All Inclusive – Beach Vacation Makeup Look
Welcome to Everyday Effortless Beauty Series by Klava Z, which is a weekly beauty series showing you how to do flawless, fresh, fun and natural makeup looks for everyday life.
Even though this winter has been mild by Ottawa standards, there always comes a point during the long months of cold when you just can’t wait to escape to a warm far-away! It’s about that time when everyone is starting to pack up for a vacation and maybe this beach vacation makeup look will help you to decide what makeup to take with you. I was never an all inclusive vacation kind of girl, I preferred to explore places on my own terms. However, I tried it out last year with my 1-year old in tow and I really appreciated the convenience of it. It doesn’t look like we will be going anywhere warm this winter (insert a very sad face here), so this post is as close as I’m going to get to a vacation.
I called this makeup look an All Inclusive so that it’s clear right away that we are talking about vacation on the beach kind of look. It’s about looking like a fresh and glowy beach goddess. Effortlessly, of course! 😉 This look is perfect as your go-to beach vacation makeup look – it’s easy, fast and uses minimal amount of products because I know that space is limited when you are packing your suitcases. I don’t like to think about makeup when I’m on vacation, that’s why I consider it before I go and carefully put together a few key products that I can use in different ways. I usually try to find a blush that can double up as a lipstick; and a highlighter that I can use as an eyeshadow and so on.
When I think about makeup for the sunny beach and tanned skin I immediately think of coral tones. Corals are so flattering on all skin types (of course you have to find the right tone of coral), and yet, so many women are afraid of them. When skin starts to acquire a slight golden glow (only “slight” because you suppose to ease into sunbathing and do it safely), coral tones accentuate the sun-kissed look so beautifully!
If you feel like you need something to even out your skin tone – choose a liquid or creamy product that is very lightweight and sheer. Put your powder away – matte skin looks weird on the beach. It’s just not realistic. I did use a tinted moisturizer that has a very luminous finish on the model to imitate how the skin would look like in hot climate. However, if you can get away without a complexion product – just go bare skin, give your skin a break, but don’t forget to protect it, of course.
TECHNIQUE – SUN KISSED BRONZER APPLICATION
Now it’s time for your bronzer! A sheer application of a properly placed bronzer will impart your skin with that sun-kissed look without the sun damage. 🙂 Again, I would recommend using a creamy product because once your skin warms up from the heat, the makeup will invariably move a bit. Creamy makeup will move more organically on the skin and are much easier to adjust by blending with your fingers, whereas powder product will just go streaky and look obvious.
I picked up a big sized dual fibre brush that is flat topped – I like using dual fibre brushes for creamy face products. I talked about them in my Yoga Glow Makeup Look and Wakeup Makeup Look. You have to think about the area of the face that you will be using your brush on – the bigger the area, the bigger the brush. In this case, you don’t want too big, because we are not applying bronzer all over the face, but strategically placing it to enhance the naturally tanned look.
Swirl the brush on the cream bronzer to pick up the product and then using buffing motions in circles go over your face, concentrating on the high planes of your face that would get a bit more sun if the face was exposed. Go over the forehead, along the cheeks and on tops of the cheekbones, and continue up one side of the nose, to the bridge and down the other side. Lightly touch the chin as well. Always check to make sure that the edges of the bronzer are blended well and you can’t see where it starts and where it ends. I like to wipe the brush on a tissue to get rid of the product left over and then go over the bronzer again focusing on blending the edges of colour. Also, this is a time when you can not only get away, but look stunning with a bronzer that has some shimmer to it.
I will be posting a video of a bronzer application for this look on my Instagram @KlavaZ.makeup this week, so don’t forget to check. 🙂 If you would like to learn more techniques and become a pro at your own makeup then see me for a makeup lesson.
I finished the cheeks with a creamy blush in pinky-coral tone with beautiful gold shimmer, which actually is a multipurpose cream stick that can be used in a variety of ways.
All over the lids I applied the same multipurpose cream stick in a sheer wash of colour with gold shimmer and put on a coat of waterproof mascara (a must!) on the lashes.
A swipe of the coral lip balm to keep lips hydrated and protected from sun finished the look.
Beach ready beauty!
Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer. Those who are familiar with Laura Mercier makeup line, consider this an iconic product. Of course, I love it for its luminous radiant finish! It’s a nice blend of skincare and makeup – hydrates skin with barely there colour for a radiant glow. The formula is lightweight and provides SPF 20 sun protection.
NARS The Multiple in Orgasm. Speaking of iconic – it’s hard to find a woman who hasn’t heard about it! Its’ universally flattering colour of pinky-coral with gold shimmer is what made Orgasm so popular, especially the powder blush version of it. It’s a multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and body in creamy formula and sheer colour that blends effortlessly to create shimmering accents, soft tones or glowing highlights. Easy to apply with fingers. I did notice that the staying power of this formula is not great, so for somebody with oily skin I would recommend a more long-wearing product.
Giorgio Armani Cosmetics Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara. This baby won’t budge even if you decide to dive into the pool head first. It separates the lashes nicely for a more defined look.
Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in Simmer. Since the photoshoot for All-Inclusive makeup look, this bronzer has become my absolute favourite mostly due to its perfect balance of colour and glow that doesn’t go streaky or looks faux. It’s a rich medium bronze that deepens a tan on all skin tones. It blend easily into the skin for a natural-looking, sunless tan. More than that, the formula is infused with sun-specific antioxidants including pomegranate, green tea and acai berry, for natural protection. It’s pretty damn perfect on all accounts!
Burberry First Kiss Lip Balm in Coral Glow. I love the texture of this – a soft glossy balm that melts onto the lips and feels super comfortable. The moisture-infused formula provides up to 8 hours of hydration. Creamy coral shade delivers more colour then you would expect from this gloss-balm hybrid.
GLAMMED UP VERSION OF THE LOOK
Originally I planned to just change the lip colour to amp up this makeup, which I did. I applied a vibrant coral in a lipstick formula for more intensity and depth of colour. But then I got carried away thinking about JLo (who perfected the summer goddess look, in my opinion) and decided to throw in a bit of a bronze eyeliner on the eyes to bring some attention to the eyes as well and put on some extra highlighter on the cheeks. Such a gorgeous beach vacation makeup look to wear to a pool party or an evening outing at the resort!
That’s it! See, I promised it will be fast, easy and only 5 products to pack (ok 8 if you count the products for amping it up)! And no need to be shy with shimmers, highlighters and corals for your beach vacation makeup. Since your skin will have a natural glistening from the warm temperatures, don’t fight it, use products that will enhance it!
I hope you will give this look a try and if you do, I would love to see it! Don’t be shy, post your interpretation of this look here or on Instagram with a tag #EffortlessbyKlavaZ.
Check back next week for a new look in my Beauty Series! And in the meantime, follow me on Instagram @KlavaZ.makeup and Facebook Klava Zykova Makeup Artist and Educator for your everyday makeup inspiration.
Have an effortless beauty day!
Photos Throne Photography
Model Jenny D Models International Management
Hair TopKnot Hairstyling by Kirsty MacDonald
Styling Toast Special Events