3 Beach-Inspired Makeup Looks That Will Make You Feel Like You're on a Tropical Vacation Even If You’re at Home

May 29, 2020
By: Marisa Petrarca | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
The Best Beachy Makeup Tutorial for the Maximalist, Minimalist, and Well, Everyone

Due to COVID-19, we know many people’s summer plans look a little different this year. But just because we may not be able to book that beach getaway just yet doesn’t mean we can’t get in a vacation state of mind — all it takes is putting on some beachy makeup to spark those vacay vibes. So, take some time to replicate that sunkissed glow with rosy flushed cheeks that make it look like you’ve been laying out in the sun all day instead of social distancing indoors (we promise it’s the next best thing). Ahead, we’ve curated the perfect beachy makeup tutorial for the minimalist, maximalist and the in-between with the help of New York City-based makeup artist Justine Sweetman. You’ll notice that the following tutorials build off of the same summer staple makeup products, so you don’t have to worry about splurging to create your perfect beachy glam. 


For the Minimalist:


STEP 1: Start by applying a facial sunscreen. Even if you’re spending more time inside, it’s important to keep your skin protected from harmful UV rays that can penetrate through your windows. We love the Vichy Capital Soleil Tinted Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 60 because it evens out the skin tone while offering broad-spectrum sun protection.

STEP 2: For an all-over glow, apply the NYX Professional Makeup California Beamin’ Face and Body Liquid Highlighter. If you prefer to use it as highlighter, apply a lighter shade than your skin tone on your cheekbones, forehead, Cupid's bow and chin. You can also combine the formula with your sunscreen — just be sure you’re applying more sunscreen than you are highlighter, and you’re good to go.

STEP 3: Finish off your look with Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Quenched. Not only will this lip balm give your lips a dewy finish, but it’ll keep your lips protected from the sun with its added SPF. For summer-ready lips, we recommend exfoliating before applying your lip balm to reap all of its hydrating benefits.


For the In-Between:

STEP 1: Mix your facial sunscreen with tinted moisturizer like IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream for a glowy, blemish-free complexion. Depending on the level of coverage you want, choose between one pump for natural coverage and two pumps for full-coverage.


STEP 2: Brush on a sheer, buildable bronzer like the Tower 28 Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer along your cheekbones. The cream formula will warm up your skin for a sunkissed look with a subtle glow. 


STEP 3: Highlight the high points of your face with NYX Professional Makeup California Beamin’ Face and Body Liquid Highlighter.

STEP 4: After exfoliating your lips, apply Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Quenched and be sure to keep it close by all day to keep your lips protected from the sun.

STEP 5: Finish your look with the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Mascara for voluminous and lifted lashes that last. Pro tip: Curl them prior to coating your lashes for maximum volume. 


For the Maximalist:


STEP 1: Mix your facial sunscreen with one or two pumps of tinted moisturizer like IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream

STEP 2: Conceal any dark circles or imperfections with Maybelline New York Super Stay Concealer for a full-coverage, long-lasting finish.


STEP 3: Curl your bare lashes and apply your favorite shade of eyeshadow. Swipe the Tower 28 Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer on your eyelids for a cohesive look. 

STEP 4: Curl your lashes again and then coat them with L’Oréal Paris Bambi Mascara.

STEP 5: Achieve your ideal level of bronze using the same cream bronzer formula.

STEP 6: Apply a creamy blush, like the Maybelline New York Cheek Heat, to the apples of your cheeks for a rosy flushed look with a luminous sheen. 


STEP 7: Highlight with the NYX Professional Makeup California Beamin’ Face and Body Liquid Highlighter.


STEP 8: Finish off your lips. For a pigmented, glossy formula, we recommend Lancôme L’Absolu Lacquer. Or, if you want to play up your eyes instead of your lips, finish with Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm for shine and hydration.

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