Outdoor Glamour: Create the Perfect Beach Look with Makeup

Jul/12/2022 / by Melanie Fourie
Beach Makeup Looks
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When it comes to a day at the beach, we’re all for going bare-faced (with sunscreen, of course). That said, there’s no reason why you can’t wear a bit of makeup. A beach makeup look will need the use of a few different products and methods. This article will address all your concerns about applying makeup for the beach, and show you two different styles you may try.

What Exactly Does Beach Makeup Entail?

You’ll need to keep your product selections in mind since the beach is usually accompanied by some fairly harsh weather conditions—wind, excessive heat, humidity, and a lot of sun. Choosing products with SPF or moisturizing elements is essential. 

In addition, keep in mind that no matter what look you choose, your makeup will most likely smear and fade throughout the course of the day. As a result, you should choose for water-resistant products for your eye makeup since they tend to smear when wet. It’s also a good idea to opt with more pliable solutions for your cheeks and complexion, as these are the regions that will fade the quickest.

How to Achieve a “Barely There” Beach Makeup Look

These are the steps to follow for a lightweight makeup look. 

  • Apply sunscreen to your face first. Do remember to use a SPF30 at least. I personally use a product called Loreal UV defender, which is a SPF 50+ product.
  • To keep your beach makeup simple, skip the base all all and use concealer just where you need it.
  • Don’t forget to protect those lips with a SPF-infused lip balm. This protects your lips from the sun, while also leaving them soft and supple.
  • Apply a waterproof mascara

Steps for a more heavyweight beach makeup look

Bolster Your Skin Tone

In addition to SPF, use a moisturizing skin tint after applying sunscreen. Additionally, it blurs and brightens the complexion, making the skin seem more even and radiant. Conceal any bare spots with your preferred concealer if you want more coverage.

Add a Pop of Colour to Your Cheeks

The Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Melting Colour Balm from Giorgio Armani Beauty is a great cream bronzer to use on your cheekbones. As a result of the cream’s less-than-overly-emollient nature, it won’t slip straight off your skin in humidity.

Aim for a a bronzed complexion!

Being able to fake a tan without having to worry about sun exposure is a wonderful experience, and it’s easy to do so using a cream bronzer. Yes, it’s another great use for cream bronzer we know! Our favourite thing about most cream bronzer is its non-slip, powder-like consistency and velvety, easy-to-blend composition.

Use a Setting Spray

Your forehead, cheeks and chin should be set with a light, transparent powder that won’t clog pores. You can also use a setting spray if you prefer that to a powder.

Pay attention to those lips

Use a replenishing lip gloss after applying a lip balm with SPF protection to add shine and plumpness to your lips. A lightweight solution that may be reapplied multiple times becoming sticky  is ideal.

Give those lashes some love

Apply dual coats of waterproof mascara to your upper and lower lashes to define your eyes.

How to Preserve Your Beach Makeup Looks

When it comes to preserving your make-up, applying waterproof formulations, particularly on your eyes, may be a big help. If you live in a place where it’s hot and humid, your makeup will likely wash off. Choosing cream formulae that can be reapplied is a smart choice, despite the fact that it may seem illogical at the moment. 

With a cream blush mixture, for instance, it will be easy to repair any blunders since creams are easier to use for when you need to re-apply! To extend the wear of your makeup, dust powder over the areas that tend to become greasy.

FAQs about Beach Makeup Looks

Are beach makeup looks waterproof?

If you intend swimming, it’s best to opt for waterproof products like mascara and foundations. This will enable you to look fresh and gorgeous every time you take a dip. There’s no need not to look glamorous at the beach – making waterproof products a beach-day must-have!

How much time does it take to do a beach makeup look?

A lightweight look may take up to 20 minutes to complete, depending on how experienced you are at makeup applications. If you’re going for a heavier look where you apply more products, application could take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.