The Panel: Sun light
Published 17/07/2011 | 11:12
Less is more when it comes to holiday make-up, both in terms of what you want to lug with you and in terms of what you want to embellish yourself with in the sun.
Make-up that looks perfectly acceptable at home can seem garish on holiday. Even when the sun is going down, foundation often looks artificial in a natural light that is generally much brighter than the light at home, and eye make-up can look trowelled on if you don't keep it simple.
Being outdoors, getting some exercise and, one hopes, some extra sleep, means your skin often looks much improved on holiday, so it's far more attractive to simply play up your natural glow. Then, you can add the small extras of a slick of sheer lipstick or tinted-balm colour, some glimmer on your clavicle and cheekbones, and a bit of eye interest -- either a slash of colour or a neat, defining eyeliner.
But, no matter what your age, avoid wearing the entire contents of your cosmetic collection on your holiday face. It doesn't need it, and in the bright light you risk looking like Bozo the Clown.
Mac Magically Cool Liquid Powder, €35, Brown Thomas; BT2
Thanks to regular applications of emollient suncreams and aftersuns -- and a bit of glow, real or otherwise -- the complexion seems improved by a break, and a bit of gleam goes a long way. And the "magic"? This powder turns to liquid on the skin, feels cool and blends beautifully, as opposed to sitting on the surface like a glitter. "Pretty and multi-functional," said one panellist. "I used it on my eyes one night, my collarbones and cheeks another. This, a lip gloss and a good mascara, and you're set."
Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof Liner, €21, Brown Thomas and Debenhams nationwide; Clerys; Arnotts; larger Boots; selected pharmacies
Waterproof eyeliner isn't just about going swimming while wearing make-up. Heat and perspiration can also cause make-up to slide, but this product won't budge. Earlier this year, brown Espresso and grey Charcoal were added to the old-reliable black option. "It stayed on until I took make-up remover to it," a panellist said. "It glides on well, but it isn't so soft that you have to store it in the mini-bar to keep it from melting."
Shiseido Sun Protection Compact Foundation, €29, Brown Thomas
This handy powder compact comes with a decent sponge. The SPF 30 is a major bonus, particularly for a city break, when you are more likely to wear foundation by day, or, on a beach break, to protect against that sneakily strong dusk sunlight. "Nice and sheer, particularly given the high SPF, which can be chalky," one panellist said. "A light touch gives a subtle effect, but that can be built up."
Best Bronzer with Bonus
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in 10, €40, Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork
A shimmery, light liquid, a little of which goes a long way. Available in highlighter, blusher and bronzer shades, this best-seller can be used as a basic bronzer, or added to foundation to bring it a shade darker. "I love this stuff and have a bottle that's going strong through its second summer," said a panellist. "I mix one pump with my body lotion for my collarbones and up my shinbones."
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint, €22, Elizabeth Arden counters nationwide
This product has all the benefits of the iconic Eight Hour Cream in a great lip balm with SPF15. The three shades of tint are flattering and pretty, and this eliminates the need for any other lip product. The pigment stains the lips nicely and doesn't bleed or fade quickly, while the finish isn't too thick. "The best balm ever and the colours are very nice," a panellist said. "They don't just lick off, either, so it's a day-and-night product."