as comfy.

Buy it: $175, rebeccaminkoff.com

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L.L. Bean Atlantic Stand Up Paddle Board Package

SUPing: a way more fun ab workout than crunches.

Buy it: $749, llbean.com

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Yes to Coconut Cleansing Facial Wipes

No shower? No prob—these'll get you fresh and clean in seconds.

Buy it: $6, yestocarrots.com

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Bicycle U.S. Presidents playing cards

Ditch the phone. Rummy brings us all together—even Dems and 'Pubs.

Buy it: $6, bicyclecards.com

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Invisibobble The Traceless Hair Ring Original in Something Blue and To Be or Nude To Be

Won't snag—or slip out during cannonballs.

Buy it: $8 for 3, invisibobble.com

This article was originally published in the June 2016 issue of Women's Health, on newsstands now.

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