Murrell with her Agnes her distributor and team in Shanghai and on her recent trip to Japan.
Known and loved for her natural lipsticks across the globe, there are few people who clock up air miles like Karen Murrell. Her brand is number one in department stores across Asia including Isetan Mirror Bèaute in Japan, and with that demand comes hours of international travel. Trudi Brewer caught up with Murrell after a business trip to Shanghai and Japan, to find out how she arrives looking refreshed and ready for work.
What's your beauty routine when you travel?
I travel a lot, so my cosmetic bags are packed permanently. I have Trilogy mini’s at the ready as my go to skincare essentials. I try to stick to the same skincare routine as using lots of new products when I am away can encourage breakouts and sensitivity, especially due to different climates and humidity. I need things to be easy and streamlined; I know what works best for my skin after years of travel.
What do you find most challenging about travelling and the effect that it has on your skin and hair?
Flying any distance, short or long haul can take it out of you. My number one tip is to drink plenty of water. The air conditioning on flights is drying on hair and skin, and can leave you feeling pretty crummy once you reach your destination. I take Clinicians Rejuvenate Supplement with hyaluronic acid. It is a marine collagen sourced from New Zealand, I now take it every morning religiously. I have noticed that my skin bounces back faster from the effects of regular flying since I started taking this miracle supplement.
What are your beauty travel essentials that go with you in your cosmetics bag?
I have had so many nightmares with cosmetic bags that I ended up designing my own. The new Karen Murrell Cosmetic Bag will be in stores in November, and I love that is has a separate compartment to store makeup brushes. My essentials include makeup brushes, Trilogy travel mini’s, Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Foundation and Eyes to Kill Classic Mascara. A MAC Big Brow Pencil and MAC Set Powder – which is helpful in humid climates. I also carry several shades of Karen Murrell Lipstick – my go to colours presently are Peony Petal and Carnation Mist - and when I travel my lipsticks double as cream blush.
What do you use in flight to look after your skin when you're on long hauls trips?
I make sure I have the Karen Murrell Lip Moisture Stick, lip balm which I apply lovingly. To be honest, I’m great at sleeping on planes, and I often sleep the entire flight as I try to take a night flight whenever I can. My Bose noise cancelling in-ear headphones are a must. Once I’ve had some water, popped on my Moisture Stick and applied some Trilogy Rosehip Oil, I don’t touch my skin until I arrive at my destination.
From the plane you go straight into an office or meeting, what’s your beauty tip to look your best?
I always have my hair blow dried the day of my flight, and a few days before I leave I have my nails manicured, along with a brow and eyelash tint. Then I add a little powder, use my Peony Petal as lipstick and blusher, and I hit the ground running - usually feeling hydrated and well rested.
Do you have any routines or tips to help you acclimatise and minimise the effects of jet lag?
I try to keep myself in ‘New Zealand time’ as much as possible. I tend to get up in the early hours and catch up on office work, and then take a stroll around the hotel. I always have breakfast and then start my day. I am normally in bed by 6.30pm. It sounds terribly unglamorous, but travelling for work I seldom spend time seeing the sights or playing tourist. I like to get my job done, and then get home to my family.
What beauty products do you stock up on overseas that aren't available here?
Giorgio Armani - I just love this beauty range and buy it at Duty-Free almost every trip, the Duty-Free offering in New Zealand is one of the best I have come across in the world. I am also hanging out to try the new improved Lilash which promises to not only lengthen lashes but darken them. Can’t wait to give the new one a whirl.
What's your favourite part of travelling?
I like to learn a little more about myself and grow more as a person each time I leave our shores. But the best thing about travelling is coming home to New Zealand and my family.