Beauty basics for a vacation – makeup essentials

The makeup you’ll need to travel in style

   If chosen wisely the beauty basics for a vacation should help cut down on your makeup routine  without abandoning your regular polished look all together.   Here are a few hard working multi-purpose makeup essentials to scale down primp time and shed dead weight in your luggage.

girl-with-over-flowing-cosmetic-case    Whether you’re hitting the slopes or chillin’ on the beach the number one consideration is sunscreen (after all, you’ve arrived with a nice deep glow thanks to a self tanner).murad-invisiblur-spf-30  Look for facial formulas of  SPF 30 or higher and oil free or matte texture.  Murad launched Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ in 2016.  It claims to smooth the look of the skin while protecting you from the sun.  It absorbs immediately to allow your tinted moisturizer or powder foundation to sit perfectly.
   If you’re visiting a hot humid climate you may want to follow with a mattifying primer.  The best products have micro sponges that absorb moisture and oil throughout the day.  Tap it onto the skin and wait a minute before adding anything else.  You can safely use these on your eyelids to prevent eyeshadow from creasing or mascara from running as well, these brands can be worn under or on top of other makeup.  My favorites are Cover FX Custom Blot Drops , Neostrata Oil Free Mattifying Fluid
,  and Make Up Forever Ever Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer.   I keep them close at hand for brides and long photo shoots.


Here is where you can ease up on your complexion regime 

   Swap out your foundation for tinted moisturizer, contour for bronzer and try liquid or cream highlighters instead of powders.face-atelier-tinted-moisturizer  With very little finger blending Face Atelier Ultra Skin gives great coverage and a beautiful glow.  To erase the odd blemish or under eye darkness add Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.  For customizable coverage try CoverFX Custom Cover Drops.  One drop in your moisturizer or serum and you’ve concocted your own tinted moisturizer  then kick it up a notch at night with up to  4 drops for full coverage.

   Remember, Cover FX setting powder keeps any complexion product in place for hours, is waterproof and WHAAAAAAT?  Now comes in a travel size container!  Another way to set makeup while avoiding a totally matte powdery finish is with a mattifying setting spray instead of powder.  Fun fact, they can also be used as your primer.  My new fav is Ole Henrikson Grease Relief Facial Water.

Relax!  Don’t do it

   Ditch the highlight/contour marathon and pick up a multi-bronzer like Physician Formula’s Bronze Booster Glow. If you must contour use the darker shade in the compact to do the trick and the lighter bronzers for blush.  In the case that you’re hardcore and just can’t leave your room without sculpting then try Smashbox Step by Step Contouring kit.  This little puppy should really be all that you ever need for contouring and it only has three shades to keep it quick and simple.  Now just brighten up with some blush or highlight.  Reach for multi use products that serve as blush, lip color and eyeshadow:  Nars Multiples, Smashbox L.A. Lights lip & cheek color, or NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle.

cosmetics-with-more-than-one-purpose   Give that multi shade eyeshadow palette the week off.  If you can’t stand the idea of letting your lids go commando then  bring along a couple of waterproof shadow sticks or pencils with colors that can pull double duty:aqua-matic-waterproof-eyeshadow  lid color and eyeliner.  Try Tarte Eye Architect Liner & Shadow or Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Glide On Eyeshadow.  Jordan Flynn, Education and Artistry Executive for Make Up For Ever says the Aqua Matic shadows can also be used as a waterproof lip color and mixed together to create new shades.
   You’ve simplified your makeup routine so now you can give a little extra love to you body.  Take your sunkissed glow from day to night by adding a bit of Cover Fx Custom Enhancer Drops to your after sun lotion  (Vichy Ideal Soleil After Sun Milk). 
   One of the best parts of going on a vacation is to put routines and schedules aside.  You can do that with your makeup regime and still avoid sacrificing your style.  It’s as simple as scaling down the steps and bringing cosmetics that master more than one trade.


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