Dana Oliver


Dana Oliver


Beauty Director, Yahoo Lifestyle


Instagram: @_DanaOliver



Travel- hate it, love it? I absolutely love to travel and I don’t mind doing it alone. I enjoy venturing to new destinations or returning to places that have truly captured my heart. Getting out of my area code allows me to reconnect with beauty beyond what we see on the runway, red carpet, or social media.


It’s not a vacation unless… There’s sun on my (sunscreen-covered) skin, soft sand in between my toes, and amazing food and people.


Planes, trains or automobiles? As a commuter, I’ve grown fond of train rides into New York City for work. But there’s something about the ritual of preparing for a plane ride I find so exciting — I like to sport comfy sweats and a head wrap while I catch up on sleep as I wear a terrifying animal print sheet mask.


Checked bags or carry on? Carry on. I’d hate to be without my beauty essentials because the airlines “lost” my baggage.


Travel beauty- bare or elaborate? Both. I try to keep a fresh face as much as possible, opting for groomed brows, highlighted skin (I'm a fan of Wander Beauty’s On-the-Glow Bronzer & Illuminator because it fits right into makeup bag/backpack), and glossy lips. But when the night calls for a bit more glamour, I like to amp it up with a bold matte lip.


In general my beauty routine is…. all about achieving that “your skin but better” look. Of course, it all starts with a strong skincare routine — I’m ride-or-die for sunscreen and I like to enhance my foundation with essentials oils. I recently tried mermaid lashes and I’m hooked! I can skip applying mascara, so that cuts down on my routine.


I must pack __________ when traveling? Sunscreen, natural deodorant, lip balm, and perfume.


Best travel tip? Apply a sheet mask at least 10-15 minutes before your plane lands to rehydrate skin for a fresh-off-the-runway (literally!) glow.


 Upon arrival at my destination…. I book an appointment for a body scrub or massage at the spa.


Favorite travel spot? Tulum, Mexico — it’s my happy place.


What are your 3 must see/do things in this city? Practice daily yoga at Maya Tulum Resort — the instructors are usually locals so this helps me practice my Spanish; Stop by Mateo’s for fresh guacamole with chips and mango margaritas (this cool drink has an unexpected spicy kick) ; Snorkeling with the huge king-parrot fish in the Yal-Ku Lagoon (bucket list goals!)