The Best Makeup for the Beach or Lake

Updated on October 31, 2019
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Makeup obsessed 28 year old in Little Rock, Arkansas. I love trying new makeup and watching tutorials on new makeup looks.

Keeping a fresh face by the waterside isn't hard if you've got the right products.
Keeping a fresh face by the waterside isn't hard if you've got the right products. | Source

Why Wear Makeup to the Lake?

Yes, I know, it may sound crazy. Between the water and sweat, why would you want to waste time putting makeup on that's just going to melt off anyway? Well, you wouldn't want to. That's why I have put together a list of my favorite makeup products that are good for the pool, beach, lake, etc.. This look is not meant to be dramatic—it's just a makeup look that covers your imperfections and gives you that sun kissed look. So if you're wanting to try the "No Makeup" makeup look, here is a list of your must have products!

1. Moisturizer With SPF 30

The first step to a beautiful face is to keep it healthy. If you are not wearing sunscreen on your face everyday, you must start now! It keeps your skin youthful by protecting your from harmful UV rays. UV rays can cause fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots and even skin cancer. This is because UV rays do extensive damage to your collagen fibers, causing collagen to deplete and elastin to weaken. The result is skin that your skin will become prematurely aged. You should be wearing sunscreen every single day but especially when spending time outdoors like at the beach or lake. So my number one product on my list is Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Moisturizer with SPF 30.

Face Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 30 by Olay Total Effects, 7 Benefits , Anti-Aging , 1.7 oz (Packaging May vary)
Face Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 30 by Olay Total Effects, 7 Benefits , Anti-Aging , 1.7 oz (Packaging May vary)
I have been using this product for years and it is a must have! I wanted a moisturizer that added just a little bit of color and this does exactly that. It is the first thing I put on every day. It brightens, moisturizes and of course protects your skin from the sun. It also has many anti-aging ingredients as well. The best part is that you just need a small amount and it goes a long way. So, this product will last you for a long time!

2. Waterproof Concealer

Waterproof makeup is becoming increasingly popular. Women are loving having makeup that stays put. Having waterproof concealer will finally allow you to spend the day outside and you won't have to worry about it sweating off. When I am doing a makeup look for the beach or lake, I don't want to look or feel like I'm wearing a lot of makeup. I want to look as natural as possible but still look and feel amazing. So for this look, I am not using a foundation. I just use the waterproof concealer on my dark circles under my eyes and my acne spots and blend well. There's no reason to cover up "good skin" with makeup. Just conceal what you need to and leave the rest alone. Just make sure you get a color that matches your skin well. My pick for the best waterproof concealer is Maybelline Makeup Instant Age Concealer.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, Brightener, 0.2 Fl Oz (1 Count) (Packaging May Vary)
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, Brightener, 0.2 Fl Oz (1 Count) (Packaging May Vary)
I can't rave enough about this concealer. When I originally purchased it, I was just just going to use it for dark circles under my eyes. However, the product covers so well that I decided to start using it to cover all of my imperfections. I dab just a small amount where I need it with the sponge applicator and then use a damp beauty blender to gently blend in to my skin. This is another illuminating product because we are wanting our skin to glow without looking sweaty. The other day I was wearing this at a pool. I didn't want to wear a full face of makeup but I did want to feel confident and cover up acne and discoloration. It stayed on for hours while I was in the pool and sweating and my skin looked natural but with a nice glow to it.


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3. Illuminating Primer

When I am going to the lake, I love having a nice glow to my face. An illuminating primer will not only keep your makeup on longer but it also helps give you that look like you're glowing from within. You can use this product alone as a highlighter or even mix it in with your foundation for an all over glowing look. I always use my illuminating primer on the tops of my checks, my cupids bow, underneath my eyebrows and sometimes even the tip of my nose. My pick for the best illuminating primer is L'Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator.

L'Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator, Ice, 0.67 fl. oz.
L'Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator, Ice, 0.67 fl. oz.
Before trying this product I had not used many highlighters. I was always worried it would make me look greasy. I saw this product on a YouTube review and decided to buy it since it was inexpensive. I buy it in the color "ice". To me it looks more champagne than icy but it is still a beautiful color. My skin can be sensitive but this has not irritated it since I started using it. I use just a tiny amount and it will stay on for hours and add a little shimmer to your look.

4. Bronzer

Bronzer is a must have makeup product if you are doing something outdoors. If you want your skin to have a tan complexion without actually tanning, a bronzer is a great choice. Using a bronzer brush, start on your cheeks, where you would normally put your blush and work up and around the edges of your hairline. After doing that, I put just a tiny amount on my brush and apply it all over my face. I also use this as my eye shadow. Because you don't want to look like you're wearing tons of makeup, using the bronzer to color your lids will give you a natural shade, giving your face dimension. My pick for a great bronzer for your summer look is Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer by Elizabeth Mott.

Fine, Lightweight Bronzer Powder for Face: Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Facial Bronzing Powder for Contouring and Sun Kissed Coverage - Cruelty Free Makeup and Cosmetic Products - Matte,10g
Fine, Lightweight Bronzer Powder for Face: Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Facial Bronzing Powder for Contouring and Sun Kissed Coverage - Cruelty Free Makeup and Cosmetic Products - Matte,10g
When I bought this product originally, I mostly got it for the cute name. I kept buying it because I love the natural color it gives me. It goes on smooth and seems to stay on for a long time. I personally do not like glitter in my bronzer which is another reason I like it. It is just a normal matte color that gives you a tan without making you look orange. It's also very buildable, meaning you can put as little or as much as you want so you can achieve the bronzed color that you like. Another plus is that this company is cruelty free which means they do not test on animals. Always a nice bonus.

5. Highlighter

After I'm done bronzing, I want to really highlight my face. With my highlighter brush I highlight my cheeks, cupids bow, forehead and nose. Because we aren't using blush for this outside look, the highlighter still gives your face a nice dimension and makes your skin really glow. After putting it on my face, I even add some to my collarbone and tops of my shoulders. The highlighter pallet that I have been using recently is Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Palette.

wet n wild MegaGlo Highlighting Palette
wet n wild MegaGlo Highlighting Palette
Before using this product, I had been using an expensive Sephora brand palette. I ran out and was low on money. I decided to try the Wet n Wild pallet because it wasn't expensive and the colors looked very nice. It comes with 4 colors: Sweet Peony, Wild Cosmos, Diamond Lily, Blushing Azalea. Sweet Peony and Blushing Azalea are my go to colors but they are all really pretty. This highlighter will stay on a long time with no need to reapply. I am so glad that I tried this product so that I no longer have to buy a pallet that is over $40. This is a staple in my makeup products all year long.


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6. Waterproof Mascara

When it comes to being in the water, mascara is usually the first part of your makeup to go. It may not come completely off but it starts running and you get dark circles under your eyes. Waterproof mascara is a necessity if you are going to the beach or lake. Let me say it again, it is a necessity! You'll thank me later. Normally when I wear mascara I go for the blackest black that they have. Since I'm trying to look more natural for this look, I choose to use a brown color that is closer to my natural lashes.

Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara, Black Brown
Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara, Black Brown
When I say that this mascara is waterproof, it is waterproof. It will not budge unless you have eye makeup remover. This will last you all day with no need to reapply. I buy the brown black color because it looks closest to my lash color. I would say normally my biggest or problem with mascaras is when it makes your eyelashes clumpy. This mascara applicator really separates my lashes. Your eyes will pop but still not be too dramatic to where you feel out of place at the beach. There are more expensive brands out there that promise longer, fuller, darker lashes but I'm telling you do not waste your money. If you are looking for the best waterproof mascara, in my opinion this is it!

7. Lip Color With SPF

For some reason, people always forget the lips when it comes to protecting it from the sun. Your lips need protection just as much as your face does. There's no need to wear a dark, heavy lipstick with this natural look. So try a slightly tinted chap stick that protects your lips and gives them plenty of moisture. My pic for a chap stick to give my lips a tiny bit of color and keep them protected is Maybelline Baby Lips Color SPF 16.

Maybelline Baby Lips Color SPF 16 Lip Balm 4.5g (Cherry Kiss)
Maybelline Baby Lips Color SPF 16 Lip Balm 4.5g (Cherry Kiss)
If you have never used the Baby Lips brand, do yourself a favor and try it. This chapstick not only instantly moisturizes your lips but overtime makes your lips softer and more healthy. I've been so surprised how soft my lips have become since I started using it. I get it in the color "Cherry Kiss", the packaging may make it look like it is going to be very dark but it isn't. It's just enough of a tint to give your lips a subtle but pretty color. I keep one in my purse with me at all times. There are several different shades offered and all different flavors but Cherry Kiss is the cutest color in my opinion, for this particular look.


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