Best Beach-proof Makeup


If you want to look your best at the beach or plan on posing pool-side you’ll need a capsule edit of long-lasting, melt-proof makeup that can withstand sun, sea, sweat and sand. With this in mind, we’ve compiled the very best beach-proof makeup, from oil-free, SPF bases to volumising, waterproof mascaras and give you the lowdown on how to top-up throughout the day to ensure your face stays fresh from your first dip to your last sip.

Beach Base

Prep and protect skin in one simple step with a hardworking primer with inbuilt SPF.

Try: Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 45 PA ++ Anti-Glycation Primer
It’s rare that you’ll find a primer with such a high SPF. This invisible formula shields skin from both UVA and UVB rays and contains lemon balm, cherry blossom and white tea extract to soothe skin and fight free radicals and inflammation. It’s water resistant, so will stay put even if you’re in and out of the sea or melting under the sun.

Apply: After cleansing and moisturising, apply a thin layer to the entire face. Wear on its own or layer underneath foundation for a long-lasting finish.

Long-lasting Foundation

If you’re a foundation fan, even when abroad, it’s important to invest in lightweight, non-comedogenic formulas that won’t block pores or dry out and appear cakey throughout the day. Look for oil-free formulas, which tend to be longer-lasting as are less likely to slide off in the heat.

Try: Cover FX Power Play Foundation
New to Space NK, this modern-matte finish foundation gives medium to full coverage and is packed with a trio of ultra-fine powders that control shine and blur imperfections. It stays on the skin all day without dulling or drying and is sweat and water proof, making it the perfect choice for balmy beach days.

Apply: If you’re out in the sun all day, it’s likely that the rest of your body will tan so think about switching up your shade for summer. For a natural transition, we suggest going one to two shades darker than your normal shade.

Perfect And Protect

Avoid complete makeup meltdown by spritzing your foundation with a setting spray.

Try: NEW Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF30
This weightless, matte-finish mist protects skin from UV damage while keeping your makeup looking fresh all day. Made using cooling cucumber and soothing aloe vera extracts, it helps to calm and refresh skin while hyaluronic acid softens, tones and rehydrates.

Apply: Apply liberally over the top of makeup 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply after swimming or sweating.

Smudge-proof Eyes

Having to for-go lashes and brows is a big concern as both are features which really define our faces, but there’s nothing worse than running mascara that stings your eyes or losing an eyebrow half way through the day. Luckily, there are some reliable innovations that will really change your outlook when it comes to waterproof eye makeup.

Try: NEW Eyeko Beach Waterproof Mascara
This 100% waterproof formula is infused with 12 different fruit extracts so is ultra conditioning and protects lashes from drying out in the sun and becoming brittle.

It contains sun screen and waterproof pigments to ensure the colour won’t run or fade, even under water. Plus, the tapered, wave effect brush, sweeps lashes upwards for maximum coverage, lift and curl.

Apply: Roll the mascara wand from root to tip to coat lashes. Comb through lashes in a zig zag motion to build curl and volume.

Try: Chantecaille Waterproof Brow Definer
This advanced formula combines the benefits of a waterproof brow pencil, wax and powder to give natural-looking brows that won’t smudge, run or slip despite the weather or humidity.

Apply: The automatic pencil applicator doesn’t require sharpening and the dual-ended grooming brush is easy to control and apply.