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The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog: November 2005


Makeup for a holiday in Jamaica
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, November 29, 2005 6:16 PM (Eastern)

Hi there, I have recently been to Jamaica on a holiday. I'm going to blog more about it in our Fashion Blog and my own Adult Acne Blog, and I'm also going to set up a Travel Blog to replace our current system of using regular HTML pages for travel-related articles.

The cosmetics angle...well...not much. You don't need that much makeup in Jamaica. The climate is hot and humid. Not as hot nor as humid as the American South in the summertime, but definitely hot and tending towards the muggy.

  • Blush


  • The first day I was there, I kicked myself for not bringing any blush. I don't normally wear it every day here (California). After that one day, I completely forget about blush altogether. Imo, you can leave your blush at home unless it is your essential cosmetic and you would feel at a loss without it.

  • Eye liner/pencil


  • I did bring my MAC Powerpoint eye pencil in "Permaplum." Here I would advise bringing at least one eye pencil or liner that you consider very water-resistant. For me this would be a MAC Powerpoint or a Prestige Waterproof Automatic eye pencil. The former has better colors and is somewhat easier to blend. The latter is somewhat more waterproof so it might be handy if you're going to do a lot of water activity.

  • Eye pencil sharpener


  • I actually remembered to bring this. :)

  • Eyeshadow


  • During the day, I never felt like wearing eyeshadow. Why bother? With the heat and humidity, plus water activity, there would hardly be a point.

    In the evening though it does cool off enough so that eyeshadow is possible. I brought my Nars eyeshadow duo in "Babylon" and my Urban Decay single in "Kiss." I ended up using both and was glad I'd brought them. I didn't miss any of my other shadows.

    I did however neglect to bring my eyeshadow lining brush and that would have been nice (I paired the orange shade in the Nars duo with the Permaplum rather than its own purple shade).

    So, my advice is to include a few of your favorite shadows but don't be surprised if you wear them more in the evening than during the day.

  • Foundation products


  • Likewise, make sure you bring foundation products that can stand up to heat and moisture. My regular tinted sunscreen and MAC Blot powder both worked fine.

    If you're new to Blot, the colors run light.

  • Sunscreen


  • Bring it and use it. The Jamaican sun feels nice and soft but you can't stay an hour in it without sunscreen unless you don't tend to burn.

    The sun seems to concentrate on shoulders, chest and back areas so do be sure to automatically apply a good water-resistant sunscreen in the morning before you go out.

  • Lipstick


  • The heat softened my MAC Lustre lipstick in "Sophisto" but didn't melt it.

    I advise to bring as moisturizing a lip product as you have. Not only for your stay in Jamaica, but also for the airplane trips.

    How many lipsticks do you need, well again I feel that heavy, matte, highly pigmented products would have seemed out of place. Something sheer and shimmery, that you don't have to constantly touch up, is best. I was happy with Sophisto. I like the MAC Lustres anyway, that is the formula I would personally recommend.

  • Lip balm


  • I forgot to bring this!!! Put it on your list. I didn't miss it during the day but at night you really want something moisturizing on your lips.

  • Night cream


  • The heat semi-melted my usual Heather Loraine jojoba butter but it was okay, it didn't leak or anything.

    Now here is some more advice.

    If you're going to do any waxing or shaving, don't forget to do it before you go. As far as I know, it is difficult to find a salon that does waxing? As far as shaving, you won't feel like doing it over there unless it is necessary.

    Likewise, trim your finger- and toe-nails beforehand. Why? Again there is that factor of not feeling like doing it. Of course you can bring your manicure stuff in your checked-in bag.

    Because of the climate and activities, be prepared to take two showers per day. So carry enough of your favorite shampoo, conditioner, and other bath products.

    Do your haircolor and haircut fresh before you go.

    Jamaica uses different voltage so double check electric shavers, hair dryers, etc. beforehand.

    Here is a short list of other items you might want to bring along with the above-mentioned stuff:

  • Tweezers

  • Cotton swabs

  • A good deodorant

  • Money! I kicked myself for not thinking about duty-free airport shopping.


  • I'll add more to this later if I've forgotten something.

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