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Ah, summer—how we love thee. Your near-perfect weather, longer days of sunlight, and all around good vibes give us something to look forward to all year long. And now that you’re finally here, we must admit, we couldn’t be more excited. While we are highly anticipating everything that’s in store for summer, there can be a lot of stress surrounding what to pack with you on all those vacations you have planned. And that goes for clothes, shoes, and beauty products. What if you leave something out, only to realize you need it while you’re away? If you want to cover all your bases when you’re on vacation, stock your makeup bag with the following summer travel essentials, including, primer, highlighter, metallic lipstick, and more!
Primer is one of those makeup products that tends to get overlooked—but it really does have a lot going for it. Primer can help create a smooth canvas on which to apply your face makeup, as well as help keep your makeup in place. To help illuminate your complexion too, opt for a primer with a radiant finish, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer.
Do you ever experience summer-related redness? Help cover it up with a green color correcting concealer. Green and red are opposite each other on the color wheel, so they cancel each other out. Use the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayon in Green, dotting it on wherever you have redness to disguise.
Editor’s tip: Color correcting concealer should be applied before flesh-toned concealer and foundation.
While you may not want to wear foundation if you’re hanging out for the day at the beach, it’s possible you’ll want to apply some before heading out for a night on the town. Choosing the right foundation comes down to your skin type. Not sure what exactly that means for you? We break it down below.
If you have oily skin…consider reaching for a matte (a.k.a. non-shiny) foundation as opposed to a dewy-finish one, which may end up making you overly greasy. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation.
If you have dry skin…reach for anything with a radiant or luminous finish. Dry skin can sometimes look dull, so steer clear of matte formulas. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation.
If you have combination skin…a buildable foundation could be a great option. Since those with combination skin often have areas of both oiliness and dryness, using a buildable foundation can help you tailor your coverage to your skin’s specific needs. Try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Cushion Foundation.
Contouring is the makeup trend that doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. With a few strategic swipes of concealer, you can help fake the look of sculpted cheekbones, a slimmer nose, and a smaller forehead. And what better time to rock the perfectly chiseled look than on vacation when you’ll surely be snapping lots of pics? The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit comes with four shades of flesh-toned concealer. Pick one that’s two shades darker than your skin tone for contouring. As for if the perfect shade isn’t in the palette, that’s an easy fix. Mix the concealers together to create your ideal contour product.
One way to help perk up your face is by dabbing on some blush. You don’t even have to confine it to your cheeks. If you want to rock a no-makeup, makeup look on vacation with just one product, consider using blush. All you have to do is swipe a blush in a peach-y or pinkish hue onto your cheeks. Before setting your blush down, add a dusting to the inner corners of your eyebrows. This can help brighten up the look of your complexion. Use the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush Makeup, which comes in four flattering shades.
Make room in your makeup bag for a highlighter! These shimmering creams and powders can help you enhance your favorite features. The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer comes in four shades: fair, light, medium, and dark. Find the shade that best suits your skin tone, then it’s up to you whether you apply it all over on its own, mix it into your foundation, or apply it to a select few areas where you want a little extra illumination.
A night out look just isn’t complete without a statement eye of some kind, in our humble opinion. Depending on the look you’re going for, you may want to switch up which eye shadow you use. To give you some inspiration, we’ve listed our two favorite summer eye looks below.
If you want to create the appearance of brighter-looking eyes…go for vibrant, ultra-pigmented eye shadows. When choosing your colorful shades, make sure to not overwhelm your eyes with a multitude of shades. Stick to just a couple of colors. We especially love the look of a neutral eye on top with a touch of vibrant color along the under-eye area—this two-toned look happens to be one of the top beauty trends of 2018. Get on it! Create this look using shades from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Haute Hazel.
If you want to rock a metallic eye…get ready to sparkle. Metallics have made a serious comeback in 2018, and we certainly aren’t complaining. But the trick to rocking metallic in the modern day is to stick with one or two similar colors on your lid and under-eye area. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow Metallics in Brass Knuckles and Caged.
Black eyeliner is a classic—but when it’s summer, a time of high spirits and bright colors—why not be a little more playful with your eye makeup? Luckily, eyeliners take up very little room—so you can pack quite a few—like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Purple, Cobalt Blue, and True Teal—in your suitcase!
Crying happy tears that you’re OOO for a much-deserved vacation? Know you’re going to be outdoors sweating? That means you should swap out your regular mascara for a waterproof formula! So, stash the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Waterproof Mascara in your bag.
Big, bold-looking eyebrows can pull any look together, even if you don’t have time to apply a ton of other makeup. Follow these instructions to use the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Frame & Set:
Step 1: Dip the included makeup brush into the pomade.
Step 2: Outline your eyebrow and define your arch.
Step 3: Draw in brow hairs in sparse areas with the angled tip of the brush.
Step 4: Fill in to your desired intensity.
Step 5: Comb and blend with the spoolie to style your final look.
Nude lipstick will always have a place in our makeup bag, but when it comes to making a statement on summer vacation, it’s time to break out the metallic lippy. When using metallic lipstick, make sure to prep your lips before applying any color, as the shimmering finish can draw attention to any dryness and flakes. In addition, apply the heaviest concentration of the gleaming lipstick at the center of your lips to help create the look of a fuller pout. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic in Galactic Foil.
To help give your perfectly done-up face a better chance of staying put throughout the day, finish your makeup routine with a few spritzes of makeup setting spray. Simply hold the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray 8-10 inches away from your face and spray four to six times to set your look.
Makeup: It’s a beautiful thing. But at the end of the day, it can be a pain to remove it all, especially if you’re wearing waterproof formulas. That’s where micellar water comes in. This no-rinse cleansing option can be used to remove makeup. Since you don’t need to be near a sink to use it, it’s the perfect travel companion. Simply saturate a cotton pad with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types, and wipe the pad across your face, closed eyes, and lips.
What are you waiting for? Go ahead and get packing! Now that you have ideas about what kind of makeup looks to create while you’re on vacation, you can streamline your makeup bag and pack it like a pro. The only thing left to do is to make sure you know how to pack makeup properly to avoid broken compacts and leaky foundations. Iffy on whether or not you do? Check out our article, How to Pack Your Makeup When You Travel.