GUCCI WESTMAN, Global Artistic Director, Revlon

•Vacation 2009 “I just came back from the Turks and Caicos and loved it!”

•Favourite holiday sun spots “Barbados, Ramatuelle and Hawaii.”

•Pre-holiday prep
“Go for a mani-pedi, dye my lashes, get my roots done, prep my body for exposure and shop for summer dresses and a new bikini.”

•Favourite hotels
Villa Marie in Ramatuelle, France;
Las Ventanas in Los Cabos, Mexico; and
Wymara in the Turks and Caicos.”

•Favourite cocktails “Caipirinhas, bellinis and, on a summer holiday, chilled rosé.”

•Favourite indulgence “Fresh grilled fish.”

•Packing essentials “A new swimming costume, a great beach bag, a deck of cards, a great sundress and a hat.”

•Favourite swimsuit brand “Eres.”

•Favourite luggage
Bottega Veneta has a beautiful, cream-coloured carry-on with tan leather trim.”

•Favourite leisure activity “I love reading a riveting book on the beach.”

•Top five desert-island beauty products
Revlon ColorStay Matte Kohl Eyeliner, Revlon Fabulash Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black, a nonmetallic bronzer, an SPF 90 sunscreen and lip balm.”

•Favourite self-tanner brand

•Favourite bathing beauty “Ursula Andress.”

•Best thing about going on vacation “Rejuvenating, recharging, spending quality time with family and winding down.”

•Worst thing about going on vacation “When it’s over.”

Photo of Villa Marie in southeastern France courtesy of Villa Marie/DR

VAL GARLAND, Makeup Artist Adviser, YSL Beaute

•Vacation 2009 “I’m going to Dorset, England, with close friends. I’ll take August off to de-stress so that I’m back and ready for action in September.”

•Favourite holiday sun spots “Jervis Bay, Australia; Tulum, Mexico; Bali; and Harbour Island, Bahamas.”

•Pre-holiday prep “Spa grooming at
Elemis in London, and I splurge on new clothes — mostly white.”

•Favourite hotels
Bulgari Hotel in Bali;
Taj Lake Palace in India;
Inn on the Blue Horizon, Vieques in Puerto Rico; and
Banyan Tree in the Seychelles.”

•Favourite swimsuit brand

•Favourite luggage “At the moment, it’s Delsey. But since I cart all my makeup around in suitcases, I am always on the lookout for something stronger and lighter. It has to have four wheels or forgetaboutit.”

•Favourite leisure activities “Power walking in the surf, backgammon and sleeping.”

•Top five desertisland beauty products “An eyelash curler,
Yves Saint Laurent Hydra Feel Soft Hydrating Water Lotion, Yves Saint Laurent Volume Infini Curl Mascara N.1, Dr Sebagh High Maintenance Cream and my own blend of massage oil.”

•Favourite sunscreen brand “Dermalogica.”

•Favourite bathing beauty “Gisele Bündchen.”

•Best thing about going on vacation “Total relaxation.”

•Worst thing “Noisy people.”

Photo of Elemis Spa in London courtesy of Elemis Day Spa

DICK PAGE, Artistic Director, Shiseido

•Vacation 2009 “I’ll probably take a road trip in the United States with our new dog and maybe spend a week on a houseboat on Lake Powell, on the Arizona side.”

•Favourite holiday hot spots “I really enjoyed visiting the Arctic, Iceland and Norway.”

•Favourite hotels “Generally, I’m not crazy about hotels because they remind me of work, but I love the
Hótel Borg in Reykjavík [Iceland], and I like the occasional stay in a fancy ryokan in Japan.”

•Favourite cocktail “The Negroni [gin, sweet vermouth and bitters].”

•Favourite indulgence “Travelling first class, whenever possible.”

•Favourite luggage “My carry-on is a 10-year-old, beaten-up Patagonia backpack.”

•Favourite leisure activities “Aimless wandering is fun. I also like to eat well, so investigating local food is something I love to do.”

•Top five desert-island beauty products “Serious sunblock, lip balm, bug spray, after-sun lotion and chilled cologne.”

•iPod playlist “‘Little Person’ by Jon Brion, ‘Flume’ by Bon Iver, ‘Dear Someone’ by Gillian Welch, ‘Paper Planes’ by M.I.A. and ‘Dreaming of the Queen’ by Pet Shop Boys.”

Photo of Japanese hotel from the Japan Ryokan Association

GORDON ESPINET, Vice-President, Global Makeup Artist, M.A.C Cosmetics

•Vacation 2009 “I’m going to Trinidad and Tobago to visit family and friends who live there.”

•Favourite holiday sun spots “I adore the Caribbean. My favourite picks are the Grenadines, Tobago and the still-pristine island of Dominica.”

•Vacation mood setters “I take off my watch and turn off my phone and BlackBerry.”

•Favourite hotel “I have many favourites around the world, but one that stands out in my mind is the
San Domenico in Taormina, Sicily.”

•Favourite cocktail “I love a great caipiroska.”

•Favourite indulgence “Mango sorbet.”

•Top five vacation must -haves “My iPod,
La Roche-Posay Sun Block SPF 45, Quiksilver shorts, Havaianas and
M.A.C Fix .”

•Favourite luggage “I have a Tumi obsession!”

•Favourite leisure activity “I love to swim in seawater.”

•Favourite vacation reads “Vogue and Vanity Fair. I prefer to read magazines, although I did read Running with Scissors [by Augusten Burroughs] on vacation and loved it!”

•Favourite bathing beauties “Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan, and Michael Phelps.”

•Best souvenir “Feeling and looking rested when I get back to work.”

CHARLOTTE WILLER, Global Artist, Maybelline New York

•Vacation 2009 “I’m planning on going to Uganda to see gorillas — it has been a dream of mine for many years.”

•Favourite hotel
“Five-star hotels — they’re all good at that level.”

•Summer makeup switchup “Add some shimmer, along with bright colours, to give you energy.”

•Favourite cocktail “A margarita.”

•Top five vacation spots “Burma for beauty, Namibia for adventure, Peru for culture, the Seychelles for relaxation and Syria for history.”

•Packing essentials “Simple clothes and a warm sweater, two evening outfits, one pair of high heels and one pair of flats. I travel light so that I have room to bring things back!”

•Top five desert-island beauty products
Maybelline Mineral Power powder, Maybelline Colossal mascara, a good moisturizer, lipgloss and Kiehl’s lip balm.”

•Best thing about going on vacation “Discovering new and beautiful places.”

•Worst thing “The flight — it’s such a waste of time.”

Photo of The luxe San Domenico hotel in Sicily from the THI Collection