Foundation: Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation (Dh175, Sephora.ae)
This foundation has a thick formula and offers full coverage, so it may be too much for the beach if you prefer a more natural look – but it would be ideal for a pool party or night out on a warm UAE evening. I tested its staying power by applying just before a shower and allowing the water to run over my face for a few minutes – and sure enough, it held fast. A few areas needed to be smoothed over afterwards (such as around the nose and under eyes, where it mottled a little under the water) – but that took a matter of seconds and the coverage was once again perfect. Overall, a very impressive result – and a great investment for a sticky UAE summer.
Mascara: Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Mascara Waterproof (Dh65)
The formula of this mascara gave long, fluttery lashes without any clumps. I applied it before heading to the pool, testing its waterproof power by dunking under the water several times. I emerged without any streaking or running, which was a good result. Lashes didn’t look quite as long and fluttery after getting wet, but that’s a small price to pay to be reassured you won’t be left with streaky eyes if you are hit by a wave in the sea or decide to take a dip in the pool.
Eyeliner: Deborah Eye 2 in 1 Gel Kajal & Eyeliner (Dh42, Lifestyleshops.com)
Kohl eyeliner is an easy way to add some glamour to a beach look without wearing too much make-up – but it can be hard avoiding a panda-eye look when you go swimming or the weather suddenly heats up. That’s why we were so impressed with this affordable kohl eyeliner, which held fast during a long shower without a single streak. In fact, the line under my lashes was just as perfect after the shower as it was before. Be prepared for it to take a while to remove at the end of the day, however, as it doesn’t budge easily.
Brow Pencil: Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil Waterproof (Dh59)
This slim, precision pencil makes defining brows easy, whilst the result is very natural. I applied it in the morning and carried on with my day, taking a shower mid-afternoon and then studying my brows in the mirror to see how well it had held up under the water. A few areas looked a tiny bit faded, but I was impressed with the result overall. Adding a product like this to your make-up bag means you can define your brows in the morning and feel confident they will be defined all day long – even on the sweatiest days of a UAE summer. It’s a good price, too.
Eyeshadow: The Balm Batter Up Long-Wearing Eyeshadow Stick (Dh64, Glamazle.com)
This easy-to-apply eyeshadow stick has a creamy, blendable texture and looks great on lids. I wore it on the beach for a whole morning and it fared very well against sweat and seawater. After a shower at home, it was still visible but needed a quick smooth-over with a finger to even up the application. I was impressed, as eyeshadows doesn’t generally stick around for long – and with such easy and transportable packaging in the form of the stick, you could throw it into your bag easily for reapplications on the go.
TAKE IT OFF
Waterproof make-up removers
NIP+FAB Kale Fix Makeup Removing Pads (Dh79, Beautysolutions-me)
Keep things quick, mess-free, and convenient with these make-up removing wipes. With extracts of kale and watercress, they are moisturising, gentle and effective. Expect your skin to feel supple and comfortable after removing (even the most stubborn) waterproof make-up.
Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover (Dh18, Sephora.ae)
Designed specifically to remove stubborn waterproof mascara and eyeliner, this effective remover will whip it all off lashes and lids after a day at the beach. But with a formula containing cornflower extract, it’s gentle enough for sensitive types too.
Elemis White Flowers Eye & Makeup Remover (Dh160, Elemis.ae)
If you’re looking for a gentle remover that can shift even the toughest waterproof mascara, this is the one for you. The brand promises that one sweep is all you need to cleanse, condition, and remove cosmetics – but it’s still gentle enough for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers.
Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover (Dh150, beauty counters)
If it’s waterproof eye make-up that you are finding hard to remove, this product will solve your problem instantly. With extracts of rose and cornflower water, it’s gentle enough for sensitive eyes and those wearing contact lenses, too.
L’Occitane Immortelle Milk Makeup Remover (Dh119, L’Occitane.com)
This luxurious product may have a gentle, milky formula, but it means business when it comes to removing make-up (even waterproof make-up, which can be removed with one swipe of a cotton pad).
BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING
Find the facial SPF for you
Eucerin Sun Crème SPF50+ (Dh117, Basharacare.com)
This ultra-moisturising daily sun cream is perfect for dry skin. With SPF50 protection, your skin is safe from harmful rays, while the advanced formula promises to fight the signs of premature skin ageing and sun spots.
Shiseido Urban Protection Cream Plus SPF50 (Dh209, Wojooh.com)
If you aren’t keen on the feeling of sunscreen on your skin, revert to this protector. The feather-light fluid promises excellent protection from UV rays, dryness, and air pollution – but your skin will feel hydrated and supple, without a hint of heaviness.
Caudalie Soleil Divin Anti-Ageing Face Suncare SPF50 (Dh164, Sephora.ae)
French skincare brand Caudalie takes skincare very seriously – and this high-protection sunscreen will protect your face from even the harshest sun. It feels velvety smooth and leaves skin both supple and hydrated.
Clinique Sun Broad Spectrum SPF50 Sunscreen Face Cream (Dh177, counters nationwide)
This cream offers high-quality protection. It’s a good choice for sensitive skin.
Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF30 (Dh160, Glamazle.com)
Plan to spend most of your time in the water? Whether you are splashing in the waves, swimming laps in the pool, or kitesurfing, this will protect you throughout the day.
Beach make-up: The pro tips
How do people pull off great make-up at the beach? ‘It can be risky,’ says Glamazle.com-recommended make-up artist Priyanka Cherian. Here, she shares her tips for sweat-proof success.
‘Wearing make-up at the beach is definitely possible. Pick sweat-proof, long-wear, waterproof and sun-proof solutions for a look that is both natural and beautiful.’
■ Always start your make-up look with a primer. This will ensure skin is matte and flawless when you apply your cosmetics.
■ Use a long-lasting crème concealer that applies smoothly on skin and looks natural. You don’t want a caked-on look or panda eyes. Always use the concealer before your SPF foundation and it won’t budge.
■ Use a crème foundation that provides SPF protection and includes silicon in the formula – it’s a waterproof agent. The more natural and sheer the finish, the better. I love using fingertips for applying foundation, but you can use a synthetic fibre brush or a stippling brush too.
■ Choose a cream eyeshadow, not a powder, in a neutral shade that complements your skin tone and evens out the complexion of the eyelid.
■ When applying eyeliner for a beach day, I recommend a waterproof, smudge-proof eyeliner. Push deep into the lash line as you apply, then lightly smudge the top and bottom line for a natural look.
■ Mascara makes the most difference to your overall appearance. I personally would never go without it. Just make sure the one you choose is waterproof.
■ A touch of blush warms up your face and gives you a natural, healthy glow. Once again, powders are the enemy on the beach, so opt for a cream blush. Apply with a synthetic fibre brush or use your fingertips.
■ When choosing a beach-appropriate lip colour, remember that it’s all about texture. Choose a smooth, creamy texture – and even if you are choosing a matte lipstick, make sure it does not dry or crack your lips.