Nothing parallels summer’s ease like a beach day: sunning, swimming and catching up on the latest fashion magazine is the ultimate laissez-faire way to indulge in the season’s laid back characteristic. Running with this notion is not only inevitable, but encouraged when it comes to putting yourself together after a day spent lazing in the sand and sea (or Lake Ontario… whatever!). Skipping a full on shower, blowout and makeup routine definitely goes with the flow and keeps the good times rollin’, but lets make sure you look gorgeous doing it. Check out these few super easy tips that take you right from the beach to the city, stat, and do so beautifully.
Get ahead of yourself and start your prep right at the beach by working in a dime- sized blob of hair oil for polish and protection and then braiding it, starting around the top of your ear and working on a diagonal to reach the opposite shoulder. By reducing tangles and holding the style, a braid will look perfectly, authentically beachy-sexy when undone after your hair dries. Salt water is the ultimate hair texturizer, and when undone, the waves will look sleeker than a frizzy bun.
Enhancing your sun-kissed glow easily adds an air of being put together, and should be done while simultaneously soothing and moisturizing for beautiful, comfortable skin. Biotherm’s Oligo Thermal Sparkle Cream is actually more of a pearly sheen than a heavy sparkle and intensely moisturizes skin in need. If you’re looking for something more, Prtty Peaushun’s luxurious-felling emollient formula has light reflecting particles that actually make you look like you’re lit from within while toning and soothing skin. If you’re more of a spray and go girl, get glowing fast with a dry body oil. For ultimate decadence, Tom Ford makes a sumptuously scented and lightweight rendition, or go with a cult-classic favourite like L’Occitane Almond Firming And Softening Supple Skin Oil for delicious and smooth skin.
Your face should have equal attention, and products that couple up beautifying and moisturizing ingredients are plentiful, giving you your choice of picks. With just enough colour to even out skin tone, a good tinted moisturizer is all you need to go from the beach to the bar if you don’t need a lot of correction. A BB Cream with more coverage will easily work double duty, too, and provide all the benefits you need while perfecting your complexion.
Since your face will be bare, a bright pop of lip colour adds a shot of glamour with minimal effort. Hybrid lip formulas are cropping up like crazy and blend the perfect balance of colour and texture, meaning you only need one product, reducing crowd in your beach bag. Dior’s new Addict Fluid Stick shines like a gloss but has the depth of a lipstick, while Too Faced’s Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick offers the same colour payout and shine but also lasts like a stain.
The last thing to consider when going straight from the beach to the street is a scent to freshen up with. Instead of toting around a bottle of perfume, consider a more portable rollerball. Small, slim and easy to apply in the least offensive way publicly, a beachy-scented pick will allow the relaxed vibes of your day carry on well into the evening.