Beauty Finds

Tropical Fever: 16 Beach Beauty Picks

Move into goddess territory with selects from the season's finest summer beauty collections (plus a few year-round standbys)

Promo shot for Yves Rocher's Retro Tropical collection

Promo shot for Yves Rocher’s Retro Tropical collection

Summer beauty owes a debt to a highlight reel of inspiration: sand-speckled stars emerging from the surf (à la Bond girls Ursula Andress and Halle Berry), frolicking along the shoreline (Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly Last Summer or Rachel McAdams in The Notebook) or catching a wave (Sandra Dee in Gidget, Demi in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle). The beach-girl look—tousled waves, glowing cheeks and bronzed skin—is iconic and can be created with just the right products, whether you’ve set foot on the sand or not. We’ve gathered 16 products to update your makeup bag and bring you one step closer to the beach.

The first step, of course, is flawlessly faux-tanned skin. Use a CC cream, bronzer and golden illuminator to help you achieve glow-glow-girl status:


FLARE picks: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30, $39, Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator, $17, mass market retailers. Buxom Hot Escapes Bronzer in Tahiti or Maldives, $35, M.A.C Mineralize Blush in Simmer, $30, Victoria’s Secret Beach Dreams Bronzing Shimmer Stick in Sparkling Sun, $14,

Promo shot for Estée Lauder's Bronze Goddess collection

Promo shot for Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess collection

Update traditional bronzed skin with hits of colour on the face and nails—as seen in this summer’s new makeup collections. We’re partial to any shade of watery blue or green, coral and yellow:

ColourFLARE picks: Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Peacock Green, $60, M.A.C Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Lady at Play, $26, OPI Nail Lacquer in Need Sunglasses, $11, at salons and spas. Essie nail polish in Rock the Boat, $10, at at professional salons and leading retailers. Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg, $30, Estée Lauder Pure Color Sheer RollerGloss in Squeeze, $20,

Promo shot for M.A.C's Tropical Taboo collection

Promo shot for M.A.C’s Tropical Taboo collection

Extras for your stash: a tropical fragrance (think mango, ylang ylang, tropical woods and aquatic notes), body oil or lotion, self tanner and a freshly scented texturizing dry shampoo (our limited edition pick smells like coconut!).


FLARE picks: Yves Rocher Retropical Eau de Toilette, $25, Bobbi Brown Beach Body Oil, $40, Fruits & Passion 24 Hr. Moisturizing Butter for the Body in Ocean Flower, $5, Caudalie Divine Legs, $40, Cake Satin Sugar Fuss-Free Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray in Jet Set, $14, Sephora & Murale.

Promo shot for Dior's Bird of Paradise collection

Promo shot for Dior’s Bird of Paradise collection