(The Recording Academy has formed the GRAMMY Glam Squad, a diverse group of online influencers who will lead the discussion on beauty, fashion and lifestyle during GRAMMY Week in February. The squad will provide exclusive VIP access to select events, including the highly anticipated red carpet for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Stay tuned here for more tips on how to be inspired, be connected and be noticed.)
My work involves a lot of traveling and I am almost constantly on the move. While I love it and wouldn't have it any other way, there are a few tricks I’ve learned to make sure I arrive at my destination in one (finely polished) piece.
First, for long flights I always pack my silk eye mask with lavender; it helps me sleep or rest, which is essential while traveling. The second most important thing is water. Remember to drink plenty of water while you're traveling to prevent your skin from drying out and to help keep you energized. The final frontier of arriving refreshed and beautiful is a good-quality moisturizer. While I prefer Olay (as does my mother), the basic rule is to make sure you have a moisturizer suitable for your unique skin type, and apply it three times more frequently than usual.
While traveling somewhere with warmer climates, I also love to have a spray or fake tan application. It’s much better for your skin than sun beds and gives a lovely, warm glow without looking too orange, especially if you use product made by professionals such as St. Tropez spray tan.
When taking long flights (for example, my recent trip from London to Los Angeles for the 54th GRAMMY Awards), I always pack a good lipstick. I am not normally a fan of wearing a lot of makeup when traveling, but a simple, solid red lipstick by Covergirl with my favorite Chanel sunglasses can hide any signs of jet lag and make me feel chic and ready for my new destination.
Finally, if you need to be bright-eyed for a meeting or encounter immediately after you land, I suggest eye drops for an instant fix, and of course perfume (from the duty free shop)!
What are your favorite beauty travel tips? Let me know by commenting below. And check back soon for more tips on beauty, fashion and lifestyle from my fellow GRAMMY Glam Squad members, and don't forget to catch all the glitz and glamour yourself by tuning in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.