I don’t know about you, but as much as I love traveling, packing can be very stressful because I always want to pack everything I own. Packing makeup is even more difficult at times because you never know what kind of makeup look you will be in the mood for and how much time you will have to do it. I’m going on a trip for about a week and needed to narrow down what I was packing so here is [part of] the travel makeup bag and some tips on the basic items I like to always take when packing it.
Tip 1| Pack compact palettes that contain multiple products. For example, the Tarte Tres Chic Park Avenue Princess palette pictured above (which is still available, but in different packaging) contains a bronzer, highlighter, and a blush. I highly suggest investing in at least one compact palette that contains multiple products because they really come in handy when traveling. You can even even use the bronzer or highlighter as an eyeshadow for a natural makeup look.
Tip 2| Invest in sample size beauty products. If you’re a Sephora lover, use those point perks on deluxe sized products. I got the Tarte Smooth Operator pressed finishing powder and the Lancome primer as samples and they are coming in handy because they’re very tiny and don’t take up much space. Instead of using all my point perks on lipsticks and such, invest in miniature products that you always need to take on a trip (i.e. primer, moisturizer, eye cream, setting spray, mascara, shampoo, and conditioner) that usually come in much bigger packaging when purchased on its own. This also keeps me from having to buy a million separate plastic jars or bottles to put my eye cream, moisturizer, foundation, etc into. I also keep these smaller products in a travel makeup/skincare drawer to keep for future travels.
Tip 3| Take products in plastic packaging. As much as I want to take my Chanel Le Blanc De Chanel illuminating base, I’m not. Taking heavy glass bottles, especially if you’re checking this bag in before your flight, could be risky. That’s why I make sure to only pack products that come in plastic packaging. (I confess, the ABH Dipbrow Pomade above is in a glass jar, but it’s my favorite eyebrow product, and I’m not flying anywhere so it’s not likely to get broken during travel).
Tip 4| Take one sheer, but buildable, foundation and one compact powder foundation. When you’re traveling the last thing you want to pack is just one full coverage foundation. It’s best to take a light base that is buildable, which is why I packed the MAC Face and Body foundation. This way you can wear a light base on the days you want minimal makeup, and just apply more for more coverage on the days or nights you want a more flawless base. A compact powder foundation is also great because it will set your makeup and add more coverage if that is what you need. So instead of taking a translucent setting powder, I suggest taking a powder foundation. The MAC Studio Fix powder does not cake up or look heavy on the skin, but it does add more coverage, so I really recommend that one.
Tip 5| Pack lip liners instead of lipstick (I love the MAC lip liners). Lip liner is thinner, easier to fit into your purse, and it lasts a lot longer on the lips so you won’t have to constantly apply it while sight seeing or grabbing a quick bite. This might not be for everyone, but I love to wear lip liner as a lipstick. Lipsticks can melt or break while traveling, which is something I am always afraid of. Plus, you can find a great variety of inexpensive lip liners at the drugstore so you won’t risk losing so much money if you lose, break, or leave one of them behind at the hotel. I have accidentally left lipsticks behind in my hotel room before and it isn’t fun.
Tip 6| Pack a makeup sponge. Truly, the BeautyBlender is not a gimmick. It blends makeup out beautifully and taking it on a trip means you don’t have to pack as many brushes, which means you can pack more makeup! I love using the BeautyBlender for foundation, concealer, and any cream products. You can even use this with powder products to set your face makeup and your under eye concealer. I wouldn’t use this to apply powder blush or bronzer though.
Tip 7| This one is probably common sense, but I thought I just had to mention it: don’t take any products that are limited edition. You will regret it if it gets lost or broken! I love some limited edition highlighters and such that I love to use quite a bit, but I don’t take those because losing them or breaking them is just not worth the risk!
I hope this post helped any of those who just aren’t great at packing and never know what to take in terms of makeup/beauty!
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