Finally, the beach season has arrived. While hitting the sand and waves are particularly happy this year, that doesn’t make the reality of braving the seaside elements – sweltering heat, high humidity, and UV exposure – any less easy to tackle, especially when it’s s. It is about negotiating makeup and sufficient sun protection. When it comes to finding the right products to withstand the heat and keep you bright, there is no more bulletproof strategy than looking to the pros. Whatever is in their beach bags, we want what they have. From glowing skin essentials to the perfect ocean blue eyeliner, here 11 makeup artists reveal their ultimate beach must-have beauty.
“I like to warm up my complexion and give my face a subtle, sunny glow without tanning my face. My favorite is Serge Lutens blush in shade # 1. It’s a bronzer that glides on smoothly and is easy to blend with buildable color. Using a large powder brush, I apply it around my temples, along the hollows of my cheekbones and down my jawline. Using a small powder brush, I apply a brushstroke along the sides and natural contours of my nose. This technique mimics the way the sun naturally tans the face. Another added bonus is that it stays cool for hours, so I can be at the beach or by the pool without having to worry about touch-ups.
“I love Laura Mercier’s SPF Beach Primer because it’s lightweight, SPF 30, has an easy-to-spread gel texture and doesn’t feel thick or greasy. You can easily layer it all day long for extra protection. Use a dime-sized amount for the face and don’t forget your ears! “
“I love this product because it provides that extra layer of moisture that is essential for a day at the beach. It’s super nourishing and hydrating, and I use it throughout the day after applying sunscreen by simply spraying on my face and patting it down gently. I find my skin can dry out from the sunscreen and it helps make it feel like it has that dewy, sunny glow. It contains aloe and vitamin E, so it’s also amazing for my skin when I’ve had a little too much sun. I use it at night for a post-burn detox.
“At the beach, it’s important to have eyeliner that really doesn’t move! The Stylo Yeux Waterproof by Chanel is resistant to heat, sweat and swimming in the ocean. It comes in many colors, from shades of dark smoky brown and burgundy to one of my all-time favorite colors: Fervent Blue, which is the most beautiful deep blue that works especially well on tanned skin.
“People often forget about lip sunscreen! They need protection just as much, so reapplying throughout the day is very important. I love the texture of this lip balm, it’s thick and emollient so it holds up well. I love that there is a little bit of color, so it not only protects your skin but also keeps you looking healthy and fresh.
“My favorite skin product for the beach is Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50. I have been a huge fan of this sunscreen because it does not irritate my skin or leave white streaks on my brown skin. The sun drops also give my skin a beautiful, lit glow from the inside out! The best way for me to use them is to apply it on my serum / moisturizer and eye cream first. I usually wait a few minutes between applications to make sure my other skincare is absorbed first. After a few hours at the beach, I reapply by massaging my skin with clean hands. My skin retains its radiance and hydration and the sun drops protect all my hyperpigmentation.
“My favorite skin product for the beach is the Shiseido SynchroShield Wetforce x Heatforce Sunscreen Stick SPF50 +. I love it for so many reasons: it is clear, light and does not leave a white plaster, convenient to reapply directly from the stick without having to use my fingers and hands, does not make me burst and it becomes more effective in water and heat thanks to Wetforce x Heatforce technology. It glides smoothly and you don’t have to worry about sand and liquid on your hands when you’re on the beach.
“My favorite makeup for the beach is Tower 28 Bronzino Illuminating Bronzer. I’m a huge fan of this product for its texture: it’s creamy, not sticky. Don’t worry, the sand will blow on your face and disrupt your fabulous tanned look. I love to apply it with my fingers! I take my index finger, rub it in circular motions to collect the product, then I apply the bronzer on the cheekbones of my cheeks and apply it from top to bottom to give a natural and even color.
“If you know me, you know I love extreme lashes! My favorite makeup product for the beach is the Maybelline Sky High waterproof mascara because it gives your lashes the triple threat: lift, length and volume. I always curl my lashes first, then apply the mascara from the root of the lashes. It will last all day and is also perfect for swimming! It’s a must have at the beach if you want a little makeup that will make a big difference.
“I use a lot of anti-aging skincare products which, while rapidly renewing skin cells, also make my skin more sensitive to the sun. With a medium / dark skin tone prone to hyperpigmentation, I prefer light coverage. Chanel’s Sheer Healthy Glow moisturizing shade allows me to skip the foundation while still having light coverage with the added bonus of sun protection. I always throw the light, leak-proof bottle in my beach bag and apply it just when I’m ready to hit the sand. Due to the luminous finish and the light, transparent texture, it is easy to apply casually and without a mirror. It gives me just enough coverage for my uneven skin tone, while still being bright enough to look natural and without foundation while on vacation.
“When it comes to makeup and skin care, I’m in for a natural glow. But on the beach, when you combine the glow, sunscreen, heat, sweat, and water, it can get a bit too much! I go to see pictures, and the light shines on every part of my face, not to mention that I feel bad at the end of the day. SPF is my number one priority, but why not combine it with a little shine control ?! Supergoop Re-Setting 100% mineral powder evens out my skin tone, controls shine, and provides perfect sun protection for touch-ups all day long. As a bonus, the powder texture does not mix with the sand, it gently removes everything that is stuck to your face.