Jet-setting photographer Lucy Laucht on the beauty of travel

From Oaxaca to Oahu, Lucy Laucht, photographer, co-founder of Tio y Tia hats and MECCA’s digital strategist, has traversed the globe, collecting exquisite photographs and countless experiences along the way. She’s called London, New York and Melbourne home and her cool-girl style is the perfect blend of all three. Having just returned from Peru and Chile, Laucht shares her top travel tips, most memorable moments, and her beauty go-tos at 35,000 feet.

TMM: How did you first get into travel photography and how did it segue from a hobby to a career?
LL: "I’ve always been fascinated with telling a story. I studied photography before I began working in fashion in New York. There, I worked alongside photographers who encouraged me to take the leap and pursue photography full time—which has been both terrifying and hugely exciting.”

How does your makeup and skincare routine change based on the destination?
“Italy calls for a poppy red lip and Rodin Tough Tomato is my favourite. New York is frenetic, and so my makeup approach is simple. I love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. In tropical climates, I find a stroke of illuminator on my brows, cupid’s bow and bridge of my nose is enough. I’m a religious RMS Master Mixer user. And always, always, always, an SPF. I have a mini tube of To Save Face Superscreen SPF 50+ in every handbag.”

What products will we find in your travel containers?
Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo and Mending Masque—my trick for surviving long haul is to shower at the lounge during connections. You feel almost human again. I’m currently using the travel containers from this Mecca Cosmetica Jet-Setter Edit.”

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What does your long-haul beauty routine look like?
“The flight from Australia to Europe feels like the equivalent of a short weekend away, so I need a few rituals to help me enjoy it. Short of waving a smudge stick around the cabin, I start by spraying my space with This Works Stress Check Breathe In Spray and then apologise to my seatmate. Next, I set out all my beauty minis on the tray table for the obligatory IG story. First up, a Lauren Napier cleansing wipe, followed by a swish of Mecca Cosmetica Clean Slate Micellar Water. Then I move onto Cleanser 27, Baume 27, Essence 27, and Huile 27—the Cosmetics 27 travel kit contains minis of all these products and is literally my best friend. I follow that with Mecca Cosmetica Bright Eyed Eye Mask and Mecca Cosmetica Lit From Within Sheet Mask. Yes, I am that person. My hand luggage always contains a silk sleep mask, earplugs, cashmere socks, a pillow and noise cancelling headphones. I carry sachets of miso soup, which I find comforting and hydrating. Add a stack of books, I’m old-school, and red wine and I’m set. Before stepping off, I’ll apply Mecca Cosmetica Multi-Purpose Plumping Balm for those dehydration-induced lines. Et voila!”

Do you have any packing tips you could share?
“Pack the clothes you love and wear on the regular, not the ones you save at the back of your closet for the future version of yourself. I pack in outfits and keep it simple. A great pair of shoes and bold accessories will do wonders for switching up the basics.”

What is the best way to explore a destination that’s not in the guidebook?
“I always seek out independent coffee shops. Chances are you’ll find them in cute, up-and-coming neighbourhoods run by interesting people who will point you in the direction of the road less travelled.”

Who is the most interesting person you’ve met while travelling?
“My husband. We met at a mie goreng stand in Bali and the rest is history.”

Can you share one travel memory that makes you laugh out loud?
“After we were married in New York, my husband and I set out to see America in our 1985 Volkswagen Westfalia camper van. It was a seven-month trip, living in 80 square feet of space, seeing the most incredible places, breaking down along the way. Our van had this little kitchen with a fridge, which didn’t work properly, so I converted it into my beauty cabinet. It was the most spacious beauty cabinet I’ve ever had.”

What do you miss most when you’re away from home?
My husband, One Hot Yoga and coffee. Melbourne has turned me into a complete coffee snob.

Travel photographer: expectation vs. reality?
“Expectation: endless highlight-reel of beautiful places. Reality: Early call times, much carting of heavy bags, many sad goodbyes, but endless pinch-me-this-is-incredible-moments.”

The next spot on your list?
“Japan. I know. Can’t believe I haven’t been yet!”

As told to Romy Erdos
June 2018


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