Holiday Travel Beauty Tips – How to Look Gorgeous On the Go.

Do you ever find yourself heading to the airport in an absolute hurry, realising your nails are chipped and your hair has gone from frizzy? Whether you’re off to on holiday or a quick city break, it’s important to look and feel your best. As an Ex-Cabin Crew member, I know the importance of looking after your skin and hair whilst flying and so here are a few tips on how to look after yourself whilst you’re in the air, just in time for the Summer holidays.

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1: If you didn’t have time for a manicure or to get your nails done, quickly file your nails and paint two coats of clear polish. This only takes a few minutes, and the hint of shine on freshly filed nails will give the illusion of a clean manicure. Try a fast drying top coat instead of a clean nail polish.

2: If your nail polish is chipped or smudged, don’t try to fix it in a rush or you’ll likely make it worse. Instead, remove it completely. Throw a pack of Cutex Essential Care One Step Nail Polish Remover Pads in your carry-on bag and use them once you get through security.

3: If you have thin, straight hair, do a basic sleek, smooth blow-dry or use hair straighteners before you head to the airport. If you do a bouncy blow-dry or add curls to your hair and then sit on a plane for five hours, your hair will fall flat. Once you’re on the plane, make sure to leave your hair down to avoid hair bobbles creasing your hair.

4: When it comes to styling your hair pre-flight, don’t go against nature, you won’t win. If your hair is wavy, work mousse through damp strands, scrunch it, let it air dry. Once you’re on the flight, wrap your hair into a loose high top knot and secure with an elastic band that won’t crease your strands. Let your hair down when you arrive.

5: If you don’t have time to prep your hair the day y2016 08 12 Kendal Jenner Top Bunou’re traveling, go for a chic, high
ponytail or top bun as seen worn by Kendal Jenner opposite. It’s classic, pulls the hair off the face, and is simple to do in a minute. (Original Photo can be found at Pinterest )

6: To give your hair some oomph after a long flight, spray roots with a dry shampoo. It’ll also get rid of that awful airplane smell.

7: If you’re taking a flight that’s longer than two hours, prep your skin as if you’re going to bed. Pack sample sizes of cleanser (Micellar Water), serum/oil, night cream, and eye cream. I like to apply all of these after boarding as it gives me something to do on the flight however if you prefer to sleep on the flight, head to the bathroom before boarding or carry out your skin routine in the lounge. This will give your skin the hydration and care it needs.

8: Though it’s best to head to the airport without makeup for a long flight, if you need to wear a little something, go for finished brows, waterproof mascara and pink/nude lips. This will help you look pulled-together while keeping your skin clean.

9: Water is an in-flight essential. If you want your skin to look great when you arrive, drink water. The small cups they bring around during the food service are not enough. Plane air is very dry; at such high altitudes it has very little moisture, making the cabin air dry. That is what makes your skin feel dehydrated. I buy the largest water I can at the airport and sip it all through the flight. If you can’t afford to buy water at the airport (the prices are ridiculous) take your own empty water bottle to the airport and either fill it in the lounge or most airports have water fountains.

2016 08 12 D2O cropped10: I’m a big fan of face misting during a flight, especially on long international trips. I don’t mean makeup setting sprays but actual hydrating sprays. I like Evian water spray, Jane Iredale D2O or Rose Water. I always decant the D20 or rose water into a smaller spray bottle so that I can take them on board with me but the Evian sprays are just the right size anyway. Spritzing your face with water is another way to keep skin hydrated in the dry cabin environment.

 

11: While flying at high altitudes, you are closer to the sun’s harmful rays especially if you’re in the window seat. In summer I always use an SPF as a body and face moisturiser and it’s a great idea to take a small amount with you decanted into a pump bottle for use on the plane. I like Muji’s travel bottles for my carry on beauty essentials. If you don’t want to apply the during the flight, at least consider applying it before you leave the plane. Remember to apply SPF 30+ to your face and anywhere else which will be out in the sun whilst you are waiting for your coach etc. You don’t want to burn on the first day of your holiday!

I hope this encourages you to look after your skin both whilst you are away but especially on those long flights.  If you have any other useful tips that I can add to this post, please comment below or comment on this post on my Facebook page. All additions will be credited.

Keep reading for more tips on makeup, hair and beauty, info on how we pull shoots together, behind the scenes photos and post production information. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and sign up to my Newsletter at my website – http://www.makeup-byclaire.co.uk.

Claire xx

Holiday Makeup Bag Essentials

 

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It’s that time of year when were all thinking about holidays. My holidays vary from beach locations, city breaks to hiking in a National Park and so when travelling I love traveling light. This also leaves me room in my case for shopping and I don’t have a lot of washing to do when I get home!

As a Professional Makeup Artist, even though I have a huge collection of personal makeup my holiday/everyday makeup kit is similar and I pack essentials only:

Jane Iredale PurePressed Base – I use this as a foundation, sun block, and concealer. This foundation is a very easy to use multi-purpose product which has SPF20 and UVA P++ protection and is water resistant for up to 40 minutes. All of this great protection plus it provides a semi matte buildable coverage.

YSL Touche Eclat – A definite must for brightening under your eyes after a big night out or too many cocktails around the pool!

Jane Iredale D20 Hydration Spray – D2O is brilliant for setting makeup and rehydrating2016 08 12 D2O cropped your skin on long flights. This spray comes in a travel-friendly 2 oz. bottle and is also a hydration cooling spray for around the pool and days out.

Jane Iredale Moonglow Bronzer – A golden bronzer made with 24-Karat gold flakes, this product can be used to subtly create the “Golden Goddess” look with a hint of shimmer. I brush these quad bronzers on my cheeks, on my eyes as eyeshadows and also as an all-over bronzer to create a natural-looking glow.

2016 08 19 JI Rose DawnJane Iredale Rose Dawn – This has 4 stunning shades of pink through to bronze and can again be used on eyes or cheeks to give a healthy glow.

MAC Fluidline – This gel formula is so silky smooth and easy to apply. It is also water and smudge proof and lasts for a couple of days so no need to keep re-applying.

 

MAC Opulash Optimum Black – This is an intense black mascara which volumises your lashes and extends the curl of your lash.  As it lasts up to 15 hours I add 1 coat for by the pool/daytime and another coat in the evening.

MAC Plushglass – This is a sheer lip colour with a pearlised finish. Great for daytime and evening.  What is great about Plushglass is that it isn’t sticky to wear and contains vitamin E so it continuously moisturises and sooths your lips at the same time.

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When travelling think ‘what do I need and what will I actually use on my holiday?’ You will use much less than you usually do on a girls night out and it’s a great idea to think about multi use products or different ways to use products which you already have.

Have fun packing your holiday makeup bag and testing the duplicate uses of products.  Be imaginative and have a great holiday/honeymoon.

If you have any other useful tips that I can add to this post, please comment below or comment on this post on my Facebook page. All additions will be credited.

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Anyone Can Wear Bright Eye Makeup! Here’s How.

Have you ever looked at bright and beautiful eye shadow colors and thought “I could never wear that?” Well you can! Your age and skin tone don’t matter at all. It only matters how you apply it.

There are many levels of bright eye makeup, from subtle to intense. The first trick is to experiment to find out what suits you. I’d love to hear about it, so please comment below or upload pictures to my Facebook page.

Here are a few ideas to give you some inspiration:

  1. Bright Eyeliner: As a Makeup Artist I love to use eye shadow as eyeliner. Not only does it mean that you are getting double uses out of your summer bright eye shadows but it is also a way to use that bright shade in the eye shadow triple you may have been avoiding.

Wet your eyeliner brush with MAC Fix + or water and dip it into a bright shade of eyeshadow such as Parfait Armour (a bright purple shade) or you could try a nice bright shade of pigment like ELF Studio in Passionate Purple. Line the lower and upper lash line from inner to outer corner. I like to see it really smudged out, surrounding the entire area in a soft haze of purple. I still used black eyeliner in the waterline to keep the look dramatic and avoid bringing out any redness in the area. This really allows the one swipe of color to pop. The below photo can be found on Pinterest.

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  1. Winged Eyeliner: You’ve now mastered winged eyeliner so it’s time to brighten your eyes in a whole new way by thinking of colorful winged eyeliner. This look is not only ultra-modern and inspired by 2016 catwalk shows but is a great way to

Begin by using an angled brush to apply Mac’s Chromaline in Marine Blue across the top of your upper lash line. Begin to wing out the liner from the corner of the eye. Connect the end of the line to your original line, joining them at about 2/3 of the way into the corner of your eye. Fill in the gap and smooth out the line.

For a fuller wing, exaggerate the line for even more effect. Starting at the inner eye add more liner to make it thicker on top. Once you get to the outer corner follow the shape of the wing and extend it slightly. Bring the point back down to meet the classic wing and fill in any gaps. The below photo can be found on Pinterest.

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  1. Colored Mascara: Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting the ‘Pat Butcher’ electric blue mascara from the eighties (unless you want it to)! Try a flick of Jane Iredale’s Ripe Plum Longest Lash to add a hint of color when your lashes catch the light. You can apply from root to tip, or apply your usual black or brown first and then just paint the ends with the colored mascara. Feeling flashy? Try painting the tips of your lashes with Gold or Silver Liquid Eyeliner.

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  1. Smoky Eyes: So you’re ready to take the pure-drama plunge with a bright smoky eye? You can use any colour you love however if you’re a bit unsure, I’d advise starting with a royal blue or deep plum smoky eye as they suit most people and aren’t too bright.

There’s nothing’s worse than a smoky eye that smears three hours into the night. Stop the smearing before it starts with a primer – blend it over your eyelids and under eyes to ensure that your makeup stays put past last call!

Blend a dark blue shade from your lashes to crease, and then, use a small, angled brush to drag the shadow along your lower lash lines. A smoky eye shouldn’t have any harsh lines; it should be softly blended at the edges. Using a blending or smudge brush, lightly smudge the shadow at the crease and along bottom lashes.

Now that your color is in place, define your eye with a creamy black eye pencil. Drag it along top and bottom lash lines, making sure there’s no skin showing between lashes and the line. For an extra-sultry effect, line your inner bottom lash line too. No smoky eye is complete without gorgeous thick black lashes.

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I hope this encourages you to experiment with color over the summer, so please comment and share what you’ve tried by uploading your pictures to my Facebook page.

Keep reading for more tips on makeup, hair and beauty, info on how we pull shoots together, behind the scenes photos and post production information. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and sign up to my Newsletter at my website – http://www.makeup-byclaire.co.uk.

Claire xx