Call us mad, but our favourite part about a summer holiday is stocking up on beauty essentials. There’s the SPF, of course, but what about everything else? More importantly, how much you pack really depends on where you’re going. Only off on a city weekend break? You’ll probably not need that big bottle of factor 50. But if you’re doing a long haul, you might want to consider a face mask for when you need to give your skin added moisture.
Whether you’re flying off for a fortnight of quality beach time, hopping across the Mediterranean for a week of R&R or going sightseeing for a long weekend, keep scrolling to find your very own product edit. Now all you need to think about is which one (well, three) of those bikinis to add to your basket.
First things first: You’ll need a bag to stash everything away.
For a City Break
Time flies when you’re having fun, especially on a long weekend, so there’s no room for disorganization or bulky beauty products. Think multitasking essentials that are easy to pack into your carry-on.
This helps to fight off city pollution. It also refreshes, brightens and evens the skin tone in one quick spritz.
Apply from head to toe; this sunscreen carries on working when the skin gets wet. You can sweat all you like and still be protected.
This little stick protects and nourishes the face, lips and eyes while you explore.
This Works’s moisturizer is ideal for those on the go who want long-lasting hydration and fail-safe sun protection.
Nivea’s wipes remove dirt and makeup gently but efficiently. They’re great for cooling yourself down in the midday sun, too.
All the makeup you need for a quick getaway in one little box. It even includes a mini mascara.
Color Wow’s hand luggage–friendly shampoo protects hair colour from fading in the sun.
A Week Spent Poolside
That last-minute decision to book a week in the sun was the best you ever made. Here’s to spending lazy days by the pool and fun evenings at the beach bar. Cue your essential sunbed-to-sangria checklist.
This can be applied on both the face and body and rubs into skin quickly—without a greasy finish. (Don’t forget to reapply every two hours.)
Hydrate sun-soaked skin while you wash. Hello, extra 10 minutes of choosing what to wear.
Too Faced’s mascara is splash-friendly, meaning you can take your daytime lashes through to your night out without a single smudge.
This is the happiest of holiday lip shades, and it’s balmy enough to use on your cheeks, too.
La Mer’s lightweight foundation contains SPF 30 and antioxidants to ward off all those environmental aggressors.
While it may be small, Bioderma’s travel kit still manages to contain all skincare essentials for a week away—including a mini nourishing moisturiser and micellar water.
Rossano Ferretii’s oil treats post–pool day hair to a much-needed shot of hydration and shine.
For An Exotic Beach Break
Flying far, far away to a remote island means embracing your natural beauty and only packing a hairbrush… said no one ever. Whilst we love the idea of learning to love our tangled beachy locks and makeup-free skin, you’ve just got to have options.
James Read’s palette has a highlighter on one side and bronzing powder on the other that contains self-tan. That way, you can keep topping up your glow whether on the beach or on the flight home.
A little bottle of heaven that will have you smelling of fresh roses all holiday.
M&S’s SPF oil isn’t as heavy in the suitcase as a cream and is kind to skin thanks to soothing vitamin E, jojoba oil and rose hip oil.
Nars’s multi-use stick comes in five flattering shades and leaves lips and cheeks with a quick pop of colour.
Patchology’s sheet mask is every traveller’s dream. Leave it on for 30 minutes during your flight to give jet-lagged, fatigued skin a pick-me-up.
This hydrates for the day ahead, goes underneath your SPF and soothes post-beach skin.
All that’s left to do now is pack...