When you or I get out of the pool, it's a sight to behold: Chlorine-irritated red eyes, slimy sunscreen skin, and George Washington hair (when your hair gets flipped underwater and you look like our first president). In the movies, they get it right: Regardless how the actresses enter the pool or how long they've made out underwater, hair and beauty teams ensure leading ladies exit looking like Botticelli's Venus. Then there are those who sidestep the drowned rat possibility, of course, and never submerge themselves. It's a near-cheat, but they look good despite the sun and sweat.
In light of the upcoming Fourth of July festivities, here are some of the most memorably beautiful poolside beauty moments — whether underwater or casually lounging near it. (Share your own suggestions in the comments below.) Don't forget to wear sunscreen and happy early Independence Day, everyone!
5. Cruel Intentions: Reese Witherspoon
Annette Hargrove didn't actually go underwater. But how pretty does she look with the water's reflection dancing on her visage? It's no wonder Sebastian was all over that jam. Beauty trick: Don't get your hair wet.
4. National Lampoon's Vacation: Christie Brinkley
The eighties were all about aggressive makeup and boatloads of hairspray, so much so that even Christie Brinkley's fine hair could withstand the wind forces of a convertible Corvette. But while one skinny dip in a motel pool deflated her feathered 'do, her pink frosted lips and shadowy eyes remained intact. Beauty trick: Hang out with Chevy Chase, preferably in motel pools.
3. Fast Times of Ridgemont High: Phoebe Cates
Pre-pool entry: Perfectly arched brows. Long, swishy brown hair. Bee sting lips. Post-perfect dive: All of the aforementioned, just wetter. Beauty trick: Youth. Also, the eighties.
2. Legally Blonde: Reese Witherspoon
Here we see Elle Woods displaying the classic messy knot/sunglasses-as-headband combo. But again! No underwater action. This is clearly Witherspoon's signature pool beauty move. Beauty trick: Set your mind on getting into Harvard Law.
1. Romeo + Juliet: Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio
First, she swims around in a tiny tank with hundreds of crew members watching her. And she's simultaneously making out with Leo underwater. That's how to ensure a true beauty moment upon surfacing. Beauty trick: It's in his kiss. That's where it is.
Most Viewed Stories
The Most Depressing Ways The Bachelor Couple Have Described Their Relationship
Serena Williams’s Pregnancy Announcement Was Completely Unintentional
Ask Polly: Is Life All Downhill From Here?
Zeke Thomas Speaks Out for the First Time About Being Assaulted
All the Cool Girls Had One: 16 Women on Teen Status Symbols
Should You Be Boycotting SheaMoisture?
Melania Trump’s Rep Would Like You to Know She Isn’t ‘Miserable’ With Donald
A Dead Woman’s Fitbit Data May Lead to Her Husband’s Murder Conviction
Republican Lawmaker Mocks Latina Constituent in Tweet: ‘Do You Always Lie in English?’
Ikea Would Like You to Consider Its 99-Cent Tote Over Balenciaga’s $2,145 Version
The Cut’s Latest Beauty FeaturesSee Colorful Flowers Reimagined As Sculptures
The new book In Full Flower spotlights influential floral designers.Senator Tells High-School Students Some LGBT People Are Asking to Be Bullied
“You can be just about anything you want to be, as long as you don’t push it in somebody’s face.”Lydia Polgreen Wants to Bring HuffPost Back to the People
The paper’s new editor-in-chief and self-proclaimed “ink-stained wretch” explains its changing ethos.Chinese Factory Used by Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Maker Routinely Underpaid Its Workers
The Chinese factory systematically overworked and underpaid workers, an inspection found.Cara Delevingne Is Now Completely Bald
You can identify her by her brows.Raf Simons on Diversifying Calvin Klein’s Ads
“In this political climate, more than ever, it is important.”Is Plus-Size Designer Consignment on the Up and Up?
One retailer is making a difference.I Finally Understand Online Mom Drama
Because sometimes I participate.Ann Coulter Officially Cancels Her UC Berkeley Speech
The conservative commentator’s speech isn’t happening anymore.My New Favorite Shampoo Keeps My Hair Clean for 4 Days
A fancy new French shampoo that kills the need for dry shampoo.
Including trips to Antarctica, as part of a new venture called Clos19.Yes, Even The Handmaid’s Tale Has a Fashion Collaboration
Indie brand Vaquera is taking on the look of Gilead.Bill O’Reilly Protégé Makes Crude On-air Remark About Ivanka Trump
“But, I really like how she was speaking into that microphone.”8 Perfect Sports Bras for Big Boobs
Minimize the pain and bounce.The New York Artist Charting New Territory in Southern California
Jennie Jieun Lee on returning to ceramics after ten years, settling into her new home across the country, and dancing with Stanley Love.Samantha Bee Hasn’t Checked Her Twitter Mentions Since the ‘Geyser of Hatred’ She Received on Election Night
“That night, at about 10 o’clock, I could not believe what I was seeing in my mentions.”The 11 Best ‘Natural’ Beauty Products Right Now on Amazon
The best epsom salts, lipstick, and “natural” highlighter.Amazon Echo Look Is About to Make Getting Dressed Super Creepy
What could possibly go wrong?Melania Trump’s Rep Would Like You to Know She Isn’t ‘Miserable’ With Donald
Her rep attempted to squash recent reports of marital unhappiness.How Can I Stop Eating Like a Maniac in Front of My Son?
Because I should. Studies say!