Me Oh My Girl
Halcyon beach days are here again! Even though the energy of summertime is about being wild and free and comfortable in your skin, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to ditch makeup and hair altogether. But paring down and perfecting your seaside-beauty routine means less distractions from what really matters: soaking up some sun and good vibrations. To make it easy, here’s everything you need in your beach bag so it’s ready to grab and go at a moment’s notice. Because summer’s calling, and you wouldn’t want to keep it waiting.
Come on, you know this: Sunscreen is non-negotiable — in daily life, but especially when you’re half-naked and frolicking on the beach for hours at a time. Physical sunscreens that block UV rays with zinc oxide are your best bet for getting broad-spectrum protection without compromising the health of your skin and body with hormone-disrupting chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate. Juice Beauty’s Sport Sunscreen is totally clean and green and super moisturizing with jojoba and aloe. When you’re showing that much skin, a nourishing formula like this is your best friend. Feel free to take a dip in the ocean or get in on some beach-volleyball action—this stuff’s water resistant and sweatproof, but do reapply every 80 minutes.
Your skin but better. This moisturizing yet weightless BB cream hydrates, protects, primes and gives just enough coverage so you still look like you’re not even trying. Go ahead, reapply it throughout the day—I promise, no caking. It’s even chemical-free. The only issue is the shade range is limited, so unfortunately, anyone darker than medium tan might just want to opt for the version of this product sans the tint.
A little bit of CC cream or even a full face of foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush, the whole nine is fair game if it helps you channel your inner beach babe. However, once it’s inevitably time to reapply sunscreen, your artistry just becomes a total wipeout. Supergoop’s Defense Refresh Setting Mist was made for this awkward moment. This fine mist spray not only provides a mid-afternoon dose of SPF 50, it actually refreshes your makeup and controls shine. Keep in mind it is a chemical sunscreen but at least it’s free of oxybenzone, the worst offender out there.
Can’t be having dry lips at the beach. And your kisser needs sun protection just as much as the rest of your body. Might as well swipe on a sheer wash of color while you’re at it. Ilia’s Tinted Lip Conditioner boasts SPF 15 and softens lips with cocoa and shea butters and antioxidant-rich organic oils from avocado, sesame, cranberry and passionflower. Two of the most beach-friendly shades: Dizzy (a flirty coral) and Darlin’ (a sheer nude with a hint of peach and apricot).
Well-groomed eyebrows are like an instant face-lift. Milk Makeup’s Gel Brow is a no-fuss way to fill in and shape your brows. It’s waterproof, so if you put it on before you hit the beach, you technically don’t need to bring it with you; but keeping a secret brow weapon within reach no matter where you go is just good practice.
Some might say wearing eyeliner to the beach is a diva move, but again, whatever floats your boat! Even female pro surfers have been known to rock a little smoky eye on the waves, because… why not? A slightly shimmery, bronzy eyeliner like Stila’s Waterproof Smudge Stick in Lionfish can give a subtle sultriness that lasts all day. Or, just keep it in your makeup bag for whatever happens post-surf, whether that’s an impromptu alfresco dinner with your beach crew or a spontaneous date night with your summer love.
Oil blotting sheets keep you from looking like a sweaty hot mess out there. Never leave home without.
Sea water is the ultimate styling product, and the textured, wavy hair it creates is always a good look—unless your locks are so knotted that obligatory hair flips are just not happening. Après swim, give your tresses a quick comb-through and tousle, and let the salt water do the rest.
If you’re a land lover whose mission is to keep your hair dry at all costs, beach waves can still be yours with Captain Blankenship’s Sea Salt Shimmer Spray. It’s the best texturizer ever (seriously, ever!), leaving hair soft and bouncy rather than gritty and weighed down. The kicker: Natural gold mica infuses hair with a literal golden glow that looks especially ethereal at magic hour.
BYOB—bring your own Bkr, that is! These impeccably designed glass water bottles encased in a silicone sleeve are so chic. The ocean, marine wildlife and sea birds will thank you very much for skipping disposable plastic-bottled water. Next to SPF, hydration from the inside out is the other crucial, not-so-secret beauty rule that everyone must abide by.
Grab a towel and some summer reading, too. See you on the beach!