How I get my beach makeup glow
Updated: Feb 1
The simple steps I use to create a glowy, sunkissed look that's perfect for a day at the beach!
I feel so fortunate to live on an island, especially one that's in the Caribbean. There's something about the beach and being near the sea that brings me so much inner peace #thalassophile. Hence it's one of my go-to places to relax and unwind from the mundane activities of daily life.
There's a notion that once you're going to the beach you shouldn't wear makeup. I think it just comes down to personal preference and what you're comfortable doing. I've been a lover of wearing minimal makeup for more than a year now and don't get me wrong, while I love getting glammed up, the beach is the perfect place for a minimalistic makeup look.
Here, I'd be sharing with you the makeup steps and products I use to achieve a glowy, sunkissed look that's perfect for a beach (or pool) day.
1. The Base
Above everything else, skincare should be the forefront of your makeup look. Ensuring that your skin is washed, exfoliated, toned and adequately prepped is key with minimal makeup looks.
Of all the steps in my morning skincare routine, the application of #sunscreen is a must! An SPF of 50 or higher is usually best to protect the skin from the harmful UV rays. I love using the ZO Skin Health Daily Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen. It's a chemical sunscreen that goes on clear and does not have a white cast. It leaves the skin with a healthy glow and is an absolute dream to apply makeup over.
2. The Face
Because I'd be exposed to the heat and humidity at the beach, I always apply a primer to help reduce my oil production. I put the Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector over my entire T zone where I tend to produce the most oil. This helps to limit how oily my skin gets during my time out in the sun. I like to play around with the amount of coverage I want on any given "no makeup makeup" day. Sometimes it's just a touch of concealer under the eyes set with powder while other days, I apply something with a bit more coverage but still very breathable.
On this beach day, I opted for just a bit more coverage by using my Makeup Forever Ultra HD perfector Blurring Skin Tint with Sunscreen (SPF 25)...wow that was a mouthful #lol. I discovered this product in Sephora on my trip to NYC last year and have been loving it ever since. It's a great alternative to foundation and it does exactly what the name says...it blurs the skin. It's coverage is minimal and allows your skin to peek through. I then used a small amount of Sacha Buttercup Powder to set my face.
At this point, I would usually fill in my eyebrows using the Kiss New York professional TopBrow eyebrow pencil in Deep Dark Brown. The L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black #holygrail is applied to my lashes and then a neutral lippie is placed on the lips.
3. The Glow
Who doesn't want that added glow to the skin? Applying highlighter is such a fun step because it can amp up a makeup look with just one swipe. I love using the Anastasia Beverley Hills x Amrezy highlighter on days where I want to mimic that healthy sunkissed glow. It's the perfect golden shade that compliments so many skin tones well! #universal. I apply it to the high points of my face i.e., my cheekbones, brow bones and down the bridge of my nose for added radiance.
4. The Body
Quite often, our main focus is on the face and we tend to neglect the rest of our skin. Once my makeup is complete, I apply sunscreen over my entire body. Did you know that the skin is the body's largest organ? #funfact. UVA rays cause aging and wrinkles and UVB rays cause burning (sunburn). A lot of people are under the notion that having a darker skin tone, it automatically protects them against getting sunburn or even skin cancer. This sadly, is not the case as UV rays do not discriminate against who it affects and causes long term skin damage to. As such, everyone should wear sunscreen daily.
I use the Elta MD UV Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen to my entire body. It's perfect for all skin types, has UVA/UVB protection, is water resistant and rubs in without leaving a white cast...seeing a trend here? Finding a sunscreen that works well and doesn't leave the skin looking ashy, makes it that much easier to want to wear it.
This makeup look is so versatile and can be easily translated to an everyday makeup look. Do you wear makeup to the beach? If so, what steps and products do you incorporate? I'd love to know, so leave me a comment. Don't forget to like and share this post xx