The first thing I feel like doing when I get out of bed overseas is eating. Coming in at a close second is adventuring and surely the last thing any of us feel like doing when off on adventures overseas is putting on a face full of makeup. But it always seems to be the way that the one day you leave the hotel or dorm room looking like you’ve just woken up in a daze, is the day you meet someone you’d rather not look that shabby around. Trust me, I’ve been there, I feel your pain. So instead of not putting in effort to look like a human being each day I’m abroad, I strictly give myself 5 minutes only to put a little makeup on and believe me when I say a little goes a long way! Here’s a look at my daily beauty routine in the video (below) of my “no make-up” make-up look – hope you enjoy!
Step by Step: Natural Travel Makeup
Start by washing your face with a milk cleanser (I prefer to use Eve Lom Cleanser).
Lightly wipe your face with toner and a light coat of moisturiser, then tie your hair away from your face for easy application.
A primer is a great way to set your face so that is smooth and ready for a light coat of makeup. It acts almost like a thin layer on top of your moisturiser and allows for perfect application when using foundation or powders on your face.
Concealer is your secret weapon to combating dark spots or tired, jet lagged eyes! Dab a little on your finger and then on your spots and dark circles. Make sure you blend it into your face lightly. If your concealer looks a shade lighter than your skin, fear not! This is how it should be and will be blended out into your face with your foundation.
Your foundation will depend on the type of coverage you are after. If you want a light cover of make-up (great choice if you have freckles and like them to still be seen), then opt for a pressed powder and apply lightly all over your face with a brush. Remember to slowly build the colour as you can always add a little more, but its hard to go back! If you prefer a heavier coverage (great option if you have blemishes or imperfections you are trying to cover up), then you should opt for a liquid foundation. Apply with a foundation brush or clean hands and remember to blend into your neck as well, so you don’t get stuck with a dark line along your jaw line!
Blush is a great way to add some colour back into your face, but remember not to go overboard. This is one of the easiest ways to ‘look’ like you’re wearing make-up, so I always prefer to go lightly on blush. When applying, be sure to use a brush and use only light strokes so that you don’t overdo it. Also tap your brush before application to ensure you don’t have heaps of powder stuck in the brush (and will subsequently have lots of blush powder on your face!)
This step is my absolute favourite and a hidden secret of mine. Illuminator is my favourite beauty product and I believe the best secret weapon to combating tiredness, jet lag, or just lifeless skin (also drink plenty of water on planes!!!) Dab a little under the outer corners of your eyes toward the top of your cheekbones and blend lightly. All of a sudden your face looks fresh again!
Set your face with an overall light finishing veil to complete the look and ensure longevity.
For eyes, keep it simple – shape your brows (as outlined in the video tutorial) and apply a couple coats of mascara.
For lips, make it even simpler. A light coat of nude lipgloss or lipstick will keep the focus drawn to your eyes and your fresh-look-face!
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Tip: Before you even leave home, ensure you have what you need in your kit. I can’t go anywhere without a brush kit, pair of tweezers, a muslin cloth, eye makeup remover wipes and eye cream. What about you!? Let me know what you can’t go without in the comments below!
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