the ski beauty essentials you need (and why)

Oh, how I love to ski. But boy does the hot/cold/wet/dry/wind/sun combo play havoc with your beauty regime. I vividly remember my first ever trip, staggering back to the chalet after a bitingly cold white out and not even recognising my reflection in the mirror: bright red panda eyes, crusty nose, unruly hair. Urgh.

It took a few more snowy adventures before I realised that it’s not just a stylish ski kit that’s gives you the edge on the slopes. Mastering your alpine beauty bag is an art form – when you’ve nailed it, you know you can face the elements head-on (quite literally) and return ready for the après.

Here are the essentials that see me gracefully through le ski…

1. Pre-piste

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, £26 for 25ml – BUY!

This formula is AMAZING. Totally waterproof, oil-free and available in 16 shades, it is seriously long-lasting. This is the perfect foundation/concealer (depending on the coverage you need) for wind-whistling, whiteout-ready downhill skiers.

Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara, £18 – BUY!

100% sweat-proof, water proof and budge proof. ‘Nuff said.

Goldfaden MD Sun Visor Mist SPF30, £40 for 80ml – BUY!

FINALLY – a high factor SPF, hypoallergenic, fast absorbing, clear drying, matte finish sunscreen that you simply spritz OVER your makeup. Oh and it’s 100% vegetarian too. Apply before you leave, then pack for the piste for an easy on-the-go reapplication.

2. On the slopes

Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF30, £7.99 – BUY!

A much more affordable, nicer smelling Eight Hour Cream with SPF protection and a pop of colour to boot? This is it.

Kitsch Sport Hair Ties, £5.17 – BUY!

Rubber gripped, these hair ties are designed to double as soft fabric bracelets, which makes them the ideal piste-lunch-piste-apres-piste change of ‘do’ companions.

Cowshed Cow Slip Natural Antibacterial Hand Gel, £7 for 50ml – BUY!

This may seem a strange addition, but think again… Emergency loo stops on the piste always involve a foray into a slippery cellar, plus your hands feel the frost every time you take off a glove.

3. Après

Figs & Rouge evAcalm Perfect Calm AM-PM Cream, £24 for 50ml – BUY!

Formulated for dehydrated & sensitive skin, this is the perfect alpine moisturiser.  Anti-inflammatory and richly moisturising, it works day & night to help reduce redness and ease tightness.


Margaret Dabbs London Hydrating Foot Soak, £22 for 200ml – BUY!

Happy feet = happy skiing. After a day in hired boots this reduces puffiness & throbbing, soothing away swelling and soreness.

Epaderm Ointment, £6.89 for 125g – BUY!

Chapped skin? Cracked lips? Dry heels? In my experience nothing resolves extreme dry skin issues faster than this.



Cover image: 1950s image via Pinterest

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