Going to the beach isn’t the time to look perfect. In fact, it’s expected to look a little “dewy” (a.k.a. sweaty!) and unkempt. In light of my upcoming beach trip, I thought I would give you a few tips for how to wear makeup at the beach.
- Start with SPF. If you’re going to be in the sun all day, you definitely want to protect your skin. Depending on the coverage you are looking for, you can use sunscreen, tinted moisturizer, or beauty balm. Make sure you choose an oil-free, non-comedogenic product, and use at least 30 SPF but feel free to go up to 50-100 SPF from Aveeno. Don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen and wear a sun hat.
- Add a little powder. A matte face would look unnatural at the beach, so go easy. If you need a little extra coverage or you’re really oily, you can use something in your shade. You can also use a bronzer. Choose a bronzer in your skin tone range without shimmer to look more natural, and dust it just on the forehead, nose, chin, and cheekbones. As an added bonus, you can get a powder with SPF and use to refresh throughout the day.
- A touch of blush. Dust a light pink on the apples of your cheeks.
- Swipe on mascara. Choose a lengthening waterproof formula and use a coat or two on your upper lashes to look defined, but natural. Curl your lashes first for extra oomph!
- Love your lips. Lips take a beating in the sun, so protect them with a lip balm with SPF. If you want a little color and can’t find a tinted SPF balm, dap a little lipstick over your balm and rub your lips together.
- Spritz it. Mist yourself with a makeup setting spray before you head out. (Rose water is an easy choice!) This is important, because it will set your makeup, but it will also make your powder look more dewy and natural. You can carry it with you in the cooler and refresh your makeup (and yourself!) throughout the day.
For your hair:
- Brush it, because there probably won’t be any brushing for the rest of the day.
- Get it slightly damp. Run your hands under the faucet and then through your hair.
- Use a fair amount of spray gel and scrunch between your fingers.
- Braids are always beach friendly and so on trend!
Now you can head to the beach!
*Photo provided by The Good Girls Guide