Summer is here, bringing its long-lasting sunshine, splashy pool parties, and liberal use of PTO. Chances are staycation was the name of the travel game for the past 20+ months, so you’re eager to book a trip that’s all about exploring somewhere new. And with the excitement of planning your itinerary, also comes styling your looks to go along with each excursion. Of course, that includes beauty. You’ll want to consider the vibe of the city you’re visiting when prepping your travel hair and makeup. After all, you’re surely seeking out interesting food options and destination-based activities, so why stick to your same old beauty looks when jet setting?
For inspo, here are our product picks from Bloomingdale’s that help create looks that capture the essence of five top summer destinations, from a model-off-duty aesthetic for New York City to unconventional color in Austin.
New York, New York
In the city that never sleeps, individual style is celebrated. It is, after all, one of the world’s fashion capitols. And visiting the Big Apple is the perfect excuse to test drive any fresh makeup look you’ve been dying to try. For a stroll by the boutiques of SoHo, go for the ultimate model-off-duty look (natural and defined features) using Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush in Pillow Talk and Dior Addict Lip Maximizer). Then add the glam rocker effect with dark eyes for a night of clubbing or bar hopping (Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette in Black Bow and Lancôme Lash Idôle Duo can help make magic happen).
If you’re not looking to change up your regular face beat, we suggest embracing a New York vibe with a single spritz of Le Labo Santal 33, the unofficial fragrance of the city. Afraid the breakable bottle won’t make it through airport security? Opt to wash your vacation clothes in The Laundress x Le Labo Santal 33 Detergent (and it’s much more affordable, too).
Charleston, South Carolina
Positioned along the movie-set-like shores of South Carolina, this cute city is celebrated for its historic architecture and pastel row-houses, comfort food scene, and charming shops.
In addition to packing colorful floral dresses and coordinated flats perfect for city exploring, you’ll want to play with brighter hues on your lips and cheeks.
Start with a sweat-proof, lightweight foundation like Armani Beauty Luminous Silk and apply a wash of color with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Blush. Finish with a coat of mascara (we recommend the MAC Macstack Mascara for its clump-free volumizing and lengthening effects) and glossy pink lips (hello, Clarins Lip Comfort Oil in Pitaya). Charleston is all about enduring simple statements, and all of these beauty products do just that.
With the slogan “Keep Austin Weird,” nothing’s off limits in this city. And that can be a mantra to apply to your vacation beauty vibe.
While neutral no-makeup looks are popular here, given the aforementioned slogan and the many vivid murals that line the city’s walls, a look with bold, unconventional hues is one you may want to try. Start with a long-lasting foundation that can stand Austin’s heat (we love Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Foundation). Apply blush in a poppy shade like coral (MAC Glow Play Blush in the shade Groovy) and give your lips a similar kiss of color with Clé de Peau Beauté Lip Glorifier. And don’t forget about your nails! Austin is the perfect place to rock a trendy, multicolor mani. The Chillhouse Just the Tips Press On Nails are eye-catching, easy to apply, and reusable.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas buzzes with energy as much as it dazzles with entertainment options. New statement pieces and makeup are must-haves for your packing list here.
Day discos at pool parties are hot ways to spend your afternoons, so you want to wear makeup that stays put. Swap your usual mascara for a waterproof option (the Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Waterproof Volumizing Mascara offers an 36-hour hold without weighing lashes down) and a long-lasting matte lip color (the Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Drama Ink Liquid Lipstick won’ t-budget).
For a night out on The Strip, it’s all about Vegas glitz and glam. Think: glittery shadow (Nars Hardwired Eyeshadow will make your eyes sparkle) and jet-black, larger-than-life lashes. Amp up the volume with the Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler.
Tip: Since you’re bound to go all out in Vegas, make a decision that future you will thank you for. Add a dark circle-busting eye cream, like La Mer The Eye Concentrate, to your travel cosmetics bag. It can help you look wide awake the next morning.
When preparing for a trip to sun- and humidity-soaked Miami, packing dependable hair care products, face makeup that won’t melt off, and lipstick that will last from dusk to dawn are key.
For your hair, go beachy with a texturizing product, like Bumble & Bumble’s beloved Surf Spray (psst: it’s available in travel-size!). If you want to keep your hair super sleek, look for a formula that enhances shine and reduces flyaways, like Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil (also available in travel-size).
For your makeup, the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is a water-, humidity-, and sweat-resistant pick that doesn’t require any tools to apply. A vibrant lip color is oh-so-Miami. We suggest CODE8 Matte Velor Lipstick (in the shade Mambo, specifically) thanks to its comfortable wear that’s built to last.
For all of these beauty picks and more summer vacay-ready items, visit Bloomingdale’s in-store or at bloomingdales.com.
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