For some, wearing makeup at the beach might seem like a paradox. But for many, it’s a must. In any case, no definitive rulebook exists on when (or how) to wear makeup on the beach.
But sunrays can be pretty harsh, and your everyday products will probably not last in the heat. Also, it’s pretty oxymoronic to spend an hour at your makeup counter only to wind up with creased up half-melted foundation and mascara running down your face.
The key to beach makeup is simple: ‘less is more’ is truly the rule to follow. A full-face contour is probably not a good idea as it’ll probably leave you with clogged pores—but a good tinted moisturiser (or a lightweight foundation), waterproof mascara and a hint of blush will go a long way if going barefaced is out of the question.
If you’re heading on holiday soon and not sure what products to pack, MILLE gives you the definitive guide to beach makeup.
Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation
For those of you looking for barely-there makeup, the Dior Backstage Face and Body foundation is perfect. If coverage isn’t your top priority, just one layer will leave you with a skin-like finish. With its lightweight formula, it’s pretty buildable too. The best part? It comes in 40 different shades, so you’ll definitely find one to suit your summer glow.
50 USD / 183 AED
Ilia Multi Stick
Forget about a full-face contour this summer, blush is in and it’s here to stay. This one by Ilia is perfect for creating a rosy cheek look to enhance your summer glow. The formula is buttery and really easy to blend, and it’ll last through the harshest sun rays. And if you’re vegan or just feel a sense of responsibility to your health and environment, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s plant-based.
34 USD / 124 AED
Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara
If you’re looking for a waterproof mascara that actually won’t budge, this is it. The Cannonball Ultra Waterproof mascara is literally ocean-tested, so there’s no doubt that its Japanese formula won’t leave you with even one lash flaking off during your beach day.
20 USD / 73 AED
Tatcha The Satin Skin Mist
With Okinawa “Kucha” Clay, the Satin Skin Mist is a must-have this summer, as it acts as a purifier by drawing out impurities and preventing clogged pores (and oil build-up) that we’re susceptible to in hot weather. It’ll set your makeup without disturbing it, leaving you with a cooling effect—the perfect product to keep on hand at the beach.
48 USD / 173 AED