Now that the sun in shining we can start to consider beach getaways. But nobody wants to go for a quick dip and come out with panda eyes and make-up dripping down your face – especially if it is a romantic getaway with your beau!
But with modern formulas, mineral foundations and long-lasting formulations, you can look just as good coming out of the ocean as you did going in.
As we don’t slather cosmetics the way that we slather sun screen, it is best to put a layer of good quality SPF 50 sunscreen on first so that you know that you are protected.
Start with Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel (£49.99 from Selfridges) which will even out skin tone, minimise pores and drench it in moisture while being sweat and waterproof. For those who want extra coverage, look for a water resistant all-in-one foundation that includes moisturisers and SPF sun protection. The new ranges of BB and CC creams (with DD creams on the way!) on the market offer a variety of formulas and colour solutions to meet all skin types. Chanel’s CC Cream (launching in the UK soon) has a lovely texture and coverage as well as a nice fragrance.
Eye liner and mascara are the true tests of waterproof glamour and after an hour splashing around in salty waves, you can be sure that your mascara has stayed put with Kanebo’s 38 degrees silk performance mascara (£20 from Harrods). Coating your lashes, the mascara stays put until you shower in warm water – above 38 degrees to be precise! Still one of the best gel liners on the market, Bobby Brown’s Long Wear Gel Liner comes in 14 shades (£17.50 from Bobby Brown or good department stores) and will take you from day to evening without so much as a touch up!
And gel is really where it is at at keeping things from sliding on the face. Smashbox O Glow (£21 from Boots) is a clear gel blusher that gives you a natural glow tailored to your skin tone. And Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in neutral tones such as Emerville (£31 from StrawberryNET) can give you a slick of colour that will shimmer but not disappear.
Lips are still best off with a slick of gloss rather than a heavy matt lipstick. Some of the stickier versions last quite well in water (such as Shu Uemura’s Vinyl Unlimited gloss £18.50) but if reapplying your gloss from time-to-time is all you need to look fabulous on the beach this summer, it is not bad!
[photo credit: Ausseher]