The Ultimate Beach-Worthy Cosmetics of 2016

We say a summery hello to the year’s beach-worthy cosmetics
by Cessi Treñas, Art by Alexandra Lara summer beauty essentials-megastyle-megastyleph-opener Five months into this foray into fashion, beauty and lifestyle that I proudly call my job, I’ve learned that sporting makeup at the beach draws mixed opinions. There’s no denying that most people don’t understand the idea; after all, why bother when you’re on a break? But, as a result of learning things the hard way (read: dealing with post-vacation skin issues and contemplating on untagging ourselves in photos), we’ve heard out the beauty-conscious minority. Crafting and committing to a simple vacation-friendly cosmetic routine doesn’t have to be a hassle, nor does beach make-up have to equate to the full-fledged primer-to-liner looks. With a stripped-down mindset, we round up a list of lightweight, sweat-proof and readily available essentials to last us through our getaways this season. Read through and click on the product names to shop for each item!
summer beauty essentials-megastyle-megastyleph-armada When it comes to sunburn–as with all other things–prevention is key. An effective, SPF-packed sunscreen is the ultimate beauty investment worth making in the summer months. Our best bet? VMV Hypoallergenics’ Armada Face & Body Shield 60, which boasts of its antioxidant content and opaque, breathable formula.
summer beauty essentials-megastyle-megastyleph-nature republic Perfectly toeing the line between price and quality is Nature Republic’s best-selling Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel. This summer-friendly beauty mainstay weighs in at only 180 pesos, but earns five-star reviews left and right for its moisturizing properties and cooling qualities. A savior for anyone who forgets to double up on their sunblock, this generous-sized tub is any sunburn victim’s dream come true.
summer beauty essentials-megastyle-megastyleph-timebalm We’ve all got our scars and blemishes, as well as the right to cover them up–even at the beach. Ditching heavier formulations, we’re trading in our everyday spot correctors for theBalm’s TimeBalm Concealer. While already well-loved by beauty aficionados for its wide range of shades and lightweight yet pigmented formula, TimeBalm goes the extra mile and packs a nutrient-rich punch to replenish the skin.
summer beauty essentials-megastyle-megastyleph-innisfree An all-in-one powder to combat pores, sebum and excess shine in the middle of summer? This little product is a fighter. Innisfree’s No Sebum Mineral Powder is multifunctional and long-lasting–an obvious go-to for oily skin.
summer beauty essentials-megastyle-megastyleph-skin food lipbalm Avocado seems to be a failsafe for anyone looking to take care of themselves. As effective with beauty as it is when it comes to healthy eating, this superfood is a prime ingredient in Skin Food’s highly-rated Avocado Lip Balm. Deeply nourishing and jam-packed with 17 kinds of vitamins and 11 types of minerals, what more could we ask for?
summer beauty essentials-megastyle-megastyleph-benetint One of Benefit’s biggest claims to fame (aside from their darling packaging) is their Benetint, one of the makeup realm’s strongest contenders for multipurpose tints. Delivering on its promise of a delicate flush, this beauty pillar is smudge-proof, blends like magic and does not stain.
summer beauty essentials-megastyle-megastyleph-3ce While strobing may seem a little excessive for a summer getaway, we say the beach babe glow is still widely coveted. An easy way out for those whose skin refuses to cooperate is an understated highlighter. Korean cosmetic brand 3 Concept Eyes’ Shimmer Stick is a one-step solution to subtle, sun-kissed radiance. Keep things natural and match your undertones by choosing between two shades: a gold-toned peach or a silvery shade of pink.

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