Which Beach Babe Are You? Decoding Your Surfside Beauty Look

With summer in full swing, the time has come to hone your beach beauty aesthetic. Understanding your seaside style will help you to plan accordingly—but for most women, the seemingly endless possibilities can be simplified with one simple question: Are you a Grace Kelly or a Brigitte Bardot?

If discreet glamour and immaculate sangfroid beauty—the kind that never breaks a sweat in surf or sun—is your thing, then Kelly circa 1955’s To Catch a Thief may be your proverbial spirit animal: Think long limbs slathered in Clarins SPF 30–infused body oilcat-eye Dior sunglasses (no squinting!), and a colorful, tightly tied headscarf to keep every hair in place.

Photo: (From left) Courtesy of Photofest; Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Photo: (From left) Courtesy of Photofest; Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

An irreverently French attitude, on the other hand, is the defining characteristic of beach babe life à la Bardot—that slightly dangerous bombshell who throws caution (and, occasionally, sunscreen) to the wind. A less-is-more approach applies to both your choice of bikini and your beauty routine (for inspiration, see 1962’s A Very Private Affair). Should actual sea salt fail you, Herbivore’s Sea Mist Hair Texturizing Spray provides the right mix of voluptuous, tangled waves and devil-may-care wisps. The three signatures you won’t be without? A scribble of black eye kohl, a little too much mascara, and an almost nude nail.

Grace Kelly Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Grace Kelly
Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Brigitte Bardot Photo: Photofest

Brigitte Bardot
Photo: Photofest

Just in time for the weekend, here’s everything you need to get the look.

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