We bloomin’ love mermaids. Who doesn’t?
We’d kind of like to be one, but the whole tail thing might end up being a bit of a pain, so we figured we’d settle for a mermaid-style beauty look instead. Much easier. And more realistic!
We’ve trawled land and sea for the most beautiful (and practical) mermaid beauty buys. Shimmer, sparkle and shine ladies…
1. Eylure Strip Eyelashes Exaggerate No. 143 – £7.25 (BUY HERE)
Get set to bat your eyes at passing mermen or sun-kissed sailors. These gorgeous double layered lashes from Eyelure provide a full textured, but delicate, look. Flutter away – just don’t go for a dip while you’re wearing them. That’s a BIG no no.
2. A Beautiful Life Mermaid Sparkling Body Scrub – £19.00 (BUY HERE)
Do you want to feel the sand on your skin, or your skin to feel like sand? To make sure you’re a total goddess on the beach this summer, you’re going to need an effective exfoliator. To sloth away the dead skin cells and prep your body for beautiful even tanning, this quirky little scrub is just the thing. It combines a delectable mixture of raw sugar, pink salt and pure plant oils which leave the skin unbelievably fresh and smooth; with notes of lime, pineapple and French Cyprus too. It’ll even make you sparkle, so it’s a must have as far as we’re concerned.
3. Topshop Beauty Glitter Pot in Flash – £5.00 (BUY HERE)
Add a touch of mermaid-esque shimmer to the skin with this beautiful loose glitter in iridescent ocean shades. It’s suitable for use on the face or body, and can be applied with facial glue for precision and a longer-lasting effect.
4. Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra-Waterproof Mascara – £15.50 (BUY HERE)
Apparently the clever people at Urban Decay actually did test this mascara out at sea. If that’s the case and it stood up to the test, it’s 100% mermaid-worthy in our book. It has a lovely, light gel formula which gives lashes a smooth yet voluminous finish, and refuses to budge once applied – you’ll just need to invest in an effective eye make-up remover to take the stuff off! It’ll be well worth it though.
5. Elizabeth Arden Bronzer & Highlighter – £28.00 (BUY HERE)
Every modern-day mermaid should have a radiant glow, and this compact is the perfect solution. The pretty, shell-shaped powder from Elizabeth Arden offers two shades of bronzer to contour the face, alongside a highlighter to illuminate your best areas. The powders benefit from light-diffusing minerals with the addition of vitamin E and argan oil to nourish and protect the skin. As with any bronzer/blusher, take care not to over-apply. Remember, you want to look like Ariel, not Sebastian the crab.
6. Models Own Beetlejuice Collection Polish in Indian Ocean – £4.99 (BUY HERE)
We absolutely adore this nail polish and need to have it in our lives RIGHT NOW. Aptly named Indian Ocean, the shimmering duo-tone shade screams of hot summer days with warm waves lapping at our toes.
7. Barry M Aquarium Nail Polish in Mermaid – £3.99 (BUY HERE)
A multi-coloured glitter top coat in blue and gold tones called Mermaid. We needn’t say anymore!
8. NARS Duo Eyeshadow in South Pacific – £25.00 (BUY HERE)
The colours in this duo are simply beautiful. They’re perfectly paired to compliment each other when worn together and equally effective when used alone. The highly pigmented, micro-fine powders are long-wearing, crease-resistant and blend together effortlessly. We appreciate that blue eyeshadow isn’t for everyone, but it’s well worth a try with a delicate touch – exercise caution though, the Barbara Cartland look is never a good idea.
9. Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in Apricot Pink – £19.00 (BUY HERE)
To say we’re delighted that Make Up For Ever has finally arrived in the UK is a MASSIVE understatement! Not least because we can get our paws on the brand’s incredible waterproof liquid lip colour. A 2 step product, Aqua Rouge is double-ended, consisting of a lipstick and top coat which sets the colour with a lacquer finish. You’ll likely need to use the eye make-up remover you buy for the waterproof mascara (see 4) to clean this off too. It’s that durable.
10. Embellished Mermaid Clutch Bag – £35.00 (BUY HERE)
It’s not remotely practical and the sequins will likely fall off if you’re not super careful, but this sequin embellished clutch bag had to make the list. It’s just too darn shimmery shiny to leave off. You could certainly make a ‘Splash’ on a night-out with this under your arm, or if you want to keep it safe, just use it as the prettiest make-up bag ever.
11. Mermaid Perfume – $50.00 with free shipping worldwide (BUY HERE)
It was really really hard to resist the temptation to fill this whole wish list with the full Mermaid range. Pressed to choose just one product it had to be this one – a mermaid’s signature scent, surely? With notes of orange blossom flowers, it’s both delicate and feminine and in our minds the ideal summer scent.
12. Laura Mercier Baked Eyeshadow in Lagoon – £21.00 (BUY HERE)
This lightweight eyeshadow compliments our NARS pick beautifully, adding a touch of turquoise shimmer to the proceedings. Not only is the formula fantastic for blending, it can also be used with a wet brush for a more vibrant colour.
13. I’m Really A Mermaid Towel – £9.99 (BUY HERE)
Every siren of the sea worth her salt needs a suitable perch from which to sing her mermaid song. Make your chosen rock (or patch of sand) a tad more comfortable with this fluffy towel and go bag yourself a sailor.
“We got no troubles. Life is the bubbles. Under the sea!”