Summer’s in full effect, and it seems like everyone’s heading down to the beach this weekend. From a patriotic, waterproof blue eyeliner to luxe sunscreens and a beach-waves-in-a-bottle texturizing spray, we’ve rounded up the essentials you need to pack in your beach bag this Fourth of July. Keep reading for our top picks!
Colorscience Unforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen SPF 50: This portable sunscreen is the most genius hybrid of makeup and sun protection. Available in four shades, this self-dispensing brush delivers powder sunscreen that evens out your complexion, covers up redness and blemishes and protects your face. Keep it in your bag for touch-ups throughout your beach day. ($64)
IGK Beach Club Texture Spray: There’s nothing sexier than effortless beachy waves. No matter your hair texture, get the look with IGK’s Beach Club spray. The salt-free formula is super lightweight, yet provides lots of volume and texture. Spritz it on either wet or dry hair, then scrunch it up with your fingers for that tousled look. You might want to purchase this for the intoxicating scent alone: it’s a delicious mix of guava, coconut water, violet and vanilla. ($29)
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner: The best waterproof liner, hands down. There’s nothing quite like Marc Jacobs’ incredible eyeliner formula – insanely pigmented, this formula won’t budge, even during a dip in the ocean. It’s essentially a gel pot in crayon form. For Fourth of July, go patriotic with a swipe of one of the beautiful blue shades, like the cobalt Out of the Blue. ($25)
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara: It’s completely understandable if you feel naked without a coat of mascara…just make sure your beach day formula of choice is waterproof. Too Faced’s waterproof version of their cult-favorite mascara is a winner: it delivers the same crazy volume and fullness, but you won’t find it dripping down your cheeks by hour two of laying out under the hot sun. ($23)
Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42 for Face: No one likes the feeling a thick, heavy sunscreen…the kind that leaves you with a white cast. Shiseido’s oil-free formula is fantastic: this extremely lightweight, oil-free formula absorbs so quickly and gives your face a matte finish. Apply it liberally throughout your beach day to avoid sunburn or excess tanning. ($33)
Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen SPF 55: Applying sunscreen liberally and often throughout your beach day is a non-negotiable, but slathering on thick lotion can be a bit of a hassle. Eliminate the mess with this oil-free spray from Hampton Sun. Packed with SPF 55, vitamins A, C and E, plus nourishing aloe vera, this luxe formula goes on silky smooth. ($32)
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer: Are you the type that prefers sitting on the beach under a big, floppy hat covering your face than tanning? You can still fake a luminous glow with Tarte’s waterproof bronzer. It has a very faint hint of shimmer, which leaves your complexion radiant, yet natural. The formula goes on extremely smoothly, and will stay intact no matter how hot the temperature gets. ($30)
Supergoop! AcaiFusion Lip Balm SPF 30: Hate chapped lips? That’s nothing compared to the pain and discomfort of burned lips. Keep your pout protected by routinely applying Supergoop’s SPF-packed lip balm throughout your beach day. The formula includes shea butter for ultimate moisture, while acai berry leaves a delicious taste on your lips. It goes on clear, so you can wear it alone or top it off with your favorite gloss or lipstick. ($9.50)
Laura Mercier Lip Glacé: Just because you’re laying out in the sand doesn’t mean you can’t bring the glamour. Get into the Fourth of July spirit by adding a swipe of Lip Glacê in Poppy, a bright ruby red, to your lips. The sheer formula delivers plenty of shine and is super hydrating. Plus, it isn’t sticky in the least, which is an essential since no one wants to deal with salty, wet hair sticking to their lips in the heat. ($26)
Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Blotting Paper: Hours laying out in the sun can leave your face oily and blotchy, particularly if you have an oily complexion to begin with. Keep your composure by packing this blotting paper compact in your beach bag. From Korean brand Too Cool for School, this is definitely the chicest, most innovative way to blot. The case has a mirror, and comes with a little puff that picks up the paper for a mess-free blot! ($8)
Coola ER+ Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion: This moisturizing lotion will soothe and relieve even the most irritated, sunburned skin. It uses organic agave, plus other nourishing ingredients, to calm any irritation and leave your skin glowing. You can use it on both your face and body. For an extra cooling effect, keep it in your fridge prior to use. ($32)
What will you be packing in your beach bag this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!