19 July 2015


When you go on holiday, it is always nice to go slightly lighter and more natural with your makeup - especially if you are going on long day trips in the sun. We always like to use long-lasting products so that you don't have to carry around makeup for touch-ups throughout the day and so that it doesn't just melt off your face in the heat! Often you take quite a few photos whilst away and using products with slight golden shimmer can enhance your tan. Here are a few of our favourite things *cue Sound of Music*

Make-up bag from Oliver Bonas
It is always good to take a basic face of makeup on holiday including foundation/tinted moisturiser, concealer and a lightweight powder. Highlighter and bronzer are also great products for when you have a tan as they can add extra glow to the skin. 
For those of you who like a slightly heavier coverage - if it makes you feel more confident - the Rimmel 24hr Lasting Perfection Foundation is perfect. It has SPF 20 which adds extra protection but we would suggest also using another suncream underneath. Also this is seriously long lasting, as the name suggests, and will stay on your face almost perfectly even when you go underwater (which Rhiannon happened to find out when capsizing a boat a couple of times...), making it amazing for beach or pool holidays. 
Another option is a light foundation or tinted moisturiser if you want to just even out your skin tone, it gives your skin a bit of a breather and your face has a chance to tan! The Bourjois Happy Light Foundation is pretty much a tinted moisturiser and as the shade range is slightly on the darker/tan side it makes you look bronze even if you don't want to or can't tan naturally. 
Concealer is great to just pop on over any imperfections or under eye circles to brighten your face up without using a base of any sort. This Stay Time concealer from Seventeen claims to last up to 18 hours too! Using concealer and powder alone give you a beautiful fresh finish for laying pool side or exploring. 

Our biggest tip is to keep it simple on the eyes; sweep a shimmery shade over the lid and and then a few coats of mascara on your lashes. A waterproof mascara is an essential for hot climates where you are most likely going to be dipping in and out of the sea or pool to stay cool - no one wants panda eyes! Our mascara of choice is the L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic mascara which has a similar staying power to waterproof formulas but without the hassle to remove - it also gives a pretty fluttery finish to the lashes. If you want to be on the safe side or are planning on spending a lot of time under water, there is a waterproof version of this mascara available. For eyeshadow, we will either use a cream shade stick (like the No7 Shade and Define pencil) as it is super quick and easy to apply, or a neutral shimmery shadow. We like to use lighter shades in the day and then for an evening look just add a touch of a darker shadow over the lid and blend. MAC Woodwinked is the most beautiful shadow for this as it is a subtle dark golden shimmer that gives you almost a 'golden goddess' look when used all over the lids. 

We love wearing bolder brighter lips when on holiday as it always looks gorgeous with a bronze glow. The Clinique Chubby Sticks (as talked about in our post here) are ideal for holidays as the formula is balmy so it doesn't require much maintenance when you're out and about. This one in the shade Plushest Punch is an intense formula, adding a summery pop of colour to your lips and freshening up the look of your face. In the evening, you may opt to go for a more pigmented lip to make a statement. We'd also suggest using a lip balm with SPF in like this Vitamin E one from The Body Shop underneath your lipstick and during the day when you are out and about - no one wants burnt lips. 

We hope you have an amazing holiday where ever you are going! Even if you aren't going away anywhere exotic these products are great for a summer makeup look.

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