Beach waves. Dewy skin. Bright eyes. The quintessential California girl is an iconic look and for good reason. Who doesn’t want to look fresh faced and sun kissed? While the image of a blonde, blue eyed beauty comes to mind, the Cali look works on all types of girls no matter the hair or eye color. We’ve got your tips and tricks with how to achieve that gorgeous West Coast glow!
For those tousled, carefree, just strolled in from the sun and sand hair, we love John Frieda’s BEACHblonde Sea Waves Salt Spray. Contrary to the name, the deliciously coconut smelling product can be used on darker haired gals as well. (Take it from the black-haired author of this article who swears by it) If your hair is naturally wavy, simply spritz all over and work into your hair for a lovely matte sheen finish. If you have pin straight hair, let your hair sit in braids for a few hours, then undo, spray, tousle and voila!
Oh that fine line between dewy and greasy. We all want to look kissed by the sun, not attacked by a bottle of olive oil. The key here is the same as accessories: less is more. We swear by Nuxe’s Shimmering Dry Oil. It’s seriously stuff of the gods. Beautifully delicate with just a touch of sheen and shimmer. Lightly dab (and we do mean lightly) along your cheekbones for that perfect lit from within look.
While the best thing for fresh eyes is plenty of sleep, we do have a little secret weapon that can boost those babies into shining brightly. Sun Beam by Benefit is a golden-hued highlighter that we love. While it can be used as an all-over face highlighter, we’ve found it works especially well when applied under the eye to combat those dark areas. It can also be dabbed on eyelids to make eyes really glow! For a more pink-hued highlighter, there’s also High Beam by Benefit.
By Sheila Hui.