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Beach-ready beauty: the best sea, sun and sweat-resistant make up

Verity Douglas
Writer and expert7 years ago
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Whether you're Brighton-bound to maximise the rare Great British sunshine, or whether your impatiently awaiting more exotic seaside scenery, don't miss this opportunity to make sure you're equipped with the best beach-resistant make up: the products that will weather sea, sand, sweat and too-many tequilas, without looking anything-other-than perfect...

Nobody wants to feel 'caked' in make up when they're sun-worshipping (in a safe way!!), so ditch foundation and instead, apply a featherweight layer of Jouer's {Luminizing Moisture Tint} as the last step in your skin care ritual. It's laced with antioxidants (and SPF 20), and provides translucent coverage that stands up to the unforgiving glare of bright daylight.

If you want to fake a getaway glow from the outset, just a drop of Perricone MD's {No Bronzer Bronzer} to your tint or daily sunscreen for a gorgeous, sunkissed (sparkle-free) gleam (without the streaks or sun damage).

Aptly named, Charlotte Tilbury's {Beach Sticks} are your holiday essentials. Hand luggage-compatible (they won't compromise your fluid allowance), these twist-up sticks of pigment can be worn on cheeks, eyelids and lips to lend a dewy flush that's enviably effortless. Or try BECCA's beautiful {Beach Tints} - tubes of pure pigment that stain as they tint to ensure your make up goes the distance...

And if you feel undressed without your eyebrows on, look no further than Anastasia's {DipBrow Pomade} - a clever gel-mousse hybrid, that dries fast (and stays put) to guarantee immaculate arches. Or, if pot and paintbrush feel like too much faff, try 3CE's {Longwear Tattoo Eyebrow Marker} - a fine-tipped pen that lets you draw-on brows that last up to a fortnight! Great if you're adept at eyebrow maintenance, this pen means one less thing to think about each morning... eyebrows, check!

Lashes should be laced with Benefit's {BADGal Waterproof Mascara} - the run-resistant formula that keeps eyelashes looking long and lustrous come hell or eye-water...

And for lips? Try a quick coat of Jouer's {Lip Topper} in 'Tan Lines' - a beautiful, non-gloopy gloss-turned-lip lacquer that nourishes and maximises pouts without leaving lips glued to your hair (or your cocktail glass). With a glimmering, golden-bronze hue and trend-led high-shine finish, it's the easiest way to add some poolside polish.

To fix your handiwork, look not further than COOLA's ingenious {Make Up Setting Spray} - complete with SPF 30 (!!). and of course, no toes should be exposed without a coat of long-wear varnish. CND's {Vinylux} range boasts a spectrum of colour-pop shades which look perfect on tanned feet (and finger-ends). We're besotted with {Lobster Roll} - a suits-all hot coral - or try chic {Midnight Swim} for a sophisticated manicure that stays chip-free for a whole week. Just don't forget the {Top Coat}!


Verity Douglas
Writer and expert
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Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...