In the laidback, laissez-faire spirit of the season, heading straight from the beach to dinner and beyond is often what’s in store over the summer months. It’s hard to find the time, or desire, to break for a full shower/blow dry/makeup reapplication when you could just embrace low-maintenance beauty, and let sunset flow straight into cocktails.
That said, going from beach to bar doesn’t mean you have to feel sweaty, sticky, and sandy the rest of your evening. With some key products, tips, and tricks, you can turn a day at the beach into a sexy, pulled-together evening look in just a few minutes. And we’re telling you how!
Keep reading for your step-by-step guide to taking your look from beach to street—no high-maintenance primping necessary.
Braid your hair into a casual side plait (or two) before the day begins to keep strands from getting tangled. That way, you can take dips in the ocean without getting hair in your face, and once it dries, undo the braids for the most perfect, all-natural and authentic beach waves.
After taking a final dip in the ocean or rinsing off, if there’s an outdoor shower, mist yourself with an after-sun cooling spray. The cool mist of La Prairie’s Soothing After Sun Mist for Face & Body ($90) will refresh, sooth, and hydrate skin. It will also help to calm redness.
Skip dark colors, and swipe a shimmery golden-hued shadow on lids to play up your bronzed skin. Bobbi Brown’s Surf & Sand Eyeshadow Palette ($65) has stunning shades of gold, copper, and bronze—perfect for sun-kissed skin.
If your face got a little too much sun or if you just want some minimal coverage on problem areas, apply a super lightweight tinted moisturizer, like Stila’s Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20 ($34), to blend unevenness.
To take your look up a notch, apply a super-glossy lip in a punchy color. Since you won’t be wearing full foundation or heavy eye makeup, a slick and colorful look is just the right amount of chic you need to go from beach to street.
We love the Yves Saint Laurent’s Glossy Stains ($35). They're a mix of gloss, stain, and lipstick, without any sticky goop.
What's on your holiday weekend beauty agenda?