You don’t want to be vain, but you still want to look beyond gorgeous in your pics. Travel is supposed to be about immersing yourself in different cultures and learning about the world. Still, we all want to look cute in our selfies. Even with limited room in your bag, packing travel makeup is a priority. Before you jet off to your next destination, read these tips to help you pack makeup like a travel pro.
1. Ditch Glass Bottles
Foundation is one of the most difficult beauty items to travel with. The typical glass container, open top bottle design makes spills and mishaps more likely. If you forget, lose or skip applicators, a pump or squeeze style bottle makes application less messy. You also won’t need to stick your fingers in the bottle which transfers bacteria and travel grime. Foundation brands with pump style, plastic bottles include Urban Decay Naked, Becca and Lorac. They’re sold at Sephora for $30-45. Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour is a 1 oz, squeeze style container for $8, sold in drugstores. All of these brands give you sheer to medium coverage and come in a full range of shades.
2. Stick to a Color Palette
Don’t haul your whole makeup collection. Plan one or two main face looks for a weekend or a long trip. A neutral daytime look and foxy night out look will impress wherever you go. For variety, a different lip shade is the easiest way to shake up your makeup. Don’t think of it as having less makeup. Instead, you have a signature firece face.
3. Use an Eye Drop Bottle
Funnel your foundation into a sterilized bottle with a cap. Empty Visine and other eye drop bottles work perfectly. The 1 oz bottle is compact, squeezable, TSA compliant and designed to close tightly. If you’re going on a longer trip, use multiple bottles and toss them as you go. That way you’ll make space for all of your souvenirs.
4. Try Cream Coverage
Cream foundations give more coverage and have less chance of spillage. Avoid creams if you’re traveling to a very hot climate; they can melt and cause a mess. Iman makes great colors for medium to dark brown tones and is sold in most Walgreens and Targets stores. Maybelline’s Fit Me Line makes colors for fair to medium brown skin tones. The foundation sticks cost about $9. Bobbi Brown makes cream stick foundation for all shades priced at $44.
5. Blend Your Own BB Cream
If cream or liquid foundations feel too heavy solve this problem by mixing the cream with moisturizer. This thins out the formula for a fresh faced look. Mix on the back of your hand or on a piece of paper with a cosmetic spatula or toothpick. If you’d rather buy one, Maybelline has a fair to light brown range of BB Cream colors, and Iman’s BB Cream is perfection if you have caramel to deep chocolate toned skin.
6. Use Fuss Free Sheets/Wipes
Fresh faced and glowing in an exotic sun? Yes, that sounds right. Single use bronzer sheets, like Loreal’s Sublime Line, come in packs of six for about $10. They’re travel friendly and mess free until you open them. Don’t forget make up remover/cleansing wipes. Never sleep in your makeup. The makeup police will slap you with a fine if you do. Vacation pimples will make you hate all of your pictures. You can use remover wipes while lying in bed, tired from an epic night of partying.
7. Fix Powder Compacts
If you travel with powder compacts, chances are one will break. It’s one of the universal makeup laws. Nothing inspires whining like wiping up shattered powder or chucking that expensive blush. If your powder isn’t all over the floor, bring it back to life. Use a few drops of alcohol to slightly dampen your powder and re-press it into your compact with a spoon. Voila! Like magic, your compact is usable again.
8. Tote Travel Ready Tools
Some makeup mavens pat on foundation and cream makeup with their fingers. If you like applicators instead, pack washable travel sized brushes. Sponges soak up excess makeup and collect bacteria. Travel brushes are sold in every drugstore from $3 a set and up. They’re compact and come in handy cases. To make your eyes pop, use a mini lash curler. They’re small and easier to use with one hand.
Part 2 will focus on Eyes and Lips…