This hugely successful fashion, beauty and red carpet makeup artist, Cher Webb, explains which products make the plastic bag cull
PRO TRAVEL TIPS
What luggage do you travel with?
“Away cases are my luggage of choice because they are lightweight, durable, they look great and have the added bonus of a built-in charger.”
What do you use for hand luggage?
My hand luggage is usually an Away Carry-on case $225, or a medium sized leather holdall. Something that is easy to access, never too heavy and fits all the carry-on essentials.
What’s in your carry-on/ hand luggage that you never leave home without?
“My skincare/makeup bag, Bose Headphones, eye mask, comfy socks and a good book.”
What’s your approach to eating on travel day?
“I always aim to eat at the airport and have a nice meal. I also try to avoid the aeroplane food but I am quite partial to breakfast when on a red eye flight.”
What’s your approach to skincare when travelling and flying?
“It’s a huge factor for me, firstly I never wear makeup on a flight and I top up my skin every 1-2 hours with my long haul favourites. I see a noticeable difference when I put a skin routine in place on the flight.
I take travel size editions of my haircare and fragrances but when it comes to looking after my skin I always take the full size in my luggage.”
How do you approach your wardrobe on the road?
“I like to take a mix to be prepared for any eventuality. I generally will treat myself to a couple of new additions to the wardrobe before I travel (panic buys DO happen!).
For me, a good mix of comfy and smart is key. When it comes to packing I have discovered the joy of packing cubes that I divide and separate my clothes in to to. They instantly give the illusion of being organised!
I tend to always wear the same staple pieces of jewellery such as my engagement ring, locket necklace and a couple of silver bangles. I don’t often wear costume jewellery unless it’s for a big occasion such as weddings or red-carpet events.”
What do you wear to travel?
“Comfort is my main priority, especially when flying. I tend to wear leggings, sneakers, a t-shirt and hoody as there’s nothing worse than restrictive clothing and being cold on a flight.”
Do you have any in-flight routines?
“First thing I tend to do on a flight is my skincare routine which involves a quick cleanse, a generous application of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum and some lip balm. I always plan what movie I’m going to watch but I generally prioritise up on the things I don’t get enough of at home, such as sleep and admin.”
Plane food or own-food?
“I always treat myself to something sweet for the flight from the airport (normally Mini-Eggs or aGalaxy Smooth) but I usually eat before I fly so I don’t have to rely on plane food.”
Do you carry snacks with you when travelling?
“I’ve always got a Smart Water and a selection of nuts and crackers in my bag.”
What do you read, listen to and/or watch in-flight?
“I always buy a couple of magazines at the airport, usually Grazia or Harpers Bazaar, I download podcasts pre flight and I’ve usually got a book with me that hasn’t ever been opened.
Instead I tend to watch classic movies on a flight that I’ve seen a thousand times.”
What is your seat preference and why?
“Always a window seat (much to my fiancé’s distain), then give me a travel pillow and I’m out for the count (after my admin and a couple of Baileys of course).”
Do you have any safety measures when travelling?
“I always keep my seat belt on during the flight.”
Which beauty products make the plastic bag cull?
“Elemis Superfood Kefir Tea Mist $32.15 , Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair $64.54, Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial $66.77, Aurelia Probiotic Aromatic Repair and Brighten Hand Cream $35.24 and Bobbi Brown Tinted Lip Balm $32.15.“
If you are a nervous flier, how do you cope?
“Not at all, I get excited more than anything else!
Is there anything you take onboard to feel ready on touch-down?
“Toothpaste, mouthwash, my skin care routine, a light make-up application and spritz of my favourite fragrance.”
KEEPING UP WITH LIFE ON THE GO…
What is the best experience you have had travelling for work?
“As a makeup artist I’ve had the privilege of travelling the world with my job. Fashion weeks globally for over 15 years have given me so many amazing memories, although the European Film Awards really stands out for me as I applied makeup for Helen Mirren and Piers Brosnan.”
What was a terrible travel experience that wasn’t funny then, but is now?
“There have been a few disasters along the way: turning up at the wrong airport, leaving my passport in the hotel safe and only realizing when I got to the check-in counter and more recently leaving my phone on the roof of a rental car and getting all the way through security before realising.”
What do you do before a trip to ensure life at home runs smoothly whilst you are away?
“My plants are a huge part of my home so ensuring they’re fed and watered makes me feel at ease.”
How do you keep connected to loved ones whilst on the road?
“Video calling is an absolute blessing, a lot of my work is through social media so I generally feel more connected to home than I used to with the various platforms out there.”
What situations related to travel do you find hard?
“Changing time zones and having to deal with the jetlag is the biggest one for me. “
How do you make your hotel room feel like home?
“I unpack straight away, all my clothes get hung up and my products are laid out next to the sink. It’s like home from home.”
How do you manage your wellbeing when away?
“I try to eat well while I’m away, always starting the day with a healthy breakfast. I’m active too and prefer to walk around where I can, I love getting to know a new neighborhood and discovering hidden gems.”
How do you manage your mindset if you feel overwhelmed when away from home?
“I check in with loved ones when I can. If I’m away for long periods I’ll catch up with my life coach from time to time which helps me to reset and re-energize.”
What are your tips for combatting jet lag physically, mentally and facially?
“Try to get your body into a new routine as soon as possible when it comes to eating and sleeping, you have to be strict with yourself on the first day and the rest will fall into place.
“I sometimes like to workout on the day I arrive as this is part of my daily routine at home.”
Top makeup artist Ruby Hammer knows a thing or two about reviving a jet lagged, partied out or simply exhausted face . Here, she spills her makeup secrets for the times you need to look fresh, polished and Zoom-ready incredibly fast (like when you’ve overslept.)
Avoid Hydration Drainers
Having travelled the world for shoots and top fashion campaigns, Ruby knows a thing or two about reviving tired skin. Whether you are travelling or literally walking downstairs to your ‘office’ her no-no is alcohol , “If you really want to look fabulous , then do not have an alcoholic drink,” she says “Especially in the air, because it will make dehydration so much worse which will make you look worse.”
And her advice (for when we start flying again) is not to reach for the salty snacks. “Try not to have too much sodium or salt as it puffs you up in the ankles and the face,” she warns. This may mean you think about carrying your own healthier versions with you.
How to de-puff your face
If you find that you are prone to puffiness when you wake up, then Ruby suggests using a Jade roller, “I think these are fabulous,” she says, “You can roll the skin and under the eyes with it and using this means you then need to use less product.” One of our favourites is the Hayo’u Beauty Restorer , $46.98 a moulded piece of polished Jade which releases puffiness and re-boots cabin-suffocated skin. It stays cold too so is immensely refreshing on a fatigued face.
The Flash Facial
When you’re tired, Ruby is a big fan of applying light, fresh-looking makeup rather than caking it on, which she says won’t make you look more awake and could actually achieve the opposite.
Whether you are on a long haul flight or are waking in the night with young children , she suggests giving yourself a mini facial to revive skin. She suggests cleaning your face, then applying a dry sheet mask such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask, $29.66. or Trish McEvoy’s Instant Solutions Reusable Dry Sheet Mask, $22 both of which are very handy on the go if you don’t like the feel or the mess of the wet gloopy ones. if you’re at home, apply one of these whilst you’re drying your hair – even five minutes will help boost your skin.
Ruby is also a big fan of Sisley’s Express Flower Gel Mask, $92.14 which really plumps up skin in just 3 minutes, “If your skin looks lovely and hydrated,” she says, “You only need a touch of moisturiser afterwards.”
She always travels with a product such as Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream, $24.73 which is an all-purpose multitasking ointment you can use on cuticles, stray eyebrows or dry lips. “It’s important to make sure your lips don’t look cracked and malnourished if you need to look polished,” she says.
We don’t know a makeup artist who is not a fan of eyedrops for their ability to brighten red, scratchy eyes. ‘You definitely need some killer eye drops,” says Ruby, “When I’m in Italy I stock up on a brand called Imidazyl, and when I’m in the US I buy Lumify Eye Drops from Bausch and Lomb. I absolutely swear by them – they are a specialist eye care company and nearly every makeup artist I know uses them. They instantly relieve redness and make eyes sparkle – if you can bring your eyes back to life you’re half way there.”
Ruby stresses the importance of not applying a heavy base of makeup unless you really need it because it can actually make tired skin look even more fatigued. ‘You don’t need to do full foundation, what you need is a really great concealer’ she says. Ruby is a huge fan of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $29.67 which she suggests using in place of base, but where you really need it – around the eyes, the nose, the chin and to cover any blemishes.
Face masks can leave your skin shiny so she then suggests taking the shine off with a blot proof paper or a powder. One of our favourites is Fenty’s Invisimatte Blotting Paper, $16, which comes on a roller dispenser you can refill.
Go for Glow
No glow? No problem. It’s easy to fake one with a touch of cream blush. Ruby loves using Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge $39.65, (which you can also apply to lips) or Jillian Dempsey’s Cheek Tint, $32.76. Alternatively she loves Trish McEvoy’s Beauty Booster Lip and Cheek Balm, $37. If you aren’t a fan of cream blushers, Ruby says you can beat a powder blusher for control and staying power.
You don’t need to pile on thick, heavy eye makeup to brighten tired eyes, “You need to look clean and crisp, not like you’re going out to a nightclub,’ says Ruby. However what she does recommend is a lick of mascara and a neutral or mink-coloured eyeshadow. Ruby suggests Bobbi Brown’s Eye Shadows, $35.86 which come in many shades of neutral but also Maybelline’s The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, $14.82 which is amazing value for money. Dust lightly over the upper eyelid with Ruby’s Magnetic Brush Set, $34.62 which cleverly contains three brushes in with different shaped tips.
‘Go for a mascara that gives volume and definition, not flakiness and clogging,’ says Ruby who loves the Hourglass Extreme Caution Lash Mascara, $51.29, a beauty editor favourite.
Continuing the fresh-faced look, Ruby suggests skipping lip liner and full blown lipstick in favour of a sheer, coloured balm. One of her absolute favourites is the Tom Ford Beauty Sheer Lip Color which comes in various shades, $55.
Finally, Ruby suggests having an aromatherapy oil roller ball on hand such as the Revive Morning Rollerball from Aromatherapy Associates, $22.26, which not only will smell incredible but it can lift your mood. ‘Inhale deeply a few times,” she says, “And you’re good to go.”
Ruby’s Magnetic Brush Set is available at rubyhammer.com