The best tips for wearing makeup at the beach

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The best tips for wearing makeup at the beach

Wearing makeup to the beach is generally frowned upon. There’s always ‘that girl’ who wears an obvious full face of foundation, powder and even eyeliner to a day on the sand. I’ve been that girl, it’s not pretty.

There’s definitely a time and a place for your contour. The beach isn’t it. But that doesn’t mean you have to bare it all. If wearing a bit of makeup gives you more confidence, we say go for it! Wear enough to make you feel good, but not so much that a swim will result in an unintentional creepy clown face.

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Here are our best tips on how to wear makeup at the beach.


La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Tinted SPF 50+

Foundation is a definite no. Instead try a tinted moisturiser with high SPF. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Tinted SPF 50+ has a natural tint that will even out your complexion, without looking like you’re wearing makeup.

Benefit Benetint

Keeping your skin looking dewy and fresh is the key to a natural-looking beach glow. Avoid powder blush and opt for a tint instead. Benefit Benetint will give cheeks a subtle flush and last all day. Apply to your lips as well for a rosy tint.

Models Prefer Retractable Eyebrow Pencil

If you don’t like leaving the house without your brows done, you’re not alone. You can still wear brow makeup to the beach, as long as you choose a pencil that’s waterproof. Models Prefer Retractable Eyebrow Pencil is both smudge-proof and water-resistant.

NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel

To keep brows in place, an eyebrow gel is essential. For the most natural finish, always choose a clear formula. NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel can be applied over your pencil to define and sculpt brow hairs.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Cream or liquid products are always a better choice for the beach. If you want your eyes to pop, apply a wash of cream eyeshadow in a flattering shade over your eyelids. The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick lasts for eight hours and is portable enough to throw in your beach bag.

Maybelline New York Define-A-Lash-Mascara Waterproof

Waterproof mascara is an obvious choice for the beach. Even if you don’t plan on swimming, the heat can cause regular mascara to smudge or flake. Maybelline New York Define-A-Lash Mascara Waterproof separates each lash from root to tip, so you’ll have naturally long-looking lashes.

Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF 30 in Perfect Nude

Lips need sun protection too. Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF 30 protects lips, keeps them hydrated and offers a sheer hint of colour. Try the Perfect Nude shade for a universally flattering nude lip.

Revlon Colorstay Lipliner

If you want your pucker to stand out, try a long-wear lip liner to define your lips or colour them in for a more intense shade. Revlon Colorstay™ Lipliner is water-resistant, so it will stay put in the surf.

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