So, you’ve booked a lovely, sunny holiday – you jammy thing! There’s nothing but clear blue skies and sandy beaches ahead of you. But before you set off on that well-deserved bit of R&R, it’s worth making sure that the trusted selection of beauty products that you take along in your suitcase keep you looking as zen as you feel – it’s time to holiday-proof your makeup bag.
As you swap one climate for another, it’s a good idea to make small tweaks to your usual beauty regime to suit. That ultra-dewy base that you use and love every day in our temperate British climes won’t cut the mustard in the tropics. And your brows? A waterproof formula will keep you looking sleek even after you’ve been dunked underwater for the fifth time.
It’s time to streamline your routine and choose some workhorse products that’ll really go the distance. Here’re your new holiday heroes…
To cover up, or not to cover up? That is the question. Whether you love to embrace a bare faced look while you’re away, or you can’t do without the reassurance of coverage – the only hard and fast rule here is don’t skimp on the SPF!
Technology has come a long way in recent years, and bases with added SPF are no longer noticeably heavier and thicker than formulas without it. You can expect a comfortable, long-wearing texture in formats ranging from subtle tints to high coverage foundation – just pick your level of coverage, and you’re away…
Barely-there: Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Nude Look BB Cream SPF30
For a subtle tint, our favourite base is the Hydra Sparkling Nude Look BB Cream from Givenchy. This ultra-light, easily blendable base is so hydrating and fresh, keeping sun-parched skin balanced throughout the day while concealing imperfections and smoothing everything out – plus, it has a great SPF of 30.
Medium: Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Beautifying Foundation SPF20
Our medium coverage pick is the Terracotta Joli Teint Beautifying Foundation with an SPF of 20, which has the added benefit of giving the complexion an incredible bonne mine, sunkissed glow. It melts onto skin for a lovely lightweight finish, with soft focus powders to keep things demi-matte.
Full coverage: Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation SPF30
And for those who crave full coverage? The Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation SPF30, which promises to resist perspiration and water for a perfected finish that lasts all day. The perfectly portable size and shape is so ideal for your beach bag, and the lid keeps sand and water away.
Bye-Bye Panda Eyes
Moisture is the biggest enemy of a made up eye – and of course, when you’re on holiday, there’s moisture a-plenty. Perspiration, swimming, water sprays… they all play a part in making that carefully applied mascara run and smudge, so that by midday you’re looking more goth band drummer than beach goddess.
Our tried and tested holiday-proof eye makeup picks not only stay put, they look incredibly good doing so. Here’s your new capsule collection…
Perfect Arches: Givenchy Mister Brow Filler
If you’re not naturally blessed in the brow department, you need this. The tinted gel sweeps a touch of colour through your brows while adding definition and shape. With its powder finish and natural-looking shades, your arches will be shaped in a flash – and yes, it’s water-resistant!
Long-Lasting Liner: bareMineralsLash Domination Ink Liner
When you’re a die-hard eye liner (I salute you, sisters), it can be hard to leave the cat eye flick at home. But, even at the beach, the heart wants what the heart wants. By now you have it down to an art… you just need the right tool to get the job done perfectly. This blacker-than-black waterproof liner is ultra-precise, pigmented and applies like a dream.
Splash-Proof Mascara: Givenchy Noir Couture Waterproof 4 in 1 Mascara
Aside from sun protection, a really good waterproof mascara should be one of the first things you pack. Heat, water and mascara just don’t mix, but this ultra water-resistant, smudge-proof formula from Givenchy is a lesson in couture-looking lashes without compromise.
The Finishing Touches
If you’re going all out for your beach debut (you’ve been building up to this all year, after all), then these extras will add definition and a fun touch of colour in a flash. Aim for matte finishes, high pigmentation and second-skin textures that’ll be flattering even after a full day of heat and water.
These tried-and-tested beauty team favourites tick all of the right boxes, and will keep you looking put together from breakfast until dinner…
A Pop of Eye Colour: Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow
If you’re going to wear eye colour at the beach, make it as low maintenance as possible. And for low maintenance eyes, the only way is cream! Ombre Couture offers 16 hours of non-creasing, waterproof hold that comes in a good choice of colours. Simply apply and blend with fingers for easy depth and definition – no brushes needed.
Sculpted Cheeks: Daniel Sandler Watercolour Creme Bronzer
Bronzing is a summertime institution. So, of course, it makes sense to take a little something along in your holiday beauty arsenal. Instead of lugging a powder compact that may smash in transit, think of a cream formula. The Watercolour Creme Bronzer from makeup artist Daniel Sandler is industry-loved and creates instant cheekbones in two swipes.
Bold Lips: Daniel Sandler Luxury Matte Lipstick
If you’re set on wearing lip colour, go long-wearing. After all, who can be bothered to keep topping up their colour between cocktails? The matte, ultra-pigmented shades of the Daniel Sandler Luxury Matte Lipstick look so perfect against tanned skin. Apply with your finger for a toned-down stain, or layer it on for a bold lip after dark.