We’ve all seen those girls on the beach who just seem as if they were plucked out of a magazine ad. Bronze, glowing skin, flowing hair that’s perfectly tousled, and casual attire that is fashionable without looking like they gave it a moment’s thought.

Let me tell you something, most of those girls DO think carefully about their outfit, hair and makeup before they head to the beach, they’ve just mastered the art of making it look effortless and keeping the right products in their beach bag to maintain the look through hours of sun, heat, humidity and swimming.

Cultivating a Cool Look for a Hot Beach

Showing less is more. Beachy-cool girls know that cute but comfy flat sandals, loose-fitting boho tops and dresses and slouchy shorts and hats are sexier than tight tube tops and bikinis that leave nothing to the imagination. Show off your best feature, whether it’s your legs, back, arms or waist, but don’t show it all. The cool beach girls don’t seek attention, they get attention by exuding confidence and looking relaxed in their own skin.

Wear makeup (but look like you’re not). Overdone makeup at the beach looks really weird and out of place. (Not to mention you’ll look ridiculous after a swim with mascara running down your face.) But that doesn’t mean you have to go completely bare-faced. Stick with a little lip gloss, a bit of bronzer and maybe a smudge of waterproof eyeliner.

Keep hair simple and low-fuss. If your hair looks great loose, windswept and natural, lucky you! If not, a messy bun, braids or a wide headband can be easy options to keep your hair from looking wild and out of control. For more hairstyling ideas, check out our Quick and Easy Summer Hairstyles.

Keeping Your Look Fresh All Day at the Beach

We recommend you have the following in your beach bag:

Suncreen + Moisturizer. You’ll want a good sunscreen for your whole body, and a light moisturizer with sunscreen for your face. (Regular body sunscreen on your face will leave you looking greasy.) We like bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream. It’s a moisturizer, sunscreen and light tinted foundation all in one. It will keep your skin hydrated and protected all day long.

Detangling comb. If you plan to be going for a swim, a good detangling comb is a must. Detangling spray. A product like Enjoy Holistic Detangling Spray can really help get your hair back under control after being in the wind and waves all day.

Heat Protection Spray. Apply this to your hair before you head out and reapply as needed to protect your hair from harmful UV rays. Your hair will thank you. We recommend TIGI Custom Create Heat Protection Spray.

Hydrating Lip Balm. Gen Nude Buttercream Lip Gloss by bareMinerals will give you a subtle color boost while keeping lips from becoming cracked and chapped.

Be sure to check out the full line of skin and hair care products available on our website. We guarantee that all beauty lines offered are 100% authentic, never from a third-party, and are items that our beauty team uses on our own hair and skin. Plus, Pandora Beauty offers some of the best prices available on all your favorite salon-quality products at our online discount beauty supply store.