This hugely successful fashion, beauty and red carpet makeup artist, Cher Webb, explains which products make the plastic bag cull
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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, 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?
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.”