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Be a beach babe with these hot weather makeup tips

By Amanda Surwillo

Summer is almost here, and beach days are upon us. Here are some tips to keep you looking as hot as the sun:


This is the most important part of your makeup routine. Nothing ages you faster or disrupts your skin’s barrier like the sun. The days of baby oil and iodine are long gone, and we now embrace protecting the skin we’re in. Fortunately, we have so many options that there is no excuse to leave the house without a little SPF. I love the SkinCeuticals Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 ($60) because it improves your skin while protecting it. This dual-action daily hydrating sunscreen protects against UV- induced pigmentation, evens skin tone and instantly brightens skin.

A cult favorite is the Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 ($22). It’s an invisible sunscreen that’s perfect to wear under makeup. This oil-free formula gives a natural finish and should be in your bathroom year round.


If you haven’t used a cream eyeshadow stick, you are truly missing out. These products are really making a splash again in 2023. Almost every brand is hopping on the bandwagon, so the options are endless. Due to the Coast humidity, I suggest a waterproof formula. My mom’s personal favorite is from Thrive Causemetics ($26). The stick glides so effortlessly along the lids and delivers long-lasting color. Shimmery shades give your lid that gorgeous pop to make your eyes sparkle in the sun.

I’m currently having a love affair with the e.l.f. Cosmetics No Budge Shadow sticks ($5). I’m not sure what I love most: the blendable formula, the color options or the amazing price. We may be adding eyeshadow sticks to our makeup collection for the beach, but cream shadow sticks make a great base for a date-night smoky eye.


As a makeup artist, I condone waterproof mascara on very few occasions: weddings, funerals and days on the water. In my 10 years or doing makeup professionally, I exclusively have purchased drugstore mascaras.

Here are some tricks to avoid that black smudge below your eyes. If you have oily skin or lids you will need to own a translucent powder. The oils from your skin will break down the product and create transfer onto your skin. The smallest bit of powder really goes a long way. Take a fluffy brush and add setting power to you under eyes and lids. This will absorb the oil and flight transfer. If you want to take it a step further, after you add mascara, add powder to the tips of your bottom lashes. This is a step I never skip when my client has long bottom lashes. My all-time favorite mascara is the L’Oréal Voluminous Original Mascara ($10.99)

Amanda Surwillo is a makeup artist and esthetician who owns Mandy Makeup Artistry. She can be reached at, or follow her on Instagram: @mandy_makeup_artistry.

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