Bikini season is upon us, and if you have an imminent holiday in the diary, you’re probably well aware of that bikini set taunting you from your chest of drawers. Now we’re firm believers that there is no ideal bikini body—the key is to feel at your most confident on the beach or poolside. Tash Oakley and Deven Brugmen, co-founders of the website A Bikini A Day, agree. But since these ladies know their way around a two-piece and look more than amazing wearing one, we called on the duo for their top tips on how to feel more confident in a bikini. Keep scrolling for Tash Oakley’s advice…
From L-R: Devin Brugman and Tash Oakley
BYRDIE UK: Do you have a summer body strategy?
TASH OAKLEY: We aren’t really about quick-fix diets or workout routines. We believe in living an all-around healthy lifestyle so you never hit summer and feel the need to change yourself. Some things that do make a dramatic difference when on the beach is the type of bathing suit you wear. Don’t be afraid to size up or down in swimwear; if your swimsuit doesn’t fit right or is unflattering, it won’t do you any favours. Make sure you select a style that suits your body type and that it fits you properly, no matter what the size on the label is.
BYRDIE UK: Do you have any tips for minimising the appearance of cellulite?
TA: Cellulite is a tricky one, we all have it to some degree, and we have learnt to accept that as women, but one thing that does help on the beach is a shimmer oil. Shimmer reflects light from your skin and evens out imperfections; our favourite is the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (£17). Be sure to wear SPF as well.
BYRDIE UK: What is the one summer beauty essential you always pack?
TA: Salt spray is a definite winner. We love that carefree beach look—and wavy hair is definitely an expression of that. So anything that accentuates goes in the suitcase. Check out A Bikini A Day’s beachy hair how-to…
BYRDIE UK: How do you deal with plane-induced belly bloat?
TA: Always take your own food on a plane. We realise that this may be difficult, but it's the only way to ensure that whatever you eat is kind to your body. Bloating shouldn't be the key reason you do it—general health is what should push you. And clean, fresh foods are always winners.
BYRDIE UK: What workouts do you rely on when travelling?
TA: I definitely rely on butt workouts—it's all about the bottom these days. I have a great personal trainer, but otherwise I just focus on high-intensity interval training.
We don't use equipment; it's all about using the body as natural weights and getting the heartbeat up. It's great and so, so useful. HIIT is based on doing short spurts of exercise, which means that we can get some exercise in wherever we are. Travelling makes going to the gym difficult, so anything we can do along those lines is always beneficial.
BYRDIE UK: Any tips for feeling confident on the beach when you’re feeling anything but?
TA: The key thing to realise is that everyone has a different body, and what makes you unique is what makes you beautiful. It's not easy to necessarily believe that, however true it may be.
Something we always focus on is how often the "ideal" shape changes. One minute it's hourglass, the next it's clothes-horse thin, and the next it's big, big butts. It's little more than a personal preference, and there will always be someone who prefers your shape to the next person. You've just got to make sure that you do too.
You can also accentuate your natural beauty by choosing bikinis that flatter your shape and being open-minded about sizes and how they vary from brand to brand. We get a lot of people writing to us saying that they're normally a small but spill out of small bikinis, and have they put on weight… they haven't. It's just the way the sizing of that particular brand works, and there's nothing wrong with going to a medium or large. It doesn't mean anything, other than the fact that that particular style suits you better when it's a little bigger.
BYRDIE UK: What are your go-to healthy snacks?
TA: We love snacking on berries—raspberries in particular. We also always carry some nuts, carrots or celery in our bag.
BYRDIE UK: You're both photographed in bikinis all the time. Any tips for women on holiday being photographed in a bikini to ensure the photo is as flattering as possible?
TA: The key thing is definitely lighting. Certain times of day are better than others; if the sun is directly above you, unflattering shadows will appear and tarnish your look, however beautiful you are.
On the same note, looking into the sun is always a good idea—it will brighten your face and get rid of any of those annoying shadows.