By: Anna Boyd
Photos by: Caroline Thomas
As D.C. stays cold and midterms heat up, everyone’s mind is drifting to their tropical Spring Break destinations. Your vacay bag is overflowing with swimsuits and sandals – but what about your skin? Most makeup looks overdone in the sun, or leaves you a raccoon-eyed mess when you hit the waves. As a native Floridian, I’m here to bring you makeup tips and products that can not only take the heat, but will guarantee to leave you looking more Ariel than Jersey Shore.
For Your Eyes…
If you want your eye makeup to take you from morning tanning through late-night festivities, always start with a good primer. My tried and true go-to is Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion for creaseless, smudge-free eyes. Seriously, this stuff rocks.
For eyeshadow that can withstand some fun in the sun, swap your typical powders for waterproof creams. Opt for warm, shimmery golds, pinks, and champagnes to keep your look dewy and compliment your newly bronzed skin. The Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner doesn’t bat an eye at the heat, and also comes in darker, matte hues that can be used as eyeliner. Here I applied a peachy-pink (Shade 05) on Hannah’s lids and smudged a bit of warm brown (Shade 07) on her upper lash line for a subtle but eye-catching look.
No eye makeup is ever complete without mascara – however not all waterproof varieties are created equal. For softly defined lashes that last, swipe on Lancôme Définicils Waterproof High Definition Mascara, focusing your application on the base of your lashes and using a lighter hand on the tips.
To ensure your brows stay #onfleek while you soak up the sun, a waterproof pencil is essential. The Sephora Collection Waterproof Retractable Brow Pencil will give you the staying power of a pomade or cream, but with a softer finish. Use it to fill in sparse areas or provide slightly more definition to get your best beachy brows.
For Your Skin…
First, bear in mind: when it comes to warm-weather skin, less makeup is always more. After all, a full-coverage face not only looks heavy in the sun, but can prevent you from evenly tanning, leaving you oddly pale from the neck up. However, since not all of us are blessed with perfect skin, we need a more realistic beach-day game plan.
To begin, apply a moisturizer with SPF like Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer For All Skin Types SPF 50 . This will not only prevent sun damage, but means you can skip spraying any pore-clogging, makeup-smearing sunscreens on your face. Follow up with a primer to ensure your look will outlast your tanning sesh.
When choosing a foundation and/or concealer, aim for cream or liquid products that contain oil, as these will weather the waves much better than powders. Also steer clear of products with too much shimmer, or the sun’s reflection off your face may blind your friends.
And finally, always apply your makeup in natural light. All makeup appears differently in our fluorescent-lit mirrors than it will in sunlight, so to get a natural, beachy face, try to apply by a window or outdoors.
For your Lips…
When it comes to beachy lips, just remember these four letters: K.I.S.S.: Keep It Simple, Stupid! Rock your natural color, or dab on a light, long-lasting lip tint like Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey. Either way, be sure to prevent dry, burned lips with an SPF infused chapstick.
Now that your makeup is guaranteed to be on point, go thrown on a swimsuit, spray some sunscreen, and unleash your inner beach goddess this Spring Break!