(Entrance to Majestic Beach. Sometimes I get to work in fun places!)
Imagine the following scenario: you get a phone call about a job assignment in Cannes for 3 days. Sure, it sounds like fun! The only problem? Making it to the last flight that will get you there on time leaves you a bit under two hours to shower and pack. What do you do? If your answer is running around like a headless chicken in the apartment, I don’t blame you. As a matter of fact, I spent quite a bit of those precious two hours doing precisely that. But a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, and I’m giving you a sneak peek of the makeup that I packed in the two minutes I could spare!
(Sorry for the hotel bathroom pics. You’ll get to see how glorious Cannes is later)
Here you see my makeup bag and brush roll. In retrospect, it is a great idea to store brushes in a brush roll with the The Brush Guard. My brushes have stayed intact throughout the journey!
Let’s begin with the base. Since Cannes is warmer than Belgium, oil control is on my priority list. Becca Resurfacing Primer is my best bet! I know the whole BB cream thing is getting old, but when I need some coverage and a good SPF, Dior Hydra Life BB Cream remains my go-to! For dark circles and imperfections, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and NARS Stick Concealer have me covered (pun intended). My go-to setting powder, Guerlain Perles du Dragon Météorites could be a bit cumbersome to travel with, so I took Teint Beige Météorites instead.
The eye department is probably the only one that seems unreasonably big. I have Burberry Pale Barley (see that good dent on the upper left corner?), Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss, Bobbi Brown Black Ink, Chanel Moon River, and Laura Mercier Sand Glow for eyeshadows. I hesitated a little about Chanel Moon River, but since a cocktail party was on the table, I thought the option of a bit of glam couldn’t hurt!
In terms of eyelashes, I have Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Dior Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum, Diorshow Iconic Overcurl, and Diorshow New Look. I have tried some different mascaras since I discovered the two Dior ones, but I quite possibly still love Iconic Overcurl the best. New Look is perfect for my nonexistent bottom lashes. Since both are samples, I thought why not?
Hourglass Soft Brunette Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil is something I triple-checked that I included in the bag. It is frankly irreplaceable, and I haven’t used anything else on my brows since I got it several months ago. To help eye makeup last you’ve got to use a primer. I’ve been trying to use up my tube of NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base before I open anything else.
Initially I only wanted to take Dior Coral Glow in terms of blush/bronzer/contour product (see just how multi-purpose it is?). However, I thought I might get tired of warmer coral lipsticks, so I grabbed Chanel Rose Initiale to go with Guerlain Shalimar (it is the blush I use whenever I take photos for multiple lippies. I know it sounds like a cliché, but it truly works with everything!).
Dior Spring Ball and Clinique Curviest Caramel aren’t strictly speaking what I packed, since they have been in my purse anyways. They are absolutely lipsticks I would fall back on, even when I have to talk for several hours a day (they won’t get onto your teeth, and I prefer not to draw too much attention to my lips when I interpret. It gets too distracting). For more glamorous occasions, I have Shalimar and Chanel Le Baiser.
Oh, and how can I not rave about Chanel Poudre Signée de Chanel Illuminating Powder again? The pattern is almost entirely gone, and I haven’t really used another highlighter since I got this in my arsenal. If you can still lay your hands on it, consider this the green light from me!
So this is what I packed for a 3-day work trip. What do you think? Absolutely way too much or still acceptable? I know I could/should definitely have left some stuff behind, but since I only had 2 minutes I might have panicked and shoved a little more in!
A few pictures of Cannes:
Remember Dior‘s summer collection from last year? The name Croisette comes from the main road of Cannes!
I hope you’re having a great weekend!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx