We’ve all heard of skipcare at this point. The mercifully streamlined antidote to ginormo 12-step skincare routines, coined by the Koreans and taking off among minimalists. Apply this approach to your holiday beauty regime and voila, you have yourself some tripcare.
It’s not a trend. Think of it more as vacation salvation – especially if you’re jet-setting off to multiple destinations over the summer months. Forget about maximalism and spread-eagled attempts to squash your over-laden suitcase into submission. This is a considered and curated edit of top-performing, multi-purpose products that can take you through every eventuality and occasion. And, who knows hand luggage best? Professional globe-trotters, of course. We went one better though, and asked top MUAs Sir John, Valeria Ferreira and Mary Phillips (all of whom are frequent flyers thanks to their clients’ global schedules) what to pack and what to pass. Here’s what they reckon you’ll need.
What are your in-flight essentials?
“I will always hose myself down with a mist, put a serum or concentrate on and then Creme de la Mer’s Moisturising Cream (from £60),” says Mary Phillips, La Mer's Global Makeup and Skincare Artist Ambassador and the woman responsible for Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid’s glowing skin. “I take sheet masks, too,” says adds. “Women are used to them but guys will walk by and do a double take. But yeah, I’ll put a sheet mask on. I have no shame!” she says. “It really does make such a difference, because I feel like it takes my skin a few days to get back to normal after just being sucked dry on a plane. I always look at my water bottle after I’ve landed and it’s shrunken up, that’s what’s happening to our skin, too”.
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What to pack for when you’re there
“As someone who travels a hell of a lot for work, I would say SPF for sure. It’s going to protect you from the sun and prevent ageing,” says Beyonce’s go-to makeup guru, Sir John. “Just make sure you get one with UVA and UVB.” And, to save on overpacking, your SPF can double as a highlighter. “I love the way SPF glows on the skin. It’s a beautiful highlighter for the cheekbones,” adds Sir John. “It’s really luminous and it won’t feel sticky.”
As for moisturisers, “a mattifying lotion is fantastic,” says Valeria Ferreira, La Mer's UK Ambassador and the MUA behind Naomi Scott, Lily James and Jodie Comer’s flawless complexions. “I like to use things that are very light and hydrating but not heavy moisturisers. A mattifying lotion will hydrate and moisturise while still controlling shine,” she says. Ideal for ticking off the job of a primer, moisturiser and powder.
Finally, you’ll need a good cleanser. “It’s super important to clear your skin very thoroughly, morning and evening because of all the SPF,” says Ferreira. “You need something to get rid of it.”
Alongside SPF, for a little bit of skin-perfecting, “go for liquid bronzers that you can mix with your lotion,” says Sir John. “Don’t be afraid to mix some coco, bronzey situation and slather it on everywhere, it’s really sexy.”
“I would probably use a thick concealer, but I wouldn’t use it all over. So I would micro-conceal because when you have a tan, you just don’t need much. Your skin looks so great, that you just want to embrace it,” says Ferreira, so you could just use that as your base.
Or, pack a buildable foundation. “The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20 (£90), that La Mer does is amazing, because when you do, a very very light face, it’s like your perfect tinted moisturiser, it’s so light and so gorgeous,” adds Ferreira but you can build up to more coverage if you need. “If you don’t want much shine, then apply with your fingers or with a sponge, because then you’re absorbing oil with the applicator. If you want the maximum glow, use a foundation brush, which will leave all the fluid on your skin.” Or, add a touch of highlighter, like La Mer's The Hyrdating Illuminator, (£60) to cheekbones, cupids bow and brow bones to give a beautiful natural glow.
Colour-wise, “you want to take long-lasting lip colours that will stay for eight hours or more,” says Sir John. “L’Oreal would be a nice one for this.” And “give yourself a really nice pot liner so you can do a beautiful cat eye,” he says. “MAC’s black track fluid line is great.” Next, “go for a chunky, waterproof mascara that gives you rockstar lashes, like Lancome Hypnose in waterproof. And brows. Even if you’re going to the beach or the gym, you want a brow. Give yourself a pencil and a powder because that will set it in. Finally, a cream blush. You don’t need anything else,” he says. You could even use your lip colour on your cheeks and lids to make it go further.
What to leave at home
“Leave all your alpha hydroxy’s, beta hydroxy’s and anything with strong chemicals in them at home. You don’t need all of that at this point, says Sir John. “Anything that’s going to make your skin more sensitive in the sun – even vitamin C – leave it behind.”
Other skincare you can shed? “Eye cream,” says Ferreira “and I’d substitute my normal lip balm for one with SPF,” she adds.
“I don’t exfoliate when I’m on holiday, because obviously it’s not good to do that when you’re in the sun,” says Ferreira, since it weakens skin and make it more vulnerable to UVA. Which means you can ditch the hefty scrubs.
“Leave your lip glosses at home,” says Sir John, as they simply won’t stand up for long in the sunshine. And, “you can leave your colourful eyeshadows at home. It would be nice but you can leave that at home,” he adds.
As for skin, “I wouldn’t take powder,” says Ferreira and “I wouldn’t take full coverage foundation.”
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