How to Have Beautiful Beach Perfect Makeup Every Time

Beach Perfect Makeup 
If you're wanting that just-spent-the-day-by-the-water-look with that distinct sunkissed look, then you'll need to give your everyday makeup routine a special beach twist. Today we have all the tips, tricks and pro-advice to get you that warm bronzed summer look you've been waiting for all winter long. So get ready to look your best this summer during your Outer Banks Beach vacation with these great pointers on how to have beach perfect makeup every time. 


First The Sunscreen

Nothing is more important than wearing sunscreen. Makeup is not a substitute for a high-quality sunscreen and while many offer some SPF protection generally the protection is only at an SPF 15 level, which is inadequate to prevent sun damage. Nothing will ruin that great healthy beach look faster than a blistering sunburn and here on the OBX we have loads of beautiful Carolina sun so protecting your skin is your first task to achieving that sun-kissed but no sunburned look. Here are three great sunscreens to try:

  1.  La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 
  2. Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen With Cellular Response Technology
  3.  Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50

Now that you've picked a sunscreen you'll want to apply it before any other makeup. Make sure to apply to a cool dry clean skin. Your normal cleansing routine is fine, but the time to apply sunscreen is definitely while still inside and it is best to apply at least a half hour prior to your expected exposure to the sun to get the maximum protective effect.


Makeup Tips 

Tips For Perfect Beach Makeup

Now that you have your sunscreen on we can get right to the hottest tips from the pros. The beach offers lots of challenges, with sand, heat, and water it is easy to struggle to find the right makeup combination that will give you that sun-kissed glow but not look overdone and stand up to the stress of the beach environment. To make things simple follow these great tricks. 


Use a brow pencil instead of a powder when doing your eyebrows. When picking a shade, go with one that is slightly lighter than your natural brow color. After you've used the pen make sure to take a little clear gel and add it to the brows making sure to also apply a little clear gel to the skin behind the eyebrow. Using the gel will help prevent the color from smearing during an active day on the beach. Don't overdo the eyebrows with heavy dark colors which will look harsh and out of place on the beach. 


Remember we aren't hitting the clubs on Miami Beach, so when choosing a lipstick to make sure to go with something as close to your natural skin color to ensure you keep that natural beach look you're looking for. Thick creamy lipsticks are a no-go as your more likely to turn your lips into sandy sugar cookies than achieving that full wet look you want. Stick to balms or lip stains.


This one is the easiest piece of advice and a universal among the pros. Go with a waterproof mascara. It may seem obvious, but nobody wants runny raccoon eyes when splashing about in the OBX waves with the kiddos. Try something like Blinc Mascara Amplified.


Powder really has no place in your beach makeup as it is a poor companion to any water activity. However, you'll want to throw some in the bag just in case you want to use it as a little touch-up before hitting some of the OBX's famous shopping or heading out to dinner. A small dab on the nose or your T-zone is all you need to absorb any sweat or excessive oils from a fun day in the sun.


To avoid that overdone or caked on look make sure to stick to a light tinted moisturizer, (a bonus is many have SPF protection). Apply this lightly and rub it in with your fingers. Make sure to bring some along for touch-up and remember you never want to cover or seal with powder.

Blotting Paper

While on the beach you really want to avoid many makeup touch-ups. It really just isn't the place with the heat and the sun and adding more is often a mistake. Think less is more on the beach. Instead, make sure to bring along blotting paper. When you feel your makeup is sweating off or feels clumpy take a bit of blotting paper and gently blot off the excess. Of course, it should go without saying, but make sure to apply all makeup at home before you leave for a day on the beach and ideally in a cool dry place.


Tread Lightly Beach Makeup

Remember at the end of the day you're looking for that light carefree beach look. When in doubt err on the side of caution and apply all makeup and beauty products sparingly when preparing for a day on the beaches of the OBX. Nothing will take away from that warm sun-kissed look more than an over-done, or cakey look. Remember you're under the soft Carolina sun not the neon lights of the dance floor.

We hope you enjoy these great tips and tricks for looking your best during your Outer Banks beach vacation. With so much to do and see, this summer is sure to be a great one on the OBX. Our miles of perfectly groomed and clean beaches are just the place to sit back with a great book and a cool drink as you let your stress drift away on the tides. The kids will love the warm waters and all the fun the Atlantic Ocean and Sounside have to offer. Now is the perfect time to begin planning and booking your 2018 OBX vacation. Bookings are filling up fast!


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