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One of the most talented makeup artists on the planet, Gucci Westman travels a lot—for work and, with her three kids and husband (Rag & Bone cofounder David Neville), for pleasure. In either case, she checks her luggage: “I like to bring full sizes.” she says. “There are always too many creams, liquids, etc.” Those creams and liquids are more likely skincare than makeup; Westman famously focuses on making skin look incredible, so she’s seriously devoted to prep, even when working backstage at fashion shows (above, at Oscar de la Renta).
Her heaviest bags may well have been the ones she packed for her favorite trip in recent history, a combination celebration of her ten-year anniversary, Neville’s 40th birthday, and her brother’s wedding in Ireland. “We went to Glastonbury for the 40th—I was seven-months pregnant—then Babington House for a few days, then Lime Wood for a few days. The wedding in Ireland was amazing, and we added a few extra days in the country with family. Then,” she pauses, “we went to Portofino, to my favorite hotel, the Splendido, where we originally had our honeymoon.” Pause. “Then Wimbledon back in England! It was epic!”
But even for short trips, Westman is beyond prepared—and her makeup choices are especially clean and nontoxic: “I mainly use a tinted clean sunscreen, and I love Tata Harper lip tints. I always bring RMS highlighter and contour and mascara from W3LL People, plus matte brown shadow by Kjaer Weis.”
Tata Harper Lip and Cheek Tintgoop, $36
Strictly natural pigments and added anti-aging elements earn these hard working two-in-ones pride of place in every purse, desk drawer, and makeup cabinet. Whether applied to cheeks or lips, the color goes on sheer for a natural yet sexy, flushed look.
RMS Beauty Living Luminizergoop, $38
A magic trick, this highlighter illuminates your skin from within, without being sticky, greasy, or glittery.
RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzergoop, $28
Designed to be a far cry from some of the more orange-y powder-based bronzers on market, RMS Beauty’s Buriti Bronzer is made from Buriti oil, a Vitamin-A- and Beta-carotene-rich oil that’s pressed from the nuts of Brazil’s moriche palm tree. It leaves a gorgeous sun-kissed glow.
Kjaer Weis Eye Shadow Compactgoop, $45
Developed by makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis, this line combines exquisite color with incredible all-natural formulas. The packaging—gorgeous refillable compacts—is both luxurious and sustainable. The richly pigmented, face-flattering eyeshadows work as shadow or liner, wet or dry.
Coola Unscented Matte Face Tint SPF 30goop, $36
Coola’s Matte Tint SPF 30 has the freakiest (and coolest) feel ever: It goes on like foam dust, leaving nary a trace behind. It has a very sheer universal tint and matte finish that hides imperfections and evens skin tone, too, meaning it’s kind of magic in a bottle.
Skincare-wise, Westman’s most devoted to moisturizer, especially SK-II’s Genoptics and RX creams, which she alternates with 3LAB, Biologique Recherche’s Crème Biofixine, and Sulwhasoo. Westman also loves face oil: “My favorite oil currently is In Fiore’s Calme—it targets inflammation and redness,” she says, “I also bring several types of Korean sheet masks to rehydrate skin properly after travel. I especially like the mushroom-based ones!”
For cleansing, she brings Drunk Elephant’s Pekee bar, and Sarah Chapman cleansing balm. Her all-around essential, for everything from makeup removal to lip balm to extra-intense moisture, is Lucas Papaw: “It’s a multi-use, natural balm that I just love,” she says.
For body, Westman packs Tatcha Indigo body scrub, Tata Harper body balm, and Anthelios broad spectrum mineral sunscreen. “I also like the one from Sara Chapman.” For lips, she goes with Omorovicza lip balm and Bite lip scrub.
Hair, like skin, gets treated to lots of moisture: Rahua’s creamy mask, Purple shampoo and conditioner, plus a sun-protective oil spray from Kérastase.
Rahua Omega 9 Hair Maskgoop, $58
For shinier, healthier, bouncier hair in 10-15 minutes, this super-nourishing mask works miracles on dry, damaged, colored, or heat-treated hair. Made with ultra-hydrating Ungurahua (rich in omega 9), Rahua (the brand’s signature), and sunflower-seed oils, plus gleam-inducing shea butter, it’s great to do once a week: Work it in after shampooing, comb through, leave in for 10 minutes or so, and rinse out. The benefits are both instant and long-term, from immediate shine and softness to ongoing strength, elasticity, and all-around silkiness.
Even internally, Westman is forever moisturizing with supplements like omega oils, probiotics, vitamin D, and more. “I love the women’s vitamin from New Chapter,” she says. “I bring it all when I travel.” For jet lag, she increases her water intake—and adds lemon. “It also helps to go for a run or yoga class, or maybe a massage,” she says. “To keep my energy up, I avoid bread.”
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