You’ve packed your SPF (one for face, one for body), hair protector spray, your new bikini (ok, seven new bikinis) and a couple of kaftans. You just need to chuck in your make-up bag and you’re all set to jet off, right? Wrong. Just as you switch up your daytime skincare and beauty routine when you’re on your hols, your evening holiday regime needs to be slightly different from your going-out prep routine back home – and that takes a little planning. Your skin has different needs when you’re in hotter sunnier climes, plus, generally on holiday we’re looking slightly glowier, more tanned and feeling a little more adventurous, than we do back home. Cue the need for products that will enhance our glow, encourage a little colour and will complement our holiday wardrobe beautifully. But as you know, you’ve got limited suitcase space, that pesky 100ml hand luggage limit and not to mention those ridiculous check-in luggage costs – so your vacay beauty edit needs to be on point. And that’s where we come in….
Firstly, both your skin and body need products that will push back in all the lost moisture, following a day in the sun, knocking back frozen daiquiris. Sun-exposed skin requires a little more nourishment and TLC than it will get from your usual body cream, plus a product that’s lightweight in texture, yet heavyweight in effect, is essential. Step in Temple Spa Peace Be Still Aftersun*. This calming balm will help settle sensitive or irritated skin, leaving it silky soft, cool and calm. Plus it has a lovely light formula, it’s not at all greasy and it will absorb super fast – so post-shower you can throw your Kaftan straight back on and get back to the bar asap. For your face, consider giving it a little extra attention. Following a gentle cleanse to remove pore-blocking SPF, sweat and grime, pack in some extra nourishment with a hydrating sheet mask, followed by an oil that’s chock-full of fatty acids. Massage it in for extra glow-inducing benefits.
If you’ve decided against a semi-permanent faux-bake, but still want to relish in a gorgeous golden colour, then use a tinted body moisturiser. Nars Laguna Body Tint SPF 30 is a full-body colour that won’t transfer onto your clothes, so you can pretend it’s natural. Plus, thanks to a delicious monoi fragrance, it smells like summer.
To enhance your tan (even the kind that’s come straight out of a bottle) try adding some highlighter to your aftersun, before blending all over your face and body. Boohoo Highlighter Drops* have been created to be diluted in your moisturiser, to give your skin a lit-from-within glow, but this summer we’ll be blending them with our body aftersun too, to give our limbs that same level of glowing radiance. These super versatile drops also look gorgeous applied straight from the bottle directly onto cheekbones, collarbones and down the front of thighs and shin bones, to create a dramatic bone-enhancing sheen that makes our skin look healthy, our bone structure look supermodel-defined and our body look positively J-Lo-esque.
When it comes to your face, skip the foundation, without skipping the filter-effect, by switching 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.
A matte terracotta bronzing powder will deepen your tan and give a gorgeous all-over hit of bronze, but don’t limit it to your cheekbones, forehead and nose. Buffing in a dusting of bronzing powder into the crease of your eyelids gives a gorgeous wash of flattering colour, that pulls together your look and intensifies your eye colour. Complete the look by lining the top eyelid and under the bottom lash line with a deep purple pencil, and smoke it out with a blending brush. Terracotta Bronzing Powder in 04 Sun Blonde nails this look beautifully.
Finally, a bright burst of lip colour is as essential post-sunset as a cocktail in your hand. You can’t beat a pop of tan-enhancing coral, or a punchy neon pink, but keep it matte, rather than glossy, which will contrast beautifully with your glowing gleaming skin. For a slightly less obvious – yet equally stylish – colour statement, Tom Ford’s Soleil Clutch-Size Lip Balm in Neotropical packs a punch when it comes to colour payoff – and its dinky size is perfect for your summer clutch. If you’re worried that colourful lips will clash with your maxi dress, then a nude lip in a high-shine finish is a super-glam alternative look that will really help to show off your tan and holiday glow.
*included in your June Roccabox!