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Anita Bhagwandas: Beauty and Health Editor at Women’s Health
Ahh holidays. I’m either the worst, or the best person to give holiday makeup tips because frankly, as soon as I hit the airport, it’s makeup off until I return. My best tip? If you can avoid wearing anything on the plane apart from moisturisers/lip/balm/eyecream then do it – anything else is just pore-cloggery waiting to happen.
Though I’m pretty au naturel on hols, there are a couple of beauty buys that always come with me…
I’m not a huge fan of foundation on holiday, I do think your skin needs to breathe, so I use a little concealer (try Amazing Cosmetics Concealer , £19.50, massive game-changer) where it’s needed and go fresh-faced. When I say fresh-faced I mean covered in La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid For Face , £16.50 by the way. SPF is non-negotiable.
Next up, you need a no-stress cheek/lip balm that can be reapplied without you looking like the Bride of Chucky meets Malibu Barbie. I use Edward Bess Compact Rouge in Island Rose , £30. It pretty much suits EVERYONE, the darkest and lightest skins included, and I also use it on my lids for a little natural sheen. Use an SPF lip balm during the day too ( Mr Zogs Sex Wax Lip Balm SPF 23 , £3.50 is my long-time go-to). I also daub this lip balm on any pigmentation I’m extra worried about – just as extra SPF protection during the day. Did I mention that I’m borderline OCD about SPF?
Doing your brows on hols is a bona fide ball ache of the most epic kind. Sack it off - life is too short, and there are cocktails to be sipped - use Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium Deep , £17.50. It’s easy to use and unlike other brow gels, departs fibres into the brows to thicken them and add colour. Genius stuff.
Finally I'd go for a slick of creamy waterproof eyeliner like Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil , £18 and a single coat of mascara. Truthfully, I never wear waterproof mascara – it’s too much hassle (you’re also probably picking up how lazy I am on holiday!) so my regular Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam , £6.99 stays with me.
My best tip when you reach your destination is to immediately pick up a tiny bottle of the local oil. It works as a deep conditioning hair treatment (it also protects your hair and colour from chlorine if applied before you swim), makeup remover, hair mask and body moisturiser. Basically – it does everything. Olive oil works perfectly, but if you’re further afield try argan (Morocco), jasmine or coconut (India) and kukui (Hawaii).