The holiday season is upon us – and with it, those trips to visit relatives, meet up with lovers and party with friends. Whether it’s a long-haul mission to Miami, a fly-by-night reunion in Paris or a blow-out celebration in Venice, we’ve got the perfect style counsel for your destination: here are our top tips for landing the right look, from day-to-night dream dresses to Estée Lauder’s stay-put Double Wear foundation…
DESTINATION Miami STYLE Sunkissed
Flanked by the candy-coloured beachfront of Ocean Drive and the Atlantic, South Beach is both Miami’s playground and its catwalk. Beyond the bling and bikinis is a city of stylish restaurants and decadent lounge bars.
Get the look Miami’s balmy days and mild nights call for a super-natural, sunkissed look. Be ready to hit the pool party with subtle make-up to disguise winter’s pall and even your complexion, a tan-flattering dress and a pair of on-point platform wedges stashed in your tote.
The must-have Estée Lauder’s iconic Double Wear foundation (above) is the perfect plane-to-party product, since it’ll go the distance long-haul and late into the night (it lasts up to 15 hours). On top of that, it will protect skin from dehydration in the air and sun damage on the ground, with an SPF 10.
Happy landings Check into the Soho Beach House for instant access to the members’ club outpost and its Tiki Bar, beach club and fashionable Cecconi’s restaurant.
Don’t forget… oversized sunglasses for the morning after (these are Matthew Williamson by Linda Farrow at Style-passport.com).
Get the look It’s all about the dress: go for something you can wear with flats by day (we like Roksanda Ilincic’s two-tone number at Matches.com) and switch it up with statement earrings to turn your travel outfit into surefire seduction kit. Follow this tactic with your make-up: a reliable base is easily transformed with a few extra touches on arrival.
The must-have An irresistibly kissable mouth: a red lipstick in a bold shade – such as Scarlet Siren Pure Color Lipstick by Estée Lauder (right) – adds instant drama without fuss, and will stay put during your supper soirée.
Happy landings Just off the Champs Elysées, Pierre-Yves Rochon-designed Hotel Keppler is dotted with covetable antiques and artwork. Check into a Superior Suite for a balcony with a romantic Eiffel Tower view before heading out to La Table du 8 at nearby La Maison Champs Elysées for dinner.
Don’t forget… Paris!
DESTINATION Venice STYLE Opulent
Mist rising over silvery canals; the rhythmic ‘doop’ of gondola oars; masked figures darting behind Byzantine and Baroque buildings… Venice is one of the world’s most dramatic and enthralling cities.
Get the look Capture the mood of the city with some on-trend brocade or an eye-catching collar such as this Anthropologie Polygon necklace (above left); a sultry, defined eye will help you carry the drama off. Get the groundwork done en route – brighten the eye area and disguise fatigued skin by using a make-up brush to apply a little concealer mixed with a few drops of serum (Advanced Night Repair is ideal for this). Complete the look just before arrival with black liquid eyeliner and lashings of mascara.
The must-have Estée Lauder’s brilliant two-in-one wands with Sumptuous Extreme Mascara at one end and Double Wear Concealer at the other are perfect for quick transformations on the go. They’re only available as a limited-edition sample, but you can get your hands on one if you buy some foundation at the airport (see below for more details*).
Happy landings Decadence begins the moment you arrive at Ca Maria Adele‘s gondola pier. Have a drink on the hotel’s Moroccan Terrace before heading to Venice’s venerable Teatro La Fenice – upcoming highlights include performances of Verdi’s Othello later this month, and a Philip Glass chamber performance on 12/12/12.
Don’t forget… your opera glasses.
SMITH TRAVEL TIP-OFF
*Flying long-haul soon? Find your perfect match at selected UK airports: at Estée Lauder counters you can get a complimentary foundation consultation with an Estée Lauder consultant to find your perfect shade and finish; and, if you buy a foundation, you’ll get a free dual-ended product combining Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Concealer and Sumptuous Extreme Mascara while stocks last.
(Participating airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester and Dublin.)
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