7 ways to channel your inner beach babe
Whether it was Farrah Fawcett in the 70s, Elle Macpherson in the 80s, or Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush who did it for you, we’ve all dreamed of being a total beach babe.
But you don’t have to be blonde or sporting washboard abs to pull off a ‘surfer chick’ look. All you need to do is shake up your beauty routine...
#1 Get your tan on
Even if you live by the beach, self-tanning is the way to go. Fake tan has come a long way and it’s never been easier to get naturally bronzed results, without the sun damage. Our pick is Rimmel London’s new Sun Shimmer Self-Tan Mousse - it doesn’t smell like a typical self-tan and dries in just two minutes, so you won’t be stinky OR sticky!
#2 Fake your freckles
Or if you’re already blessed with freckles, embrace them by paying more attention to your skincare routine and less on covering them up. Glowing skin and a sprinkle of freckles is a super cute, summery look - just ask Kendall Jenner:
And if you don’t have freckles, you can create convincing ones with just an eye pencil. Check out this handy step-by-step.
#3 Go for coral
Nothing says summer like a splash of coral. Whether it’s a subtle lip stain or bright polish, the contrast of your skin with the orangey-pink hue will bring out your tan and brighten your entire look. If you’re warm-toned, opt for brighter, yellow-based corals and if you’re cool-toned, look for corals on the pinker side.
- essie in tart deco
- Sea Siren in Clownfish Conga
- Innoxa Couleurs D'ete Summer Matte in Tangerine
- Lancome Rouge In Love in Miss Coquelicot
#4 Style with sea salt
You don’t have to take a dip in the big blue sea to achieve salty, textured waves. Depending on your hair type, a spritz of sea salt spray and a little scrunching might do the trick. If that doesn’t work, give your hair a more generous spray and leave it in a plait or bun overnight.
Here's exactly how to make sea salt spray work for you:
#5 Rock denim shorts
Don’t feel comfortable in a bikini? No problem, denim shorts are the official beach babe uniform anyway. Plus, waxing and shaving your legs is way less taxing than doing 1,000 sit-ups per day. Just be sure to moisturise your pins regularly so they always look smooth. That will make your tan last longer, too!
Sexy leg essentials:
- Gillette Venus & Olay Satin Care Shaving Gel
- Schick Quattro for Women
- Thalgo Anti Regrowth
- Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser Advanced Strength
#6 Bronze like a boss
When applied correctly, bronzer can transform a dull complexion into sunkissed perfection. The key to getting that warm glow is to apply bronzer where the sun would naturally hit your face - so, your cheeks, nose, chin, and the top of your forehead. Combine with some highlighter to really nail that post-holiday radiance we all know and love.
#7 Freshen up
Now that you’re looking the part of a total beach babe, you need to smell the part. For a scent that’ll keep summer with you all year round, pick a perfume with citrusy notes like grapefruit, mandarin, neroli and bergamot. Floral notes will add some longevity, with jasmine, lily and rose keeping it nice and fresh. Coconut is another goodie for those who aren’t a fan of zesty scents.
- Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne
- L'OCCITANE Verbena Eau de Toilette
- The Body Shop Body Mist in Coconut
Do you love the beach babe look? What are you missing most about summer?