Adding instant polish – surviving traveling
Some of you may know the real perils of travelling. 10 hours in a public cabin on an overnight train in India, 2o hours by bus in Argentina, even doing 15 hours on a long haul flight in economy seat, or partying out in Cairns all night long and trying to catch the first flight the next morning. These things may become a norm, or may have been the anomaly on your trip, but the result stays the same. How do you step out of those little boxes looking as good as new? or at least fake looking as good as new. I have three things that I tend to do whenever I find myself in these situations, with a two more added bonus if you really feel like you can make an effort (and fight of those hungover pangs)
1) Hair up and tucked away
Unless you were blessed with beach wave ‘natural’ waves, getting this look takes hours. Your naturally straight hair may not be so ‘straight’ re: fizzy. And after all that time travelling/ partying, the last thing you want to do is to try and tame it. Honestly, you are probably best pulling everything back and slicking it up into a sleek or messy ponytail. Additional props if you could make the extra effort of flicking your hair around the base and sticking pins in it for a messy topknot. For the ladies with the short locks, you could consider a bandanna, headband, or slicking it back quickly with water <– I find that this generally works really well when I had short hair. With the added benefit of waking your face up from the cold water.
2) Shades baby shades
3) Closed toe shoes (sneakers or anyone from the sneaker family need not apply)
Feel slightly awake now? Perhaps a little perky? that orange juice gave you a slight rev to your engine? Good, now raise your hand and dip it into your makeup bag.
4) Swipe on some lipstick
This literally takes 5 seconds. 10 if you’re staring dumbfounded at the mirror trying to remember what you did last night. This is not the time to attempt something fancy, so go with a basic. Nude with a hint of pink, or a soft pink or coral. The aim here is to make sure people can tell you apart from the walking dead but not to confuse you with The Joker.
5) Hoop it up
Still have some energy left behind? Great! Hopefully you would have a basic pair of simple hoop earrings in your travel arsenal. If you do, this is the time to put it on. What with your hair slicked back, a pair of sunglasses on your face and a little lipstick on, the hoop earring brings it all together and sends a signal to the world that you’ve got it all together (at least in the face).
So there you go, my 3+2 tips on how to fake polish when you’re on the road. After all that remember, if you look good, you start feeling good, and your mind signals to your body its time to get it together because day-um you are looking good!