Summers almost here and its time to firm up your holiday plans. When I travel I make sure I never step out without these goodies, confesses Makeup and Hair expert Sandhya Shekar. Want a peek at Sandhyas top ten beauty necessities?
A Purifying Ritual To Smell Good All Day
A good cleanse can be the most therapeutic part of your travel beauty routine. Pollution is the number one cause of red spots and dark patches. “Make sure you carry a good soap with you and don’t have to rely on those slivers that pass for soap in hotels,” suggests Shekar. She has sensitive skin and always carries along an Oatmeal infused formula that soothes. Beauty secret noted!
Nykaa Recommends: Kama Ayurveda Vanilla & Oatmeal Soap
Breathe Life Back Into Dead Skin
“Moisturize as much as you can while travelling,” says Sandhya. So, once you're done with a thorough face cleanse, take out your moisturizer that’s specifically high tolerance, non-sensitizing and non-comedogenic. Dab generously all over your face to stay hydrated.
Nykaa Recommends: Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion
Tough Luck Sunny Days!
“I’m a huge believer in sunscreen,” says Sandhya. She suggests this beauty essential is a must whether you’re tromping through the streets or sitting in a brightly lit room. She recommends a sunscreen with SPF 50. “Use it all over, on your face and body. On a trip to Goa once I only applied sunscreen on my face and it took months before the tan faded from my arms and legs.”
Nykaa Recommends: Bioderma Photoderm Max Aquafluide SPF 50+ (Neutral Shade)
A Coconutty Affair
“A beauty miracle,” declares Sandhya. She says this this all-natural beauty blessing is all you need to quench parched out hair. “Make sure the oil is cold pressed though,” she says because such formulas are richer in fatty acids including Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9, along with other phytonutrients. Carry this hair oil along on your travels, she suggests, and slather on before a shampoo at least once every week.
Nykaa Recommends: Forest Essentials Organic Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil
Fake Gorgeous Skin in a Flash
“Don’t forget to pack a BB cream in your travel kit.” Why? “This all-in-one skin beautifier simplifies your routine by combining your skin and makeup regimen. Such a quick way of getting your beauty fix; Broad-spectrum SPF, antioxidants, skin-improving ingredients AND evens out your skin tone.
Nykaa Recommends: L.A. Girl HD PRO BB Cream
Time to Get Cheeky!
“Dabbing your Lip and Cheek stain strategically can instantly transform your look,” says Sandhya, “without going overboard.” Plus, it saves you the bother of packing a blush and a lipstick. A dab on your cheeks and a smear on the lips, and you’re set!
Nykaa Recommends: theBalm Stainiac Lip and Cheek Stain
Luscious Lashes for The Win!
A universally flattering mascara is your best bet for dreamy eyes. “Even if you want to give kajal a miss, mascara is a must. It instantly opens up the eyes and makes you look wide awake.” A clear winner for the selfie-happy babe!
Nykaa Recommends: Colorbar Lash Illusion Mascara Duo
The Power of a Red Lipstick
“You can never go wrong with a red lipstick! And there’s a shade for every skin tone,” says Sandhya. Fairer complexions look great in blue-based reds or pink-based reds. Medium complexions are best suited to orange-based reds while dusky complexions should use a brick or rust colored red to warm up their skin.
Nykaa Recommends: Nykaa So Matte Lipstick - Notorious Red 01 M
“Keeping your brows on point can make a huge difference,” says Sandhya, adding that thicker eyebrows can make a woman look much younger. “Strategically sketch over your brow line to enhance your brow shape. Always carry along an eyebrow pencil. It’s nifty and fits snugly into your kit.”
Nykaa Recommends: NYX Micro Brow Pencil
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You can’t possibly imagine going on a vacay without a mist. Face mists are tailor made for skin hydration especially if you’re out all day sightseeing. These marvels are tailormade for cooling skin down with powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Nykaa Recommends: Kama Ayurveda Pure Mogra Water