9 Beach-Proof Makeup Products That Won't Melt in the Heat

Makeup at the beach: For some, it's an oxymoron, and for others, it's a necessity. I happen to fall in the latter category. Call me crazy, but I happen to like wearing makeup, and that doesn't change when I find myself surrounded by sand and sea.

But wearing makeup oceanside can be tricky. After all, you're battling the elements: UV rays, intense sweating, and saltwater (if you're brave enough). The best beach makeup strikes a delicate balance between looking natural, while at the same time staying fiercely sweat-resistant and waterproof. Liquid liner and full contour have no place at the beach, and neither do fragile formulas.

According to celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles, cream and gel products make for the best beach makeup because they allow for a more natural finish and are easier to retouch. "The key is not to overdo it," Stiles reminded us when she stopped by the Byrdie HQ for a waterproof makeup tutorial (watch the full video below!). "There's a lot of makeup happening in the world right now, but that plus humidity, plus 90-degree temperatures—not good. Keep it minimal, and let your skin show."

For more summer makeup inspiration, check out 10 summer eye makeup looks that don't involve liquid eyeliner!

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.