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Everything You Need to Know About Travel Beauty

FEATURE: SHORT READ
Words by OLIVIA DE COURCY & MOLLIE HAMMOND

Whether you're travelling long haul or being whisked away for a city break, just as important as planning your holiday wardrobe is ensuring your beauty kit is on point. With different destinations demanding different needs, packing a focused product edit is vital for smooth travel and a relaxing getaway.

For the City Explorers

Exploring a city is always fun, but it can be full on. Shield skin from pollution with Decorté Environmental Day Cream and keep Living Proof’s Perfect hair Day Travel Dry Shampoo in your cross-body bag for a fragrance-filled hair refresh. Make light work of on-the-go touch-ups with Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Concealer, Diptyque Eau de Parfum Travel Set and the Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Eye Colour Solo – which also works beautifully onthe apples of cheeks. For lipstick, go for the long-lasting, no-mirror-needed YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick. And, if you’re city-breaking in a warmer climate, keeping Clinique’s handbag friendly Super City Block SPF 40 on you is always a good idea.

For the Sun Worshipers

The sun worshipper’s beauty ethos is simple: keep it minimal, but whatever you do, don’t forget SPF. Top choices include Aesop Protective Facial Lotion SPF25, which is lightweight and won’t clog your pores, and Clarins’ Sun Care Cream Body SPF 50, which protects from harmful rays as well as being eco-friendly; the packaging is created with recycled materials. When it comes to after-sun, choose products that not only soothe and rehydrate skin but naturally improve your tan, too, such as the Sisley After-Sun Care Tan Extender. For make-up, pair Suqqu Waterproof Mascara – which stays put in the pool and easily washes away with warm water – with Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Coachella Coral, plus a generous sweep of Dolce & Gabbana Solar Glow Ultra-Light Bronzing Powder. A spray of Ouai Travel Wave Spray – hello tousled, beachy hair – and a spritz of Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess (it’s like sunshine in a bottle) and you’re good to go.

For the Adventure Seekers

A hard-working SPF to block strong UVA and UVB rays should be first on the packing list ahead of a trip to the the sun-drenched safari plains. Opt for RéVive’s high-tech SPF 50 for face and Dior Bronze SPF 30 for body, which handily doubles as a refreshing mist. Liquid concealer is a make-up must-have; bespoke your coverage by mixing with a vitamin-rich moisturiser – Bobbi Brown’s is a good choice. Where hot, dry plains are not the place for a glass fragrance bottle, Byredo’s hair mists make for the perfect pick-me-up. Finally, La Mer’s micellar water and a luxury shower gel – Le Labo makes for an indulgent treat – are the ideal way to end a long day of game spotting.

For the Snow Lovers

When it comes to prepping for a skiing getaway, sun protection and maximum skin hydration justify investment. This is the holiday to pull out the science-based skincare, skincare that will remedy parched, wind-whipped skin: RéVive and La Prairie make great choices. Keep lips supple and plump with a tinted SPF balm, and if you’re a mascara lover, Guerlain’s waterproof formula will stay put all day. Remember hands and body, too – a Kiehl’s hand cream is a failsafe staple, small enough to pop in your ski jacket pocket, and a body oil like Chantecaille’s will help soothe aching muscles and replenish lost moisture.