Should I wear makeup to the beach?

When it comes to the beach and makeup, there are two types of people. There’s the “no sense in wearing any” type and then there’s the “don’t care if my face melts” spirit. Well I’m here to say that it is totally ok with either mindset! Here’s a few tips for both. 

Less is more…

For those who do not feel comfortable wearing anything on their face, let’s remember that we must protect our skin! No matter how dark or light your complexion, keep in mind that all the sunbathing will deteriorate that precious natural collagen- so let’s preserve it. Wear non-comedogenic sunblock. What is non-comedogenic? Basically products that DO NOT clog your pores. Here’s a brief explanation about comedogenic and non-comedogenic products in another article Comedogenic vs. non- comedogenic

My favorite non-comedogenic sunblock is by Cera-Ve (dermatologist recommended), and Sun Bum face stick and body lotion because not only can I use it on myself, but my entire family including my toddler! 

Don’t forget to protect those lovable lips, too. Get lip protection with SPF 15-30. I’ve used lip protection with SPF of 50 and wanted to gag- it was disgusting. The lower the SPF though, the more frequently you’ll need to apply. Get the good stuff, too. Don’t just get waxy or petroleum products. 
Full face 

So let’s say you’re going to the beach, you’re not going to sun-bathe and surf but you may go for a bike ride on the boardwalk and have an ice cream on the sand. 

If you have a few blemishes and spots you’d like to cover up there’s a few things you can do. First and foremost- prep with sunscreen (read above) . You can use a sheer foundation with high pigment like Face and Body from MAC Cosmetics, or you can just spot treat with a concealer like Studio Finish Concealer SPF (don’t forget to blend it out and start with little product and build as this is full coverage). 

If you don’t like shine, I suggest not to use anything too heavy and matte. Being in the sun will warm up the skin, open up those pores, and let the sunshine in…along with sweat, dirt, and product. So be smart about what you’re putting on your face, if you must wear something. To get a no shine look, use Blotting sheets like these from Shiseido. MAC also carries a blotting powder, that has a sheer tint to match your skin. Use water resistant and smudgeproof/waterproof eye products. I like NYX gel liner and waterproof mascara. The wunderbrow product works great too! I don’t need to put a link up for that because I’m sure you’ve seen their ads all over facebook already!

Tinted SPF lip conditioners with blush toned lip liners are great for adding color and completing the sun look. 

What are your favorite beach or sun friendly looks? Any products you would recommend? 


She showed me a pic of a cat- eye… and it came out gorgeous!

Let’s talk about this gorgeous before and after! Look at how happy she is in the final photo!

This look my client was attending a wedding. She showed me pictures of Milk Kunis and Jennifer Lopez with a shimmery cat eye.


First I started with moisturizing her beautiful skin, then applied foundation. She likes a matte finish, so I used Studio Fix Fluid with a finishing of NYX Stay Matte Powder. There were a few choices as to what color of eyeshadows we wanted to use for her look. We ended up using shimmery golds. I used a Kohl pencil in her waterline and around her eye, and brushed it out and up to achieve the feline-shaped eye. This client had a blush toned lipstick to touch up with throughout the night, so I chose that same theme for her lips using “tea and cookies” and “cannes” by NYX within her lip products. The end result was a beautiful natural matte finish with her shimmery/smokey cat eye- perfect for her to attend the evening wedding.

Inventory update

Hello makeup lovers!

My order for the latest and greatest colors and palettes will be in by the end of this week (Friday). I’ll show you my favorite picks from MAC Cosmetics, Urban Decay, and NYX. The products that I’m so excited about cover everything from foundations, eyeshadows, lipsticks, highlighting and contouring, and more! I can’t wait to share with you what will be newly added to my makeup kit! Stay tuned….