Endless Summer: Surfer Girl Beauty

by Stef McDonald on November 1, 2012 | Posted in Answers & Advice, Hair Care, Makeup, Skin Care

End of summer? Not for surfers! We live by endless summer rules: savor every sunny moment on the sand and in the surf ! You don’t have to live in California or Hawaii to follow our lead. Even if you’re a city-dweller or country girl with no desire to hang ten, with these surfer girl secrets, you can look beautiful year-round while kicking sand in fall’s face. Let the endless summer beauty recommendations commence!    

Beach-Style Cover-Ups…for your face  

If you want to maintain the health of your skin and you spend time outdoors — at the beach or anywhere at all — you simply must guard yourself from the sun’s potentially harmful rays.

Protecting yourself from skin cancer is your first priority, then there’s vanity. You can’t stop the natural aging of your skin, but why would you want to prematurely age with sun exposure that can happen all year round?

My favorite sunscreens are by Badger and Alba Botanica, two of the top-ranked brands on the Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen Report of the safest and most effective products that work without nasty chemicals, preservatives, or fragrances. 

Because the safest sunscreens usually have zinc as the UVA and UVB blocking agent, there’s a white residue left on skin. Using a tinted moisturizer on top will help minimize that effect.  Physician’s Formula Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15 and Tarte’s Smooth Operator Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 are good non-toxic choices and can be used alone when less sun protection is needed. 

For even more natural-looking coverage that contains only pure and organic ingredients, finish with RMS UnCover Up, which smoothly evens out skin tone and blends beautifully.

Another way to preserve your beauty: wear a good pair of sunglasses.
The skin around your eyes is fine and delicate and you can easily prevent unnecessary wrinkling by covering the eye area with ray-blocking sunglasses. Squinting equals faster wrinkling, too, so it’s worth investing in sunglasses that work.

Tip: You can always find good sunglasses in surf and ski shops, usually for a lot less than departments stores or eyewear shops.

Beach Blanket Beauty Bingo

Surfer girl beauty is all natural and no-fuss. Take these makeup recommendations to let your inner beach girl shine through:

For everyday wear, skip mascara, which would just run in salty surf spray. Simply perk up eyes with an eyelash curler and brown eye liner, such as Gabriel Eye Liner in Chocolate Brown, which can double as an eyebrow filler for those with darker brows.

Give lips protection and a pop of color with a tinted lip product with SPF; Jane Iredale’s PureMoist Lip Colour with SPF in Lily offers the perfect pinkish/natural nude with a hint of shimmer and lots of creaminess. 

The only healthy tan is a faux one. Alima Pure’s Bronzer in Maracaibo is gentle and brushes on beautifully.

For evening, blend it with Jane Iredale’s Gold Dust in a color to flatter your natural skin tone. Then, you can add a mermaid-sunning-on-shore glow with Cream Eye Shadow by RMS in golden Solar and the Living Luminizer by RMS applied to the inside corners of eyes and anywhere else you want a dewy, pearly hit of light.     

Toes on the Nose, Toes in the Sand

Pedicures are tough to maintain when your feet make regular contact with a waxed surfboard — and even when you’re pounding pavement on city streets. To get the most longevity out of your pedicure, try barely-there colors like Priti NYC nail polish in Coronation. To combat dullness that comes from exposing toes to the elements, simply top with their 2 in 1 Top & Base Coat

If you are lucky enough to get to the beach frequently: long walks or runs on the sand can make your soles and heels naturally soft and smooth. You can also sit on your beach blanket near the shore and twist and turn your heels and toes in the wet sand for the same effect. Don’t laugh — it works!

Beach Hair Now & Later

Most of us love the look of beach hair, but if your hair is exposed to the sun and surf for long periods, it can get dried out — hair can actually get sunburned, too. If that’s a problem for you, try rubbing a bit of sunscreen on your hands then smoothing it gently over hair; you can do the same shea butter, which offers some natural sunscreen protection.

When you’re away from the shore and want to get that tossled beach hair look, Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray by John Masters makes it easy and does it without harmful chemicals. Or you can make your own DIY beach hair spray with our recipe using ingredients from the kitchen. 

No matter where you are or what the weather, I wish you a beautiful endless summer!  

Feature photo by Flickr user fontplaydotcom. Secondary photo by Flickr user Andy M Taylor.

Stef McDonaldAbout GBT Expert Stef McDonald (12 Posts)

Stef McDonald is a writer/editor and online content manager who still feels like a giddy kid playing dress-up and trying on her mom's lipstick.


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