How to #Slay Your Beach Makeup
Unlike the tradition says, there’s no shame in wanting to look glammed up at the beach! How can you turn down a look that offers, dewy and sun-kissed skin that we all live for?!
Beach makeup can be so much fun if you prepare for it correctly, but it’s all about finding the right balance and making sure you take the proper steps to prep your skin to be under the sun all day.
No matter what you believe, sunscreen is necessary for ALL skin types and skin tones. This is the cardinal rule for beach makeup, making sure you protect your skin. There can be severe consequences if you don’t. If you are going to spend extended time outdoors make sure you use products packed with SPF to protect your skin. Start with using products that have SPF 30 and above. And most importantly, make sure you always reapply your SPF every 3-4 hours.
If you wish to go barefaced, totally go for it! Not everyone wants to have a full face beat at the beach and we totally get it!. But if you want to nail that hybrid look of a super glam meets a I just woke up like this look, make sure you read this post from start to finish.
Beach makeup is no different from any other kind of makeup, it’s all about following the steps to ensure your look will last all day. You can’t go with a full face of makeup and expect it to stay on all day! Going glam to the beach does require more thought, no doubt...sorry, no way around that.
As we mentioned, the first step in your makeup application begins with skin care. Sunscreen is essential not only for the beach but for everyday outings! We recommend using a sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher.
If you have sensitive skin, go for a natural sunscreen made with zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is a powdered mineral that sits on the outside layer of your skin and doesn’t penetrate deep into your pores like chemical sunscreens do. We enjoy EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 ($32). It is made for skin types specifically prone to acne, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation.
Next, you want to prep your skin with a primer. We like to spray a few spritz of rose water before applying foundation. Mario Badescu’s facial spray ($7) is hydrating for the beach and made with aloe, herb, and rosewater to soothe any skin irritations as well.
Using rose water as a primer offers so many additional benefits. It acts as a toner and closes the pores which will help your makeup apply even better and offer you a fresher look...who knew this little wonder packed such an amazing punch.
A BB or CC cream loaded with extra SPF is the perfect alternative to a heavy duty foundation for your beach trips. BB and CC creams have a come a long way since originating from the Asian beauty market. Now available in shades from light to deep, Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-in-1 Skin Perfector ($7) is suitable for any women of color and doesn’t break the bank.
In addition, if you have a darker skin tone, trying lines such as Black Radiance and Black Opal offers a wider range of shades in deeper tones.
If you wish to go for a sunkissed contour and highlight, creamed or liquid based products are your best friend! For a natural finish, skip out on using brushes and use a beauty blender or sponge to apply your contour and highlight. Avoid setting your face with powder and use rosewater spray to set the look and give you a radiant, beach-ready finish.
Add a pop of sun kissed goddess radiance to the inner corner of your eyes using a gold eyeshadow. You don’t need to use eyeshadow primer, just apply the same BB or CC cream you used on your face to your eyelid to give you a cohesive finish. Last but not least, apply a few coats of waterproof mascara to your lashes for that mermaid-eyed look.
Now go and be the glammed goddess of the beach!