With so many beauty products out there, it can be tough to decide what to spend your money on, let alone pack for a vacation. Beautylish consults with New York-based makeup artist Susie Sobol to find out which five products you must have in your makeup bag.
Taking your makeup off every night is one of the most important steps in skincare. It ensures that your skin is clean and free of dirt and oil that can cause blemishes. A gentle, micellar formula works on both eyes and face.
Beautylish recommends: Bioderma Crealine H20 "I put a bottle of Crealine in the fridge for the morning and one by my bedside table with cotton pads if I'm feeling too lazy to wash my face at night. It's made for the most sensitive of skin types," Susie says. "I get it when I'm in Paris for fashion week because it's so expensive here!"
A cheek and lip balm is a great two-in-one product to stash in your handbag. It can also be used as an eye shadow on days when you need an extra splash of color!
Beautylish recommends: Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip and Cheek Balm "Dabbed on with just your finger, this lip and cheek tint takes your natural lip shade to a perfect flush of pink and it lasts for hours!"
Dry shampoo is a lifesaver between washes. It can be used to combat oily hair and to create tousled waves and textured beach style hair.
Beautylish recommends: Batiste Dry Shampoo "It's the best one out there. I wash my hair about twice a week to preserve my color and in between I refresh with this. It's a life saver during New York summers," says Susie.
Toning after you cleanse is another not-to-be-missed step in your skincare routine, even when you're away from home. It helps to minimize pores and gives skin a final, cleansing swipe before moisturizing.
Beautylish recommends: Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose and Witch Hazel Toner "Rose water truly does plump up pores and fine lines and imparts a healthy glow," Susie says. "I'll also spray it on a made up face to refresh foundation."
A good base is essential to achieving a flawless face. The trick is to find a foundation that provides the right amount of coverage for you and is the right shade for your skin tone.
Beautylish recommends: By Terry Light Expert Foundation "It's a bit of a splurge but it has the ingenious built-in foundation brush that made Touche Éclat so famous—the founder of the company, Terry de Gunzburg invented the brush for YSL," Susie explains. "This foundation is unbelievable at completely diffusing fine lines and the shadows created by them. It's sheer and with that applicator, not a drop goes to waste."
Susie's Beauty Tip: "I worked with an actress in January who always carries around those little Dentek Easy Brush Cleaners. At first I was just impressed at her extreme good hygiene, but then I came to find out she actually uses them to apply mascara on her upper and lower lashes—right at the roots! They come with a little plastic cap so you can load them up with mascara to take with you for touch ups. You can groom a wild brow with with these mini brushes or use them for their intended purpose and clean between teeth after a meal. They're extremely useful when I want to create that '60s doe-eyed look on a model, or while shooting a beauty story. Those tiny hairs at the base of the lash line so often get neglected by a regular mascara wand."