The Best Winter Travel Hair and Makeup Tips

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway to snowy mountains, or discovering some new destinations after holidays, winter can be a magical setting for unforgettable adventures. But, even if you are on a vacation, you shouldn’t skip your daily beauty routine. This is very important, not only because of beautification, but primarily because it protects your skin. When it’s cold outside, your body becomes more vulnerable to external influences, so you should take care of it more than usual. Of course, you can’t pack an entire bathroom cabinet with you, so you should adapt your habits to the new, reduced circumstances and get the best of it.

Keep a fresh look

To get a glowing and healthy skin during your travel, it would be good to moisturize it as much as you can. In order to prevent dehydration, you should apply a moisturizing cream in the morning and in the evening, after a proper cleaning. Optimize the space in your travel bag by reducing the number of needed cosmetic products with one multi-purpose product, such as all-in-one cleanser and makeup remover. Don’t forget that sun rays can damage your skin during winter as well, so use a moisturizer with SPF and skip applying (and packing) two different products.

A good vacation doesn’t always include beauty sleep, so if you want to hide the marks from the night before, you can reduce under-eye puffiness in the morning by tapping that area with cold water. However, the nature can also be very helpful, considering that, once you’re outside, cold, fresh air will have the same effect.

Don’t exaggerate with makeup

The Best Winter Travel Hair and Makeup Tips

Fresh air can also give you a natural blush, so keep that in mind while you’re packing your vanity case. For the winter vacation of any kind, it would be best to stick to a natural look, so keep your makeup layers on the low. The right amount of makeup products is the one that can fit in your carry-on bag. Skip the foundation and go for a skin toner and concealer only. Instead of a usual blusher, you can pack one of your favorite red shaded lipsticks and gently tap it on your cheeks. Avoid wearing a lipstick during the day, because it can dry out your lips, so opt for a lip balm or a lip gloss instead. Just in case, bring a neutral lipstick that can go well with any combination. Finish your look by adding waterproof mascara, because it’s more resistant.

If you’re still not sure how to create a natural look appropriate for winter conditions, check some of the various makeup and beauty tips on the internet that will show you how to get the best look with minimal number of products, quick and easy.

Don’t forget hands and nails

After your face, hands are the second most exposed part of your body, so you should give them a lot of attention. Gloves are a necessity, but, considering that hands don’t have much oil glands and that they dry out with every wash even more – especially during winter – you should moisturize them regularly with a quality cream specialized for hands and nails. You can find these hand creams in smaller packages, practical for the trip. Don’t forget to bring an extra nail polish, preferably in some light, neutral shade that will make your nails look healthy, while also complimenting your outfit.

Stick to a natural hairstyle

The Best Winter Travel Hair and Makeup Tips

Just like your skin, your hair also needs extra protection, so use a conditioner and hair products with a moisturizing effect that will strengthen and hydrate it. You can also protect your hair by wearing a hat or a cap, which can also act as a nice accessory for your outfit. But, since you’re on the vacation – your hair doesn’t have to be polished at all. If you have long hair, opt for some loose buns, or curl up your hair by sleeping with a high bun.

Bring a dry shampoo just in case, and a brush to revive your hair, and give it some volume.

If you want to look great during your winter vacation, you should also feel great, so keep your worries at the minimum, try to relax as much as you can and just have a good time – this will be the best beauty treatment of all.

Do share with us your favorite winter traveling tips for hairs and makeup in the comments below?

About the Author

Peter Minkoff is a beauty & fashion editor for Shlur magazine from the UK living in London and occasionally in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for few fashion events around the UK. Besides beauty and fashion, he loves reading, making DIY cosmetics and traveling around tropical destinations. He plans to create a business for beauty & style advising.

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The Best Winter Travel Hair and Makeup Tips


    1. Great tips! I agree it’s very important to moisturize when traveling! And my tip for the hands, a part of the small moisturizes as you said, I like to do my gel nails so I can have a perfect manicure all the trip 🙂

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    1. I made the mistage of forgetting my hands, when we lived in colder climates one year, not a pretty picture! I also love that you are suggestion a more natural hairstyle. This is essential, as it makes switching from hats to no hats so much easier. Great post!

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    1. I really try to moisturise as much as I can I also agree on less make up cause it really doesn’t make sense and it hurts your skin. I need to work on moisturising my hands often though

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