For those of us who are obsessed with all things beauty, even a trip to the beach isn’t complete without preparing ourselves with some beauty treatment. From giving ourselves a headstart with some subtle fake tan to going for a Brazilian, there is a bunch of things we beauty lovers busy ourselves with before a fun day at the beach.
Getting Your Beach Day Makeup Right
Another beauty prep we need to do before hitting the sand and the sea? Our beach day makeup routine of course! Now, when it comes to the beach, your everyday makeup routine isn’t going to cut it. Taking into consideration the beating rays of the sun and splashing yourself silly in the ocean, there are certain things you need to be aware of to ensure your makeup stays in place all day:
First Priority: Sunscreen
For the record, you should always apply sunscreen before your makeup anytime you will be heading out the door. However, this step is especially important when you are at the beach and will be spending time under the sun for a significant period of time. Apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30 and wait for about 15 to 20 minutes for it to be absorbed into the skin. Don’t be tempted to apply your makeup before your sunscreen dries because your makeup will end up turning into a streaky mess. While you’re having a whale of a time at the beach, don’t forget to top up your sunscreen too. Your sunscreen will naturally wear off when you sweat or have a swim in the sea, so it is essential for you to reapply your sunscreen every few hours. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you have to remove all your makeup. Simply get a sunscreen mist or powder sunblock, both of which will allow you to reapply your sunscreen without disturbing your makeup.
Skip the Heavyweight Foundations
We probably don’t have to tell you that heavy, full coverage foundations are just destined to melt off once it hits the burning rays of the sun. Just a couple of hours under the sun will leave you with greasy skin and messed-up foundation that has been smudged everywhere. Plus, it is too uncomfortable to have a layer of thick foundation on your skin ― it might not bode well for the health of your skin either. However, apart from going completely bare-faced, you can keep your skin looking natural by mixing a small dollop of your foundation into your sunscreen. This will allow you to achieve a sheer coverage, almost as if you had just gotten a slight tan. Another alternative is to apply a lightweight base product such as a tinted moisturiser or BB cream.
Opt for Waterproof Products
Just because you’re wearing makeup doesn’t mean you should limit yourself to just suntanning on the beach. What’s the fun of going to the beach without having a dip in the ocean or playing a game of beach volleyball or frisbee? If you’re worried about your makeup sweating off and looking patchy, make sure the makeup products you wear at the beach are all waterproof so they will withstand any beach activity you engage in.
Highlight the High Points of Your Face
While being under the sun for a long period of time will naturally give your face a glow, you can kickstart the process by adding some highlight on the areas of your face where the sun would normally hit. Go for a cream highlighter for an extra dewy appearance and apply it onto the bridge of your nose, cheekbones and temples. You can add a bit of highlight to your chin and the centre of your forehead too to amp up the glow. If you have oily skin and are worried that a cream product will make your face look too greasy, a powder highlighter will work great too.
Stain Your Lips
If you’d like to add some colour to your lips, skip the tinted lip gloss and matte lipstick and go for a lip stain instead. A lip stain is extremely easy to maintain — you might not even need to do any touch-ups throughout the day — and you will save yourself the hassle of dealing with possible smudges across your face. If you don’t have a proper lip stain, simply use your matte lipstick and dab a smidge of it just on the centre of your bottom lip. Then, smudge it out all over your bottom lip and rub your lips together to transfer the colour to your upper lip. Blend out the colour to even it out, and if you wish to intensify the stain, simply repeat the same steps.
Colour Your Cheeks
Adding blush to your cheeks will help you achieve a beautiful rosy glow that will look exceptionally glowing in the sun, especially if you opt for a cream blush. Choose a shade that looks natural against your skin tone — peach or salmon shades for fairer skin tones, and berry or brown shades for darker skin tones. If you’re using a cream blush, dab on a small amount on the apples of your cheeks and blend it outwards.
Go (Almost) Natural with Your Brows
If you’ve been blessed with full, Cara Delevingne-esque eyebrows, or you don’t mind not having your brows done, then just brush through a bit of clear gel through them to ensure the hairs stay in place. However, if you can’t bear leaving the house with au naturel brows, then fill in your brows with a pencil rather than powder. In addition, opt for a pencil that is one shade lighter than the natural colour of your brows to prevent them from looking too stark.