As much as beach bumming is about being one with nature, we always want to look our best on holiday (hence the various pre-trip fitness regimes and spray tans). But as much as we try and keep up with the local standard of bronzed goddesses and toned surfer bods, wherever we go, there’s just something about emerging from the water with raccoon eyes that doesn’t exactly scream glamour-puss (so-long, holiday romance). With that in mind, we’ve decided to take a stand against runny mascara and melting foundation by locating the best waterproof make up that money can buy.
MAC Splashpoof Lash Mascara
If there’s one holiday beauty staple we can’t live without, it’s mascara. Until it starts running down our faces, that is. So in the name of avoiding the ever-familiar Panda eyes, switch to MAC Cosmetics Splashproof Lash Mascara £14. Whether you’re baking in the sun or diving deep into the ocean blue, lashes stay looking long and full without clumping or smudging.
Diorshow Liner Waterproof
What would mascara be, really, without the added oomph from its close acquaintance, eyeliner? Offered in a variety of shades, this rich and sultry waterproof eyeliner, Diorshow Liner Waterproof £18, gives eyes an added depth and lustre guaranteed to stay on after hours of surf and sun. Now all you need to do is find a lifeguard worthy of batting those lashes at.
Benetint by Benefit Cosmetics
Benetint by Benefit Cosmetics £24.50, waterproof liquid blusher, (that also doubles as a lip tint. Score), is the perfect holiday accompaniment to your beachy glow. Simply brush some of the fluid on your cheekbones and rub it in until you’re content (be warned, this is a tint – a little goes a long way). Repeat the same for your lips and voila- a rosy glow fellow holiday-ers won’t be able to put their finger on. Now that’s something we wouldn’t mind carrying around city or seaside.
Aqua Lip Jelly Tint by Terry
Lipgloss and sun, sea and sand just aren’t natural bed partners, so you can imagine the excitement when we found this 2-in-1 Aqua Lip Jelly Tint by Terry £22. Putting all other glosses to shame with its inherent waterproof properties, you’ll be sure to snag a couple of double takes while surfing the waves with a shimmering pout that looks impossibly natural (we won’t tell).
Mineral Powder SPF 15, by Laura Mercier
For those of us not blessed with flawless skin, a day at the beach sans foundation can cause a wee bit of panic. Even that added boost of colour can’t cover unsightly blemishes, hide uneven skin tone or help with enlarged pores (we know all too well). But fear no more, for the amazing Laura Mercier has it all covered (literally) with her water resistant, oil freeMineral Powder SPF 15, £31. Slim and sleek, it fits straight into your beach bag (for emergency touch ups) and comes in a variety of soft tones to match your skin colour. And as if that wasn’t enough, it’s made of completely natural ingredients to help clean your skin and fight the ageing process all at the same time (take that UVB rays).