Travelling for work typically means long days. From the moment I head into the airport until I pull into my driveway, I am constantly on the go. I may be at an all-day meeting and then go out to drinks and dinner with my colleagues afterwards or I may be at a conference and in our tradeshow booth or in sessions all day and entertaining clients or prospects in the evening. What this means for my makeup, and especially my foundation, is that it has to do a few things for me:
- It has to be extremely long wearing (there was one day in San Diego where I was in a tradeshow booth from 7am - 7pm with dinner afterwards. I had five minutes in my room between exhibiting and dinner and I used those five minutes to weep a bit because I was SO. TIRED.)
- It has to look good with minimal touch-ups (see above - when you're using your five free minutes to weep from exhaustion you don't end up with a lot of free time for touch-ups.)
- It has to stay put and continue to look good in a lot of different climates (DUDES. Last week? Boston. This week? Phoenix. Next week? Nashville.)
Estee Lauder's Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup totally knocks it out of the park for me as my go-to travel foundation. It's not the sexiest foundation (what is a sexy foundation, you ask? Anything by Armani. They just feel...luxurious and beautiful but they don't hold up to 14 hour days in high humidity) but the coverage is amazing, the color range is extensive, and people - this foundation lasts and still looks great at the end of the day even if I haven't really been able to pay much attention to my makeup throughout the day.
My color: 1N2, Ecru 16 is a perfect match to my fair, yellow undertoned skin.
Did I mention that it has fantastic coverage? This is a ridiculously huge swatch that, blended out, covers my entire hand then some.
Blended out you can see how seamlessly it blends into my skin. What I love about the finish is that it surprises you: for such a full coverage, long wearing foundation, you would expect that the finish MIGHT be cakey or give you an ultra-matte finish. This doesn't - it covers beautifully, lasts all day but leaves my skin looking and feeling like skin.
When I travel, I typically bring a few different foundations with me so I can be prepared for different situations that come up (oh - we're going to a baseball game? Let me put on my itCosmetics CC Cream with SPF 50), but I find that even when different events, occasions, etc., come up, at least 90% of the time, the Estee Lauder Double Wear still works perfectly.
On my eyebrows and my makeup no-buy:
So...I got my hair dyed last weekend. The amount of gray roots I was showing was horrifying (and it had only been 5 weeks - my hairdresser says hair typically grows faster in the summer, but this did NOT make me feel better because OH MY GOD THE GRAY) and I didn't like (AT ALL) how the gray contrasted with my usual red. SO. Now my hair is a dark brown (I *know*) which means that I had to re-think my travel brow strategy and I spent so much time thinking about it and preparing for it that I completely forgot to actually pack any brow products. Like nothing. Zero. Zip. And I didn't bring brushes that would even let me fake brows with some eyeshadow used as brow powder. So last night I caved and went to a CVS in downtown Tempe on my way back to my hotel from dinner and ended up picking up these products:
Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit (I actually have wanted to try this, and for $6.99 I didn't feel terrible about the cost) a Pop-Arazzi spoolie; and another pair of Tweezerman tweezers (my tweezers disappear like row counters do, I swear to god). The good news? Even though I broke my makeup no-buy, I only spent $6.99 on actual makeup. The bad news? I may be an idiot for forgetting to pack brow products because I dyed my hair.