Travel and Pack Like A Makeup Artist: Stila’s Sarah Lucero On Her Beauty … – Condé Nast Traveler
Celebrity Makeup Artist and Stila’s Global Executive Director of Creative Artistry Sarah Lucero talks beauty finds and how to pack them.
Throughout Sarah Lucero’s global travels for photo shoots and runway shows (she helmed the makeup looks for Rebecca Minkoff, Nanette Lepore, Betsey Johnson and several others at New York Fashion Week this season), she’s picked up an eclectic and impressive beauty arsenal.
“I wish I was that girl who has the perfect toiletry kit always ready to go, but I’m not,” admits Lucero. “But that’s my excuse to discover random brands and products in countries all over the world. Sometimes, the drugstore finds are the best.” We checked in with the L.A.-based makeup artist to hear about her must-have products, her expert makeup travel tips, and more.
What are some products you never travel without?
- Claudalie Beauty Elixir: It’s a face mist and it smells like a spa in a bottle. I spray my pillows, the airplane, my face…everything. It’s very calming.
- Koh Gen Do Cleansing Cloths: The cloth is super high quality and they never dry out. They remove makeup and tone my skin at the same time. The best part is that they are perfect for travel.
- Aesop Rose Hair Masque: I am a huge fan of Aesop products but this is one of my favorites.
- Stila Tinted Moisturizer and Stila Bronzing Beauty Balm: Sometimes, I will combine them and look instantly refreshed. I feel illuminated and perkier. Perfect to apply after a long flight.
What emerging beauty trends have you noticed from your travels?
Eyeliner is such a big focus right now—people are making dramatic, bolder eye statements, and the thin wand, fuzz-free Q-tips are the perfect tool. At the New York shows, I gave my team tiny ones from Muji that make for a very sharp and clean look. In Japan, I go crazy with Q-tips because they have so many options for shapes and sizes.
What other exciting beauty product discoveries have you made during your trips?
In Australia, I discovered Pawpaw cream. It is like Vaseline ointment. I love having tubes of that for my lips, or it works as cheek gloss. In France, of course I get the Bioderma eye makeup remover. It is the best stuff in the world (I know everyone in fashion is obsessed). And, I recently stopped by the Santa Maria Novella store in New York, and they have incense papers that are perfect to travel with. You can actually burn them just like a candle and they smell incredible.
Since you can’t possibly travel with all the products in your beauty drawer, what are your best tricks?
I do a Stila cream blush that can double as a lip stain. Use clear mascara on your lashes and to clean up your brows. Or, you can also use a little Pawpaw cream for that purpose. Bring a moisturizer that can work on your face and body. And I always pack Weleda Skin Food Cream (buy it at Whole Foods). It’s perfect for flaky skin and weird climates. Those are my non-negotiables.
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