Save time, look fantastic: try our holiday beauty hacks
Pack a skin kit
A skin kit has everything you need to maintain pro-level beauty on the go: take 15-mins out of your day to cleanse, tone and moisturise and there’ll be little chance of holiday skin horrors.
Tip: Check out the range of Dermalogica Skin Kits in the summer sale: with free gift sets on offer if you spend over £65 on Dermalogica products, it’s a great time to fill your case!
Use a higher factor SPF on your face
It’s important to use sun cream all over your body – but if you have a base tan and are tempted to switch to an SPF15 or 20 for the beach, don’t do the same when it comes to your face. The skin on your face is more delicate and, even if you have some colour already, there’s a risk of hyperpigmentation or UV damage if you go too low with your protection.
Tip: Elemis Liquid Layer SPF30 is a must-have product for your hols. Formulated with mineral titanium dioxide, it provides water resistant SPF30 sunblock protection against UVA, UVB rays and pollution.
Use lipstick contouring to boost your pout
Have you tried lipstick contouring? It’s soooo simple. Just use your favourite shade all over your lips, then apply a darker shade of the same colour on the corners and outer edges of the lips. Blend well and enjoy a fuller-looking pout without cosmetic treatments or expensive lip plumpers.
Instant smoky eyes
If you’re rushing to get ready for a night out after a long day at the beach, try simply smudging your mascara while it’s still wet for a sultry effect. If you prefer to avoid mascara while you’re away, close your eyes and apply a slick of cream eyeshadow simultaneously to the lid and just under the eye using the tip of your little finger: smoky perfection in a second.
Tip: A gel colour smudges well and provides another fast route to smoky eyes: try New CiD i-Gel in Granite, Graphite and Carbon.
Multitask with your illuminator
Cut down on make-up in your beauty bag by using your illuminator as an eye shadow and a highlighter for your cheekbones: it might be too much at home, but on holiday, it’ll sizzle. If you don’t own a highlighter, try this beauty hack with a shimmery shadow instead, for a gorgeous holiday glow.
Tip: You can try the same trick with a great quality bronzer on your vacation. Add a touch of Xen Tan’s Perfect Bronzer to brow bones, cheekbones and a little on the lids.
Tame your summer frizz
If your hair reacts to humidity, heat or frequent washing, use a deep-moisturising hair masque every third day for two to three weeks before you set off on holiday. While you’re away, use a frizz taming serum to keep your locks under control.
Tip: Tame frizzy hair while you’re on the move with a travel hair collection that helps you achieve strong, sleek and frizz-free hair. Alterna Bamboo Smooth on the Go Travel Set contains a complete hair care regime to deal with holiday frizz: Bamboo Smooth Anti Frizz Shampoo (40ml), Bamboo Smooth Anti Frizz Conditioner (40ml), Bamboo Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil (25ml) and Bamboo Smooth Anti Humidity Hair Spray (43g).
Go bold on the lips
If you’d rather skip the make-up on holiday, pack a selection of bright, bold lip colours and let your pout do the talking. With just a touch of blush or bronzer you’ll be party ready in a jiffy!
Tip: CiD i-Crayons are a great choice when you travel: if you choose a colour-popping shade like Apricot Sundae you can enjoy an intense shade on your lips and then use the clever crayon as a cheek tint, too!