5 make-up multitaskers
When you’ve got a rail of new swimsuits, Chanel espadrilles, plenty of sunnies and an off-the-shoulder dress or two to pack into a suitcase the last thing you need is an unnecessary stash of beauty products taking up your precious suitcase space. Save some space with these multi-tasking handbag heroes that will solve all of your beauty woes…
The face-perfecting pen
We could write love letters for days about the genius that is YSL’s Touche Eclat. Small but mighty, this magic wand holds the power to conceal, brighten, colour-correct and highlight your skin with a couple of clicks. Easily buildable with a matte finish – so you don’t need to pack an extra powder – you can also run the liquid over your lips and finish with a dab of gloss for an instant nude pout.
YSL Touche Eclat Dhs205 at Harvey Nichols Dubai
The covers-it-all compact
Rather than packing a rainbow spectrum of eyeshadows, brow fillers and bronzers, stick to one does-it-all colour palette in beautiful shades of beige. Used separately each tone can create the perfect smoky eye and plump up lacklustre arches, or swept together with a fluffy brush. It’s the perfect bronzing concoction.
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Dhs213 at net-a-porter.com
The wonder wash
We know hotel toiletries are never as good as your personal shower arsenal of conditioners, scrubs, shampoos and gels but packing them all leaves you with minimal space and at maximum risk of a dreaded product explosion. Err on the side of caution with Human + Kind’s space-saving shampoo/body wash hybrid that will leave you smelling and feeling squeaky clean from head-to-toe.
Human + Kind All-In-One Shampoo Dhs49 at Boots
The skin saviour
You may have space for wipes, cleansers, toners and all manner of lotions and potions in your bathroom cupboards but give your beauty routine a break on vacation and go back to basics with a simple cold cream. Quick to absorb, deceptively light and instantly refreshing this does-it-all moisturiser can also be dabbed onto cotton pads and used as a gentle make-up remover.
Pond’s Age Miracle Cream Dhs70 at Carrefour
The fabulous finishing touch
The little black dress of the beauty world, a pigmented red lipstick works for almost any occasion. Dab a little under your eyes to neutralize purple-tinged dark circles, blend into the apples of the cheeks for a just-pinched flush of colour of simply build the shade on your lips for a glamorous update to salty hair and freckled summer skin.
Lipstick Queen in Desire Dhs125 at Bloomindgdale’s