So you've got all your wedding plans on lockdown, and you know exactly how you're going to wear your hair and do your makeup. The next thing to think about is the honeymoon. Where are you going to go, where will you stay, and most importantly—what will you pack?
Well, that's where we've got you covered. Whether you opt for a long-haul trip to the Maldives, visit a European city for a cultural mini break, or head to the Great British countryside for a minimoon staycation, we've pulled out some of the most useful, multitasking, travel-friendly beauty essentials you'll want to find space in your suitcase for.
The Long Haul Escape
Wherever you're headed on your long-haul honeymoon, SPF is a must. Shiseido's offers super-sturdy factor-50 protection, but it's also strong enough that it won't simply trickle away when you head for that necessary dip in the pool.
Not only will a face mist prevent your skin from shriveling up under the harsh air conditions of the plane, but it'll also lend a pretty welcome bout of refreshment when things get a little hot on the beach.
Pack two sheet masks for every holiday: one for the flight there, and one for the flight back. MasqueBar's contains soothing fruit extracts which, along with the face mist, will stop skin from heading to a mid-flight freakout.
Like the face mist above, just for your body, the sensation of misting Estée Lauder's new body spray over the legs is akin to walking into a refrigerator. Plus, it has that same heavenly Bronze Goddess scent, so it can double up as your perfume too.
Post–sun exposure, skin will need a helping hand to replenish lost hydration. Ouai's oil quenches thirsty shins and layers skin with a dreamy sheen. Plus, you can use it to remedy a sun-frazzled scalp and sand-ravaged hair ends.
Holidays aren't for meticulous blow dries—especially not honeymoons—so instead, try a styling cream like Redken's. It'll give hair weight and definition (thanks to a load of softening ingredients) without inflicting any arm ache.
So compact and convenient, Urban Decay's latest palette contains a spectrum of neutral, plum and taupe shades so you can create a multitude of eye looks throughout your holiday. It's also backed with a palette of blushers, helping cut down on space in your makeup bag.
Get some shut-eye on the flight over (and back) with one of Olivia von Halle's super-chic eye masks. As they're silk, they're a lot gentler on the delicate eye area than the ones you get on board.
The City Break
Unlike many harsher wipes, Pixi's oil-soaked pads lift mascara away without any aggressive rubbing, meaning you lose fewer lashes every time you take your makeup off.
If you're going to be trekking around city streets all day, you need to find an SPF with added pollution protection. Kiehl's feels just as comfortable as a moisturiser and doesn't pill underneath makeup.
For nights sipping sundowners on rooftops, paste the décolletage, shins and arms with MAC's new illuminator-infused body lotion. It looks amazing, whether you KiraKira it or not.
Charlotte Tilbury's space-saving palette will allow you to create neutral beauty looks in the day and more amped-up looks in the night. That shimmering terra-cotta shade looks so pretty buffed into the eye crease.
Rather than a hefty can of dry shampoo (which'll take up space in your tiny FDA-approved plastic bag) opt for dry shampoo wipes like these clever ones from IGK. They come infused with charcoal to mop up excess oil at the roots.
Staying in an AirBnb and not sure if they'll stock any hotel-style amenities? Malin + Goetz has the most comprehensive travel miniatures kit covering everything from shampoo to facial moisturiser—all suitable for your carry-on.
The Countryside Staycation
RMS Beauty's handy wipes are caked in coconut oil (warm between the palms to melt it before use), and work wonders at peeling back makeup and cleansing skin. Plus, the leftover residue will do the job of your moisturiser if you don't fancy packing a separate one.
When you days consist of countryside walks and pub lunches, you might wish to leave the bulk of your makeup bag behind. But if you're not ready to go comepletely without coverage, try Bali Body's BB cream. It has a built-in SPF 15 and a dewy finish.
If you're going on those aforementioned countryside walks, SPF is still very much necessary—yes, even in the UK. Avene's lotion isn't in the slightest bit sticky.
Miniature perfume vials are great, but sometimes you can miss your full fragrance wardrobe when away from home. Byredo's travel-sized trios give you options—in this case, three dreamy floral scents you'll want to wear together.
Brisk walks through the fresh air will undoubtedly lend your cheeks a healthy, outdoorsy flush but you can ramp it up with Chanel's sheer blusher stick. Simply dot on and blend with the fingertips. ■
That's the beauty bag sorted. Now onto the wardrobe…