Stay Proof, Day-To-Night Makeup (For Travel or Life)


Travel life rarely feels like real life.  We would leave the house in the morning and not return again until that night.  We’d wander around cobblestoned streets, pop into little cafes, discover fun parks or places to run the kids, and find ourselves – at some point in the day –  sitting outside with a glass or two of Champagne.  (Or Cava!)

It was bliss.

What isn’t bliss, however, is seeing pictures of yourself from that same day and realizing that while you felt like a princess-who-doesn’t-deign-to-work, you looked like a sweaty mess.  So I needed a makeup routine that could stand up to long days of travel (including overnight flights and a quick dip in the Mediterranean), yet something that didn’t look like a face full of makeup.  It’s summer, it’s hot, and a smokey eye isn’t going to happen.  At least not with this girl.  And lastly, sunscreen.  My routine had to include mad amounts of sunscreen, but without the sweaty shine.


Here’s what worked for me.  This routine isn’t short, but it is easy, and it definitely stood up to the overnight flight, swimming in the med, the windswept Normandy beaches, and the hot, sticky humidity of Barcelona.



Start With The Base

1. Supergoop! SPF 30 Anti-Aging City Sunscreen Serum, $42 (also on Amazon) – This stuff is super sheer, and lightly tinted.  I use this everyday.

2. Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream, $32 (also on Amazon) –  I’ve been trying to find an eye cream with a good SPF.  This is it.  I can also swim without it stinging my eyes.  Supergoop rocks my world.

3. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $24 (also on Amazon) –  This goes all over the eyelid.  It covers up any redness from lack of sleep, keeps the rest of your eye liners and shadows in place, and has anti-aging properties.  I use this everyday (whether I wear eye makeup or not).  It’s an instant wake-up.

4. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $55 (also on Amazon) –  This goes on after the SPF.  This product is the key for keeping the rest of my makeup in place for long periods of time.  You don’t need a ton – a little goes a LONG way.


Face (and Cheeks!)

Once the base is on (and I usually wait a few minutes in between layers to let them set a little – especially after the primer)…then it’s time to get pretty.  Here’s what I’ve been using:

5. Jane Iredale ‘Glow Time’ Mineral BB Cream (Shade #7), $48 (also on Amazon) – You can use a more traditional foundation here, but in the summer (or when I ski, actually), I turn to this all natural BB cream.  I started using it when I was going through chemo and my skin was freaking out.  The best part about this product is that the coverage is completely controlled by the amount you use.  That said, you have to put it on correctly (read: sparingly) or you risk looking like a mime.  The website has a tutorial that’s worth watching, or you can just mix a little with the Hourglass primer above and do two in one step.  (Works surprisingly well.)

6. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (Exposed), $28 (also on Amazon) –  The best blush out there.  Scotti says so (and I wholeheartedly agree).

7. Urban Decay Naked Skin Powder Foundation (Medium), $36  (Similar on Amazon) – This is the product I accidentally bought instead of a finishing powder.  Serendipitously, it makes my skin look completely flawless when applied with a brush, right over whatever else I have on.  I also throw it into my backpack for touch-ups during the day.  Sometimes I’ll even skip the BB cream or foundation all together and just use this product.


8. Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow Stick (Sand Dune), $29 (also on Amazon) – The last few years, my eyelids have started…drooping?  My mother warned me this would eventually happen.  Anyway, I need something to add a little depth – kind of like what a smokey eye does, but I want something that will add depth with a no-makeup look.  This cream shadow stick is perfect.  It takes me seconds to apply, and I just crayon it over my lid and into the crease, then smudge a little with my fingers.  This is the type of product that makes me just look a little bit better, without being obvious in any way. (It also stayed on through my dip in the Mediterranean.)

9. Stila Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (Black), $22 (also on Amazon) –  Eyeliner skills are not my thing.  But this (admittedly scary) waterproof liquid eyeliner comes with a brush-like tip that goes on super thin, almost like a really soft Sharpie.  When I want to make my eyes pop without looking like I’m wearing makeup, I use this really close to my lashes.  With layers, I can get a slightly thicker line.  Like the cream shadow stick above, this product also survives swimming and overnight flights.

10. Tarte Opening Act Lash Primer, $22 (also on Amazon) –  This product has completely changed my lash game.  Instead of applying a zillion coats of mascara to get epic lashes, I use this white primer first.  It amps up any mascara.

11. Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara, $21 (also on Amazon) –  This is my fav mascara, primarily because I insist on paraben-free.  It’s no DiorShow, but when combined with the lash primer, it can compete.

Don’t Forget The Brows

12. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Soft Brown), $21 (also on Amazon) –  Brows make a huge difference, especially if you will be taking pictures that day.  Scotti has talked about this before.



These are the pieces I throw into my bag to help keep my look refreshed and clean (instead of sweaty and greasy).

1. Supergoop! ‘Defense Refresh’ Setting Mist with Rosemary, $28 (also on Amazon) –  This is a really great setting spray that will also refresh your SPF.  Find yourself spending more time at the park?  Spray a little on.  Sitting outside for lunch?  Spritz-spritz.  You get the idea.  I adore this stuff – never leave home without it.

2. Urban Decay Naked Skin Powder Foundation (Medium), $36 (Similar on Amazon) –  My powder foundation mentioned above.  I use it for touch-ups before dinner.

3. Sephora Herbal Rose Blotting Papers, $8 (also on Amazon) –  These blotting papers are still the best thing to reduce shine.  I typically follow with a spritz from the setting spray.

4. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (Rose), $24 (also on Amazon) –  This is my favorite everyday lip.  It has just enough color, a decent SPF, and feels amazing on.

5. Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil (Zinfandel), $24 (also on Amazon) – Since this look is a pretty minimalist makeup look, I can get away with major lips.  I’ll often swap the Rose lip treatment for this one if we find ourselves in a fancier restaurant.

6. Marc Jacobs ‘Star’ Leather Crossbody Bag, $495 (Similar on Amazon) –  My bag is all sold out, so I just found a seriously drool-worthy option for the collage.  SO good, right?



So there you have it:  all-day makeup for traveling and exploring and those times when you are jet-lagged and miss lunch and the only restaurant open in the little french town is one that serves freaking HOT DOGS.  But the wine is good and you look alright sooooo…..



… go with the flow.

If you guys have any additional makeup tips and tricks for keeping your makeup fresh as a daisy all day long, please share in the comments!



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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and shorts known as denim-underwear, always.

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  1. Another question – do you actually order these items from Amazon? I have been burned several times in the past with receiving fake name-brand beauty care from Amazon. I’m now too scared to order these types of things from them.

    • Um. That’s awful. When I’m ordering a bunch of stuff, I almost always go through Sephora (fast, free shipping). If I’m just out of one product and need it really quick, then I use Amazon prime. The amazon prime sellers have all seemed to be fine – Stacy, do you remember if it was a prime seller or someone else?

  2. Hey Shana! I love this post – and the latest travel posts! When we lived in Germany, we hit up a lot of those places with our munchkins. It was fun to see another mom doing it. Back to this post… I use a lot of the products that you recommend (LOVE the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer). Have you checked out Glossier yet? I recently started using several of their products (the cleanser, the brow wand, and the lip balm) and I’m hooked on the simplicity of the routine. Their marketing can read “cool girl brand” (ain’t nothing wrong with that), but I really think that the simplicity of their products and routine are perfect for busy moms who want an everyday make-up look. I would love to know your thoughts on them if you have tried them!

    • DUDE. I’ve been totally intrigued – I’m such a sucker for simple, cool-girl advertising, haha, and they’ve totally got me hooked. Am off to make an order now. Stay tuned.

    • I’ve been using Glossier because the pics and marketing make it seem like even *I* could do it and look super amazing but like i haven’t tried at all and i most certainly do not have four boys. I have the lip balm (4 of them-geesh, i have a lipbalm problem), the lipstick, the boy brow, and I just got the primer and foundation but haven’t tried it yet.
      I had the concealer but I don’t really use it as it still feels make-upy to me. I am eternally stuck in middle school and I desperately do NOT want anyone to ever know i wear makeup.
      I have the mid pink lipstick and don’t use it often because it is soooo sheer and i like a slicker texture. I want to try the Cake color though.

      Can’t wait to hear Ms S’s review tho!

  3. Shana, does waiting between layers help them to wear longer? Whenever I try more than a SPF moisturizer and some undereye concealer, it seems to look weird after a few hours. But I’m getting to a point in life where I feel like I need a little more then moisturizer!

  4. You’ve done it again! I am mid-post asking you a question in my head, and you have already answered it. But I would love to know other SPF lovers thoughts… I am intense about reducing my sun exposure at all costs, but SPF in my makeup/daily moisturizer seems pointless when it only lasts 2 hours and 6am is the only kid-free time I have to pull myself together. And the spray totally helps my ‘you can’t put sunblock on over makeup’complaint. So THANK YOU for that. But really, does anyone else see the conundrum on SPF in products we apply so early in the day?

    • I use a mineral sunscreen that’s supposed to last longer? Is that a real thing or did I make it up? Also I wear the heck out of hats when I’m going to be out for a while. My favorite mineral sunscreen for face is Josie Maran. It can be a bit heavy sometimes (like most mineral sunscreens, tbh), but it’s quite high quality and doesn’t turn my face white. That said I have the supergoop serum in my sephora cart! I want to try something lighter.

    • I carry one of those mineral powders, (Peter Thomas Roth) with me and apply that during the day. It seems to work, I’m very fair skinned and I would notice if I got sun. Also I finally splurged on a good hat (Helen Kaminski), I actually want to wear it!

    • I’ve been using supergoop for maybe 6 mo or more, both their cc cream and the Rosemary setting mist Shana included here. Have been super pleased with the results. I put my makeup on before 8am and it stays throughout the day, I just do a setting spray misting if I’m headed out to the sun.

  5. Love this post! Thanks!!! For people asking about sunblocks…I started using Rodan + Fields skincare last year and am very pleased with their products. I think my skin is immensely improved and the SPF in my moisturizer is pretty effective (I wouldn’t trust it for sitting on a beach all day, but it does the job for normal days for me). Also, Shana, have you tried Lancôme mascaras? I swear by them. Definicils is perfect for me. They don’t dry out quickly, go on nicely without clumping and wash off so easily! In water, they don’t leave endless mascara streaks and none of my whit bath towels look like I just re-tarred my roof with them when I clean my face at night. Winning all around!

  6. Great post! I ordered both Supergoop products because of this post. I have been using them about 2 weeks now, and I LOVE them. My skin definitely looks better already. Just ordered the Hourglass primer too. Thanks for the recommendations!

  7. I L.O.V.E. your styling vanity/bookcase… My husband and I are planning a DIY very similar. Can you share more pics of your full set up and also let me know if bought each crate or had them made? Thanks!

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