Beach Beauty: Your Waterproof Makeup Guide

Getting ready for some splish-splash fun? Don’t worry about your makeup not lasting. We show you how to waterproof your beauty routine. Make your makeup last this hot summer with our tips and tricks.
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 15, 2009

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This summer ride the tide in style. Don’t worry about your makeup not lasting when all you want to do is have some splish-splash fun. We show you how to waterproof your summer beauty routine.

By Qianna Smith & Cynthia Caban

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Summer is no time to wimp out on color. Skip the blush and swipe on a bright eyeshadow in a pretty peacock color. Try L’Oreal Bright Shadow Duo in Flamboyant, $7.99, drugstore.com.

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Looking for products that won’t budge or smudge in the summer heat? Sephora put together their most-wanted waterproof eye products in one box to bring you a splash-tastic set for one pretty price. Splashstash Waterproof Deluxe Sampler, $35 ($65 Value), sephora.com.

The set contains:
-Tarte Lights Camera Splashes
-Too Faced Mini Lash Injection
-MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Smoky Lash
-MAKE UP FOR EVER Sens’Eyes Makeup Remover
-MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes
-Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Electric
-Urban Decay Big Fatty Waterproof Mascara

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Preserve your do by wrapping your hair up in a pretty scarf that compliments your swimsuit. Smooth on Carol’s Daughter Gelee de Soleil Browning Oil, $14, carolsdaughter.com, for a beautiful mocha glow.

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Pop your eyeshadow and keep lip color subdued. Try a sexy pink gloss like Neutrogena Moisture Shine Lip Soother with SPF, $7.99, cvs.com. Lips are prone to sunburn so an SPF gloss is a big do.

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No girl on the go has time to worry about eye shadows or liners that crease, fade and look lifeless after a few hours. This summer choose face-brightening eye shadows and liners in vibrant hues to get high-impact beauty with minimal time and effort. Check out our top picks that glide on smooth and blend effortlessly for a waterproof finish.

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Don’t fight fate! Hair frizzes at the beach or pool so avoid stick straight styles that are going to get sweated out and salt-watered down. Instead try braid-setting your hair.

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For wavy beach-ready hair, smooth a half dollar-sized amount of Ellin Lavar Liquid Motion, $7.99, ellinlavar.com, into hair and plait in three-inch sections all over your head the night before. In the morning, finger comb and go.

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Shimmer is a beach body must! Nars Body Glow, $59, sephora.com, is one of our all-time favorites. It gives skin a pretty sheen and has a great scent.

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Look like a total beach babe with our plunge-worthy waterproof bronzer picks. Achieve an irresistibly sexy glow that will leave your skin glimmering for hours on end.

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Save money on pricey bronzers by creating your own body-shimmering potion. Add a generous sprinkle of L’Oreal Glam Bronze Loose Powder in Alluring Shimmer, $12.49, to Ambi Soft & Even Body Care Creamy Oil Lotion, $8.49, drugstore.com, mix together and apply on your most tantalizing parts.

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Keep makeup light and translucent and play with waterproof mascara. Try Sonia Kashuk Lashify Waterproof Mascara, $7.99, target.com.

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Water-resistant mascara is a must for any beach bound beauty that prefers to look streak free. We selected these lash blasters for their ability to lengthen and strengthen the lashes under the most wet and wild conditions.

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Remember to apply your mascara first at the root and through the tip for the illusion of longer lashes.

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Let your lips make a splash at your next pool party! Retro neon lip color is really hot right now. Try Black Radiance Lip Stick in Purple Passion, $1.99, Walgreens.com, for a punch of color.

Wondering what to wear to that special summer pool party bash? Check out our curvy women’s guide to the latest styles in swimwear »

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