There are two looks that are notoriously tricky to pull-off: poolside glam and airport chic. The former may sound easy (sunnies hide a multitude of sins) but when faced with the threat of sweat and humidity, the need to cover up in SPF and the fine line between looking gorgeously au natural and simply, well, bare-faced, poolside beauty can become a minefield. The latter requires looking polished and pulled together, without appearing overly ‘done.’ Again, no mean feat.
Well don’t worry – we’ve taken out the hard work, done the grafting, and created an edit of beauty products that are going to help you smash both looks. We’ve curated a selection of beauty essentials that are fast-acting, hard-working and designed precisely to help you look naturally gorgeous, gloriously polished, yet – crucially – without looking too try-hard: a key element of both looks. Want to get a look that sees you through security right through to the pool? These are the five must-haves you need to know about:
SPF is essential by the pool, hydration is crucial when you’re mile-high and a good base and even complexion is a must-have in both situations. Skipping foundation is your first port of call – a heavy base has no place poolside and will leave your skin looking even more parched mid-flight – but you don’t need to skip the filter-effect, if you switch your usual base for IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream. A hybrid moisturiser, sunscreen, tint and foundation in one, it provides great coverage, blurring imperfections and leaving a hint of colour. A true holiday essential.
Glossy, glass-shiny locks look expensive, glamorous and perenially stylish. A smooth low pony is the trademark of celebs that pull off airport chic and a hair gloss is crucial to keeping stray hairs at bay. Plus, nothing gives hair a quick-fix moisture boost quite like a hair oil – and a hit of moisture and protection will keep your locks looking glossy and gorgeous all day long once you arrive at your destination. Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oil, £41.40 is an oldie but a goodie. Super lightweight but incredibly nourishing, it transforms hair from unruly to silky in seconds.
Travel is when multi-tasking products really come into their own. Dr Paw Paw Original Balm £6.95* is both a miracle worker and cult classic and for good reason: this does-it-all ointment really has earned its stripes. Airplane air-con given you dry skin and chapped lips? No problem. Heading straight from poolside to bar, and need to up the x-factor quickly? Pull from your beach bag and smear it onto collarbones, use it to gloss your eyelids, gleam your cheekbones and tame your brows in one quick swipe. Easy.
Matte tanned skin is everything summer skin should: healthy-looking, sexy and hot-as-hell. A terracotta bronzing powder such as Terracotta Bronzing Powder will deepen your tan and give a gorgeous all-over wash of bronze – the ultimate poolside accessory, while a matte finish is far more chic than a shimmer – ideal when you want to blag yourself an upgrade. Buff some bronzing powder into the crease of your eyelids, for a gorgeous hint of eye-brightening colour, that pulls together your entire look beautifully.
Finally, a glossy nude lip is the ultimate hallmark of chic, polished, natural glamour. Bare Minerals Gen Nude® Patent Lip Lacquer * provides next-level shine and is the ultimate nude shade – it rather amazingly manages to look flattering and chic on ALL skintones. The formula is cushiony and hydrating (so neither the flight, nor the sun, will kill your pout) and the coverage, courtesy of a dual-sided applicator, is super full, leaving you looking pulled together and polished, yet suitably natural.
*included in your July Roccabox