All you need to shine in the sun
22:06 GMT, 8 August 2012
Choosing which beauty products to take on holiday can be difficult. So keep the stress out of packing with our handy guide…
Travel light: Follow our tips and you can still look beautiful on the beach without exceeding your baggage allowance
THE FIVE MAKE-UP ITEMS YOU MUST PACK
1. WATERPROOF MASCARA
This is a make-up must-have. Try Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara, 18 — a hard-wearing waterproof mascara that make-up artist Hannah Martin describes as foolproof. ‘This is guaranteed not to smudge around your eyes in the heat,’ she says. ‘I won’t head to the beach without a few coats of this. I can splash around in the sea, or the hotel pool, safe in the knowledge that the colour won’t run.’ A less expensive option is Rimmel’s 100 per cent Mascara in Black, 5.29 (Superdrug).
Skip blusher — instead, opt for a bronzer which gives you a healthy hint of colour. Liz Earle Natural Glow Bronzer, 19.50 (lizearle.com) gives you a subtle sheen. It is available only in one shade, but flatters all skin tones. As well as sweeping the colour under your cheekbones, make-up artist Jane Bradley suggests using it on your collarbone, too, to add definition. I also like the more affordable Solait Maxi Bronzer Powder in Golden, 4.99 (Superdrug).
Make-up essentials: From left, Bare Minerals foundation, Queen Chinatown Glossy pencil and Liz Earle bronzer
3. A BRIGHT LIP COLOUR
Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil, 20 (SpaceNK) is a chunky pencil so easy to use you don’t even need a mirror. Available in five sizzling shades, Crime (a hot pink) and Thriller (a clear red) are particularly great colours for summer. Another good, red shade is 17 Shine On Lipstick in Hollywood, 4.29 (Boots).
4. MINERAL FOUNDATION
I love bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation, 24 (bareminerals.co.uk) which disguises minor imperfections, without looking too heavy. For flawless coverage, apply it using GOSH’s Kabuki brush, 8.99 (Superdrug). Simply sweep a little powder on to the brush, then pat it on to your skin using small, rotating movements. I also like The Collection 2000 Perfecting Minerals Foundation, 4.99 (Boots), which comes with its own brush and also contains sunscreen.
5. A GOOD CONCEALER
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, 26 (SpaceNK) is one of make-up artist Lisa Eldridge’s holiday make-up must-haves. It has a unique two-shade system, one to match the skin’s depth of colour and one to match the skin’s undertone, so you can find your true shade. Eldridge uses it to hide dark circles and minor imperfections. Try 2True 3-in-1 Concealer, 1.99 (Superdrug) is also good at disguising small blemishes.
FIVE SPACE-SAVING SKINCARE SAVIOURS
I RECOMMEND Garnier Clear Protect +, from 14.29, which is available in SPF 15, 20, 30 and 50. Julie McManus, head of Science for L’Oreal UK and Ireland, says: ‘The European Recommendation is to apply the equivalent to about six teaspoons of sun protection to your body. Remember to re-apply suncream frequently and generously, especially after swimming or perspiring.’ So if you’re in the sun from 10am to 4pm, that would be at least three applications per day.
Choose a good hydrating product to prevent skin from drying out in the sun. I would suggest Rituals Aftersun Hydrating Lotion, 9.90 (House of Fraser). It contains pure aloe vera, which is very moisturising, so you won’t need to worry about packing a body lotion.
Holiday must-haves: From left, Garnier sunscreen, Rituals aftersun and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream
3. FACIAL CLEANSING WIPES
THESE handy wipes are great for removing make-up and freshening up while on-the-go. Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Wipes, 3.20, are the most effective. If you have problem or sensitive skin, try Neutrogena Visibly Clear Deep Cleansing Wipes, 1.99, which contain a blemish-fighting ingredient to help clear pores. Kleenex Eye Make Up Removal Wipes 2.99, are also good for removing waterproof mascara.
4. A MULTI-TASKING CREAM
A clever way to save space is to pack an all-purpose product that works in many ways. Make-up artist Dani Guinsberg uses Steam Cream, 12.99 (steamcream.co.uk) as a moisturiser, to keep hands and cuticles soft, tackle dry patches of skin and soothe sunburn. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, 25, the original multi-tasking cream, can groom brows, work as a lip balm, highlight cheeks and soften cuticles. Pond’s Cold Cream, 3.99, is another iconic product that can be can be used for deep cleansing, as a hydrating face mask or on dry, chapped hands.
THIS is more of a luxury product you could live without, but Liz Earle Skin Tonic Spray, 5.25 (lizearle.com) is a lovely product to have in your travel bag. You can use it to refresh skin in the morning, to set make-up so it stays put for a night out and also as a spritz to cool down on the beach — the refreshing floral tonic really keeps your skin hydrated.
FOUR BEACH HAIR ESSENTIALS
1. THE RIGHT HAIRBRUSH
If you are planning to have a break from blow-dries, tongs and straighteners while away, the right hairbrush is essential. I have been using the Aveda Wooden Hair Paddle Brush, 18.50 (John Lewis) for years. It is great for detangling wet hair and seems to give my hair more shape.
Hair saviours: From left: Aveda paddle brush, Vosene 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner and Umberto Giannini Incredible Body Volume Conditioner
2. SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
PACK lighter and opt for a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. Vosene 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner, 1.99, is ideal for everyday use and, in a 250ml size, you only need to pack one for the whole family.
3. HEAT PROTECTION PRODUCTS
TO protect your hair from sun damage, try Umberto Giannini Incredible Body Volume Conditioner for Big Hair, 1.99 (Boots). Simply apply it to your hair before going into the sun or sea and this will keep it softer for longer. If you spend a lot of time in the water, Philip Kingsley’s Swimcap, 10.30 (philipkingsley.co.uk), which was first developed in 1984 for the U.S. synchronised swimming team, is a leave-in conditioner which will protect your hair from chlorine and salt water.
4. A TRAVEL HAIRDRYER
The Travel Hairdryer Essentials by Babyliss, 9.99 (Argos) is lightweight, yet still has 1500 watts of power. With its folding handle, it packs it easily into your case and performs as well as a full-sized version.
BEAUTY PACKING DOS AND DON'TSDO… invest in a good set of travel-sized make-up brushes — your make-up will look better if you have the right tools. Bobbi Brown limited-edition Desert Twilight Mini Brush Set, 55 (bobbibrown.co.uk) contains four compact brushes, but the brush heads are the same as the full-sized ones.DON'T… pack any glass bottles or jars in your check-in luggage — plastic weighs less and won’t break. Always pack any toiletries in your check-in bag inside a plastic bag, in case the caps haven’t been screwed on properly or they burst open. The last thing you want to discover when you arrive is that the shampoo and suntan lotion have spilled out all over the clothes in your case.DO… buy miniature-sized pots so you can decant all your favourite products from full-size bottles into smaller ones (some travel-sized pots of your favourite products can cost almost as much as full-sized bottles). Muji sell reusable mini pots and bottles from 1.50, which contain a funnel, pipette and a flat tool to make pouring products from one pot to another much easier.DON'T… spend lots of money on make-up bags. Try M&S — where you can find a three-piece clear cosmetic bag set, for 6. There are three bags — small, medium and large — which are all you need to hold your check-in beauty products, sun lotions and make-up kit. They are also hard-wearing — I have had mine for years. No wonder they are a best-selling item for M&S.DO… take a solid fragrance or scented wipes instead of bulky perfume bottles. L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Solid Perfume, 7.50, has a lovely sweet, soft scent. Or buy a travel-sized atomizer, 7.99 (perfumeshop.co.uk), so you can take your favourite scent. Simply remove the spray cap on your perfume bottle and pump on to the atomiser nozzle to fill.