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3 Makeup Looks That You Can Wear to the Beach

Summer is synonymous with showing some skin. But the challenge is always above the shoulders — how do you keep your face looking fresh while still protected? I’ve got you covered. Hit the shore with beach-friendly makeup that shields against harmful sun rays and stays strong in the water. With natural looks ranging from flushed to fierce, here’s how to get that safe, radiant glow.


Note: Remember to bring a hat on your summer excursions and wear a broad spectrum SPF throughout sun exposure. Always apply sunscreen to your face before creating these beach looks for a fresh, protected face without the sunburn!


Fresh Flush

  1. Using a fluffy powder brush, apply ILIA’s Radiant Translucent Powder SPF 20. I love how this organic, talc-free powder moisturizes with aloe extracts while it protects against UVA/UVB rays. It also reflects light with pearl pigments for soft luminosity.

  2. Comb your brows with Benefit Cosmetics 24 Hour Brow Setter Shaping & Setting Gel for sculpted arches that won’t budge, sunrise to sunset.

  3. Concentrate Charlotte Tilbury’s Beach Stick in the shade Moon Beach on the apples of your cheeks for a pop of dewy rose-gold color, inspired by the unique lighting at Moon Beach in Ibiza.

  4. Apply IT Cosmetics Tightline on the base of your lashes and sweep outward to create fuller and delicate looking strands with waterproof staying power.

  5. Finish off the look with Hampton Sun’s SPF 30 Lip Gelée, which drenches lips in a clear wash of shea butter, coconut extracts, and cupuacu butter for a spa-like treatment.

Coral Glow

  1. Using a damp beautyblender apply La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation for buildable coverage that yields a dewy finish with SPF 20 protection.

  2. Using the RMS Beauty Kabuki Polisher Retractable Brush, sweep the RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer down the center of your nose, tops of your cheekbones, onto your tear ducts, and above your Cupid’s bow for an ethereal glow.

  3. Fill your brows with IT Cosmetics Brow Power Waterproof Perfector for tamed and symmetrical arches that stay shapely with 8-hour waterproof protection.

  4. Apply Natasha Denona’s Duo Glow Shimmer Powder in the shade Alba to your cheekbones and sweep upwards into your temples to achieve a pearlescent coral flush.

  5. After curling your lashes, apply TOM FORD Emotionproof Mascara for fuller, longer and waterproof strands.

  6. Add COOLA Tinted Mineral Liplux in Tan Line to your lips, so they stay protected all day with water resistant SPF 30 protection.

Golden Goddess

  1. Using a damp beautyblender, apply TOM FORD’s Waterproof Foundation and Concealer all over your face and under your eyes.

  2. Apply Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer in a 3-shaped formation for a sun-kissed contour.

  3. Add multidimensional sparkle to your look with Cover FX Glitter Drops in Golden Champagne. Blend the ultra-concentrated glitter formula over your cheekbones and onto your collarbones to achieve the ultimate golden glow.

  4. Craft dramatic, full and precise brows with Benefit Cosmetics Ka-Brow! I love how this cream-gel formula remains waterproof and smudge-proof for 24 hours.

  5. Use the IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Liner to tight-line your upper lash line and define your lower lash line with saturated color that’s infused with collagen, protein and vitamins C and E.

  6. Add two coats of TOM FORD’s Emotionproof Mascara for goddess-level strands.

  7. Give lips a little SPF 30 oomph with COOLA’s Tinted Mineral Liplux in the burnt red shade, Bonfire.

  8. Set your look, reapply your sunscreen and soothe your skin all at the same time with COOLA’s Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30. Infused with aloe vera extracts, hyaluronic acid, and a plant stem cell complex, this setting spray works hard, so you can play all day under the sun!

Illustrations by Megan Badilla