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Australian winters are mild by global standards, but that doesn’t stop half the population traversing the globe to Europe in search of sun, salt, and spritz. If an Italian, Croatian, or Grecian sojourn are on your travel agenda this year, first of all, lucky you. Secondly, all the hidden beaches and cobblestone streets are absolutely charming, but they are not so forgiving when you incorporate a 30-kilogram, makeup-laden suitcase into the mix.

As far as your makeup stash goes, heavy jars and elaborate routines will only weigh you down. Instead, you need a highly curated edit of products that will carry you through a myriad of conditions, from lunches to island hopping. Our proposition? Keep it whittled down to five. Scary, but doable. So bid adieu to your beauty maximalist tendencies once you hit the departure gates. Instead, this year’s annual vacation is all about multi-purpose, conveniently-sized wonder products that will make you look glowy and smug – just as Instagram intended. See our five picks below.

A mid-winter escape comes with many wonderful side effects – a bronzed glow being one of them. Generous SPF applications aside, you’re sure to gain a little warmth skin tone-wise, so pack accordingly. Go for easy, sheer formulas that work in with your holiday glow. Chanel Les Beige Eau de Teint is fresh and feather-light, evening out skin tone sans heaviness. Because it’s so sheer, it will work for the duration of your trip.


Say no to powders on vacation and opt for a light liquid bronzer instead. Drunk Elephant’s D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops contains antioxidants for a little added protection (don’t skip broad spectrum sunscreen though), while giving skin a healthy sheen, even if you only stepped off the plane a few hours ago. Use it all over, where the sun would normally hit, or mixed in to foundation too if it’s feeling a little wishy-washy.

Drunk elephant d-bronzi anti-pollution sunshine drops, $55. SHOP NOW

A seaside vacation is seldom the time to attempt an intricate eye, but a smudge of colour is welcome. Go for Marc Jacobs Beauty O!mega Shadow Gel Powder in O!mg – a peachy gold easy enough to apply with your fingers, but sturdy enough to withstand Aperitivo hour. Pat a little on your cheekbones for highlight.

marc jacobs o!MEGA Shadow gel Powder shadow, $42. shop now

Brows are the cornerstone of any great makeup routine, but keep it easy on vacation with a tinted gel. Benefit’s Gimme Brow is as good as it gets – tacky enough to hold things down, and the tint will beef up any sparse spots.

Benefit Gimme Brow, $43. SHOP NOW

Embrace your inner minimalist and go for a single formula for lips and cheeks – even your eyes, if you’re monochromatically inclined. Ilia’s Color Haze Multi-Matte Pigment is a vegan formula packed with hydrating coconut and jojoba oils to nourish salty skin. The colour payoff is buildable, and the finish is a soft matte. Try Stutter – a burnt orange that looks like you spent an hour too long in the sun.

Ilia Color Haze Multi-Matte Pigment, $49. SHOP NOW

and to house it all in!
The chicest little straw bag we ever did see, merci Chanel.

TIMELESS CLASSIQUE CLOTH HANDBAG, chanel via vesitaire collective, $3062. shop now

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