Going on holiday is something I really look forward to – many people dread the idea of going barefaced pool side, but that’s not something that’s ever bothered me. In fact, it’s nice to be able to get up in the morning and not worry about putting your makeup on. But sometimes it’s nice to switch things up a bit, and especially when going on holiday with friends sometimes a bit of somethin’ somethin’ is needed to spruce things up a bit. So here’s a collaboration of 4 of my go-to looks that are holiday ready, and all the basics you’ll need to achieve them!
The Basics – On holiday, or in any sun exposure SPF is needed to protect the skin. Here’s a post dedicated to SPF’s just in case you missed it… my main favourites all get an airing, but my all time pick of the bunch… Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defence SPF 50.
Another holiday staple is lip balm – my favourite is the Supergoop! AcaiFusion Lip Balm SPF 30, with UV-blocking SPF 30, this is a ridiculously hydrating, creamy balm with no weird film or strange taste. Plus, the acai leaves a barely visible rose tint. And the best part? A shiny finish without a trace of stickiness.
I always look better when I’ve curled my eyelashes and brushed through my brows, and for those jobs I call on the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers and a spoolie. The Shu Uemura curler is considered the lash curler among top makeup artists, it grips firmly but squeezes gently to produce a lasting, natural-looking curl without breaking hairs.
Bare Faced = The Basics + Clear Brow Gel + Waterproof Mascara
This is perhaps the look I’ll be rocking the most often on my holiday this year. Only because I’m a water lover and find myself dipping in and out of the water, be it a pool or the sea, like a yo-yo. Because of that I call on my trusty DIOR Diorshow Iconic Extreme Waterproof Mascara in Chestnut. It’s so hard to find a good brown waterproof mascara, but I think I’ve finally done it – the compound at the heart of this waterproof formula brings weightlessness to the lashes thanks to its thickening, extra–hold latex polymers. It takes hold to another level and does a great job at staying put throughout the intense heat and pool dipping. Add in a slick of clear brow gel to set the eyebrows and you’re done, I like the one from Anastasia best as it offers the right amount of hold without making things go crispy.
Bold Lip = The Basics + Bare Faced + Bold Lipstick
This is one to crack out if you’re on holiday with the girls and want to feel fabulous. Nothing is better than a striking bold lip paired with toned down makeup – making it perfect for on holiday. You can make it matte or sheer, it works both ways. My personal favourites are NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square, NARS Satin Lipstick in Casablanca or Niagara. No surprises there!
Striking Eye = The Basics + Bare Faced + Waterproof Eyeliner
A good look to work when you’re sight seeing, or mooching around. This look is probably the least pool friendly, but sometimes we have to make sacrifices for beauty! For this holiday appropriate look I like to do a bold feline flick with a good waterproof brown eyeliner – a good one to try is the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Dark Brown, the longevity is there, as well as the colour intensity – top marks!
Bronzed Goddess = The Basics + Bare Faced + Waterproof Bronzer + Waterproof Shaddow
When things start to get hot there’s nothing better than rocking the bronzed beach babe look. For that I suggest investing in a good waterproof bronzer like the Superficial Waterproof Bronzer from Hourglass – An extended-wear, waterproof bronzer that withstands high humidity and extreme moisture, it blends seamlessly onto skin to create a natural bronze colour. It’s oil-free and ridiculously long-wearing, Superficial is the go-to bronzer for swimming, outdoor activities, and the summer heat. I promise I don’t love it because it’s housed in the Hourglass signature 360° swivel compact!
Add in a bronzed eye look and you’re good to go! The new eyeshadow palette drop from Bobbi Brown is perfect for the job – the Surf and Sand Palette houses eight neutral shades that blend beautifully and mimic the shimmering texture of sandy beaches. It’s the perfect day-to-night palette with a range from soft nude to deep, rich browns. Perfect for any woman who wants a nude-meets-sultry eye that compliments sun-kissed skin (although the shadows in this palette look gorgeous year-round).
If you’re not up for rocking a shadow look then give the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Bronze a go. It’s a lovely golden bronze colour and compliments a tan perfectly.
What look will you be rocking poolside?