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4 Swimwear Designers’ Beach-Ready Beauty Must-Haves

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Now that we’re in the final weeks of summer, it’s time to squeeze in your last-minute beach jaunts and exotic getaways. I checked in with some of today’s most in-demand swimwear designers to see what trusty beauty products they never hit the waves without.

Daniella Sredni of Aquarius (above)

1. SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50: “Apply bronzing powder on top of this protective sunscreen to offset the white tint and you’re good to go!”

2. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Bronzing Powder: “My shade is called Give Me Sun. It’s a mineral powder that leaves a sheer finish, which is the perfect look for direct sunlight.”

3. Davines Protective Moisturizing Sun Crème with Argan Oil: “Apply to hair ends before or after sun. It adds gorgeous texture for beach-tousled waves and the smell is unreal. It’s my fave!”

4. Fekkai Summer Hair Beach Waves Spray: “This is a perfect finish to the beach hair process. Apply it after the Davines cream for the best results.”

5. Pure Fiji Nourishing Exotic Oil in Coconut: “This makes the body shine with moisture, and the smell instantly transports you away.”

Fab Silberstein of La Belle Rebelle

1. It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-in Plus Keratin: “After violently abusing my hair with all kinds of bleaching and coloring products for the past 10 years, tangling after diving into water is bound to happen—and it’s not pretty! This product really is a 10. It leaves hair silky and shiny, and is tangle-free.”

2. Australian Gold Bronzing Oil SPF 15: “I’m pale, I admit it. Although I’ve made peace with the fact that I’ll never own a sexy Brazilian model tan, this product makes me as bronze as I can possibly get! And it doesn’t leave any redness or orangey-ness at all, which is a huge plus.”

3. La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 40: “I can’t just put some oil on my face and expect to look good after a day in the sun, so I carry this spectacular sunscreen with me wherever I go. I only apply it once on my face and shoulders, and I’m protected all day long without being completely blocked from the sun.”

4. Evian Mineral Water Spray: “This product is so amazing. Your skin is instantly refreshed and rehydrated.”

5. La Roche Posay Ceralip Lip Cream: “The best lip repair product ever! It leaves a slight gloss on the lips but it goes away fast, leaving your pout soft and extremely kissable.”

Tori Praver of Tori Praver Swimwear

1. Eminence Organic Sunscreen Stick: “This is a loose organic sunscreen powder that comes in a few different skin tones. It can go over or under makeup and is also waterproof. I wear it every day!”

2. Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara: “I am a fish! I’m constantly surfing or swimming. This is the only mascara I’ve ever tried that actually stays on while I’m in the water.”

3. Oribe Signature Mask: “Since I am always at the beach, I use this ultra-rich hair mask once a week to save my hair from sun and salt water damage.”

4. Monoi Tiare Oil: “This amazing-smelling oil is made from the Tahitian Gardenia flower. I use it as a two-in-one: a moisturizer for my body and for my hair to keep it smooth and soft.”

5. John Masters Organics Salt Spray: “I love this spray because it has lavender oil, which keeps your hair from drying out. It gives your hair the perfect beachy look—and it smells great, too!”

Cassandra Kellogg of MINIMALE-ANIMALE

1. Almond Glow Coconut Oil: “This is good for both your skin and hair ends. It’s an awesome moisturizer in the shower after a day in the sun!”

2. Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF 85: “I used this on my face. It’s really lightweight and I never burn.”

3. Egyptian Magic: “This is a good all-around skin product. I use it as a lip balm.”

4. Rene Furterer SPF 70 Crème: “I use this on my hair. It smells really good!”

5. Lavender Spray: “I use this to keep my skin cool when it’s really hot.”

Don’t miss even more beauty insight—take a peek at Natalie Alcala’s weekly blog column.

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