Summer is the season of adventure. It’s a time to unplug and travel to the destination of your choosing, whether that be the deserts of Morocco, the beaches of St. Barts or the mountains of Vancouver. In an effort to prepare you for your dream vacation, we called on celebrity makeup artist Sir John—who’s painted the faces of many an icon—to sound off on what to pack and what to leave at home.

Continue reading to hear what the beauty guru had to say about his favorite vacation spots as well as the makeup and skincare essentials required to make any adventure a beautiful one. Heck, even if your summer travel plans don’t extend beyond your armchair, you can bury your nose in one of the books noted below and instantly feel transported!


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