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1 August 2023

Must-have Makeup Essentials for your Glowiest European Summer Yet

Get your glow on for your dream vacay.

It's that time of year again when everyone's Instagram grids are filled with glamorous snaps of some of the world's prettiest landmarks in Europe and where everyone seems to be living their best hot girl European summer. We've gathered the must-have European sun kissed-induced glow vacation essentials so you can look fabulous from landing in your dream destination to wherever you travel.

Words By Erin Visagie

Summery Skincare

Packing your skincare routine into a small carry-on bag can be challenging, so we’ve broken down the basics you’ll need to enjoy jet setting; these include a hydrating cleanser, antioxidant serum, face masks, eye masks, a mist and of, course, a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin.

Want gorgeous skin when you’ve landed at your dream destination? With Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, you can say goodbye to stressed, tired, thirsty skin. Your skin will look radiant and luminous with its antioxidants, vitamins, and ceramide formula.

A sunscreen like Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen is a must-have for any vacation, as it contains anti-ageing antioxidants and is a sunscreen, primer, and moisturiser in one.

Another travel-friendly kit you should consider is the Laneige Besties set, a 5-in-1 kit with a cleansing foam, HA serum, cream moisturiser, sleeping mask and lip sleeping mask. These all help with a nourished and glowy complexion, plus each of these products is a cult favourite, as well as help maintain hydration all day and night and soothe.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, $81.66, Revolve Clothing


You’ll need a dewy, glowing base for a fresh-styled face to mimic that carefree, clean girl vibe for your European hot girl summer. This can be achieved using a light foundation that blends seamlessly with your skin tone, a concealer to cover blemishes or a skin tint for lightweight coverage.

Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation is one to try. It’s the key to a flawless-looking complexion and creates a natural second-skirt result that is glowing, beautiful and lasts all day. It’s waterproof and suitable for fun activities, whether at brunch with the girls or on a Gondola in Venice; your makeup will look good.

Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream is worth trying. It’s lightweight and includes skin-loving ingredients like squalene and hyaluronic acid while including SPF 30 so you can look natural but be sun-savvy. What’s not to love?

Too Faced Born This Way super coverage multi-use concealer will help you cover any unwanted blemishes and can contour, highlight, and retouch your skin to give it a flawless natural finish.

DIOR Backstage Face & Body Foundation, $79, Harrods


Are you ready to unleash your inner bronzed goddess? The options for adding to your travel kit are endless. Use a liquid or cream bronzer for a seamless blend that illuminates your features and gives you a radiant, sunkissed glow.

With Fenty Beauty’s Sun St’lr Bronzer, a cult favourite bronzer, there is so much to love. The colour instantly blends into your skin for a natural, healthy glow, and it’s transfer-resistant, giving you a sun-soaked glow immediately.

Embrace the summer vibe with Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream bronzer. Whether worn alone, under makeup, or over makeup, it won’t smudge, streak, patch, or oxidise for a natural matte finish that draws attention to your sunkissed complexion.

You can also get a glowing look with D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution sunshine drops from Drunk Elephant, which contains skin-loving ingredients like Vitamin F (fatty acids), omega-rich oils, and other antioxidants, which improve your skin’s defence against pollution and environmental stressors.

Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer, $52, Sephora


You can only get European vacation glam with a beautiful flushed cheek look to add to that sunkissed look.

If you’re seeking a new go-to blush on the go, you’ll need Youthforia BYO Blush. It’s a colour-changing blush oil that gives you a universally flattering glow and works for all skin types, reacts to your skin’s ph for a custom shade and is perfect for going out and can be worn even going to bed.

Another makeup artist favourite is the Danessa Myricks Beauty Yummy Skin Blurring Balm Powder flushed, plus it can be used for cheeky cheeks and lips and works to smooth, blur, reduce texture and absorb oil for a buildable, blendable matte finish that looks super natural.

For a cute palette for a glowy going-out look, the Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette creates many makeup looks, adds radiance, and gives a glittery glowing finish for a glittering look the Copper Gold, which is a gorgeous shimmery bronzy coral that offers you that highlighted universally flattering glow. Go, glow, girl!

Youthforia BYO Blush, $60, Revolve Clothing


You don’t want cracked lips on vacation abroad, so you’ll need lip hydration to keep your lips looking fresh and feeling hydrated all day. Plus, an eye-catching lippie can elevate any makeup or no-makeup look instantly.

A universal favourite must be Dior Lip Oil. This glossy lip protects and enhances natural colour, allowing for a gorgeous mirror shine that makes your lips look striking and nourished. Plus, each shade suits any skin tone.

Another easy product for your carry-on is Benefit Cosmetics Floratint Desert rose-tinted lip & cheek stain. With this luscious dessert rose-tinted lip and cheek stain, you’ll have a natural-looking tint that can be worn all day long and can build up the tint depend.

Were you trying to find a kiss-proof gloss? You’ll need the Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Gloss Lip Balm, then. It’s smudge-proof, transfer-proof, super hydrating and provides stunning colour and shine. Plus, its calming formula is perfect for even the driest lips. It comes in a range of striking shades so you can wear it daily to night, depending on your chosen shade.

DIOR Lip Glow Oil, $62, Sephora


Having a complete look with fantastic brows and lashes is possible. These items will instantly enhance your appearance.

Using a face mist can also relax your skin as you explore gorgeous locations and set your makeup for longer-lasting wear.

Revolution’s 5D Lash Waterproof Mascara will take your lashes to the next level. This game-changing mascara instantly lengthens, lifts, volumises, and defines lashes with one swipe. The jet-black, waterproof formula will make your lashes stand out.

Look no further than Anatasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze wax. For the feathered-looking eyebrows you’ve always wanted, this brow styling wax lift tames and shapes every hair in place without leaving a stiff feel, residue, or flaking. You can enjoy flawless, long-lasting brows with this mess-free, easy-to-apply formula.

To prevent makeup from melting off in the hot sun, set your makeup with a multipurpose face mist. Spritz some on your face for a no-makeup glow. For this, we recommend Youthforia Pregame Setting Spray. This setting spray creates a thin, flexible film that allows makeup to adhere to the skin. It prevents harmful pollutants from sticking to your skin, extends makeup wear, and is a moisturising mist.

Revolution 5d Lash Waterproof Mascara, $17.50, Beauty Bay