5 travel beauty essentials you must always pack
Fri, 9 September 2011 4:07PM
You can tell a lot about a person by their luggage. Up until recently, I’d always been an over-packer, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my travels of late, it’s that a) I tend to wear the same clothes – especially the one pair of jeans and converses pretty much the entire time and b) apart from the odd lipstick and lip gloss change, I tend to keep my makeup pretty simple: lip gloss, concealer and mascara for during the day and a smoky eye at night.
So, after visiting Brisbane and Melbourne last week and jetting back to Brisbane again today for our in-store David Jones Look Book event, I thought I’d give you a little run down on the beauty essentials that one must pack regardless of whether you’re going interstate for the day, or on an extended european vacation.
1. Dry Shampoo. It’s up there with your wallet and passport. I don’t trust those greasy headrests on plane seats. I also don’t trust hotel showers because most of the time, the water pressure isn’t powerful enough to rinse the shampoo and conditioner out of my hair. Enter a few spritz of this stuff after blow-drying and hey presto! Instant volume and texture.
2. Face Serum: Flying wrecks havoc on skin, even if it’s only a short flight, and combine that with an air conditioned hotel room and you’ve got a recipe for dermal disaster. For an extra boost, pack a face serum that you can layer with your day cream at night for an added hit of hydration.
3. Highlighter/concealer: The easiest way to fake a well-rested glow is with a hint of illuminisor on the high points of the face. For added convenience, leave your powder highlighter at home and use a liquid formula that you can apply with your ring finger on the go.
I swear by POP Beauty No Show Concealer, $45.95, from Kit Cosmetics. Not only does the pen-like applicator free up precious space in your makeup bag, but the real beauty of this double ended wand lies in it’s versatility: at one end, you’ll find a solid concealer that’s great for covering up spots and dark circles and at the other, a creamy, caviar-packed highlighter that helps bounce light off the skin.
4. Face cleansing oil: For two reasons: firstly, it won’t irritate or dry out already-stressed-out skin and secondly, it doubles as the ultimate eye makeup remover. I dampen a cotton pad with a hint of water before adding a few drops of the oil and use it to gently wipe away impossible-to-budge-eye liner and mascara.
5. 1x Dark Eye Shadow: Now, this is my favourite tip of them all. If you’re looking for an easy way to take your makeup from day to night, a dark navy, gun-metal or charcoal eye shadow is where the magic is at. For subtle definition, I like to apply a super fine line of colour in at the roots of the top lash line, using a dampened angled eye liner brush. Or, for a more dramatic look in the evening, all you need to do is smudge the shadow across the entire eyelid, building the colour so that it’s deepest as you reach the outer corners.
TIP: Amethyst, emerald green and sapphire blue also look equally as great on the eyes for a sophistocated pop of colour. My vote goes to the Laura Mercier Sequin Eye Colours, which will set you back around $35 each, followed by the fool-proof mousse-like formula that is Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Illusoire (83), $48, which you can see and read all about over here.
Another Top Tip: If you’re travelling for a special event (like our Look Book events for instance) and you plan on getting a mani or pedi beforehand, always opt for a neutral colour, like caramel or grey. That way, it won’t clash or overpower your outfit and unlike a bold red, or coral, it’s much easier to hide nuisance chips.
Over to you now, Primpettes…
How much beauty loot do you pack for a weekend away?
What are your travel essentials?
Are you a light packer or do you take everything but the kitchen sink?
Posted by: Eliza Ashe