It’s definitely a faux-pas to be that girl wearing too much makeup at the beach but I know when I’m down to my swimsuit—wearing next-to-nothing on my tan-deficient body and not exactly feeling (or looking) like a Sports Illustrated cover model—a little bit of makeup pick-me-up is exactly what I need! I mean even Sports Illustrated swimsuit models have a makeup and hair team to look as good as they do, right?
I ditch the usual heavy foundation and powder routine and even out any redness with an SPF tinted moisturizer (I love Laura Mercier all year round, in fact!). Forget about powder touch-ups too—packing on too much powder can look too cakey. I use blotting tissues or a mattifying product like M.A.C’s Matte to bring an oily face in check.
A little blush and/or a shimmery bronzer is just the initial pick-up my skin needs before getting sun-kissed. I swear by NARS The Multiple sticks (faves include Portofino and Riviera) which do multi-duty—you can use on cheeks and lips
I use waterproof cream eyeshadows in soft colours like bronze and gold. These colours enhance tanned skin, last through a dip in the water and look less obvious if they do start to crease! I like Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Creams. They come in an array of colours and I’ve tried and tested one at the beach and it passed with flying colours (bad analogy—actually, the colour stayed put!).
If you must do mascara, use clear mascara and avoid coloured mascara—even if it’s waterproof there’s bound to be some smudging if you’re spending the day in the heat. Try Maybelline’s Great Lash in Clear.
Tinted Lip Balm
Adding colour to the lips is always the easiest way to look more polished. A tinted lip balm will give the lips just the right amount of colour and finish, without looking like you fussed over your make-up—and without looking like that girl. Try Korres Lip Butter Glaze .