Beach Beauty Survival Guide: 7 Cruelty-Free Essentials

Beach Beauty Survival Guide: 7 Cruelty-Free Essentials

If the coast is calling your name, we don’t blame you: It’s been a long year (-ish? Time has become a very fluid construct). And we all deserve to escape the daily grind and take a moment to relax, read, swim, and enjoy being surrounded by nature (and family, and friends, and barbecues, and ice cream, and so on) at the beach. While some like to go bare-faced when they head to the seaside, others feel better when they wear makeup. If the latter is you, great news: we’ve got some awesome beach beauty product picks — and they’re all vegan and cruelty-free. 

Beach Beauty Survival Guide: 7 Cruelty-Free Essentials
This pencil by Urban Decay is a great pick for beach days. | Photo credit: Urban Decay

Urban Decay Brow Blade Ink Stain + Waterproof Pencil

If you just don’t feel like, well, you until you’ve done your brows, this pencil by Urban Decay is a great pick for beach days, because it’s waterproof!

Available in nine shades, including Gingersnap and Brown Sugar, the Brow Blade will give you a microbladed look without the needles. It’s double-sided; the ink stain tip is for creating hair-like strokes, while the creamy waterproof pencil end adds color and definition.  

Beach Beauty Survival Guide: 7 Cruelty-Free Essentials
This mascara was made for trips to the beach. | Photo credit: Eyeko

Eyeko Beach Waterproof Mascara

This mascara’s name says it all: it was made for trips to the beach. You can swim to your heart’s content, all the while knowing that your mascara is still going to be on point when you’re ready to exit the water in search of snacks.

Plus, made with hydrating coconut oil, as well as 12 other fruit extracts, the mascara is not just waterproof, but it’s conditioning and volumizing too.

Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30

Let’s be frank: smothering your skin with a full coverage foundation when you’re heading to the beach is not the best idea. Firstly, it’s heavy, so it’ll likely sweat off when you’re sunbathing. It could also mix with sweat, dirt, and SPF and clog your pores, leading to pimples.

But if you want light coverage, this Sunshine Skin Tint by Milk Makeup should do the trick. Available in 14 shades, the lightweight formula is packaged in a small tube (perfect for popping in your beach tote with other essentials). 

When you want to apply, you simply pump the tube, roll the tint across your face, and blend. Not only does the tint provide light coverage, but it’ll moisturize your skin too, thanks to the addition of grapeseed, avocado, mandarin, and other oils. Plus it contains SPF 30, and it’s coral reef–safe, too (yup, chemicals in sunscreen can damage underwater life). 

Beach Beauty Survival Guide: 7 Cruelty-Free Essentials
EleVen offers beauty essentials with SPF. | Photo credit EleVen by Venus Williams

EleVen by Venus Williams Perfect Form Tinted Lip Balm

With 7 Grand Slam singles titles to her name, Venus Williams is a legend on the tennis court. But she’s also pretty savvy in the beauty world. The tennis champion’s lifestyle brand EleVen offers beauty essentials with SPF, including four different shades of lip balm.

Balm is often far better than gloss for beach days (the latter can get sticky and gooey), but this one goes above and beyond. Made with bayberry fruit wax, the mineral-based formula will hydrate and moisturize your lips (thanks to the addition of shea butter), protect them from the sun’s rays, and add a perfect pop of color.

Beach Beauty Survival Guide: 7 Cruelty-Free Essentials
Add a rush of color to your cheeks with a cream or a gel. | Photo credit: Soda

Soda #Dabitonyourface Lip & Cheek Blush

When the weather is hot, powder can look a little bit cakey and clog up your pores too. Instead, add a rush of color to your cheeks with a cream or a gel. Soda’s cheek blush stick (which also works as a lip balm!) is so simple to apply; just sweep over your cheekbones and blend for a light wash of color. It comes in two shades of pink: bright and soft.

One thing to be mindful of though: it isn’t waterproof, so best to keep your face out of the water when you’re wearing it. Stick to paddling and keep the snorkeling for a bare face day!

Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener

For a smoky eye that will stand up to a beach day out, look no further than Thrive Causemetics’ Brilliant Eye Brightener. Available in 10 shades, the waterproof formula features ‘ring light technology,’ which consists of light-reflecting smart pigments, for that extra shimmer. For hydration and a boost of antioxidants, the eye brightener also contains macadamia and meadowfoam seed oils, vitamin E, and sunflower seed.

To give your eyes that extra lift, add to the lids, as well as the outer corners of your eye and the waterline.

Beach Beauty Survival Guide: 7 Cruelty-Free Essentials
Lock your makeup in place with an SPF setting spray. | Photo credit: Supergoop!

Supergoop! Defense Refresh (Re)setting Mist SPF 40

Once you’ve applied your makeup, help it remain intact and protect your face from the sun at the same time with an SPF setting spray. You can trust that this one will provide a quality shield from harmful UV rays, because it’s made by an actual sunscreen brand: Supergoop! 

While many setting sprays contain SPF 15 or 20, this one is SPF 40. That’s important because, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, a sunscreen product must contain SPF 30 or higher to really protect your skin when you’re outside sweating and splashing around for a long time. 

Plus, it’s light, easy-to-use, and you can keep reapplying throughout the day to keep your makeup looking pristine. 

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