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Hit the road with beauty supplies to take you from driver's seat to dinner in one fell swoop.
Written By Jess Basser Sanders
On-the-Road Essentials | THE VIOLET FILES | @violetgrey | THE INDUSTRY'S BEAUTY EDIT

— PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE STUDIO WITH VIOLET GREY

Road-trip beauty has a lot to live up to. Think: Claudette Colbert’s bobbed ingenue in the original road-trip comedy, It Happened One Night, or Grace Kelly, her scarf in the wind, in To Catch a Thief. And, of course, it’s hard to get behind the wheel without recalling Faye Dunaway with her Warren Beatty arm candy in Bonnie and Clyde (only without the interstate crime spree).
Whether you’re driving to the Amangiri in Utah, cruising cross country and airstreaming by the Grand Canyon, or stopping off at charming New England B&Bs for Labor Day weekend, you need a set of hardworking, versatile beauty essentials. For advice on the subject, VIOLET GREY consulted regular road trippers (and husband and wife) makeup artist Kate Lee and hairstylist and Sascha Breuer. These two have chosen products perfect for in-the-wind hair styling and passenger seat touch-ups, and for getting fixed up for après-driving romantic dinners in two minutes or less.

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Pack an emergency hair kit so you’re prepared for situations that arise after you roll down the windows. For Breuer, Y.S. Park is the answer. “This little box contains all the pins and grips you need,” he says.

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Breuer favors Y.S. Park's teasing comb for its versatility. “You can section off tresses and also use it to tease hair to create a little volume, even when it’s not freshly washed.” Also required: a good hair brush. He compares Braun's Satin Hair Iontec Brush to a magic wand. “It removes static and flyaways, but also gives hair incredible shine and softness when you brush it.” Translation: no need to pack extraneous serums, sprays, or creams.

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Multitasking is especially important when you hit the road (the trunk only fits so much). This beach spray is one of Breuer’s go-to’s for its versatility. Used as a root spray before blow-drying it creates light, airy volume; as a second-day refresher, it absorbs any natural oils; and sprayed on toweled hair and left to dry it gives a relaxed beach texture, even if you’re in the desert.
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eimi ocean spritz spray

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Banish the ill effects of a hot, dusty day in the car with this orange-, rosemary-, and mint-infused facial mist. Lee keeps one handy on the road or in the air: ”It’s so refreshing and makes my tired skin feel vibrant again,” she says.

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Makeup should always come off, even if your road trip takes the form of camping in the wilderness. “I like to gently remove my mascara before I wash my face in order to give the delicate eye area the respect it deserves,” says Lee. This remover certainly does the job, taking off even waterproof mascara while soothing the area with water cornflower and water rose extracts. Lee recommends siphoning product into small pots and bottles from Muji for easy transportation.

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Once stubborn eye makeup is off, cleanse with this three-phase cream to rid yourself of the day’s grime. Says Lee, “When you first apply it, it feels like a gel cream; then it turns into an oil; and, finally, when you add water it turns to a milk that just washes away with no residue. Magic.”
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If it hasn’t been drummed into your beauty brain by now, let’s refresh: Wear sunscreen. Every day. Especially when you’re in the car all day, as the windows won’t block those harmful rays. Lee recommends Chanel’s purse-appropriate SPF for all occasions. “It’s a great base for makeup because it doesn’t leave a white greasy residue,” she notes.
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Badly lit motel bathrooms and early morning sunset hikes mean makeup should be easy (and take no less than five minutes). Lee waxes lyrical about this glow-giving primer, especially you need a quick fix. “I use this mixed with my Kanebo Sensai Bronzing Gel and it creates a little glow, which brings attention to my cheekbones and jawline. It’s a very subtle effect, but I love how it makes my skin feel and look.” For more depth, top things off with Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick along cheekbones and the bridge of the nose.

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If you’re limiting yourself to one piece of makeup, make it waterproof mascara. This will stay on all day and make you feel like yourself, even on the road. “I love this Chanel mascara,” says Lee. “It helps to hold a curl in the lashes and it stays put—no matter what! My all-time favorite mascara, hands down.”

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Even if you’ve packed light, Lee insists, “Every girl needs a red lip for a road trip!” She preps lips with Eve Lom’s Kiss Mix (“so soothing and a really great texture”) before applying the velvet matte Chanel lipstick in her current favorite—this soft rosy red.
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