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7 Beach Makeup Ideas for the Perfect Summertime Look

If you’re anything like us, then spending time at the beach is one of your favorite summer activities. After all, there’s just something so relaxing about lying on the sand and listening to the sound of ocean waves. Of course, since a beach trip is all about chilling out, you may not be putting too much thought into how you do your makeup—and that’s totally fine! We’re all about going bare-faced, especially during the summer months when the heat and humidity often make midday touchups a necessity. That being said, it is a good idea to follow a few basic skin care tips during a beach trip—and if you would like to do your makeup for a day at the beach, we’ve got a few ideas for you to keep in mind. Consider the below your summer and beach makeup guide!

Summer Makeup Tip #1: Start with Your Sun Protection Routine

Before applying your beach-day makeup, make sure your sun protection routine is in order. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day as directed on the packaging and an SPF of 30 or higher if you’ll be spending prolonged periods of time in the sun. But your sun protection routine shouldn’t end there. The FDA also states that you should reapply sunscreen at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating), limit your time in the sun during its peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and cover up exposed skin by wearing long sleeves, pants, UV-blocked sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat. It’s a good idea to seek shade and sit under a UV-filtering umbrella while you’re at the beach as well. Applying sunscreen should be the last step in your skin care routine before you move onto makeup.

Summer Makeup Tip #2: Keep Things Simple

While your day-to-day makeup routine might be comprised of a series of primer, foundation, concealer, and other complexion-perfecting products, it could be a good idea to pare things down for a day at the beach. After all, you may not want to have to worry about touching up your makeup while you’re hanging out with friends or after taking a dip in the ocean. If you don’t plan on getting wet and do want to put on a few products, think about reaching for powders with a matte finish, as liquid products with a radiant finish may end up making you look greasy if you’re sweating.

Summer Makeup Tip #3: Reach for BB Cream, Not Foundation

If you would like to wear all-over coverage while you’re at the beach, consider opting for a BB cream, as it’s a multi-purpose product. That way you won’t have to apply separate color correcting concealer, foundation, and concealer. Look for one that’s formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen for your trip to the beach.

Summer Makeup Tip #4: Apply Matte Bronzer for a Golden Glow

Get your faux glow on while at the beach by applying a matte bronzer. Like we told you earlier, liquid makeup may end up making you look greasy, so help create a golden-looking glow with a matte powder bronzer. Apply it in a “3” shape on both sides of your face with a fluffy makeup brush.

Summer Makeup Tip #5: Brighten the Look of Your Complexion with Blush

To help perk up the look of your skin, try applying a powder blush to the apples of your cheeks. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Blush comes with four shades, so you can mix and match!

Summer Makeup Tip #6: Use Waterproof Mascara

Eager to bat those lashes? If you’re going to the beach, wear a waterproof mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara.

Summer Makeup Tip #7: Pucker Up in Lip Gloss

If you’re all about bold lip looks, go for it! But if you want to embrace a beach babe vibe, skip the lipstick and use a subtle lip gloss, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss, instead.