Today, we’ll be talking about one of my favorite things–makeup :P. In particular, vacation makeup. (Speaking of vacation, last week at this time we were touring Williamsburg. Was it really only a week ago?)
When you’re on vacation, you don’t really have the time or the need to spend hours blending the perfect smoky eye, or chiseling your cheekbones with twelve shades of contouring powder, especially not if you plan to spend the day poolside or sightseeing. Plus, storage is limited, so all of the makeup I’ve listed down below can fit in that little green-and-blue bag you see in the pictures (I’m serious!).
Simple Exfoliating Wipes // Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen // Bobbi Brown Corrector “Light/Medium Bisque” // Neutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer “Buff” // L’Oreal True Match Powder “Natural Beige” // E.L.F. Studio Blush Brush // Real Techniques Setting Brush
While on vacation, I think it’s a good idea to take some extra time to take care of your skin and be kind to it, hence the exfoliating wipes, sunscreen, and very minimal color cosmetics. Ditch the foundation in favor of something lighter that lets your skin breathe, like a tinted moisturizer, or a dab of concealer under your eyes and on any spots you might have. Powder is kinda necessary, especially if it’s hot and you’re prone to oilier skin (a la moi)–just because it’s minimal makeup doesn’t mean you want it going anywhere!
Cheeks & Lips
Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer // Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee “Pink Escape” // E.L.F. Studio Blush Palette // NARS Blush “Tribulation” (highlighter) // L’Oreal Pop Balm “Caring Coral” // MAC “Please Me” // Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense “34” // E.L.F. Studio Blush Brush
I’ve gotten really into cheek products lately, and I think the assortment of products above is a testament to that. Bronzer on vacation is kind of a given, as well as highlighter. The one listed above, by the way, probably is my favorite highlighter of life. Just sayin’. 😉 Cream blush is also great for a weightless glow to your cheeks, but the powder blush palette is inexpensive and gives you so many options :D–all of this, by the way, from bronzer to highlighter, can be applied with the brush linked above (it’s $3!). I limited myself to three lipsticks: a matte pink that lasts allllll day, a vibrant raspberry for when we went out to dinner and I wanted to look all dolled up without the effort of getting all dolled up, and a sheer coral balm to throw in my purse. This is the most complicated part of my look by far!
After the most complicated part comes the simplest part. I’ve been loving a simple swipe of coppery brown eyeliner all summer long, especially for vacation. A bit of eyeshadow primer underneath makes sure that despite how much sweating goes on (we all know it’s bound to happen when it’s 90 degrees out and humid), your liner won’t transfer one bit. Plus, it takes no time at all, but it just makes your eyes *pop*, especially when paired with huge lashes (au naturale, of course–who has time for falsies, really?). An eyelash curler and your favorite mascara are all that’s needed, right? A light-colored eyeshadow stick is a great thing to bring along to, because it’s simple and easy to blend out, but if you want to take your eye game to the next level, that pencil from NARS can get you there. 😛
That’s all for today, folks! I hope you enjoyed, and I’d love to hear in the comments below what you’re vacation go-to’s are! Have a great rest of your week–tomorrow is Friday, after all :).