It seems like life is go-go-go these days. As soon as we unpack from one trip, it’s time to pack our bags for another! It’s tempting to skimp on the makeup bag, but I know I am so much more at ease traveling if I have as many of the comforts of home as I can fit into a carry-on. So instead of coasting by with the bare minimum, I pack everything that I know I’ll want in my travel makeup bag… all without over-packing.
I know what you’re thinking. But, can that truly be done as a makeup lover?
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I’m the type of woman who really likes to have choices, and that’s why the bare minimum travel makeup bag just doesn’t work well for me. I’ve learned through a lot of uncomfortable trips that I do so much better if I can simply have this particular comfort of home–my makeup. Luckily, I’m able to fit everything I need into a typical travel makeup bag. Here’s how:
1 | I Work the Dual Purpose Products
Sure, I love my colorful blushes and eye liners, but I know that I can’t pack a variety of those in my travel makeup bag. If I packed a few of those, I’d run out of room in no time. Instead, I focus on products that will give me more with less. For instance, the LORAC PRO To Go Palette is an eye shadow palette and cheek trio all rolled up in one. PLUS a big mirror. Score!
I can get a variety of eye looks out of this little wonder, and my bronzer is taken care of, too. The two blush shades can be worn separately or layered for a fun effect. By packing this little palette, I take care of eyes, bronzer, and blush. That’s a huge resource from such a tiny package.
PRO TIP: Don’t have a palette like this one? No biggie. You can always set up your own with a Z Palette.
2 | I Think Small
There are some products that are just impossible, or improbable, to work in a dual purpose way–primer, foundation, mascara, and brow products–so size is important. When I can, I throw in a travel size product, instead. That’s where services like Birchbox really come in handy because they live to send you travel sized goodies like primers, mascaras, and concealers.
PRO TIP: Always ask for samples of your favorite products when you’re at the beauty counter. These samples are perfect for traveling.
3 | I Choose to Highlight the Lips
Maybe it’s just me, but I find that lipstick is one of the easiest makeup products to pack. I can throw a couple in my travel makeup bag, and a couple more in my purse! By centering most of my makeup looks around my lips, I’m able to easily change the other feel of my makeup with the simple change of a lipstick.
PRO TIP: With products like the Bite Beauty Double Ended Lipstick, you get 2 lipsticks in 1 small tube! Way to piggyback points 1 & 3, Jaelan!
4 | I Utilize Versatile Brushes
I get by with only packing a couple of makeup brushes because I focus on brushes I can use in multiple ways. I can do practically every eye shadow look in the book with 2 simple eye brushes. My face really only needs 2 brushes, as well… and that’s only if I’m contouring. If I’m planning more low-key makeup looks, I really only need one face makeup brush – one for blush.
PRO TIP: I’ll let you in on a little secret. I get by without using tons of brushes because I use the best makeup tool available–fingers. Seriously, y’all. If you’re not applying travel makeup with your hands I don’t know if we can be friends, anymore. Use them!
Before packing my travel makeup bag this way, I was completely bummed out about my on-the-road beauty game. If you’ve ever heard anyone say “I just can’t wait to sleep in my own bed,” then you know exactly what I felt prior to this epiphany. I feel like I have finally found something that works for me. I’m so happy that I no longer have to leave the makeup lover in me at home when we’re traveling!
I hope these travel makeup bag tips help you pack smarter, not harder.
So to recap, here’s what I suggest packing in your travel makeup bag if you’re a beauty lover:
- Dual purpose items
- Travel sized goodies
- Minimal Tools
And as a bonus pro tip —
Packing blotting papers, or–my personal favorite–blotting sponges is a great way to get by without backing loose setting powder! No one wants to mess with loose powder while traveling.
With the holidays upon us, I know many of us will be traveling to be with our families. What are your favorite travel makeup bag tips? Shoot me a comment and let’s trade tricks!