Makeup Essentials for Travel

November 25, 2014

Traveling this holiday season? Me too. I was asked today to publish a post on what essentials I was bringing on my holiday getaway as some of you might be flying or driving in the next few days and can’t bring your entire beauty bag with you. So what should you bring and what should you leave home? Here’s what does and doesn’t make the list for me!

Bring Along

Tinted Moisturizer/BB Cream/Foundation – whatever your preference in skin enhancement, bring it with you. It doesn’t matter if I have great eyeshadow or lipstick on for me if I don’t have my skin covered first.

Concealer – I use mine daily as an under eye corrector and for any imperfections that might arise.

Bronzer (if you use one) – I also use this daily so for me not to wear it would make me feel…well not right.

Blush – here is where I would choose a cream color and use it as a multi-tasker as a lip color as well. My favorites are Bobbi Brown and Josie Maran – I actually keep them in my purse all the time.

Eyeshadow – pair this way down if you can. I would stick with neutrals that you are going to wear every day/night and get the most use out of. I would choose a vanilla and a cocoa color as your take alongs. Bonus – bring a flat brush and use the cocoa as your eyeliner.

Mascara – bring whatever you would normally wear but pair down to just one (or two if you’re like me).

Gloss – if you chose a powder blush instead of a cream, make sure you pack a gloss you feel good about wearing everyday. I would stick with a pink or soft brown. Reds are really fun for holiday but if you’re not going to wear it everyday this weekend, leave it home.

Dry Shampoo – depending on how many days you will be away from home you may not have time everyday to wash and do your hair full out everyday. I would bring along some dry shampoo just in case.

Coconut Oil – if you don’t have any right now, go out and buy some before you leave. I love this stuff! I use it as my body moisturizer as well as many other things. I rub into my cuticles before I go to bed, use it as lip balm and use on my eyebrows to keep them in place. You can also use it on the ends of your hair to keep your style in place and flyaways down. Girls with longer and finer hair should go easy (remember this is oil) but girls with thicker or a short hairstyle can load up a little bit more. It can also be used as a gentle eye makeup remover. Bonus – if you purchase the organic, unrefined kind it smells amazing.

Leave Home

Highlighters – these are so flattering but will take up room in your bag. My advice? Bring a vanilla sheen as your vanilla shadow above and work it as double duty.

Fun lip colors – I always end up bringing way too much and only use one that is in my purse. Choose one staple that you can wear all weekend and keep it natural.

Loose eye shadows – besides the two I suggested above, I would avoid bringing any more. If your shadows are in a palette, go ahead and feel free to bring that. Remember  if you’re away visiting family, you’re probably not going to have a ton of time to try new makeup tricks or colors, so stick to the basics and tried and true colors that you know work for you.

Nail polish – do it before you leave or let them be natural. I would avoid bringing any color along. Better yet – go get your nails done with the women in your family as a girls’ day date!

Remember – when you’re deciding what to bring ask yourself this “Am I REALLY going to use this in the next few days?” If the answer is I don’t know, leave it home. You probably won’t miss it.

What are your traveling beauty essentials?


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