Yes, you read that title right. The key to looking great at the beach is making your eyes look as big as possible and having a great skincare game. Leave your eyeshadow palettes and contour at home. Let's take the tour...
I'll start with hair because it's the least of my concerns when I'm at the beach. What's the point, really? Your hair is pretty much wet or blowing in the wind the entire time. And if you're like me, you probably get really lazy about washing and styling it. I pretty much just spray this in my hair and let the saltwater and wind take care of everything else. If you don't like the way it looks once it's dry, just pull it up and tie it with a scarf. Unleash your inner boho.
Because I'm Southeast Asian (Filipino, to be exact), I didn't think I needed sunscreen ever. It turns out I was wrong. Now I wear it religiously (during the summer. I still suck at putting it on the rest of the year.). A warning: this stuff does not blend well. It will leave a very white residue all over your face and anything else it touches. I don't care. I love it and am very loyal to this brand.
It goes on like chapstick but this lip balm gives some serious color. I also like its warm red color. Since I'm not wearing any other face makeup at the beach, I like a super warm, bright lip.
These little tins of Tokyomilk Dark lip balms are the shit. They taste delicious (I brought Salted Caramel and Absinthe with me on this trip) and smell really good. They are pretty thick too which is great for me because my lips get chapped easily.
I curl my lashes and put on black mascara because I don't like having undefined, small eyes when I'm at the beach. I should mention that I use a lash serum nightly to help lengthen and thicken my lashes.
This NYX Cosmetics brow gel is pretty strong and lasts a full day at the beach. I can't go without filling in my brows.
Micellar water and a washcloth are the only things that can take off that Badger sunscreen before I can even wash my face.
This is the only salicylic acid face wash that keeps my skin clear. I buy it from my dermatologist and it's pretty expensive so don't use it as a makeup remover. Take off all of your makeup first and then wash your face with this. It's also drying so you'll want to have a good moisturizer on hand.
Last but not least, I brought along some lash trios to put on the outer corners of my eyes if we go out for the night. It makes my eyes even bigger and more defined while still looking really natural. I also brought along some teal liquid liner for an added pop of color.