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Make room in your carry-on for these jetlag-defying essentials.
Written By Evelyn Crowley
A Makeup Artist's Packing List For Cannes  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit

— Actress Natalie Portman at the opening ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, Photographed by Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Stale cabin air, dehydration, time-zone-jumping fatigue, jet-setting makeup artist Jo Baker knows firsthand the havoc that in-flight conditions on a 12-hour jaunt can wreak on one’s complexion. Hence, she devised a foolproof skin care strategy to keep the effects of transatlantic travel at bay.
Before zipping off to the French Riviera to prepare actress Natalie Portman for the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival (see her look breakdown below), Baker shared the contents of her carryon bag—along with a few key essentials she likes to bring along for work, just in case. From a multi-tasking moisturizer to a long-lasting mascara, these are the items Baker can’t bear to leave behind. 

Jo Baker’s 
CANNES 
PACKING LIST

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I wouldn’t go anywhere without this hot item in my kit. For skin that is prone to redness and irritation, this product is a game changer. Not only does is smell delicious, it also infuses sensitive or over-stressed skin with powerful healing ingredients that soothe, nourish and protect.

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This anti-aging cream is also a stellar daily moisturizer. Light enough not to cause breakouts, it combines high-grade ingredients with the genius of Sisley chemistry to fight dryness and protect the skin from unnecessary stressors.

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If you know about these, it’s clear that you have done your time and been around the block. There is no better makeup wipe on the market. The soft, silky cloths melt everything away in a flash. 

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Perfect for fragile, sensitive skin, this dual-purpose eye mask reduces puffiness and improves the contour (hence the name) of the orbital area. Apply and tissue off after 10 minutes or, if traveling for a prolonged period, slather on a thick layer and arrive at your destination looking like you’ve had a day at the spa.

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Packed with essential oils, these hand wipes not only keep paws clean, but when they’re ripped open, they provide an aromatherapeutic treat. On red-eyes or night flights, I use the lavender ones to relax and the lemon ones for when we land and I need to wake up.
Herban Essentials
Lavender TOWELETTES

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This rich, clear solution is a miracle drink for the skin. It replenishes and immediately rehydrates, leaving the skin feeling plump and super soft. It’s such a great trick for jet-lagged skin. 
LA MER
THE TREATMENT LOTION

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After I take my clients’ makeup off, I like to recharge their skin with a 15-minute face and neck massage using this heavenly oil. It is literally food for your skin—feeding cells with essential fatty oils and multivitamins. The result is a radiant and calm complexion.
TAMMY FENDER
Quintessential Serum Formula No QS-9

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For gleaming limbs on the red carpet, I use May Lindstrom’s Good Stuff. Minute flecks of gold mica beam on the skin like an invitation to be photographed or touched. Plus, the scent is spectacular.
May Lindstrom skin
The GOOD STUFF radiance oil

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Kevyn Aucoin’s Volume Mascara makes it into my Cannes kit for its durability and long-lasting wear. Then when it’s time to come off, it melts away effortlessly with no trace of panda eye.

Natalie Portman’s
subtle smokey eye

For Portman’s appearance at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony, Baker created a natural and understated look to counterbalance the Oscar-winner’s bright crimson Dior gown. However, when it came to the eye, she couldn’t resist bumping up the drama—just a notch—with a soft, smokey effect. “I dotted Dior Show Waterproof Liner in Carbon halfway across her outer lash line and, with a small pointed liner brush, merged the dots together forming a soft winged liner,” explains Baker. “Using this liner/brush method allows you to add volume but not in a way that’s sharp and over-overpowering.”
#NataliePortman Smokey Eye by Jo Baker  |  #VioletGrey, The Industry's Beauty Edit

Natalie Portman at the Cannes Film Festival, Photographed by Venturelli / Getty Images

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