Yes, You Can Wear Makeup At The Beach

Photographed by Gunnar Larson.
The heat is on and summer is (finally) here. With the rising temps, an au natural face is the preferred beauty staple, especially when you're beachside. However, some of us do opt for cosmetics with our cabana lounging. So, how do you wear makeup without melting or looking too done up for the beach? It's all about fresh skin, and bright pops of color on the lips and eyes.

To show you how to achieve this crucial balance, we road-tested some beach-friendly products, and then shot them on location in the tropical paradise of Turks and Caicos. Of course, no one is saying you have to wear makeup at the beach, but for those of you who want to accentuate your bathing suit and caftan with a cool cat-eye, here are some gorgeous creations that look right at home alongside the sand and sea — and don't require tons of touch-ups.
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Photographed by Gunnar Larson.
The setting for our beach makeup experiment — the golden sands and teal waters of Turks and Caicos. The turquoise waters here are some of most beautiful and vibrant in the world, and made for the perfect backdrop. Also, if anyone knows of a nail polish that can replicate that shade, share the wealth.
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Photographed by Gunnar Larson.
Dual usage products with long-wearing or waterproof capabilities are key for any beach-proof look. Plus, sticks are really easy to use on the go and pack in your beach bag without weighing you down.
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Photographed by Gunnar Larson.
Nude lips, a hit of (thin) liner, and a pop of canary yellow on the lids makes a surprising (but still low-key) statement. Skin is prepped with Kiss My Face sunscreen, followed by Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Ibiza and Make Solstice Bronzer on cheeks, with Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Eyeliner in Panther, Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Canary, and NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Fashion Rebel on eyes. Lips are CharlotteTilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. in Nude Kate.
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Photographed by Gunnar Larson.
When you're at a location as breathtaking as this one, you best be sure your beauty products can hold their own. A bright pop of color on the eyes, cheeks, or lips can speak volumes, and allow you to keep the rest of your makeup minimal.
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Photographed by Gunnar Larson.
Heading to post-beach cocktails? Take your beach look into evening with a sultry teal eye. When created with cream textures, you don't have to be so precise with application — it actually looks better a bit messy. Combine that with a bronze glow (real or faux) , a glossy nude lip, piece-y texture, and a pastel nail, and you are good to go get your tropical drink on.

Here, skin is prepped with Charlotte’s Magic Cream, followed by Charlotte Tilbury The Norman Parkinson Collection Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Suntan and Sunlight. Eyes are a combination of Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Cobalt and Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Cleopatra. Lips are Make Matte Lipstick in Tulipa with NARS Christopher Kane For NARS Nucleus Lip Gloss. Hair is infused and styled with Bumble and bumble Surf Infusion, and nails are Essie Nail Color in Blossom Dandy.
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Photographed by Gunnar Larson.
Proof that beach makeup doesn't have to be extensive to make an impact: These three products are all you need to create a chic, interesting makeup effect. Just the basics — plus sunscreen, of course.
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Photographed by Gunnar Larson.
And of course, if all else fails, a giant floppy hat and a bold red lip just can't be beat. Makeup-free or statement look, however you choose to do the beach, just make sure you pack your sunscreen and have fun.
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