With the holiday season in full swing, there’s no better time to downsize your beauty lineup to take care of your travel makeup essentials. Whether you stick to TSA guidelines or just want to pack lighter packs, most of us won’t be traveling with our full makeup kit.
While planning the details of your trip and what to definitely wear and exciting errands, adjusting your beauty inventory can actually be quite stressful. The whole process makes one think about what you’ll need at your fingertips once you reach your destination – especially if you’re going somewhere that doesn’t have a drugstore to buy cosmetics at the last minute. Regardless, you’ll need at least one skin product to even out skin tone and hijab imperfections, along with multitasking pigments to add warmth and subtle color to the face. And let’s not forget how you’ll store all your makeup to avoid spills or damage.
Here, we’ve created the ultimate makeup packing guide for your summer vacation and beyond.
First things first, decide which is the best travel makeup organizer for you. Perhaps you already own the best toiletry bag that can fit both your skincare and makeup supplies, or you might prefer storing them separately. The waterproof Away bag offers roomy compartments, clear pockets, and even a detachable makeup brush organizer – perfect for clipping into your handbag. Otherwise, consider the Longchamp Zippered Bag, which is compact enough to slip into your purse or personal items for easy access.
From the Oscars red carpet to the Met Gala, experts talk about the importance of preparing skin for glowing, beautiful skin with or without makeup. So, rely on skin-nourishing products and face primers to prepare your base. We’d reach for Tatcha’s The Silk Canvas to nourish, blur, protect, and gorgeous—or French beauty favorite Embryolisse Cream to restore skin’s moisture and leave a silky finish.
It’s probably okay to apply all your makeup products with your fingers. If not, don’t forget to pack the beauty tools you rely on at home to perfect your look. For brushes, consider a dual-ended option that combines two different types of brush in one, such as the Hourglass option, which is suitable for powder, bronzer, blush, and highlighter. On the other hand, classics like the Beautyblender sponge make blending liquid, cream, and powder products a dream.
Choosing holiday skin products is arguably the hardest part, with different types of foundation, concealers, and powders to choose from—many of us need multiple shades to get a brighter under-eye area or to combat hyperpigmentation. You can’t go wrong with Ilia’s Super Serum Skin Tint for lightweight, dewy coverage that boasts sun protection and nourishing ingredients (read: niacinamide, squalene, and hyaluronic acid). As for concealer, Kosas’ creamy formula not only provides medium, dewy coverage but also brightens, calms and refreshes skin over time thanks to a blend of caffeine, peptides, vitamins, and hyaluronic acid. Seriously, who can say no to effective blemishers and clean foundations?
Set the look
Even on vacation, it’s important to hold your look in place appropriately. Charlotte Tilbury Setting Powder is excellent on hand to reduce shine and blur where you need it, and earn extra points for mess-free application (unlike loose setting powder options). Then spray your face with Supergoop spray! that fixes and protects against UV rays and pollutants. In fact, a similar formula was saved by the brand Vogue magazine Make-up trade writer Alexis Bennett during the Coachella Festival.
Peek at your tip with the best mascara and eyeliner – both of which work wonders to make your eyes pop and enhance their look. For smudge-free lengthening and lift, use Merit Clean Mascara. To perfect your signature wing or add some dimension to your look, Ilia’s waterproof formula allows you to precisely draw lines however you see fit, thanks to a soft-touch tip.
Makeup artists say the key to a simple makeup look is adding a pop of color. One of the easiest ways to do this while traveling is to keep a tinted lip product on hand for a special moment. Kosas Gloss provides a lip-filling effect by visibly plumping lips – especially if paired with a lip color that complements the liner. Not a big glitter fan? Grab Merit’s glossy lipstick for sheer, buildable color, no matter the occasion.
We’ve quickly become fans of blush, from viral TikTok picks to the best cream formulas. Either way, the blendable blush and all-purpose color pigments allow you to customize your glare and place colors anywhere you want. Versatility is key on any type of vacation. Press Merit’s creamy tint onto eyes, lips, and cheeks to wash out skin-like color. Prefer the liquid formula? Saie Dew Blush Water-Based creates natural pigmentation after just one drop of the applicator – mixed with one of the makeup tools mentioned earlier.
The browser says a lot about anyone, so think ahead about mastering what works for you when you’re packing for travel. Draw realistic brow hairs in sparse areas with Danny Kimiko Vincent’s extra-smooth makeup pencil, or brush in place with a brow gel like Ilia to volumize and volumize hair with a flexible hold.
Maybe your travels for a wedding or party require total glamour, or maybe you’re not quite sure what your itinerary entails. However, a few ready-made and great long-lasting camera products are essential. Think false eyelashes for added drama; With this Velor Lashes set, you have everything you need to apply natural-looking lashes on the go without trimming or measuring. Finally, the last thing you want during a full-on shine is an unnecessary bout of glitter. Stop oil in its tracks with Tatcha blotting papers without changing your look – packaged small enough to fit in your handbag or party clutch.