Hit the sand in style with our surf-sexy hit list

That first day at the beach can inspire dread, even for the genetically super-blessed. But we say: you’re on the beach, relax already! While the term ‘beauty rule’ doesn’t usually exist in our vocabulary, here’s one iron-clad holiday beauty directive you should follow: have fun, experiment, keep it fresh, keep it effortless (erm, Ok, that was four…). The easiest way to get into the beach mood? Check out our ten savvy tips for total bikini-babe bliss.

1.    Streamline your make-up routine…

…with s BB cream – the multifunctional moisturizer, protector, pore minimizer, tint etc. Early formulas tended to be a bit heavy and thick, but the latest offerings come in more shades and deliver a lighter finish. Out top three summer picks are: Hydra Life BB Crème SPF30 $ 64 Dior; Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm $ 40 Stile; and A Perfect World BB SPF15 $ 42 origins.co.uk. Wear with a hard-working mascara and you’re set: try Lash Definition Smudgeproof Mascara in Black $ 22.5 Liz Earle Color.

Description:  Dior Hydra Life BB Crème SPF 30

 Dior Hydra Life BB Crème SPF 30

2.    Try rainbow nails

Why wear one color when you can paint on multiple shades at once? At work, the Smarties approach to nails might look a bit busy, but it’s perfect for the beach. “My favorite summer combination is milky pastels, like sunshine yellow, aqua green and lavender,” says make-up artist Kirstin Piggott. Nail Polish in Lemon Cream $ 6.5 Maybelline, 10 Days No Chips in 26 (purple) $ 9 Bourjois.

3.    Go for color

“Sun-kissed skin is the ideal backdrop for vivid shots of color,” says Gucci Westman, Revlon global artistic director. Choose cream formulas, as they are easier to apply with your fingers and won’t melt off when you sweat. Rim the upper lash line with Ombre Blackstar Melting Eyeshadow in Paradise Island $ 43 By Terry (available at spacenk.co.uk), rub Cremeblend Blush in Florida $ 27 maccosmetics.co.uk over cheeks and finish with a bright, sheer neon gloss, like Colorburst Lipgloss in Sizzle $ 12.5.

4.    Sculpt your body

Do these three moves on a day to tighten, tone and firm from head to toe. “The trick is to do focused exercises that target more than one muscle at once,” says personal trainer Christina Howells, founder of the Bodysculpt system (bodysculpt-london.com).

Description: The fastest way to lose weight and sculpt your body is weight training

The fastest way to lose weight and sculpt your body is weight training

Plié Squats

“Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes turned out; then bend downwards, turning your knees outwards, and don’t let your knees go over your toes. Lower and lift 20 times. Then lift the right feel up and do 20 pulses, then lift the left knee up and do 20 pulses. Then alternate for 20.”


“For this powered-up plank, place hand towels under your toes. Get into a press-up position on your forearms, keeping your body in a straight line from heels to the top of your head. Keep lower abs pulled in as you split your legs away from each other. Pull them together while engaging the inner thigh muscles. Do two sets of 15 reps.”

Arm circles

“Stretch your arms out either side at shoulder level with palms facing upwards. Circle arms backwards from the shoulder 20-30 times, then do it forwards for the same number of reps. Sounds too easy, but trust me, it will burn.”

5.    Pretty hot-weather hair

Opt for a no-fuss beach ’do – soak hair with Protective Moisturizing Sun Crème $ 27 Davines and scrape it back into a messy burn. “That wet-hair spa look is gorgeous for a day at the beach,” says Kerry Warn, international creative consultant for John Frieda, “it’s so low-maintenance.” For instant sporty chic, wrap neon hairgrips all around.

6.    Clean up

Aren’t you tired of a complex skincare routine? In sticky weather, forget flawless, perfect and polished – aim for dewy and fresh instead. Leave the vanity case at home and pack light: for soft and refreshed skin, we love Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash $ 18.5 Elemis, and for an instant moisture boost, carry Hydration Face Mist $ 23 L’Occitane in your beach bag.

7.    Smell like summer

The season’s new perfumes pair perfectly with the laidback holiday mood – think light, airy and non-cloying. Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia $ 57.5 for 125ml EDP Guerlain is warm, sexy and sunny. Dior Addict Eau Sensuelle $ 76 for 50ml EDT Dior has a playful and sparkling feel, while 212 NYC Seductive Body Spray $2 9 Carolina Herrera works as an all-over mist.

Description: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia

8.    Glossify your limbs

Daytime is all about sunscreen, but at night, it’s time to glow. Smooth these skin beautifiers on legs, shoulders and any other area on show. For pure sheen, nothing beats Body Gloss $ 5 Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula. To boost your tan, Instant Bronzing Gel $ 20 Sienna X feels super-luxe and gives a gorgeous glistening finish. If you don’t want any shine, you’ll love the low-key golden tint of Sun Shimmer Instant Tan in Light Matte $ 11 Rimmel.

9.    Tan the smart way

It turns out that too little sun is just as bad as too much. “I have seen serious vitamin D deficiency in some of my patients who completely avoid the sun,” says dermatologist Dennis Gross. So, enjoy the sunshine, but to keep your skin healthy, sunscreen is non-negotiable. The new sun care buzz is infrared protection, as it’s been proven that infrared rays penetrate skin deeply and provoke long-term damage. Sun Beauty Satin Sheer Oil Fast Tan Optimizer SPF30 $ 37.5 Lancasted boasts a new infrared technology to reduce deep skin damage, while Triple Defence Shield SPF50 Sunscreen $ 85.5 Prevage delivers infrared protection plus high antioxidant power in an innovative built-in brush applicator. And Bronz Repair Body Lotion $ 98 Insitut Esthederm is a firm GLAMOUR favourite to beat sun-included skin dehydration.

10. Get Bronzed

 For a natural-looking warm-weather glow, use a bronzer with a little sparkle. Our top summer choices are Terra Azzurra by Emilio Pucci $ 79 Guerlain – ablush and bronze combo that looks great on olive skin. For a subtle glow, we are crazy about Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder in Tanned $ 61 Yves Saint Laurent. It super-smooth texture blends beautifully into skin for an incredible radiance.

Description: Guerlain Terra Azzurra by Emilio Pucci

Guerlain Terra Azzurra by Emilio Pucci

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