Friday, 6 November 2009

Holiday Beauty: Travelling Light

When I go abroad, I have to resist the temptation to pack cosmetics for every possible eventuality. That's all well and good when you know the weather isn't going to melt most of your makeup off your face! I'm off on a much-delayed honeymoon soon and have been turning to some trusty multi-taskers which are hot-weather appropriate and take up as little space as possible.

Cleansing oil is a fantastic space-saver - it cleanses the skin and removes makeup, even stubborn waterproof stuff, in one go. So no need for separate cleanser and makeup remover and cotton pads.

I love MAC Cleanse Off Oil, £15 for 150ml, not just because it dissolves even MAC's budge-proof waterproof eyeliners, but because 6 empties = a free lipstick.

A multi-use product can give you blusher, lip and eye colour in one stick. In hot weather, I tend to abandon any attempt at matte skin and embrace the glowy look, so a cream formula goes quite nicely.

NARS The Multiple, £27, is great for eyes, lips and cheeks. Or, the classic Benetint by Benefit, which gives a pretty rosy flush to lips and cheeks - available in a handy dual-ended tube with a clear lipgloss, at £14, for even more usage options in one package.

Urban Decay Cream Eyeshadow, £9.79, is the only eyeshadow I've found that stays put on my slightly oily lids without primer underneath. Perfect for hot evenings, and no need to take primer as well.

Waterproof mascara is a must, even if you're not going to wear it in the pool. Lancome Hypnose Waterproof, £19.50, has always served me well, being melt and smudge proof - unfortunately I've yet to find anything quite waterproof enough to survive a swim.

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