Your Bank Holiday city break makeup essentials

Whether it’s a London staycation or a three-day city break abroad, you’ve got a busy Bank Holiday weekend lined up – and you need the perfect makeup. To get you ready, we’ve rounded up the products that will prep you for the fun ahead, plus the seven face essentials to pack in your suitcase for every occasion.

Before the Bank Holiday

Your Bank Holiday city break makeup essentials

Get your golden glow in the days leading up to the Bank Holiday with a good self-tanner. If you love a gradual tan that you can’t feel on your skin, try SunShimmer In-Shower Self Tan, £9.99. You apply the lotion in the shower by stepping out of the water stream, smoothing it on, waiting one minute and rinsing it off.

If it’s already Thursday and you want a deep tan that lasts up to 7 days, go for SunShimmer Self Tan Mousse, £7.99, which comes with a tint so you can see where you’re putting it, and tans limbs a holiday-worthy shade of bronze.

Finally, do a DIY manicure with Super Gel Nail Polish, £5.99. Slick your chosen colour on on a Thursday, add the Top Coat, £5.99, to seal down the gel formula, and it will last for up to 14 days.

On the Bank Holiday

If you’re off on a city break, consider this your perfect packing list. If you’re staying at home, keep these to hand for everything from barbecues to shopping trips.

First up, you need a foundation that’s super-quick to apply, so opt for one that makes seamless blending a breeze, likeMatch Perfection Foundation, £7.99. Not only is this base the dream for creating a second-skin finish, but it’s also packed with a 24Hr Moisture Complex, so your face feels soft all day.  

For flawless brows, get the Brow This Way Eyebrow Kit, £3.99, on your radar. It holds a soft wax that tames the strands, plus a tinted powder that adds fullness and depth. We’re all about making your brows stand out, so try the shimmery Brow This Way Highlighting Pencil, £4.99, too. Apply under the arches of your eyebrow and  your brows will lift and brighten your whole face.  

Your Bank Holiday city break makeup essentials

To get a healthy flush that lasts, Royal Blush, £5.49, is goals. It’s a cream formula that transforms into powder on your skin, and comes in three ultra-flattering colours. There’s Majestic Pink for cool skin tones, Peach Jewel for warm skin tones, and Coral Queen for anyone looking to nail a sun-kissed look. Which is pretty much everyone.

Your Bank Holiday city break makeup essentials

On lips, look for hydrating formulas or lipsticks that promise long wear. We love Moisture Renew Lipstick, £6.49, for a balm-like texture with a major punch of dewy pigment. Kate Moss’ 15th anniversary range of Lasting Finish Lipsticks, £6.49 each, were also made for Bank Holidays. The dreamy day-to-night nudes range from pinky (Rock ‘n’ Roll Nude), to beige (My Nude), to peachy (Boho Nude) in tone.                 

And, finally, get your lashes and liner sorted with this eye-defining combo: Volume Colourist Mascara, £5.99, and Colour Precise Eyeliner, £5.99. The mascara gives instant volume plus a gradual tint for your darkest lash look yet, while the liquid pen liner offers total control over your flicks. Perfect.                        

Now you’re ready for the Bank Holiday weekend, click here to see why we love having three days off. You might get some inspiration…