#NoMakeup Selfies Not Your Thing? Try These Beach-Friendly SPF Cosmetics

#NoMakeup Selfies Not Your Thing? Try These Beach-Friendly SPF Cosmetics
Getty Images
Shop This Post

When it comes to looking hot at the beach, the salty ocean and beaming sun (hello, sweat) don’t help our cause. Applying a face full of makeup over a greasy coat of sunscreen can be a frustrating, difficult feat. Sound familiar, fellow beach bums? Luckily, thanks to the SPF-infused, water-resistant pampering products we’ve selected below, your beach look is about to go from short-lived to long-lasting—while also protecting your skin from the sun.



When it comes to creating the perfect beach look, it’s important to start with a strong SPF base. Begin your makeup regimen with an oil-free sunscreen and then follow with an SPF-infused foundation. For a long-lasting safeguard that’s also water-resistant, go with Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation SPF 42 ($36; sephora.com). Keeping the skin hydrated while in the heat is another essential, so we suggest daubing on gel-based MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation ($32; nordstrom.com). For an illuminating effect, opt for Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation SPF 19 ($57; sephora.com), which highlights skin and evens your complexion.



A natural-looking, sun-kissed bronze is the goal, and sometimes we need a little extra assistance in the form of a trusted shimmering bronzer. Guerlain’s Terracotta Spray SPF 10 ($64; sephora.com), is an easy-to-apply spray that imparts an almost airbrushed summer glow. For waterproof formulas that won’t disappear after a swim, opt for Rimmel London’s Natural Bronzer ($5; ulta.com)—one of our favorite beauty steals—or Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer ($30; ulta.com).

RELATED: Lupita Nyong'o's Makeup Artist Reveals the Tricks to Sweat-Proofing Your Makeup



Don’t allow the sun to be the only factor controlling your flush this summer. The liquid formula of Perricone MD’s No Blush Blush SPF 30 ($35; sephora.com) shapes and brightens cheekbones, while shielding skin from the sun. For a waterproof powder that won’t go AWOL after a swim, opt for Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush in Los Cabos ($26; dermstore.com).

Eye Shadow


When it comes to eye shadow, a pop of color is always welcome at the beach. Guerlain’s 'Summer Shadow' Cream Waterproof Eyeshadow ($32; nordstrom.com) is an easy-to-apply cream version. Bonus: Its two colors are inspired by the seaside itself: Blue Ocean and White Sand. For an even brighter hue, try Armani’s Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($33; bloomingdales.com) which is sweat-proof and waterproof—everything you want for an afternoon at the ocean.



To further accent the eye, we turn to our most dependable smudge-free formulas. For a bold cat-eye go with Chanel’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner ($32; chanel.com). To add even more color to the look, Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($20; sephora.com) comes in 15 vivid hues. Want a water-resistant gel formula that won’t smear (no matter what you're up to)? Try Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($25; violetgray.com).

RELATED: What's The Damage? Easy Fixes for Your Worst Summer Hair Problems



Wearing waterproof mascara to the beach may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s crucial to choose formulas that create the signature lashes you're used to. To achieve a bold look that won’t bail on you after a swim, go with Rimmel London’s ScandalEyes Waterproof Mascara ($7; ulta.com), Dior’s Diorshow Waterproof Mascara ($25; sephora.com), Givenchy’s Phenomen'Eyes Waterproof Mascara ($31; sephora.com), or Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara ($21; sephora.com).

Lip Color


Perhaps the most important aspect of every beach selfie is the lip color you choose. Luckily, the myriad of SPF-infused shades makes this an easy feat. For a richly pigmented red lip, Lancôme’s L'Absolu Rouge Lipcolor with SPF 12 Sunscreen ($30; lancome-usa.com) has you covered. For a glossy shine that doubles as a hydrator and skin protector, opt for Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother with SPF 20 ($6; drugstore.com). More down with balms? Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 ($23; sephora.com) is tinted to help to hydrate, protect and soothe lips.

Setting Sprays


To ensure a long-lasting effect, we suggest our favorite makeup setting sprays that double as SPF-infused mists. To prevent makeup from melting, spritz on Coola Suncare’s Classic Face Makeup Setting Spray SPF30 ($36; nordstrom.com) or editor-adored Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 ($28; sephora.com). Each will protect from rays while also maintaining the makeup you've worked so hard to perfect. For a more hydrating and cooling feel (which is much needed during a long day in the sun), Urban Decay’s Chill Makeup Setting Spray ($30; ulta.com) chills the surface of your skin while also creating a lasting glow.

PHOTOS: How to Lighten Up Your Beauty Routine for Summer

The Latest in Video

Melania and Ivanka Trump Wore Veils to Meet the Pope—Here’s Why
See More Videos

More Makeup

See All Latest News

Sponsored Stories

Back to Top