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Beauty Haul Diaries

The Beauty Haul Diaries: Hannah Martin

British Make-up Artist, Hannah Martin has earned herself a veritable array of fans, thanks to her fresh and sun-kissed signature make-up style.

She is an expert in modern bridal make-up too, and the mastermind behind Princess Eugenie’s wedding day look. Suffice to say, we were very excited to delve into her beauty psyche…

Hannah’s work has taken her to far-flung locations: from Lake Como to Provence, New York to Hong Kong. Naturally, she is a dab-hand at making make-up stay put in the heat. “When it’s warmer, it may be that you look at your skincare. I suggest a switch to lighter-weight, water-based creams. Even a really light dusting of powder will help to seal your make-up and make it last longer. There are also many setting sprays available now that will help too.”

Aside from working on the faces of models and A-Listers, and dazzling her enraptured social following with easy-to-follow tutorials, she’s been busy creating her first product, The Perfect Pink Lip Oil with MyBeautyBrand. “My mum and I had this favourite pink gloss that has long been discontinued, and I’ve said for years that if I couldn’t find a replacement, I’d make my own,”, she says. This is the must-have product for your summer make-up bag – brimming with ingredients like niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin E, it nourishes lips whilst delivering a super-flattering pop of pink.

Equipped with a coterie of her favourite products, this is how Hannah Martin does beauty in transit…

What are your must-do beauty rituals/treatments before you travel?

I always massively increase my water intake when preparing to travel. It sounds basic, but it can take your skin days to recover if you get dehydrated on a long-haul flight.

How do you adapt your beauty regime when you travel?

I don’t hugely adapt my routine when I travel. If I’m going somewhere with a much warmer climate, I may leave my richer balms at home, and take lighter, water-based creams instead. However, I never scrimp. I take all the skincare I could possibly need with me.

What’s the best way to downsize your at-home beauty product haul for travel?

Lots of brands now do travel-size products – which is helpful – but you can’t beat Muji miniature bottles, which you can decant all your favourite products into. It will reduce the weight of your make-up bag significantly, and free up space in your luggage. Top tip: be sure to date and label each pot, so you know what it is, and when it was decanted.


Do you prefer to pack travel minis or full-size beauty staples? And why?

I’m more than happy to pack minis when it comes to my skincare, but I rarely travel with decanted make-up. If anything, I usually overpack make-up. I like to have options, but invariably end up using just bronzer, mascara, and a lip product.
Do you have a regular plane beauty routine?

I never fly wearing make-up (unless it’s a quick short-haul flight). I’m a serial skincare applier when I travel. I spritz regularly: I currently love the Elemis Kefir Mist. Then I’ll apply my Shiseido Benefiance Eye Cream and my current moisturiser – which could be Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream if I’m feeling dehydrated, or ByTerry Hyaluronic Global Face Cream if my skin is feeling more balanced.  A little eye cream, face cream, and lip balm every few hours helps keep the skin plump and fresh.

What’s been your favourite vacation spa so far?

The Spa at Velassaru in the Maldives. They use the most heavenly coconut oil, and the spa on the water. You can hear the waves as you have your treatment, then you get to relax on the balcony afterwards, and take a dip in the infinity hot tub in the Indian Ocean. I’ve never felt so blissed out as I have done there, post massage, watching the sunset.

How do you unwind when travelling?

Sunshine and warmth help me unwind. If I can, I’ll try to spend some alone time in the sun – on the beach, preferably. I’ll just lie there with my eyes closed, feeling the sun on my skin. That’s my happy place, covered in SPF 50, of course. I’ll save books for the evening, once the children are in bed.

What’s your favourite country to shop for home-grown beauty products?

It’s got to be the USA! A trip to Ulta, Sephora, and Duane Reade is heaven.

How do you overcome jet-lag skin/eyes when you land?

I honestly find that religious skincare application throughout the flight, combined with drinking lots of water, really helps with jet-lag. I’ll also adopt the time zone’s eating and sleeping times immediately. No napping allowed, no matter how tired you are!

What are your top beauty tips when travelling?

Stick to your routine. Keep on double cleansing – especially if you’re wearing significantly more SPF. Also, use oil to protect your hair from the heat, and drink lots of water.

What’s at the top of your beauty wish list right now?

I’ve just seen the new summer collection from Anastasia Beverly Hills. It looks right up my street.


Travel light or over-packer?


Spa facial or massage?


Hand-luggage beauty stalwart?

Face mist.

Vacation air-dry or blow-dry?


Holiday manicure/pedicure shade?

Neutral mani, red pedi.

Faux tan or au naturel?

Au naturel.

Desert island beauty product?


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