9. Choose Colors that Combine Well
Lipstick and blush colors that blend well and create a new color will add variety to your look. The same colors repeatedly can get boring on a long trip. A red shade and a pink shade can look hot separately and when blended for a new creation. Experiment while still at home for a knockout color combo. Lip crayons and balm stains combine as well as regular lipstick and are long-lasting. Lip pencils also change up a lipstick look. Bringing a shade that tones down or ramps up your other colors is just good planning.
10. Swipe Shadow Sticks
Eye shadow palettes are great for travel, but I inevitably drop mine. Of course, you are super graceful and have no klutzy tendencies. But justincase you want something more durable, make the switch to shadow sticks. They’re shatter free and uber portable. You can apply with one hand, no applicator necessary.True Story. Most companies make their own version, but NYX Jumbo Liners are a fab favorite among makeup lovers. You ca use them as a liner and a shadow. This is double duty makeup aka a travel lover’s BFF. You can find NYX Jumbo liners at Ulta, Target and online. Each costs a budget friendly $4.50.
11. Multi-Task Your Makeup
Be savvy and multitask with your lipstick as blush. Apply directly from the tube or swipe it on your hand, then transfer and blend. Nars the Multiple, Tarte Stains and Stila Pots are all multi-use products for cheeks, lips and skin. Each product is long-lasting and no brushes are necessary unless you can’t live without them. Maybelline has the Master Glaze line of cream, twist up blushes. Warning: If your lips are sensitive, avoid using products with shimmer overload. Something about those flecks of gold goodness that brighten up your cheecks can irritate your lips.
12. Pack a Lens Case
For a quick trip, scoop a bit of blush into a contact lens case. It’s small, lightweight and you won’t wonder why you packed so much when hiking to your next location. NYX has natural and bright, long-lasting cream blushes. You can also squeeze a small amount of night cream or cleanser into a lens case. For weekend trips, this tip alone is life altering. Never watch TSA agents toss your full sized bottles again. If you like to slather on the good stuf, bring multiple labeled cases. These work better than a pill box because they are created to seal and keep in liquid.
13. Eliminate Extras
Focus on makeup that you can apply straight from the tube or container to cut down on applicators. These get lost or get grimy easily. Buy self sharpening eye and lip pencils. You won’t have to hunt for separate sharpeners in your bag. That search adds precious minutes you could be snoozing to a makeup routine. As an alternative, buy pencils with sharpeners in the cap. If you lose one, you can whip out another. Disater averted.
14. Score Samples
If you have a favorite product, try finding samples in the department store or Sephora. Sephora associates usually make samples without a problem. If you feel bad for getting “free” stuff, ask an associate for the sample container to pack the product yourself. Most associates are nice enough to do this for you. They’ll make perfume samples or you can use the tear off kind from your magazines. No cheating, just use samples for trips and trying out a new product. Once you get back you’ll spend most of your disposable income there anyway.
15. Buff or Bring a Pen
You can’t have your fierce face with scraggy nails. Polish pens make nail color easy to apply. The containers are break-proof and color glides on evenly. Don’t squeeze out too much product for the best results. They take a little practice but can quickly become a fave. Bring a nail buffer to care for your nails if you’re not a polish addict. It’s is a nice alternative for low maintenance, shiny nails.
16. Ban Bacteria
Bring alcohol wipes to clean your fingers before dipping into your makeup. Always clean your hands first so you don’t transfer bacteria into your makeup or onto your face. Bacteria in makeup can cause breakouts or eye infections. Ick. You want to be radiant and healthy. Always play it safe and throw away any makeup with a funky smell.
Of course, put everything into one zippered pouch for easy access and organization. Use plastic baggies for extra spill protection. Staying organized is half the battle while on the road. A bonus tip is to line your pouch with bubble wrap to absorb the bumps and bruises. If you don’t have one, Forever 21 and bargain stores like TJ Maxx or Ross, always sell affordable makeup pouches. Use a makeup wipe to clean your case as needed.
I’ve learned the hard way how to deal with spills, bulging bags and cracked compacts. Benefit from my mistakes and lost cash. Use these 16 travel tested, globetrotter approved tips to make packing your makeup a breeze.
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