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Aug 18

The Best Beauty Products to Pack for a Summer Getaway, According to 6 Vogue Editors

Tomorrow marks the start of August—that last carefree leg of summer. Here at Vogue, editors are known to set their out-of-office messages, swap heels and AWOK-ed Jordans for flip-flops and bare feet, and jet off to far-flung locales before the madness of September sets in. On the agenda? Sea, sun, and sand in Mustique; open-air jaunts around Italy’s coastline; mind-clearing hikes in the Alps . . . and just as the destinations are diverse, each suitcase will bear a similarly well-curated selection of cosmetics—a multitasking oil that leaves room for treasures found along the way, say, or one hair cream that promises Monica Vitti’s voluptuous lengths. Below, six Vogue editors share the cleansers, creams, and more that will make their trips all the more memorable. Bon voyage!

Jao Brand Goe Oil, $49, []({: rel=nofollow}

Jao Brand Goe Oil, $49,

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Virginia Smith, Fashion Director
In the summer, I want to be able to pick up and go with as little as possible. Goe Oil is great as a skin moisturizer, hair conditioner, and makeup remover—a triple threat beauty product.

Tatcha The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder, $65, []({: rel=nofollow}

Tatcha The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder, $65,

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Alessandra Codinha, Culture Editor
Tatcha’s cleansing powder is a godsend, and the whole just-add-water element means it doesn’t even need to go in that dumb little TSA bag, which leaves room for, well, everything else.

David Mallett Mask No.2 Le Volume, $75, []({: rel=nofollow}; Frédéric Malle Eau de Magnolia After-Sun Balm, $70, []({: rel=nofollow}; Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Lip Balm in Pink Astral, $38, []({: rel=nofollow}

David Mallett Mask No.2 Le Volume, $75,; Frédéric Malle Eau de Magnolia After-Sun Balm, $70,; Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Lip Balm in Pink Astral, $38,

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Catherine Piercy, Beauty Director
I’ll be traveling to Milan with my family and then eventually driving to St. Moritz, where the air is so clean and the water makes my hair so soft. And though I love a good Swiss pharmacy raid, I won’t leave home without La Roche-Posay SPF 60 Melt-In cream (because the high altitude makes my skin sunburn incredibly fast on long hikes) and David Mallett Le Volume hair mask (I like to comb a bit into damp hair before swimming in the thermal spas a short drive away in Scuol, Switzerland, and then rinse it out afterward to channel Monica Vitti vibes while stopping for trout and french fries on the way home). Also essential to a successful vacation are Glossier’s Lash Slick (to be sure I look alive) and Pat McGrath Lip Fetish tinted balm in Pink Astral, because when is it more appropriate to be just a little bit extra, Bond girl–style, than in the Swiss Alps?

Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops, $145, []({: rel=nofollow}

Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops, $145,

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Alexandra Michler, Fashion Editor
I am exploring Italy by car (roofless, no less) and am certainly bringing Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Anti-Pollution Drops to protect me from the elements!

Naturopathica Calendula Essential Hydrating Cream, $59, []({: rel=nofollow}

Naturopathica Calendula Essential Hydrating Cream, $59,

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Willow Lindley, Fashion Editor
Naturopathica’s Calendula cream is my all-the-time moisturizer, but I especially appreciate it while I’m traveling because it’s as calming as it is hydrating. I’ve always struggled with sensitive, reactive skin, and I’m so thankful I found this as it makes my complexion so happy—less red, even, soft, moisturized—in spite of the stress, dryness, and potential allergies. Even the scent is soothing! Just slather and go.

Hampton Sun SPF 4 Oil, $36, []({: rel=nofollow}

Hampton Sun SPF 4 Oil, $36,

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Celia Ellenberg, Beauty Director
Hampton Sun’s SPF 4 Oil is an oldie but a goodie that has long accompanied me to sunny locales, so long in fact that I have adopted its tagline—“Smart, Serious, Sunbathing”—as my own personal summer mantra (SSS is a lifestyle). I like to wear at least SPF 30 on my body at the beach, so I layer this oil on top of heavier creams for a bit of sheen and an amazing, surf-inspired scent.


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