As my own wedding draws closer, one of my bridesmaids – who will be travelling to Sorrento, Italy to witness the occasion – asked me whether I could write a ‘holiday make up’ blog. Many of us choose to go fresh(-er) faced on holiday, either to catch some rays, or to avoid make-up meltdown. BB & CC creams have come to the rescue, and after a swipe of gloss & a coating of (always waterproof!) mascara, you’re done for the day.
But, what happens when you need a little extra, in the heat? What will stay put? What will look gorgeous on the photographs, or where do you even start? There are so many questions to answer, so I’ve put a few of my tips & tricks into a mini-series, dedicated to Claire.
Number 1: Your skin
Your skin requires a lot more attention when you’re on holiday – a sunburnt face is never a good base. I would always endorse wearing an SPF when you’re abroad– you can even combine this with a foundation to thin it out - or Maxfactor CC cream will provide coverage when sunbathing, stay in place, and has SPF10. I’ve tried & tested this in 47 degree Turkish heat & it works!
My top tip would be to fake it on your face & keep it out of the sun entirely. Your skin will thank you for it in 20 years’ time. It requires a little more effort in terms of parasol positioning & sunbed manoeuvring *but* UVA & UBA rays accelerate the skins’ ageing process.
To fake it, get a spray tan before you travel, which will give you instant results. Then, take Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Self-tanning Dry Face Mist Spray in your suitcase (1/3 off at Boots at the moment at £5.66). It’s small, light & compact. You can spray this mist on every night before you go to bed – no rubbing in, it moisturises, it never streaks & I even use it when spots develop & it seems to help (that may just be me). This way, your face will match your body without the damage. The YouTube video shows how easy it is to apply.
Leave this to set, then apply your normal moisturiser over the top – you can go a bit lighter in the summer. My recommendation is La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, an innovation in skincare. It’s a light gel formula, suitable for sensitive skin, is non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog up pores) and contains blemish fighting ingredients. It’s also a perfect base for make-up, so perfect for both day & night.
Following a routine like the above will keep your skin moisturised when the sun wants to dry it out, which will provide a great base for any make up.
Come back tomorrow for Number 2: Foundation.