Waterproof your beach beauty

Waterproof beach beauty
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Let’s face it, we’re all a bit obsessed with make-up, and going for a swim on holiday doesn’t have to mean ditching your favourite cosmetics. Looking camera-ready for those poolside selfies has got that bit easier with these beauty buys that will keep you looking bronzed and beautiful – even while in the water.

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If you’re holed up in a gorgeous villa, or staying in a glamorous beach club, a small collection of waterproof make-up is essential to keep you looking sleek and ready for sunset cocktails. A full face won’t be necessary, but with a few hardworking products, you can side-step panda eyes and fake a healthy glow until you have one for real. Read on for our round up of the best beauty products to ensure you’re flawless from sunrise to sundown.


A sunkissed face is generally all you need on the beach. But if you’re not keen on baring all, opt for a breathable waterproof foundation to disguise blemishes, uneven skin tone or dark under-eye circles without clogging your pores. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation offers lightweight, correcting and perfecting coverage, and is water-resistant for 90 minutes. Or try MAC’s Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation – a waterproof formula that lasts for 24 hours and does double duty as both a foundation and concealer.

Bronzer and blush

If you need a bit of a boost to get that sunkissed look at the beginning of your holiday, then a dusting of waterproof bronzer or blusher will do the trick. The new water resistant formulations will stay in place even after a swim or a prolonged sunbathing session. Stila Stay All Day Water Resistant Bronzer can be dusted all over face and body for a healthy glow. Or for ease of application use a make-up stick to contour the face. Apply a bronzing pencil like Nudestix’s dual-ended stick to the hollows of the cheeks, sides of the nose, and underneath the chin.

Open your eyes

Nothing pulls your face together quite like a well-defined pair of peepers and eyebrows. MAC’s cult Brow Set will keep your Cara Delevingne’s perfectly in place,and create eye-popping definition in seconds while Chantecaille’s Waterproof Eyeliner pencil is easy to use, dries quickly, and will stay in place for an impressive 24 hours.

Lift those lashes

Waterproof mascara is the one item you should buy give to give your lashes a lift on vacation. Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara or Benefit’s popular Bad Gal Waterproof Mascara won’t leave you panda eyed. But take extra care removing waterproof mascara as an ordinary make-up remover won’t cut it. Look for oil-based removers that will break up the formula without damaging your lashes.

Pencil your pout

For a pout that pops, ditch traditional full lipsticks and instead use a waterproof lip pencil to give your lips either subtle definition or a full-on wash of colour. Illamasqua Lip Slick Stick, Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Re-Shape & Re-Size Lip Liner or Panoramic Long Wear Lip Pencil In Muse are all good options.

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