Beach Side to Pool Party Beauty

Beach Proof Makeup


When it comes to looking our best at the beach, strong winds, waves, and searing sunshine don’t exactly help our cause. With soaring temperatures, an au naturel face is the optimal beauty staple – especially when you’re planning on spending the day surfside – but that doesn’t mean you have to bare all.

You can easily achieve a bronzed, carefree, beach-ready look that doesn’t require tonnes of touch-ups and won’t melt off in the sun. On the other hand, no one wants to be that girl at the beach with an obvious full face of makeup on, and on the beach up against the elements, your everyday makeup just won’t cut it.

Wearing waterproof mascara to the beach might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to select the right one. With a decade of research behind its development, Blinc Mascara Amplified utilises a unique formula which forms tiny tubes around your lashes. Unlike traditional oil-based mascaras, the formula doesn’t absorb, which means it has the power to last 2-3 times longer and won’t run, smudge, or flake – water-resistant and perfect for going from day to night without any removal or touch-ups required.

Blinc Mascara Amplified

blinc mascara amplified

Waterproof lipstick can be your saving grace on a beach day, lasting from breakfast smoothie to happy hour cocktail thanks to savvy formulas designed to lock onto your lips. Combining the weightless feel of a tint with the full-coverage, pigment-rich colour of a lipstick, LA Splash’s Smitten Waterproof LipTint Mousse is fully deserving of its cult status, and even a subtle lip colour can liven up a minimal face – Charmed is a delicate pink which looks amazing against tanned skin. Best of all, it’s phenomenally long-wearing – cocktail proof and everything.

LA Splash’s Smitten Waterproof LipTint Mousse

-la splash smitten waterproof liptint mousse

With sunshine comes heat, sweat, and the need for something to keep makeup on lockdown – the beach is not the place for reapplying. When constructing the perfect beach look it’s important to start with a strong base, so sweep a coat of this high-performance primer across skin to keep makeup from slipping and disappearing altogether. Lightweight and non-greasy, the silky formula perfectly primes skin whilst simultaneously providing SPF coverage and antioxidant protection – vital when skin is set to be exposed to sun’s harmful rays.

Laura Geller Spackle Under Makeup Primer

laura geller spackle primer

Foundation is a bit of a no-no at the beach, but if your skin has imperfections in need of concealing, avoid regular liquid foundation and instead opt for a powder formula. This will not only provide your skin with coverage, but also combat the inevitable oiliness that comes hand in hand with time spent in the sun. Meet the hardest working foundation on the market; this sheer powder keeps skin looking and feeling fresh and light, and boasts sufficient coverage to instantly even skintone, whilst being light enough to cope with hot temperatures and overzealous dancing, and providing lasting SPF coverage.

ArtDeco Sun Protection Powder Foundation

artdeco powder foundation

Because you want to match and enhance your natural tan, choose a matte bronzer over a shimmer formula. A natural-looking sunkissed warmth is the goal; for a lasting result and customisable breed of bronze, try this easy-to-apply powder, which blends on for a warm, sheer summer glow that won’t cake in the heat or disappear after a swim.

Stila Stay All Day Bronzer for Face & Body

stila stay all day bronzer for face body

Highlighter is great for achieving covetable glowy skin, but in hot weather, anything too glittery is going to slide off almost instantly. Instead of powders, look for sheer, creamy textures which blend better than powders, have stronger staying powder, and won’t look too harsh in sunlight. RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer harnesses some of nature’s most radiant glow-getters to deliver a translucent finish – more dewy than glittery – plus the all-natural formula won’t feel heavy or cloying on the skin.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

rms beauty living luminizer

Pool Party Makeup

Whilst au naturel may be the look of choice beach-side, if you’re heading to a pool party you may want to up the ante a little. After all, make up is there to have fun with! Whether you’re Marbella bound or set for Ibiza, pool party makeup calls for bold colours in budge proof formulas for stay-all-day effortless glam: think festival beauty with a tropical twist.

For obvious reasons, chlorine-laden water and scorching temperatures aren’t exactly condusive to a flawless look, but with the right formulas and a little clever styling you can look flawless pool-side.


Blinc’s expertise in long-wearing makeup shines through again in this incredible eyeliner. Utilising a blend of ingredients, the liquid gives exceptional colour payoff which stays put on the skin. Water resistent, smudge-proof and even invincible on oily lids, it’s a must have for pool-side activities. Suitable for even sensitive eyes, the colour stays put until you choose to remove it with a combination of warm water and gentle pressure. 

Blinc Eyeliner

blinc eyeliner

Any form of party requires long, fliratious lashes – Stila’s waterproof formula volumises, lengthens and separates lashes for a flawless flutter. Water-proof, smudge resistant and generally budge proof, it’ll survive the heat, sweat and water effortlessly, so you can concentrate on the music.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Volumising Mascara

stila stay all day waterproof volumising mascara

If your biggest fear is losing your brows in the pool, then you need to try Anastasia Beverly Hills’ best selling Dipbrow Pomade. The silky cream glides over skin defining brows effortlessly, and can be worn bold or blended to a natural finish. Once set, it’s totally budge proof and refuses to melt away, run or smudge.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

anastasia beverley hills dipbrow pomade

If you’re not sparkling, are you really at a pool party? We’re all about the glitter life and Lit Cosmetics have the most glorious range of the sparkling stuff in a veritable rainbow of hues. Sprinkle on roots, wear on eyelids or cheekbones, or (our current obsession) wear a thin line just under the brows for a stand-out look day or night.

Lit Cosmetics Glitter

lit holographic lit kit

As a general rule, gel and cream formulas tend to wear better in the humidity, as they melt into the skin rather than cake on the surface. Illamasqua’s innovative Gel Colour gives a sheer flush of radiance to the complexion, which can be built upon for a stronger look or applied delicately for a gentle glow. Simply glide along the skin and blend with fingertips or a fluffy brush for stay-all-day colour. 

Illamasqua Gel Colour

illamasqua gel colour fluster

A pop of bright colour is the perfect finish to your pool-side style. Gerard Cosmetics’ bestselling Hydra Mattes give intense colour payoff for opaque coverage in one sweep, whilst the long wear formula remains picture perfect for hours. We’re obsessed with the orange-red tones of Mercury Rising – perfect for setting off a golden tan. 

Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick

gerard cosmetics hydra matte liquid lipstick