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Minimal makeup is always best for the beach or a tropical vacation – after all, your natural sun-kissed glow provides so much of what you need naturally!

Here are our favorites for eyes, lips and cheeks while at the beach!


  1. Bobbi Brown ‘Nude on Nude’ Eyeshadow Palette – Limited Edition! ($50, Nordstrom).  I love simple eye shadow for beach trips – you’re already carrying a glow, so no need to add too much else.  This nude palette easily goes from day to night and comes with a double ended brush right inside (perfect for travel!).

  2. Smashbox ‘Always Sharp’ Waterproof Kôhl Liner shown in ‘storm’ ($20, Nordstrom).  I wear the non-waterproof version of this every day and it takes a fair bit to smudge it so I know this waterproof liner is solid!  It glides on so easily and is always sharp, which I love.

  3. Benefit Cosmetics ‘They’re Real’ Primer ($24, Benefit Cosmetics).  This primer is the perfect day-time mascara alternative.  The mink shade is natural on any lash color and gives lift and a ‘wow-factor’ without the thickness and drama of mascara.  I think it’s perfect on its own for daytime beach wear!

  4. Benefit Cosmetics ‘Dew The Hoola’ Liquid Bronzer ($28, Benefit Cosmetics).  This matte bronzing liquid is so easy to use and blend (psst! there’s a tutorial on the website).  I love the sheer coverage of this one.

  5. Benefit Cosmetics ‘Hoola’ Matte Bronzer ($29, Benefit Cosmetics).  The pure matte (no shimmer, no sparkle) of this bronzer works all year round.  it even comes with a tiny brush for application.  It also comes in a convenient travel sized version ($15, Benefit Cosmetics) that is perfect to toss into your beach bag!

  6. Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder ($42, Nordstrom).  This is a great every day bronzer (especially because you need very little).  I like to apply it with a brush for light coverage just where I need it.

  7. Bobbi Brown Lip Balm ($22, Nordstrom).  I cannot get enough of this balm!  It contains avocado and olive oils and makes lips feel so soft and moisturized!  The tiny tin fits in any purse or pocket!

  8. Dior ‘Addict Lip Glow’ shown in ‘Sheer Pink’ ($33, Nordstrom).  This one applies like a lipstick, but is adds moisture and feels like a balm.  It’s fairly sheer, but it responds to the color chemistry of your lips to create your own unique shade.

  9. Urban Decay NAKED Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss shown in ‘Walk of Shame’ ($20, Nordstrom).  This is one of my favorite lip glosses – it is really nourishing and has just the right amount of shine and sparkle for the beach.  It comes in a variety of other neutral tones, too.

Looking for more Beach Beauty?  Check out our Beach Beauty 2016 Hair Essentials and Required Summer Hair Accessories here!

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