Taking make-up away when you travel is fraught with risks. Will your beloved Ruby Woo lippie melt in the heat? Will that tube of BB cream explode in your luggage? Will your favourite Huda Beauty highlighter smash and cover everything else in a fine dusting of holographic powder?
Plus, when you add it all up, that stuff is heavy, and no one wants to have to pay for excess baggage or - heaven forbid - downsize at the check-in desk. We can’t solve all these conundrums, unfortunately, but one way to take the hassle out of packing for a summer trip is with a make-up palette.
With a range of brands now offering customisable trays, you can curate your perfect holiday kit, or choose from the season’s coolest new edits for eyes and cheeks. Here’s our pick of the best space-savers for summer...
With the new It Pieces collection from affordable eco brand Benecos, you start with an empty palette (€5.65) then fill it with interchangeable refills, choosing from pressed powder, contour, blush, highlighter, bronzer and eyeshadow.
Can’t decide what to go for? There are also two pre-filled palettes, the warm-toned Freaking Hot and cool-toned Pretty Cold.
2. Tropic Colour Palette with five trays, €75.40
Tropic’s travel-friendly palette lets you slot up to seven pans from a choice of 13 different products, including concealer, brow gel, highlighter and eyeshadow, with prices starting from £8.
The magnetic pans snap in, so there’s no danger of them being dislodged, plus it comes with a big mirror for easy on-the-go touch-ups.
3. Revolution Pro Colour Focus Palette in Black Earth & Stone, €12.99, Revolution Beauty
All of Revolution’s eyeshadow palettes come with round pans that snap in and out, so you can tailor the selection to suit your trip.
The gorgeous metallic and pinky hues of the new Earth & Stone palette are ideal for a romantic Mediterranean getaway, but you might want to swap in some brighter shades if you’re heading for a week of partying in Ibiza with your girl gang.
4. Guerlain Terracotta Contour & Glow Palette, €65, Brown Thomas
Guerlain’s bronzers are second to none and this chic compact contains everything you need to enhance your holiday glow, combining matte contour and bronzing powder with shimmering rose blush and highlighter.
5. Make Beauty Nude Palette, €37.27, Net-a-Porter
An expert does-it-all edit from NYC-based brand Make, the Nude Palette features eight eyeshadows in neutral tones (half matte, half shimmering) plus a pair of sheer cream colours in pink and coral, that can be used on your lips or cheeks.
6. Zoeva Soft Sun Voyager Eye Palette, €16, Beauty Bay
This small but perfectly formed palette from Zoeva is designed to enhance your eyes, but thanks to the pink and tan shades, the matte powders could easily double up as blush, contour or bronzer, meaning fewer products for you to pack.
7. Misslyn Travel Kit All In One Teint Palette, €16, Beauty Bay
Housed in an adorable Parisian-themed palette, this great value skin-enhancing quartet features bronzer, highlighter, blush and fixing powder, making it ideal for trips to humid destinations.
It’s available in two shades, peachy Globetrotter for warm-toned complexions and Jetsetter for cool tones.
The versatile fruit has a variety of beauty benefits, says Katie Wright. Is there anything more refreshing on a hot summer’s day than a slice of cool, crisp watermelon? The sweet flesh of the big round fruit is made up of around 90% water, which explains why it’s so thirstquenching, plus it’s packed with antioxidants, which is why watermelon is also a star ingredient of the beauty industry.
In fact, it’s particularly popular at the moment, with a host of new skincare launches harnessing the power of citrullus lanatus (to use its formal name).
Here are fivehydrating products that do wonders with watermelon...
1. Ciate Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer, €27.95, lookfantastic
Some primers just sit on the skin’s surface, but this water-based serum contains hyaluronic acid and watermelon seed extract, that drench your skin with moisture, leaving it soft, smooth and ready for make-up.
2. Skin & Tonic Detox Beauty Oil, €26.50, BeautyBay
If you think facial oils should only be used by those with dry skin, think again - this product is intended for oily/combination skin types. Formulated with just six ingredients, including watermelon seed oil, its antibacterial properties help promote a clearer complexion.
3. BareMinerals Dew Mist Setting Spray, €25, BrownThomas
Not only will this light-as-air mist help keep your make-up in place all day, it’s infused with watermelon and apple extracts that moisturise and leave a delightfully dewy finish.
4. MAC Prep + Prime Fix Watermelon, €12.50, Brown Thomas
Love MAC Prep + Prime fixing spray? Just in time for summer comes a limited edition range of minis with fruit extracts like watermelon, cucumber and pineapple. Choose the watermelon variety for a burst of hydration.
5. St. Tropez Gradual Tan Moisture Miracle Watermelon Lotion, €14.99, Boots
Get a gradual glow without the fake tan smell thanks to this watermelon scented lotion. Exfoliate in the shower, then apply the lotion all over daily to allow the colour to build.