A Beauty Girl's Guide To Sun, Sand, & Sea | Clozette

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Heavy-duty moisturiser and sunscreen for face and body are the order of the day. Sure, you’ll be surrounded by water, most likely in a humid climate. However, keep in mind that it’s salt water, which can have a harsh drying effect on skin. Baking in the sun will also cause even the plumpest skin to dry out, given enough time. 

Make-up like foundation and lipstick is, of course, pointless in the water; but if you absolutely must have something on your face, go for waterproof mascara that will not flake or crumble off (and get into your eyes). Trust me; this is not something you want to be dealing with when you’re 20 metres under the sea! 

Your hair can also be damaged by continuous exposure to salt water, so keep your tresses insulated by working some argan oil through your hair before you explore the coral reefs. Bonus: argan oil is great for hydrating skin too! 

Aftercare is also important, so moisturise with aloe vera gel or a post-sun moisturiser once you’ve finished frolicking in the water for the day. Don’t neglect your glossy locks if you want to keep them that way – rinse the salt water out of your hair as soon as possible. 

To inspire your next beach escapade, here is our list of must-bring beauty items to the beach:


Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara

This crowd-pleaser stays intact after swimming and strenuous workouts (read: lots of perspiration). It also doesn’t clump, smudge or flake.
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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For oily and blemished skin, this fragrance-free tinted moisturizer protects your skin from the elements while giving you medium to heavy coverage.

Bobbi Brown Extra SPD 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm

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If you have dry skin, you’ll probably love this moisturizer. Despite being intensely rich, it’s not greasy – in fact, it’s insanely lightweight. What sorcery is this?

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50+ WetForce

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This is a non-greasy sunscreen that is an overachiever: not only is it waterproof, it’s activated by water and becomes more effective when exposed to water. How’s that for smug sunscreen?

Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil

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Is there anything argan oil can’t do? This fabulous cold pressed oil protects and restores hair, moisturises skin, and even keeps your cuticles soft. If you’re only packing one beauty product for your beach getaway, this is it. 

After Sundown

When the sun goes down, it’s time to channel your inner siren. Give yourself a happy island glow with a light dusting of bronzer and if you like, eyeshadow. A word of caution: don’t overdo it and be mistaken for a glow-in-the-dark sea creature at dinner, please. 

Line your eyes in a smoky dark grey or brown kohl pencil if you want a softer look. Lipstick is, again, somewhat pointless when post-sunset activities comprise eating vast quantities of grilled seafood and guzzling cold beers or sugary cocktails with umbrellas in them. For more staying power, go for a lip stain. If your lips are dry from sun and saltwater exposure, try a tinted lip balm instead. 


MAC Feline Kohl Power Eye Pencil

Intense, smoky colour and easily blendable, this kohl pencil will take you through hours of post-sunset revelry, whether it’s on the beach or in a bar – or as is often the case, both!

 Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow

Long-lasting? Check. Intense colour? Check. Quick-drying gel formula that doesn’t cake? Check. 

Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

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Colour and post-sun care for chapped and dry lips meet in this subtly tinted lip balm. Great if you don’t want dramatic lips, but need a hint of colour and maximum hydration for your kisser. 



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This month is the start of something beautiful as we bring the focus back on the eyes. Doing your eye makeup look is where you can go all-out with the colours. As long you know how to blend it to complement your look, you're off to gorgeous beauty land!

Let's start with a tribute to the smokey-eye with three versions from our favourite YouTubers!


Smokey Eye 

by Danielle Mansutti

(video shared by jaralucero on Clozette) 

The smokey eye is one of the more popular eye makeup looks that every girl has probably done. The use of dark colours make it a dramatic look. Beauty vlogger Danielle Mansutti gives us a tutorial on how to achieve that look with a bit of warm tones such as orange and brown for a perfect night-time eye makeup!

Burnt Orange Eyes

by iheartmakeup92

(video shared by tinadvincula on Clozette) 

Since the usual smokey makes use of dark colours, why not experiment with dark colours from warmer shades? This version by iheartmakeup92 gives us a fresh take on the beloved smokey eye for an edgy yet still very eye catching combination of colours. We love the use of Gold on her lower lash line--it widens the eyes with a hint of glam!

Party Pink

by KathleenLights

(video shared by lystraaaa on Clozette) 

For a dainty version of the smokey eye is this glam and glitzy mix of pink, coral, and cranberry shades done by KathleenLights. We love how effortless the application process is.--just prime, add your transition shade, eyelid colours and blend it out! A must-try for beginners who want to take it up a notch with their makeup. 



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Not all skin care products are created equal. There's a reason why the ingredients of each skincare product is different as they are each formulated to adhere to a certain skin type--addressing the specific concerns and needs. After all, the skin needs of someone with dry skin highly differ from those with oily skin.

Watch this skin tip video to learn more from skin expert Dr. Melvin Ee as he talks about the first step in deciding your skincare regimen. 

Click next for more tips on creating a skincare regimen >>

Research & Determine Your Skin Type

Before you buy your skincare products, research and consult with a dermatologist first to know your skin type.You can also identify your skin type based on certain factors. Normal skin type is not too dry and not too oily and has no or few imperfections. Combination skin type can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others such as the T-zone. Dry skin types have a dull and rough complexion. Oily skin type has large pores, blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes.

Choose Products Based On Your Skin Type

After identifying your skin type, decide on a correct skin regimen. If you have oily skin, choose a cleanser that will significantly reduce the level of sebum on your skin but at the same does not make your skin dry. If you have dry skin, choose a moisturiser that locks in moisture throughout the day. Seek professional advice from skin experts if you want to dive in deeper into proper skincare.

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Once you have your go-to products (cleanser, toner, and moisturiser), stick to a regular regimen once on the morning and once at night before you sleep. You'll be a step closer to getting that healthy and radiant skin you deserve!