The beach= my happy place. Turquoise shores golden & rays are, quite literally, a symphony to the mind. But unfortunately, the most relaxing place in the world can see our body insecurities thrashing upon our confidence like a tidal wave.
“Darn…if only I’d done those 50 million sit ups, maybe I’d look like Candice Swanepoel’s little sis…”
I’ll stop you right there! There are so many things you can do on the week/month/day to look like a total goddess upon the sands.
Get out your faux tan and fave sunnies, as I share my 10 steps to beach beautiful…
Disclaimer: I know I am not the biggest beach beauty in the world, but without these tips, I would look like a wig-donning Shrek.
1. Find Your Sunglasses and Rock Em’!
Sunglasses are like putting on a more confident persona. Your favorite sunglasses have the power to turn you from a frowning mess, to a mysterious hottie! And the best part? Your eye makeup can be either a runny mess, or completely non-existent, and everyone will be none the wiser.
2. Get Your Bronze On!
Never underestimate the power of a great self-tanner! Apply the night before a beach trip to look instantly more taught and toned. Application is everything! Done right, and you can be Sofia Vergara’s saucy Latino twin, done wrong, and you may look like you’ve had a fight with a giant mandarin. If you need to up your tanning skills, check out my piece on how to get the perfect fake tan.
3. Smooth Operator
How can I put this whilst still remaining, suitably demure and classy… Shave your bloody legs! And, erm, everywhere else too! The beach is not the natural habitat for beavers.
4. Go For A Bold Lip
A bold lip is a total life saver when it comes to beach beauty. Chances are you’re not caked in foundation, concealer and eye-shadow for the beach (unless your Kim Kardashian) and a bold lip can make you look instantly sexy! Opt for a long-lasting cream formula to survive the salt and sunscreen.
5. Get The Suit For Your Shape
The right suit for your body will ensure you look, and feel, like a total bombshell. If you’re not confident with your waist, say hello to the one piece. Balance out a small bust with ruffles and bold patterns. I opted for this sporty style, as I wanted to draw more attention to my abs.
In the weeks up to your beach trip, up your moisturizing routine! A body brush is another great way to fight cellulite and get that smooth bikini bod!
7. Messy Hair? Rock It!
Salty, greasy, sun-screeny…your hair is not going to look red carpet ready when you’re at the beach! Rather than worrying about it, rock it! Scrunch it up, spritz in some salt and rock that gyp-sea look! If it gets a little too out of hand, slick it back in a top knot and voila!!