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How to Make Spring Break Instagrammable AF

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Whether your spring break plans include catching up on some much needed ZZZs at home or escaping to an exotic locale to kick it by the pool, obvi one of the most crucial parts of break is documenting your adventures on Instagram! Not only is it a great way to show off to the followers, but you’ll love looking back on spring break memories and posts for years to come.

So, ladies, it’s time to follow our tips and capture the perfect spring break Instagram every time. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Smile for the camera

Though that signature pout plays well on Instagram the majority of the year, spring break is the best time to break your selfie rule and let those pearly whites come out to shine. It is spring break after all – show your followers how much you’re lovin the sunshine by dazzling with a smile and raising a fruity drink in hand! Pro-tip: Offset your smile with Buxom Va-Va-Plump™ Shiny Liquid Lipstick in Wine Me. The bombshell color is a must for babes who need a pop of berry pink to plump up their feed.

2. Mix the perfect hair cocktail

To manage busy spring break hair and keep your locks looking hot for the ‘gram, you’ve got to be prepared for anything. Keep a Bed Head by TIGI Get Twisted Anti-Frizz Finishing Spray nearby for damage control when it’s humid, plus a Superstar Queen for a Day Thickening Spray to get mad lift and texture. Whether you’re battling beach waves that got a little too beachy, or your travels have you on day four without a hair wash, just pick, mix and play with your ultimate hair concoction to be photo-worthy always. (Psst, did you know Her Campus readers get $5 off any qualifying $20 TIGI purchase on Ulta.com with coupon code TIGIFIVE?)

3. Glow before you go

It’s been a long winter, but that doesn’t mean to mean your skin has to look that way. Arrive on spring break looking like you’re glowing from your last fabulous getaway. Whatever your skin routine, having a healthy spring glow is essential for pulling off your spring break Insta. Luckily a gorgeous tan is easy to achieve with L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes. Toss a tanning towelette in your beach bag or purse and get a natural-looking tan in just 2-4 hours, no appointments necessary. Even if Towelettes aren’t your thing, Sublime Bronze has a full lineup of products guaranteed to make your skin envy-worthy! Even if you’re just binge-watching from your couch at home all of break, you can still head back to campus looking like you spent every day lounging in the sun.

4. Get outside

Sure, that coffee shop or graffiti wall make for a chic backdrop, but to truly kick your spring break posts up a notch, you’ve got to get outside! The grass, the sand, a nearby lake – whatever it is, that burst of nature will do your feed some good. Plus, what better way to refresh after mid-terms than spending some time enjoying mother earth? Just one thing: Don’t forget to protect your skin from potential sun damage by applying some Hawaiian Green Tea SPF 45 Sunscreen from Alba Botanica® during your spring break play. Plus, this guy is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and offers broad spectrum protection. Win, win!

5. Grab your squad

Spring break is always better with your squad, so have them hop in your #SpringBreak2k18 snapshot for a next level Insta. Pick a killer backdrop – a pool, the beach, anything scenic – then add a pop of color to each of your ~eye looks~ with NEW Almay Shadow Squad™ Eyeshadow. Show off your fave shade in four different finishes – matte, satin, metallic and glitter for modern monochromatic looks! With 15 shades from flattering neutrals to hot on-trend colors, the collection has a shade for all spring break vibes! Squad perfection much? 

6. Prep for Instagram emergencies

Did your PopSocket fall off or your flip-flop break right before you captured the perfect shot? No worries, just keep some Krazy Glue All Purpose Singles in your bag for a fast-fix to any spring break emergency. Fashion and prop disasters are common when you’re doing it for the ‘gram, so Krazy Glue is a holy grail product to keep on set for every aspiring influencer.

So, is your Instagram spring break ready yet? With these few simple products you’ll be ready to fill your feed with the cutest posts the internet has ever seen. Now just sit back, relax, and let the likes start rolling in.

Gina was formerly the Beauty & Culture Editor at Her Campus, where she oversaw content and strategy for the site's key verticals. She was also the person behind @HerCampusBeauty, and all those other glowy selfies you faved. She got her start in digital media as a Campus Correspondent at HC Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she graduated in 2017 with degrees in English and Theater. Now, Gina is an LA-based writer and editor, and you can regularly find her wearing a face mask in bed and scrolling through TikTok.
Maggie works on Her Campus’s experiential offerings, including College Fashion Week®, Her Conference and Her Campus Tour, as well as Survival Kits and digital and influencer programs for clients like Ulta Beauty, Primark, Almay and Bed Head by TIGI. A graduate of Boston University and proud alumna of Kappa Alpha Theta, Maggie is iced coffee obsessed, an avid Pinterest user and a lover of all things fitness and fashion. When she’s not at work, you can find her exploring Los Angeles, trying new restaurants or re-watching The O.C.