In a generation full of social media platforms putting your best face forward is always a necessity. Especially, when you’re traveling. Stressing about your makeup bag should be the least of your worries. As one of the owners of Joli Beauty Bar and a girl on the go myself; I’m here to help you create the perfect makeup bag with all the products you need for travels near or far. The Joli girl is simple but always wants to look like they made an effort even on vacation. I will give you some tips on how to keep it cute while traveling the world this summer!!
One of the easiest things to find is going to be your actual Makeup Bag. Find one that’s big enough to fit everything; but, small enough to fit in your carry on. I have found some really cute inexpensive ones at HM and Forever 21 if you are looking to splurge a little try your favorite department store and find the perfect one for your needs and taste.
The first thing you want to add to your bag is a Cleanser. A great one to try is Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing gel (Travel Size $12). This cleanser is great for all skin types and leaves your skin looking great and feeling fresh. Also, you want to add a Moisturizer/SPF in one like Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All-Day Moisturizer (Travel Size $12). This moisturizer has SPF 30 and is full of Anti Oxidant’s to keep your skin hydrated. Traveling can be tough on your skin so these two products are essential. Next is a great Primer. Laura Mercier Radiance is great for all skin types and tones. This primer minimizes the look of pores and any other imperfections. Also, this primer adds a soft natural glow to the skin. A little tip is to add a small amount of the primer to your cheekbones after your foundation for a soft highlight (1.0 oz $20).
One of the most important must haves is a great Concealer. Try a fuller coverage concealer so
it can double as a foundation. LA Girl Pro Conceal is a great choice not only for the price ($5) but, for the coverage as well. Apply as needed a full coverage isn’t necessary. You’re on vacation a fresh face is the best face for a great time exploring. A Bronzer is the next item to add. Try a natural matte bronzer or one with a small amount of illuminator like MAC Cosmetics Mineralized Skinfinish Natural ($32) in a shade that’s a half or a full shade darker than your skin. It can double as a powder just frame the face with it. Bring it to your cheeks as a light and natural contour. In a pinch can be used on the lid as an eyeshadow.
Mascara is more of an intimate choice. Choose the mascara that matches the type of lashes you want (Volume, Length, or All of The Above). I do suggest you try a waterproof mascara for all day wear and no smearing. Try a great tip like using the mascara as a liner. Just smudge the mascara into your lashes let dry and use a Q-tip to clean up any access. Another option is to skip the mascara and try eyelash extensions. It’s a great alternative and you can definitely put the “I woke up like this” term to use. But, make sure you research good technicians your eyes are nothing to play with. A great Brow Pencil is always a must. MAC Cosmetics has a great one that’s easy to use and it comes in many different colors ($16.50). Our bag is almost complete. Who can live without the perfect Lipstick? It’s the perfect addition to your travel bag. Try finding two shades; a natural, every day look and a bold color for those late night rendezvous. Depending on the colors you can use them as a cream blush as well. Last but not least Brushes make the list. Great brushes can be an investment. Start off small, find a set that has the necessities. Sonia Kashuk has a great travel brush set that you can find at Target ($20).
Traveling is supposed to be easy going and fun. Before you leave test out a makeup look that’s easy and can be applied quickly with no fuss. Also, create a look that goes along with where you’re traveling. Tropical destinations, make sure you have enough SPF and keep in mind you may tan so plan accordingly. In colder destinations make sure you carry a heavier cream moisturizer and swap out one
of your lipsticks for a lip conditioner. Keep your travel bag separate from your everyday one to make sure you always have what you need. Remember to have fun and book your blowout and deep conditioning appointment at Joli when you get back!
I have been in the beauty industry for over 10 years but, I have been exposed to it since I was a child. Growing up my mother did everything from running salons to makeup departments. One thing I have always noticed from my years in the industry is that people are not necessarily afraid of beauty they are intimidated by it. Most clients love the way they feel after getting their hair and or makeup done but the experience can be stressful! This makes the process much more of a chore than pampering.
Zsuzsi and I have worked hard to change that thought process with Joli. We have created an environment where clients enjoy spending time and the quality of service is a bonus. We are host to women with varying degrees of comfort with makeup. Our goal is to make you feel like your best self, not mask what you really look like!
One of the things that has helped us create a more welcoming and inclusive environment is deciding not to sell products. We want to offer our clients the best makeup and the newest hair trends so as the VP of Creative Services I hand pick and curate everything we use for a more customizable service for each client. I want our clients to focus on relaxing and not being sold things they most likely don’t need or know how to use.
Joli also offers beauty lessons. I tell clients that learning how to do a basic everyday makeup application and hairstyle is a great tool to have for yourself. But when you want to feel or look a little more polished don’t hesitate to book a makeup and/ or hair appointment. We have had clients come in before interviews, first dates, and some clients even come in to feel great after a divorce or breakup.
One thing we at Joli have frequently heard from clients is that most salon environments feel like a factory, which adds to the feeling that getting salon services is more like a chore than self care. Joli Beauty Bar is a salon concept that can be a little hard to understand right now but I am happy to say that Zsuzsi and I have created an empowering environment for anyone to enjoy. The Joli effect is changing the way people think of the salon experience one person at a time!
by Charde Smith