When planning to take a cruise, there's so much to consider: what to pack, what island excursions to take, who will water your plants when you're away. Your beauty regimen may not be the first thing on your list, but maintaining healthy, glowing skin and keeping your routine fuss-free is essential before, during and after sailing the high seas.
Makeup artist Melissa Conner has seen famous faces like Alicia Keys, George Clooney and Cher sans makeup. She and her makeup brushes are no strangers to red-carpet events like the Oscars, the MTV Video Music Awards and the Country Music Association awards. Here she shares her top travel beauty tips for looking great and keeping it simple while cruising.
If you’re cruising to the Caribbean or another warm-weather destination, the sun will be a big part of your trip. Make sure your skin and hair are ready for it. Hydrating facials are great before a sun-soaked vacation, but steer clear of laser treatments and peels to avoid sun damage or hyperpigmentation (dark spots on skin). Ask for advice from a trusted dermatologist who knows your skin's history.
Book an appointment with your hair stylist a week ahead for a trim. If you have highlights, pack a leave-in conditioner or a UV spray to protect your hair from chlorine and the sun.
Once you're onboard, keep your look fresh and natural. For those long days spent on deck or exploring the islands, a liquid bronzer with SPF will even your skin tone and give you a natural glow. Add color with a matte rose-colored cream blush and a tinted lip balm.
At night, when you're ready to catch a show or grab a drink in the lounge, you'll want to step it up a notch. A creamy coral for lip and cheeks works on most skin tones, and a bronzy eye shimmer with waterproof gel eyeliner and mascara always looks great for summer. Keep your hair simple. Loose, natural beach waves are the way to go.
Manicures and pedicures may start to fade and look messy mid-week, but you’re in luck. Most cruise ships have salons where you can stop in for a quick polish change or simply relax with a full-service manicure and pedicure during one of your days at sea. After so much sun, fun and exploring, take time to relax. Plan to spend the last day of your cruise at the ship’s spa indulging in body treatments and massages.
Once back home from your cruise, enjoy a detox facial to rehydrate your skin after all that drying sun and sea, sugary tropical drinks and decadent treats. Use a clarifying shampoo followed by a deep-conditioning hair mask to smooth away the excesses of your trip.