The T+L Carry-On: Model Lindsay Ellingson
Welcome to our series, the T+L Carry-On, where we take a look inside the luggage of those who find themselves frequently traveling around the world—and gain a few expert tips along the way.
This week, we caught up with model Lindsay Ellingson, who’s the Co-Founder and Creative Director behind travel inspired beauty brand, Wander Beauty. Read on to find out her secrets for staying glam on the glow, her obsession with calming oils, and what it's like to shoot swimwear in an ocean full of jellyfish—and don't forget to read last week's column with Veep actress Anna Chlumsky.
On her relationship with travel:
“I’ve been traveling for over a decade, most of it has been for modeling, so every city I’ve been to I’m usually in and out of. I don’t get to explore very much. But I do make an effort to at least see one museum or landmark every time I travel. My favorite type of travel, however, is with my husband, because that’s when I really just get to see the city and experience a different culture—plus, it’s just so much fun to be on a plane with somebody else.
I travel at least twice a month, mostly for work, but I also love to throw in a weekend trip with my husband here and there. Just a three-day getaway helps to alleviate stress, because the city can get really overwhelming. But I never know where I’m going to be from one week to the next. I have some work coming up in Barcelona and South Africa. That’s exciting, because I haven’t been to South Africa in years—it was actually one of the very first trips I took when I started modeling.”
On her tips for staying healthy on the go:
“Stay away from airplane food as much as you can. I pack my own snacks. I like to bring almonds, trail mix, and dried fruits. I often take Juice Press juices with me and drink them before I get on the plane—anything with lots of protein so it keeps me energized. And just remember to stay very hydrated!”
On her travel style:
“I usually pack a flat, a heel, and a boot. I have this Nantucket sweatshirt, and it’s really worn in—I wear it every time I travel. It reminds me of my husband because of the oversized and we got it together when we were visiting for a wedding. This oversized Acne sweater is just really comfortable for the plane, and so is this Ralph Lauren sweater, too. I’m a sweater girl—I like to be cozy. Literally, I’ll just wear a pair of Converse—but it depends on where I’m going.
The other things I always travel with are really tiny bags. I love Wendy Nichol—she makes handmade bags down in SoHo. They’re almost like fanny packs, so you don’t have to worry about your money getting stolen or anything. And I love a scarf that you can drape over your neck, but you can also wear as a sarong. It’s a multitasker, which I’m all about. I also like to wear jeans with a little bit of stretch so that you’re comfortable and your circulation isn’t blocked on the plane.”
On the hardest part about modeling swimwear:
“The hardest thing about modeling on a beach is that you never know what the conditions may be. It might be super windy—there was one time I was modeling in Phuket, Thailand, and the sand was not fine—it was basically crushed shells, and I had to walk back and forth barefoot on these sharp, crushed shells. And one time I was modeling in the water in Miami, and it was the season where there are jellyfish everywhere, but I had to go in the water and get the shot. Anything for the shot!”
On her travel beauty routine:
“On flights, I always have Bioderma’s travel sized micellar water to to cleanse my skin every few hours. I get a little bit paranoid about the air, even though I heard the circulation isn’t as bad as we think, but I still like to cleanse my skin every few hours and rehydrate with I-Pekar. I always have my Klorane eye patches, which I literally wear on the flight, and then I take my Slip silk sleep mask and put that over my eyes and fall asleep—after I’ve had a large quart of water. I also travel with Wen Six Thirteen’s Travel Packettes. They’re great because you can just throw them in your carry-on, as they’re not technically considered liquids.
I always have a travel brush, and I love to travel with a lot of calming oils. I have Bach’s Rescue Remedy—it’s a natural stress relief. Pratima Spa has this Rejuvenating Essential Oil, and one with liposomes, and you mix these two together and they hydrate your skin on a much deeper level than a regular moisturizer. I also use Amma’s Rose—I put this in my wrists and just blend it in. It’s a great scent to calm your mind and transport you back to your Yoga class back at home. Then there’s three Wander Beauty products that are essentials for me when I’m traveling: first, is our On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator, which is perfect for after a long flight when your skin looks a little bit dull or tired. You just put a little bit of blush on your cheeks, illuminator on your cheekbones and it instantly makes you look more awake. It also helps you to create a whole look, because you can use the blush on your cheeks and your lips, the illuminator literally everywhere, and then mascara—and you’re ready to go. Also, our Wanderout Dual Lipsticks. They each have two shades—one neutral, one bright—so they’re the perfect pair of lipsticks to travel with, whatever your plans may be.
And last is our Flash Focus Hydrating Foundation Stick— this product is great because you can use it as a spot corrector, or as an all over foundation, so it’s the perfect multitasker that gives you flawless skin. Every product we make is perfect for travel—they’re not all not travel sized, but they’re perfect products for taking with you to make your life easier. We don’t create anything unless they’re the essentials you have to have in your beauty bag.”
On her love of London:
“The last trip I took was to London for a job. That was great—it’s beautiful and it’s one of my favorite cities. I’m from California, so it’s basically the same flight time, well, almost, so it’s pretty easy to get to. I love eating fish and chips, I love having a Guinness at the pub—I just love living as the Londoners do. And I’m obsessed with the Victoria and Albert Museum—the Raphael Cartoon room was just breathtaking. It was the most beautiful things I’ve seen in all of my travels.”
On the difference between traveling as a model, and a business owner:
“Traveling as a model and traveling as a business owner go hand-in-hand for me. All of our products are inspired by my travels over the past ten years. I’ve worked with the best beauty experts all over the world, and I’ve been absorbing all sorts of inspiration, whether it be a sunset that I saw in St. Tropez that inspired the color of our blush, or an ingredient I discovered at a French pharmacy, or a beauty trend that I saw backstage in Milan. So all of those experiences are what inspire many of our products.”
On her preferred choice of luggage:
“My favorite luggage is by Valextra. It’s the most chic, the most durable, and it’s gorgeous. I’ve been traveling with my Valextra bags for years, and they really hold up and keep me looking chic on the go.”
On how to get your workout routine in while traveling:
“I have these great weights that I travel with—you can put them around your ankles, or around your wrists, and do different sorts of exercises. They’re great for working out your glutes and your hamstrings, and inside are these weights that come out, so depending on how heavy you want your carry-on to be, you can take some out. They go up to five pounds each—I think I do two and a half on each ankle, and you get a really great workout. The best part is you can do it in your hotel room, or on the beach.”
On her bucket list destination(s):
“I’m a California girl, so I love a beach—one of my favorite places is Turks and Caicos, which has the most beautiful white sand and turquoise water. I’d love to discover more beautiful beaches, like in Bora Bora, the Seychelles, and Figi. Those are a few places I’ve never been, and I’d love to go, especially with my husband to just take a little break, and wake up every day with glass floors overlooking the ocean.”
On how to beat jet lag:
“If you arrive in the morning at your destination, you have to stay up all day. That’s the only way you’re going to beat jet lag. Right away, you have to get on the time zone that you’ve traveled to. Also, travel with melatonin in case you have a hard time falling asleep, or bring a sleep mask, because if you sleep somewhere that’s really dark, it’s going to help you stay asleep, as well.”
On her tips for packing light:
“I’m an expert at packing light. I bring a casual outfit, and I bring a pair of heels in case I need to go to a work dinner that dresses up my casual outfit. I also bring a blazer, one dress, my pajamas, a pair of tennis shoes, and that’s it. I’ve learned how to downsize not only my carry-on, but also my makeup bag with all of these multitasking products.”
On her unique choice of souvenirs:
“When I’m traveling, I buy baseball caps a lot; they’re like souvenirs I get in different cities. I love to wear them when I’m traveling—one of my favorites right now is a “Wanderberry” color that I got in a department store in London. I’m always trying to protect my skin from the sun, so I think that’s one of the reasons I wear baseball caps all the time."
And as for what’s up in 2016:
“Wander Beauty just launched at Sephora.com this year—we really have a wide assortment of amazing, multitasking makeup essentials that are perfect for taking with you when you’re traveling, or on the go throughout the day. We also have some exciting new products: a matte bronzer being one of them—matte is a really big trend this year. We also have new shades of highlighters coming out in the spring, and then later in the fall we’re going to be launching in a large retailer, so that’s very exciting. I’m deep in product development and I love it, so that’s one of my favorite parts of the job.”