Whether you travel often or are always on the move, you need a simple makeup routine that will last. These makeup essentials and tips will help you make packing a breeze because they won’t load you down with too many bulky items. I’ll be sharing the best products, exactly how I apply them, and tips for packing your travel beauty essentials. After all, we deserve to look great no matter where we are. And we shouldn’t need to lug all our makeup around in order to be picture perfect for selfies!
Palettes are your friend. If you find a palette you like, stick with it. I have a palette that includes bronzer, blush, and highlighter (and I’ll also use these colors for eye shadow). Having this all-in-one makeup kit makes it easy to pack and you’ll have less to think about when packing.
A tinted moisturizer is a great product to take while traveling. A sheer layer will keep your skin moisturized while adding a little bit of coverage, and won’t feel too heavy on your skin. Plus, most tinted moisturizers can be applied with your hands, which means one less brush you’ll have to pack in your bag.
Mascara can transform any makeup look. When traveling, be sure to choose a mascara that doesn’t smudge or flake, especially if you’re planning to spend a lot of time outside. Tinted lip balm is great for traveling because you can throw it in your bag and reapply on-the-go. It also will keep your lips moisturized!
Bronzer can really warm up the face and bring life back into the skin. There are plenty of bronzers out there that come in a variety of shades to suit different skin tones. Using a fluffy brush, I like to sweep this bronzer across my forehead, cheekbones, and jawline. This bronzer isn’t super pigmented, which is good because you don’t have to worry about going overboard!
The place where most people overpack is in the lip and eyeshadow department. You only need some versatile neutrals and a few bold options. Challenge yourself to stick to only two lipsticks and two eyeshadows.
Please don’t be that person who brings a 50-piece brush set to Jamaica. You can do a lot of precise makeup work with just a trusty few. We recommend one for creams, one for powders, and one for eyeshadow. You might be wondering, what separates a standard makeup brush from a travel one? A few very critical features.
Ask Salespeople at Any Store for Travel Samples
There’s only one way to find out if you can get a free sample: Ask! Be confident and speak up. The worst thing the clerk can say is no. Here’s our go-to spiel: “I’m interested in a few products, but I’d like to test them with my normal makeup routine before I buy. Is it possible to get a couple of samples?” It doesn’t work every time, but it does work.