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11 Hot products to keep you cool as the temperature rises


On a hot day there are generally two main considerations when it comes to skincare (leaving aside for now the vitally important matter of UV protection): Trying to control shine and helping skin to feel comfortable. Luckily there are a whole slew of products out there that can help. Here are a few of our favourites.

Tailor-made for travel, M·A·C Cosmetics offers Sized To Go, a range of airport-friendly miniatures (30ml or less) which are super-handy and well worth knowing about, especially if you are a regular traveller.
The Green Gel Cleanser is an oil-controlling foam that leaves skin tingling with freshness thanks to extracts of cucumber and algae. As well as controlling sebum production, it also minimises the appearance of pores.



From the same Sized To Go range, the Oil Control Lotion offers lightweight hydration and a no-shine base. This oil-free moisturiser contains natural colloidal minerals and anti-oxidants and is formulated to be used day or night.

The last thing you want on a hot day is to overload your skin with heavy products. So our advice is: Don’t. Proving popular in Asia Pacific travel shopping at the moment is the Lancôme Hydra Zen Anti-Stress moisturising set. Comprising Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturising Beauty Essence; Moisturising Gel Essence and Moisturising Cream-Gel, the set is perfect for sensitive skin which tends to suffer more in the heat. The feather-light textures are instantly absorbed, visibly improving the effects of environmental and emotional stress and adding intense hydration.

Designed to be used post-workout, we think that Origins Hit Refresh Cooling Moisturiser with Hawaiian Mineral Water works equally well as a hot weather hydrator. This body moisturiser is a water-based cream gel which cools on contact with the skin. A blend of wild mint, spearmint and eucalyptus essential oils provide an invigorating hit. The nutrients and minerals in the Hawaiian mineral water replace those lost through sweat, keeping skin hydrated.

It’s not just the fabulous packaging that has earned Benefit Puff Off Eye Gel a place on our list. Honestly. With a tiny iron-shaped applicator, this gel cools on contact with the delicate skin around the eyes, smoothing, de-puffing and reducing dark circles as it goes. Squeeze a dot of product under each eye and then smooth and cool with the ‘iron’.


Sunshine bottled: La Prairie Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold is like having flattering lighting constantly on tap. For many of us, hot weather is not the most forgiving of conditions, we can often end up looking red, blotchy and shiny. Radiance Perfecting Fluide improves the skin’s texture, revitalising, rejuvenating and adding radiance with real gold flakes, so that we always appear in our best light.

A good mattifier is a key tool in any summer kit. Estée Lauder The Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer + Finisher is, as the name suggests, a primer and finisher in one. This means that your complexion is smoothed, pores and fine lines are minimised all whilst keeping oil and shine under control. It can be applied throughout the day whenever the need arises.

For perfecting coverage without the need for a heavy foundation, bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF30 PA+++ is our secret weapon of choice. Described as a combination of a BB cream, a CC cream and a tinted moisturiser it contains marine botanicals and coconut-derived ingredients to give skin a healthy glow. Top tip: choose a slightly darker shade than your natural skin tone to give your complexion a flattering sun-kissed look.

We love the idea of relaxing in a cool, darkened room at the end of a long hot day wearing only an Origins Raspberry Refreshing Sheet Mask. Part of the Flower Fusion Hydrating Sheet Mask range, the Raspberry version is formulated to ‘refresh the skin and senses’. Made from 100% natural bamboo, the mask contains pure flower extracts and natural essential oils.

If you can keep your cool when all about you are losing theirs (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling) you’ve probably discovered the wondrous La Mer The Mist. A quick spritz of this reviving mist gives an immediate feeling of coolness and calm and does your skin good too. It contains an ‘internal magnet’ that continuously charges the marine-based ingredients to keep them at their most effective.

Taking sun protection to a whole new level is La Roche-Posay UV patch. A wearable piece of technology, this clever little fellow (a heart-shaped patch measuring a square inch and half the thickness of an average human hair) can be worn anywhere on the body. The electronics inside the patch monitor and measure your UV exposure. By scanning the patch via an app you can check your personal UV exposure and receive tips on how to stay safe in the sun.



Brighten Up Your Look With Clinique x Jonathan Adler


Clinique has teamed up with designer Jonathan Adler to create a colourful collection of cosmetics, just in time for the summer holidays. Available at Clinique counters from July 2017, the limited edition of make-up has been inspired by Adler’s favourite travel destinations: Capri, Palm Beach, and Santorini.

Best known for his bold geometric designs, the New York-based potter, designer, and author said, “The collection feels like a vacation. [It’s] crisp, it’s colourful, it’s luminous, it’s bright and it’s like a little getaway to the most glamorous place you’ve ever imagined.”

So even if you can’t go to Capri, Palm Beach, or Santorini this year, you can at least bring a touch of sunny luxury to your vanity table. Featuring a bright selection of lipsticks, eyeshadows, blushers, and brushes, the full collaboration can be found on The Clinique + Jonathan Adler Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer, Jonathan Adler All About Shadow Palette, and Jonathan Adler Empty Cushion Compact will be available in select airport stores from July.


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Get The Cabin Crew Look: 7 Best Red Lipsticks

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It’s one of those inexplicable laws of flight that, despite rushing up and down aisles at 30,000 feet, flight attendants always look immaculate. With their perfectly pinned hair, crisp uniforms and that signature red lipstick, they can still evoke the glamour of travel. So, here to help you nail that cabin crew look, we’ve rounded up the best red lipsticks you can buy in duty free. From ultra matte to pearl finish, these smudge-proof, budge-proof lipsticks are guaranteed to go the distance.




Become a Shapeshifter With Urban Decay’s new Naked Palette


Getting a contoured look that appears natural can often be a challenge – from finding the right products, to matching your skin tone, to getting that seamless finish. Not to mention the amount of valuable packing space taken up by the sheer number of powders and creams needed. Which is why we broke into a collective little dance here at PretAirporter HQ when we heard that Urban Decay has released a new palette, widely available in travel retail.

Set to cater for all your blending needs, Naked Skin Shapeshifter is available in two spectrums to suit individual skin tones: the Light Medium Shift and a Medium Dark Shift. Custom tones can be easily created by mixing elements from the two palettes. The sleek, travel-friendly cases each contain three powders for contouring and one pearl shade for highlighting. The powders are finely milled, giving you that silky feeling on the skin.

The other side holds two contouring creams, two colour-correcting creams and one highlighter. A double-sided mirror separates the powders and creams, keeping your make-up tidy and saving you more of that valuable packing space. Each shade is easily blended, so your skin still looks natural. Layering the powders and creams can help to achieve a long-lasting and striking effect. What’s more, the wide range of colours allows for a variety of looks – from subtle shading to more intense, sculpted styles.


If all this talk of contouring has left you more confused than confident, head over to for video tutorials on how to achieve the perfect look for any occasion.

Now available in duty free

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What To Buy When You Next Fly British Airways


By now, I have my plane ritual down pat. I find my seat, buckle up, and flick through the airline magazine before take-off. I’ll usually give a cursory glance at the duty free catalogue too (what can I say, journalistic research never ends) but nothing has ever inspired me to wave down a flight attendant and say “Yes, please!” when they ask “Duty free?”

I prefer to take my time spraying, sniffing, and sampling products with my feet planted firmly on the airport ground. But on a recent flight to Gibraltar, I happened to pick up British Airways’ High Life Shop magazine and was struck by the calibre of the selection.

NIOD Photography Fluid Tan Opacity 8% for £17? I’ll take two. Conde Nast Traveller called it “the Facetune App for skin in liquid form”, so out goes my primer/foundation/bronzer in favour of this nifty find. It’s perfect for getaways when you want a light coverage to enhance – not hide – that holiday glow.

NIOD Photography Fluid Tan Opacity 8%

And what’s more, that wasn’t the only hero product on offer.

For men, the Bentley fragrances (exclusive to British Airways) are a great choice. I gave the Bentley Infinite to my dad and he loves regaling me with tales of all the compliments he receives while wearing it. Though you better hurry, as it’s only available until the end of August.


Bentley Infinite EDT

As for wellbeing, both of the Fountain supplements (The Phyto-Collagen Molecule and The Super Hyaluronic Molecule) are fast becoming cult classics already. Spearheading the ‘beauty drinks’ revolution, Fountain has been lauded by celebrities and nutrition experts alike as the holy grail of anti-ageing. There’s an extra saving if you buy both, but if you’ve only got room for one in your hand-carry, opt for The Super Hyaluronic Molecule which comes with an incredible 769% more Hyaluronic Acid than the brand’s original offering.

Fountain The Super Hyaluronic Molecule
Fountain The Phyto-Collagen Molecule


Lastly, if you’re in the market for something a little more decadent then it doesn’t get much better than The Renewal Oil by La Mer. It’s only available for onboard delivery, so you’ll need to buy via the website before you fly. It actually works out rather well. Free delivery direct to your seat means that you can skip the wait for duty free service and apply the oil as soon as possible for maximum benefit during the flight. Fans of facial oils will know how intensely moisturising they are for aeroplane skin, and this silken formula takes hydration to the next level. Just warm up a few drops between your hands and sweep across your face before take-off.

La Mer The Renewal Oil

Bonus tip: if the flight you’re on happens to run out of any products you’d like to buy, you can ring High Life Shop on +44 (0)370 241 0777 and order it for the same price with free delivery using your boarding pass details.


Celebrating Nature’s Bounty on World Oceans Day


A whopping 96.5% of all Earth’s water is held in our oceans so it only makes sense that we look after them. Celebrated annually on 8 June, World Oceans Day helps to raise awareness of the need for marine conservation. Working together with beauty brands like La Mer, the aim of the project is to find solutions to plastic pollution and prevent marine litter. After all, healthier oceans mean a better future for everyone.

To channel a little bit of World Oceans Day here at PretAirporter, we’ve rounded up the best marine-inspired products you can find in duty free. There’s everything from a fresh, oceanic fragrance to an exfoliating sea salt scrub. So what are you waiting for? Dive in.

Molton Brown’s Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel range is exclusive to travel shoppers. Eau de toilette, bath and shower gels and deodorants are available globally. Australian cypress oil, known as ‘blue gold’, lends its natural blue colour and fragrance. When combined with the aromas of wild sea fennel and hints of jasmine and cardamom, it smells blissfully of exotic shorelines.

A long-time supporter of World Oceans Day, La Mer has recently installed a public art trail of 54 wave sculptures around New York City. Select pieces from the La Mer Wave Walk will go to auction on 21 June with all proceeds going to the La Mer Blue Heart Oceans Fund. This Blanc de la Mer Brilliance Brightening Mask is a two-step treatment consisting of the Brilliance Brightening Soothing Primer and the Brilliance Brightening Gel Cream. Smooth on a few drops of the primer (which contains a blend of algae, vitamins and nutrients), before painting on the gel cream (which also contains a blend of sea-sourced active ingredients and marine peptides). The treatment will leave your skin feeling soothed and looking luminous.


For men, Panos Emporio’s masculine fragrance Le Grand Bleu takes inspiration from the forces of the ocean. The Swedish eau de toilette smells refreshingly of lemon, orange blossom, artemisia and black pepper with hints of cedar wood, benzoin, lavender and leather. Available at Scandinavian airports.


Alternatively, Davidoff Cool Water Wave is an energising scent, with aromas of grapefruit and Sichuan, birch leaf accord and juniper, with nuances of patchouli and sandalwood. The eau de toilette is available in three different sizes: 40ml, 75ml, and 125ml.

Seascape Island Apothecary has a range of products including hand creams, bath and shower lotions, hair products and moisturisers. Based on the island of Jersey, they use natural, locally sourced ingredients and all their products are free from artificial colours or fragrances, SLS, parabens, petroleum and silicone. Their packaging is certified carbon neutral, making them sustainable and ocean-friendly.

Their Travel Essentials Trio Gift Set contains a Refresh Hand & Nail Cream, a Peppermint Oil Lip Balm, and a small pot of Soothe Sleep Oil, providing everything you need when flying. Their products are available at Air Berlin, Condor, TUI (Germany), and on P&O Britannia. The Soothe Sleep Oil is currently featured on Condor and TUI airlines.

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How To Stay Looking Good On A Long Haul Flight


As we approach high summer, thoughts turn to exotic holidays and all the challenges that come with flying long haul. After all, spending hours in the sky with cabin air and limited access to hot water is bound to challenge even the most low-maintenance beauty regime. The key, as we all know, is to drink plenty of water. But beyond good ol’ H2O, there’s a whole arsenal of beauty products that can help you look your best when you step off the plane.

LUSH 9-5 Cleansing Lotion

For a good, thorough cleanser that doesn’t need water, it’s hard to beat the 9 To 5 Cleansing Lotion by LUSH. Made from almond oil and dove orchid cleansing milk, this smells lovely and lifts away all dirt and make-up from your face. Simply rub in circular motions over the skin, then wipe away with a cotton pad or a warm flannel. What’s more, the blend of floral essential oils leaves your skin brightened, cleansed, and soothed.

Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum 30caps

Exclusive to travel shoppers, this Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum (30caps) is a neat solution to an age-old question: Exactly how much serum is too much serum? Each of these golden capsules contains just the right amount needed for your cleansed face and neck. To open the capsules, simply twist the tab around twice and squeeze onto fingertips. 

Now available at World Duty Free stores

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Travel Exclusive Kit

Even though you won’t be doing a 14-step Korean beauty routine in the plane bathroom, that doesn’t mean to say that the basic tenets of beauty (cleanse, moisturise, use SPF) should be neglected. In fact, dermatologists say it is an absolute must to wear sunscreen when you fly because of the UV radiation caused by elevation. The new Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Travel Exclusive Kit includes: a 30ml Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam, a 30ml WR24 Balancing Softener Enriched, a 30ml WR24 Day Cream SPF15, and an exclusive WR24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask free gift. The softening lotion and day cream will form the basis of your in-flight regime, so apply liberally before take-off. However, the foaming cleanser is best left to those who turn left when boarding (with their access to roomy business class sinks and all). 

Now available at World Duty Free stores

Sudocrem skin care cream

Sudocrem – yes, the grey tub of nappy cream – has been given a convenient make-over in the form of these 30g handbag-sized tubes. It’s not sexy, but we guarantee you won’t regret packing it. Use it as a face mask (apply a thin layer on the face last thing at night), moisturiser, spot cream, or to treat any of those inexplicable rashes that always pop up on holiday.

Now available in selected airport shops


Colgate® ProClinical® Pocket-Pro®

For all their benefits, electric toothbrushes have always proven tricky to take on trips. There’s the issue of bringing the little charging platform, remembering the right adaptor – not to mention trying to keep the brush head clean when traditional toothbrush cases just won’t fit. Which is why this Colgate model is a game changer. A small but powerful electric toothbrush, it comes with its own travel case and a USB port to charge it (just plug it into your in-seat USB port). 

Now available in selected airport shops

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo – which is available in two formulas, for dark hair tones and for light hair tones – is going to be your new best friend. This award-winning product contains ultra-fine rice starch, which absorbs any oil in the hair and removes odour. The result is fresh, bouncy hair that looks like you’ve just stepped out of the shower. And if you happen to be going anywhere sunny, you’ll be pleased to know that it also protects against UV damage to your hair. 

Now available in duty free

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Indulge in pre-flight pampering at The Shilla Beauty Loft

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Plush, exclusive airport lounges are a privilege and often closed off to the non-frequent flyer. However, Singapore’s Changi Airport is looking to change that with The Shilla Beauty loft located at Terminal 3. So whether you’re flying coach or first-class, be sure to check out the pre-flight pampering options situated above its multi-brand beauty store on level one.

Chanel Beauty Lounge

From the moment you step in and are gracefully welcome by a concierge, you will be immersed in the world of Coco Chanel – in the facets of skincare, makeup and fragrance services artfully tailored for the traveller. Arguably the most exclusive of the four brands represented, this by-invitation only Beauty Lounge offers pre-flight makeovers, flash manicures and exclusive products. Alternatively, clients can simply enjoy some light refreshments while browsing through the Chanel books on display.  There’s even a specially-designed skincare cocoon in which you’ll be treated by dedicated experts as you lie back and relax. Now we could reveal more, but we wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise.

3 must-try services

  1. Landing Makeup Essentials (10 mins): Quick makeup touch-up with tips from a beauty stylist
  2. Relaxing Before Boarding (20 mins): A gentle ritual to relax and ease tension in the shoulders, neck and arms, followed by a hand massage and an oshibori (hot towel)
  3. Travel In Comfort (20 mins): Customised skincare application to keep skin protected and moisturised throughout your flight, eye and facial treatment followed by a massage to revitalise the skin and prevent signs of fatigue. Complete the session, if you wish, with natural-looking makeup

Dior Beauty House

The very first of its kind in any airport worldwide, Dior Beauty House offers clients a personalised shopping experience. Here, you’ll find the Dior La Collection Privée range of 12 exclusive scents for men and women. What’s more, trained Fragrance Specialists are on hand to guide you through a Signature Fragrance Consultation to help you discover a signature scent for your personality.

Other services also include specialised make-up and skincare consultations using Dior’s cutting-edge skin analyser, as well as express facials, hand massages and pre-flight make-overs inspired by the backstage stations of Dior Couture runway shows. And for the beauty geeks among you, the chance to get a rare preview of Dior limited editions is surely not to be missed.

Walk-ins/appointments accepted

For more information, call +65 9816 6114

3 must-try services

  1. Dior Beauty Secrets facial service (15 mins): Revitalise the skin with some of Dior’s skincare products
  2. Fragrance consultation (10-30 mins): Indulge in an olfactory journey before embarking on your actual journey
  3. Flash makeup services (10 mins): Want that smokey eye or red lip look that was spotted on the latest fashion runway? Dior’s Makeup Artist will translate that into a wearable everyday look for you

Luxury Skincare Bar by La Prairie

The opening of the Luxury Skincare Bar by La Prairie marks a major milestone for the brand. Its first global presence in an airport comprises a succession of spaces that allow you to enjoy a relaxing hand massage, get a one-on-one skin consultation, or just test and experience their products. Did we mention there’s even a beverage bar? So why not grab a drink, sit back and lounge in comfort on the sofas.

By invitation only

For more information, call +65 6585 0310 or e-mail

3 must-try services

  1. Legendary Caviar Treatment (5-20 mins): Need some lifting and skin firming prep? Let your skin luxuriate in La Prairie’s signature Caviar range of skincare products
  2. Personalised Skincare Ritual (5-20 mins): If your skin’s a bit troubled from too much stress, this treatment will target your varying skin concerns
  3. Complexion Perfection Makeover (5-20 mins): From fashion runways to airport runways, glowing skin is simply a must

SK-II Pitera Lounge

Jet-setters will appreciate the SK-II Pitera Lounge – the brand’s first lounge facility located in an airport– as they have created a menu of facial and massage services specifically designed to meet the needs of frequent flyers. You can choose from a variety of express 15-minute treatments to boost your skin, or rejuvenating hour-long facials that’ll also relieve jet-lag and fatigue. Each treatment features the use of SK-II’s acclaimed skincare, including the brand’s iconic “miracle water”, Facial Treatment Essence. The brand’s therapists also employ various massage techniques to ensure maximum penetration of the miracle ingredient, Pitera.

Prior booking for SK-II services is advised, and walk-ins will be subject to availability

For more information, call +65 6241 0756 / +65 9352 3687, or e-mail

3 Services to try:

  1. Express Pitera Boost (15/30 mins): Time-strapped travellers will benefit from this speedy treatment. It comes with light cleansing, a facial massage, skin indulgence and an immediate moisture boost with their Signature Facial Treatment Mask, as well as prepping with moisturiser and sunblock.
  2. Relaxing Eye Contouring Treatment (15/30 mins): If your eyes are feeling the strain of that long-haul, try this rejuvenating treatment that improves skin firmness, hydration, reduces dark circles and puffiness.
  3. LXP Ultimate Perfecting Facial (60 mins): If you’ve got some extra time to spare, this facial will help rejuvenate, breathe some life and radiance into your skin with SK-II’s top-of-the-line skincare range. It also comes with an eye massage.


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Cultural exchange: Chinese blogger Magic Yang on ‘The Beauty of Thailand’

Magic YangChinese fashion and lifestyle blogger Magic Yang

Sense of place: for the uninitiated this is the art of imbuing an identikit international airport with the standout characteristics of its wider location. Not so much what lies beneath as what lies outside.

The Kingdom of Thailand has more than its fair share of wonders from the floating markets to the Grand Palace, the beaches, the food, the people…How to distil all that into the shopping area of an airport terminal? How to avoid the bland catch-all and instead offer an inviting microcosm of the idiosyncrasies of the place?

We all, from the business traveller to the annual holiday-makers to the gap year adventurers, love a souvenir. A reminder of a place ticked off the world map, of cultures experienced. More and more, airports and retailers are tapping into this potential. In the current climate of globalisation, it still means something to have travelled to another land.


One recent example saw Shiseido and King Power International Company (Thailand) using influencer marketing to engage with travellers. The collaboration promoted the delights of Thailand while at the same time raising Shiseido brand awareness.

The campaign included social media and digital content, in-store promotions and exclusive Shiseido products available only at King Power Thailand stores. With Thailand a popular overseas destination for Chinese tourists, this campaign sought to engage with Chinese Millennials in particular.


Thai artist Riety Darisa K
Chinese fashion and lifestyle blogger Magic Yang

A leading Chinese fashion and lifestyle blogger, Magic Yang, stars alongside Thai artist Riety Darisa K, in an accompanying film ‘The Beauty of Thailand’ in which the two influencers take a tour of the Thai capital Bangkok. A star of social media in her homeland, Magic Yang’s loyal fan base of Chinese Millennials follow her for her personal style which is inspired by her love of travel and adventure and the places she visits. In the build-up to the official launch of the Shiseido/King Power campaign in April, Magic Yang posted exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures of her trip to announce her involvement and shared the film across her hugely popular Weibo and WeChat accounts.

Eagle-eyed viewers will be able to spot subtle Shiseido product placement in the film. The three favourite Shiseido products of Magic Yang: Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate; Perfect UV Protector SPF 50+; Rouge Rouge all feature.

Signature Shiseido: The pop-up store in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (above) and in the King Power Srivaree Complex store downtown (below)


In tandem with the influencer’s digital content, King Power Thailand’s main store at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and the King Power Srivaree Complex (downtown) store played host to pop-up Shiseido stores building on the sense of place. A photo booth installation allowed travellers to personalise their photos with Riety’s Thai-inspired visuals which were then printed onto customised luggage tags. Complimentary skincare treatments and lip makeovers were also available.

Smile for the camera: A photo booth gave travellers the chance to create a bespoke ‘Beauty of Thailand’ luggage tag

Centre stage was an exclusive Shiseido skincare set curated by Magic Yang with bespoke packaging designed by Riety. The limited edition set, available only at King Power Thailand stores, contains Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate for Face and Perfect UV Protector SPF50+/PA++++.

A sense of exclusivity: The limited-edition set curated by Magic Yang and designed by Riety

Customers spending THB 14,000 or more were eligible for a ‘The Beauty of Thailand’ cosmetic bag and for those spending over THB16,000 a Shiseido tote bag was offered as an additional gift with purchase.

As part of the installation, Riety created three artworks depicting the traditional and modern facets of Thailand:


Riety: “Classic Thailand is inspired by the different religions, races and art that flourished throughout its rich multicultural history”
“In order to bring the heavenly plane of Swarga Loka to life, I drew from an opulent palette of colours and textures”
“To convey the energy of Bangkok’s dynamic modernity, I chose its tallest structure – the MahaNakhon building”

King Power International Senior Executive Vice President Susan Whelan explained: “We are passionate about sharing the Kingdom of Thailand’s rich history and unique culture with the world, and we have been instrumental in developing and supporting cultural initiatives throughout this time. This exciting collaboration initiated by Shiseido perfectly encapsulates the wonders of Thailand as seen through the eyes of our talented home-grown artist Riety and prominent social media personality Magic Yang. We are delighted with this opportunity to not only strengthen our long partnership with Shiseido, but also enhance our all-important tourism links with key visitors from China.”

Shiseido Travel Retail Vice-President Marketing Elisabeth Jouguelet noted: “Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for Chinese tourists – it is not only a beautiful and enthralling country but a true retail destination in its own right. Through our strong partnership with King Power International and collaboration with Riety and Magic Yang, we have been able to create a platform which brings a genuine Sense of Place to our retail activation.”

If you happen to be passing through Bangkok in the next couple of days, there’s still chance to enrich your trip with a visit to the pop-up stores which run until 31 May.

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L’Oréal Paris celebrates 20th ‘Canniversary’ and everyone is invited

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To mark the 20th anniversary of its partnership with the Cannes Film Festival, L’Oréal Paris is pulling out all the stops to bring the party to its loyal fans as well as its famous band of ambassadors.

American actress Elle Fanning has been signed up as the latest L’Oréal Paris spokesmodel

L’Oréal Paris chose the occasion of the 70th Cannes Film Festival to name 19-year-old actress Elle Fanning as its new international spokesperson. An actress from the age of two, Elle is best known for playing Sleeping Beauty opposite Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent; appearing in J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi thriller Super 8; starring with fellow L’Oréal spokesmodel Susan Sarandon in 3 Generations; and for Nicolas Winding Refn’s psychological thriller The Neon Demon, in which she played ‘the world’s most beautiful woman’.

The Beguiled is Elle’s latest film and is in official competition at this year’s film festival. Directed by Sophia Coppola, the ‘dark Civil War story’ also stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell.

Elle Fanning is also known for being the sister of Dakota Fanning. This year, the little sister’s star is rising however. Alongside her new role as L’Oréal spokesmodel and her blossoming film career, Elle also appeared in the coveted Vanity Fair Hollywood issue.


The first L’Oréal beauty campaign to feature Elle Fanning will be for Paradise, a new innovative, sensorial mascara.

Elle Fanning commented: “Excited does not even begin to describe how thrilled I am to be a L’Oréal Paris spokesperson. L’Oréal always strikes the perfect balance between creativity and beauty. Instagram plus L’Oréal – Oh what fun we are going to have!”


Until 28 May, a series of events will be taking place in L’Oréal Paris’ Cannes outpost, the Martinez Beach, to make sure that everyone feels like a film star. As L’Oréal Paris Global President Pierre Emmanuel Angeloglou explained: “For our Canniversary, L’Oréal Paris pays homage to cinema and beauty by democratising the Festival experience. Inviting the public, festival goers and fans at home to join in a celebration of creativity and diversity of two interdependent visual arts: creative filmmaking and make-up design.”

L’Oréal Paris will also be hosting its first open air cinema, screening a different film from the 70-year history of the Festival each night.  To make it extra special, each film will be presented by one of its leading actresses including Julianne Moore and Susan Sarandon. Award-winning Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone and 19-year-old Chinese acting star Guan Xiaotong will both be making their Festival debut for L’Oréal Paris this year. In addition, a chance to meet the L’Oréal Paris actresses and ambassadors will be on offer along with the opportunity to win exclusive red carpet tickets.

There is also a L’Oréal Paris 100% Make-up Pop-up boutique which promises a retail, brand and digital experience featuring Nail Genius and Make-up Genius apps alongside real-life make-up artists on hand to give expert advice. Free make-up services and a ‘beauty exclusive of the day’ will be available for those inspired by the red carpet looks happening on the Croisette outside. Shoppers will be able to pick up a limited-edition Color Riche lip colour, including the ‘Palme d’Or’, a collector’s edition created especially for the 20th Canniversary.

As if all that wasn’t enough, a sumptuous party with the theme of a ‘L’Oréal Paris film set’ will be taking place on 24 May as a grand finale of the Festival celebrations. Entertainment will include a live showcase and what is so-far mysteriously billed only as an ‘exclusive performance’.

Finally, on 25 May, the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala will take place at the Hotel du Cap. The fundraiser will be hosted by L’Oréal spokesmodel Eva Longoria and will include a fashion show directed by Carine Roitfeld with L’Oréal models Doutzen Kroes, Lara Stone, Bianca Balti, Maria Borges and Barbara Palvin taking to the catwalk.


The revolution starts here: New season make-up trends

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Ok so maybe it’s not saving the world but in turbulent times we have to grab the simple pleasures where we can. Buying a new lipstick; trying a new style of eyeliner; adding a bit of glitter: It’s all about feeling good and having fun. Like those therapeutic colouring books for grown-ups come to life.

Wear what makes you happy.

Natural beauty by MAC Cosmetics backstage at Alexis Mabille

In the nude

Here’s one to start you off gently. Or not, as we all know that creating a natural, healthy complexion can be the hardest look to pull off. A good skincare routine is a fundamental basic here but give your complexion a helping hand with a primer. Try the new Estée Lauder Double Wear 3 Minute Priming Moisture Mask and The Smoother Universal Protecting Primer, both available from June, or, Origins Flower Fusion Hydrating Sheet Masks. These offer a great quick fix to get your skin glowing pre-make-up. Alternatively, use your usual serum or moisturiser but spend an extra couple of minutes massaging it into the skin to boost circulation and create radiance. A tinted moisturiser (such as NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg Hydrating Glow Tint which also works like a BB cream) is a great friend to the clean skin look. Then all you need are groomed brows (the Benefit brow collection is fantastically wide-ranging with the tools to create great brows whatever your style and shade), a slick of natural lipstick (bareMinerals Gen Nude lipstick range) and really you’re good to go. A stroke of skin-tone appropriate eye shadow and a bit of eye liner or mascara for definition = optional.

Two examples of bold colour by MAC Cosmetics backstage at Emilio Pucci

Colour Ways

To all things in life there is a balance. A yin to the yang. To counter the clean skin look let’s go all-out crazy on colour. This season, it’s all about choosing one bold statement shade on one feature and going for it with confidence. The Spring/Summer catwalks had yellow, neon pink, sapphire, orange and aquamarine on display but the choice is yours. If you’re looking for inspiration, MAC Cosmetics is not shy when it comes to colour with its dazzling rainbows of highly-pigmented eye-shadows, blush and lipsticks. Nyx is another brand which offers a kaleidoscope of colours and whose products come with a price point that allows for a little random experimentation. Recently bought by L’Oréal, look out for Nyx coming to travel shopping soon. We’ll keep you posted.

Alberta Ferretti’s modern smudged eye by MAC Cosmetics
The smudgey eye doesn’t have to be black: Try an unexpected colour such as this bright blue Urban Decay Moondust eye shadow

Drawing the line

First up on the latest way to wear eye liner is a slight variation on the classic smokey: the smudgy eye. Good news for those of us whose precise application techniques don’t quite make the grade. A little more free-form than its smokey cousin, the smudgy eye can be created by blending a dark eye shadow out from the lash line right up to just past the crease.

For a more polished look, go for an elongated flick taking the liner along the upper lash line and extending out past the corner of the eye, finishing with an upwards flick. Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner or L’Oréal Paris Super Liner Eye Liner Ultra Precision help with getting that line exactly where you want it.

Another way of modernising your eye liner this season is to ditch the black and go for navy blue instead. NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg has a Kohliner in Navy.

Eighties excess by MAC Cosmetics at Manish Arora
Pucker up ’80s style with fuchsia lips by Lancome Matte Shaker

’80s Throwback

Remember the ’80s? They say if you can remember the first time something was in fashion you’re too old to revisit it but we say rules like that don’t wash any more. If it suits you, if you want to step out of your cosmetic comfort zone, or if it just brings you joy, embrace the Dynasty-esque over-the-top nature of ’80s make-up. Back in the day, all the drawing and shading and blending of so many different colours under your Lady Di fringe, your bubble perm or your mohican could have earned you a degree in graphic design. For the modern update: coloured mascara, fuchsia lipstick and bright blush – see below.

Get cheeky: Lancôme Cushion Blush Subtil in Framboise

Showing the other cheek

The recent role of blush has been to add a glow of healthy radiance to our complexions. It has been playing the role of bridesmaid to the main focus of eyes and lips, its ultimate achievement to be that people wouldn’t think you were wearing any. That you just have a pretty bloom in your cheeks due to your healthy, happy life (and with special mention to the global phenomenon that is NARS Orgasm Blush, due to a permanent post-coital glow).

Now is the time for blush to step into the limelight. In a trend that works in tandem with the ’80s revival, blush is coming to the party as the guest of honour adding a bold sweep of colour right across the cheek. For highly-pigmented colour try Lancôme Cushion Blush Subtil.


Is there any beauty trend more life-enhancing than sprinkling glitter over yourself? By literally adding sparkle to your face you are adding sparkle to your life. Surely. We won’t dwell for now on how you will be finding said glitter for weeks to come in the most unexpected places. Maybe that’s part of the fun. Everywhere you go, you will leave a trail of shimmering particles like a real-life fairy.

For the truly audacious, there is the glitter lip: Apply a creamy lipstick to lips and then press in the sparkles. MAC Glitter works well. Bright colours work for an attention-grabbing showgirl look but you can also scale down the Vegas by opting for a more neutral colour and adding just a subtle amount of glitter.


A dramatic take on matching lids and lips by MAC Cosmetics at Kenzo

Matchy Matchy

Sporting a matching lip and eye has been a beauty no-no for a while now but as with all things its time has come again. Whether you are deliberately going for a perfectly polished look or wearing your matching shades accessorised with an ironic hipster shrug it’s a look that is pleasingly neat and tidy. If you like your make-up trends to come with a political viewpoint this is perhaps the most obvious reaction to a world turned on its head. Where there is chaos let painting your face bring order.

Glossy eyelids by MAC Cosmetics at Young Designers Emporium


High Gloss Effect

The big selling point of this trend is that it has the effect of making your eyes look bigger. That and the fact that it can be achieved by a quick slick of Vaseline.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream also works well: Apply your preferred shade of eye shadow and then use your ring finger to dab Eight Hour Cream over the top. Don’t overdo it, a little applied in the middle of the eyelid will do the trick.


Clinique’s daily dose of vitamin C: Have you had yours?

clinique fresh pressed

You may have noticed the eye-catching advertising visuals for a new anti-ageing product recently launched by Clinique: Fresh Pressed 7-day System with Pure Vitamin C, to give it its full name. In bold orange and white, a powder explosion – Pow! – promises an elixir of youth for the impatient.

I’m not so much impatient, more short of time. I’m 43. It may already be too late….

Before any actual skincare starts happening, the packaging itself is seriously fun. Unpacking the little box onto my dressing table, the seven sachets of powder and the syringe capsule make the process feel like the coolest science lesson you never had. It also has the effect of making me feel like I am my very own white-coat-wearing smart NY dermatologist about to administer the secrets of an A-list complexion.

To use Fresh Pressed, you take one sachet of Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser with Pure Vitamin C, empty the contents into your hand, mix with a little water and cleanse your face. Do this once a day. Then use a couple of drops from the capsule of Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10% morning and evening along with your moisturiser. Clinique claims this will lead to “brighter, even-toned, retexturised skin starting in one week and visibly firmer skin with diminished lines and wrinkles over time”.

Here’s hoping.

I start off by slightly breaking the rules. The instructions advise using the sachet of cleanser in the morning to “jump start skin’s renewal” but I decided to use mine in the evening. I feel that using it before I go to bed will mean that my skin is wonderfully cleansed and ready to take in all the Fresh Pressed benefits while I sleep rather than cleansing and then immediately covering my face with make-up in the morning. Also, I tend to have more time in the evenings to concentrate on a skincare routine. The mornings are a crazed blur of trying to get several humans fed, washed, dressed, ready and out of the house with not many minutes left over to simultaneously try and halt the ravages of time.

So to business. I make the mistake of trying to get into the first sachet with my teeth resulting in me tasting some of the powder. Not good. It does not taste like orange sherbet. As the instructions say: Do not ingest.

On the first application, the cleansing powder did have a slight astringent feel to it which made my skin feel tightened. Not necessarily a bad thing as right from the start it made me feel ‘lifted’ and perkier. Not a bad thing at all. Especially as, once I had applied the Booster along with my regular moisturiser (in the interests of full disclosure it is not a Clinique one but the sky didn’t fall in) the tightening sensation passed to be replaced with a pleasant toned feeling.

Activating the Booster gives you another enjoyable science lesson moment: First, press the button in the top of the capsule which releases the pure vitamin C, and then shake it for 15 seconds to mix with the soothing emulsion. By activating the product only when you are about to use it, the potency of the fresh vitamin C is maintained.

Now, I have fairly sensitive skin so I am always wary of using strong products that could irritate my skin thereby off-setting any benefits they may offer by making my complexion look red and sore. Clinique states that Fresh Pressed is suitable for all skin types and personally, I found that a week of using the product didn’t cause me any problems.

Seven days later. The verdict.

The exfoliating nature of the cleanser definitely kept my skin in better condition. It felt softer, looked more luminous and any breakouts seemed to clear up faster than normal. I loved the sensation of the Booster, a serum-type formulation that I am convinced made my skin look brighter, smoother and (the holy grail of the forty-something woman) less tired. It also seems to work as a primer under make-up, making everything just look better.

I may be easily persuaded but the individual doses and the pumping and mixing required make the whole thing feel slightly medicinal and that straight away makes it feel like it’s really doing me good. Not a scientific analysis I realise but if a product makes you feel good, that counts for a lot in my book.

Taking this no-basis-in-scientific-research personal theory further I’m also experiencing knock-on, positive benefits of using Fresh Pressed: Because I feel the product is having a positive effect on the way I look it makes me keen to capitalise on that by living well, drinking lots of water, eating fresh and clean, making that exercise class, getting enough sleep and so all the parts cheer each other on and add up to a much-improved whole.

It has definitely earned a place on my bathroom shelf and I would particularly recommend using it for a week in the run up to a special event to help you look your best.

I’m not on the quest for an eternally youthful look. I am not interested in finding my own picture of Dorian Gray. I think a face that tells the story of a life is a much more attractive face than one that has been eradicated of all emotion and experience. Fresh Pressed is my happy place: It makes me feel like I look better and more awake but still me.

Post script:
Once I had finished the seven days and the seven sachets of cleanser, there was still some Booster left so I carried on using that over my regular cleanser, twice daily and in fact I’m still using it several days on. According to the packet it may discolour once the seven days are up and it will lose potency but I still feel it doing me good….


Competition: Chance to win travel exclusive You Joue duo lipgloss pack


PretAirporter is excited to introduce its latest social media competition, in partnership with lipgloss brand You Joue.

You Joue, which was invented as a “fuss-free-fix”, is a lip gloss tube containing a moisturising mix of vitamin E, aloe vera and rose hip, complete with quality LED lights and a mirror.

So, here’s your chance to look good on-the-go with minimal fuss (and hands) required.

We are offering two lucky readers the chance to win a You Joue duo pack, containing one red and one neutral You Joue lipgloss.

The competition is open until Wednesday 31 May. To enter, follow these simple rules below:

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NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg deliver a lesson in French style

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Clare Austin introduces the NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg collection and talks to Charlotte Gainsbourg about her role in its creation. The entire collection will be available to travel shoppers in Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa from May.

Column inches and entire books have been written trying to capture the formula behind that globally-recognisable brand of insouciant French-girl chic. François Nars has very cleverly gone straight to the source. In what at first glance could seem to be a partnering paradox – a make-up line designed by a woman known for her natural look and lack of make-up – lies beauty holy grail. The art of looking fabulous seemingly without trying.

Charlotte Gainsbourg photographed in New York by François Nars

An “actress, musician and creative spirit”, Charlotte Gainsbourg is something of an artistic Renaissance woman. Known for her work as an award-winning actress (with a CV ranging from art house films to Hollywood blockbusters); a critically acclaimed singer; a fashion icon; the face of brands including Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga; Gainsbourg has inhabited the cultural zeitgeist from the moment she was born as the daughter of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and English actress, singer and muse Jane Birkin (yes, she of the Birkin bag), the artists behind the controversial love song ‘Je t’aime…moi non plus’.

Explaining his choice of Charlotte Gainsbourg as collaborator, François Nars said: “Her allure is all in the uncompromising power of her personal style. It’s very cool and authentic, very French. But there is real inspiration in how she moves through the world. Like her lyrics, her voice, her mix of presence and humility, she is herself, through and through. Her work reflects her soul more than anybody I know.”

Charlotte Gainsbourg repaid the compliment, saying of Nars: “He made me feel so comfortable, I could do anything I wanted as long as it came from me, something personal. So that’s what I did, created this collection around my exact beauty needs.”

Before we even get to the range itself, let’s talk packaging. It’s gorgeous. Cleverly combining the androgynous appeal of Ms Gainsbourg, a masculine, military-esque khaki is the unexpected signature shade of the packaging, softened by gold detailing and feminine shapes. It works beautifully, and at once sets the tone of the collection: pretty with an edge.

‘Effortless, Elegant, Eclectic’: The Charlotte Gainsbourg for NARS collection

Inside the packaging, the NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg Summer 2017 collection is a limited-edition edit of ‘lived-in colours’ channelling Gainsbourg’s signature look of smouldering eyes, flushed cheeks and lips ‘bitten with soft colour’.

My references had to do with actresses in films, so a natural cheek, redness from crying, running – things that move me

The 18 products include: Lip Tint; Hydrating Glow Tint; Multiple Tint; Velvet Matte Lip Pencil; Velvet Duo Eyeshadow; Kohliner and a Brush Roll. Our highlights are Charlotte Gainsbourg’s version of the iconic NARS Multiple in a sheer tinted format to give lips and cheeks a dewy, natural look, and, the Kohliner in Zinc (slate grey), Cours Du Soir (deep moss green) and Nuit D’Encre (deep navy) which all deliver the perfect Charlotte smoulder.

Charlotte Gainsbourg had full creative control of the collection which François Nars wanted to be “a complete reflection of who she is – an extremely talented and sensitive artist”

Charlotte Gainsbourg’s heritage is rooted in both Paris and London, a link which is evident in the names given to the colours of the collection. For example, the limited-edition Velvet Duo Eyeshadow comes in Old Church Street (golden champagne and deep slate teal) and Rue Allent (shimmering frost and deep forest green).

And so to the woman herself: we grabbed five minutes with Charlotte Gainsbourg to talk make-up and travel.

In an interview with Interview magazine, you said: “…it’s always collaborations, and that’s what I like. I don’t like being on my own. I’m happy meeting people and collaborating”. You must be approached regularly to get involved in projects. What made you say ‘yes’ to NARS?

How could I say no? I was flattered and quite excited because it was such an unusual request for me, I don’t typically wear a lot of make-up so I was surprised that François Nars chose me for a collaboration.

You and your mother and sisters are known for looking great while not wearing a lot of make-up. How do you feel about make-up?

I like anything that will seem natural, erasing a few signs of age.

What is your own make-up ritual?

I tend to use a skincare called Biologique Recherche. I come back to it each time I wander off and try out new things. I should know by now that that never works for me. Then it’s really just a question of camouflaging dark circles a little (not too much), spots and giving myself a little life in the cheeks. In the morning it’s too early for me to enhance lashes or lips, that can happen later in the day.

How did you decide on the products and shades for your NARS collection?

The colours actually came after the make-up type. First it was a question of what kind of product. I couldn’t go toward something that was opposite of me, so it had to be quite natural. And, in the end colours were sort of obvious for me, nothing flashy, just tinted. Emotional if possible, my references had to do with actresses in films, so a natural cheek, redness from crying, running – things that move me.

What is your favourite product from your NARS collection?

The brushes are my favourite.

What make-up lesson would you pass on to your daughters?

Don’t put too much on.

Which art form do you feel best able to express yourself in: music, acting or design?

I would say I am an artist.

What is your favourite city to visit?


What is your favourite travelling experience?

Any time I’m with my kids.

What make-up essential do you always pack when you travel?

Smith’s Lip Balm.

True colours: The limited-edition Lip Tint formula offers a natural tint in three colours Double Decker (ruby red); Éphélide (antique rose); Promise (red plum)
Charlotte’s favourite: In the Au Poil Brush Roll each one of the five limited-edition, full-size brushes has its own unique handle