4 make-up looks that will cover you for every holiday situation

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From long-haul flights to dinners on the terrace, holidays call for a spectrum of beauty looks. Here’s how to nail them…

From take-off to that sad, last-night-in-paradise-margarita, holidays present a world of different beauty situations. 

Sure, you’ll need to whittle down your kit somewhat, and you might find yourself favouring a slightly more low-key look, but that new holiday wardrobe and those long, hazy days deserve some serious looks.

By the beach, a sun-kissed face with just a lick of mascara and a punchy coral lip is so simple but so effective, and by night, there’s little more chic than a bronzed complexion and radiant decolletage.

Here are four looks to have under your belt before you jet off.

  • 1. Runway ready

    Flying with a full face of make-up isn’t a great idea for many reasons.

    Cabin air is incredibly dry, it can clog your pores and if you manage to fall asleep, the whole thing’s a mess when you wake up. 

    Keep things simple and your base fresh by massaging in a layer of Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II.

    Loaded with peptides, antioxidants and featherweight hydrating extracts, it’ll help keep your skin feeling soft and supple for the entirety of the flight. 

    Keep it in your carry-on so you can top up throughout the journey, too. 

    Next, add a coat of mascara to softly define your lashes without making them look clumpy or heavy.

    Apply a dab of concealer around any particular areas of concern, like your undereyes for a wide-awake look. 

    When you’re in the air, you can freshen up a little with This Works In Transit No Traces Pads, which are infused with rosewater and sweet almond oil to calm the skin and remove dirt.

  • 2. Poolside preen

    Ah, finally – you’re by the pool. 

    This is what you really came here for. To loll on a sun lounger, flick through your Sally Rooney and generally bask in the sun. 

    For a simple poolside look use a tinted sunscreen as your base which will offer both sun protection and a little colour.

    Something like SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance SPF50 gives a healthy glow and broad-spectrum cover. 

    Next, follow up with lashings of waterproof mascara and a dusting of Bronze Goddess Powder bronzer.

    Simply take a large brush and dust it over the high points of your face, down the sides of your neck and onto your collarbones a little.

    Complete the look with a punchy lip, like Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Daring, put on your sunnies and you’re ready to rock.

  • 3. Day tripping vibes

    Ready for a little sightseeing? Start your look off by mixing your foundation with a drop of Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II. 

    Despite the name, it’s a winner for the daytime too, as the lightweight texture makes it an excellent base for make-up and an easy way to achieve a holiday glow.

    Patchy make-up is most often a sign of dehydrated skin, so keep yours fresh all day by sealing in moisture.

    Next, pick a contour palette with three shades, one bronze, one blush, and one highlight that can be swirled together and buffed all over for a healthy glow.

    Finally, finish with a tinted lip balm for a hydrated pout with minimum effort. 

  • 4. Sundowner chic

    Evenings are your chance to turn things up a notch, especially with the oh-so-flattering golden hour (that’s sixty minutes before sunset, time your selfies accordingly, thank us later). 

    A creamy eyeshadow can be smudged all over the lid, used as a liner or worked into the crease, so pack a couple of different shades and experiment with a couple of different smokey looks. 

    The night calls for a more dramatic mascara and a spritz of perfume, too.

    Curl your lashes and add a few coats and then add a little smudged pencil liner along your lash line for definition and a feline flick.

Make sure you stock up your favourite summer essentials like Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Serum and Bronze Goddess before you fly. Pre-order before your next flight to guarantee you find it in stock and pass by the Estée Lauder counter to get your complimentary summer make-up look at the airport before you fly.