Summer holidays, beaching or camping, is the perfect time to take a break from your usual makeup routine – there’s nothing more liberating than having bare face days.

But… if you’re popping out to a local bar or restaurant or going to a music festival, after a day in the sun, you may want to have your makeup bag handy.

Here are some simple suggestions for keeping it real on a classic kiwi holiday.

Simplicity rules

A full kit of makeup is a little over the top on holiday, all you need is a small cosmetic bag with the essentials.

BB Cream – for light coverage & skin care.

Our Suggestions: L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Luminosity BB or Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB.

Bronzer – wear alone or over foundation to achieve a healthy sun-kissed look or use to fix tan lines. It can also be used as a blush, contour or a mid toned eye shadow.

Our Suggestions: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder in Cheeky Bronze  or Lancôme Star Bronzer Intense Bronzing Powder

Pencil  Shadows – pencil shadows are a super quick and easy way to give eyes a boost on holiday, they also tend to be long wear.  Apply as as a liner only or allover your lid.  A little smudge action is all you need to give them a smokey finish.

Our Suggestions: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes (Massive Midnight pictured) or Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick (Golden Bronze).

Waterproof Mascara – opt for one that gives a natural finish. PS Ensure you invest in a good waterproof eye makeup remover too.

Our Suggestions:  L’Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes or Lancôme Hypnose Onyx

Blush – if you are pale skinned then a little flush of blush will help give your skin a summer lift. You can also use your bronzer or opt for a 2-in-1 lip/blush cream or stain to reduce the amount of products you takeaway.  Blush is also a great alternative to eyeshadow – it’s a fast no fuss way to make your eye colour pop – soft warm tones work best.

Our Suggestions:  Benefit CORALista or YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (No. 4 pictured)

Tinted Lip Balm – a balm gloss with a little colour is always flattering and you won’t look overly made up; the difference between a normal gloss is the  added bonus of being moisturizing so lips will stay soft and supple.

Our Suggestions: Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm (Peach Nectar pictured) or Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss (Ginger pictured)

PLUS Optional extras…

Anti-redness CC Cream – this is a great emergency fix up for faces that are a little redder at the end of the day than they should be.

Our Suggestion: L’Oreal Paris Anti-Redness CC Cream – wear it alone or under foundation.  (Ps – this product is runny so just tilt it slightly on its side when extracting the product.)

Shine Control Primers – the heat can turn even normal skin into shiny skin. If you know you’re prone to looking a little too ‘oily’ then you may want help to keep any excess shine at bay.

Our Suggestions:  Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light or MAC Mattifying Gel

Savvy tips

  • That lip balm or gloss that follows you to the beach, is best kept in a snap lock bag, to prevent it from getting gritty with sand; in fact keep your sunblock in one too.
  • Makeup products and heat do not mix. The hotter the destination the bigger the issue, so take some preventative measures to protect your makeup. While indoors keep meltable products like eye pencils and lipsticks in a fridge or the chilly bin.


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