While I wouldn’t call myself “well traveled” I happen to know RDU and Chicago’s Midway airport quite well. I tend to make a couple trips a year back and forth between those two airports.
I’ve definitely experienced the “oh my gosh my shampoo exploded” moment like Ross did in Friends. You’ve seen every episode of Friends from all 10 seasons multiple times, right? Oh you own all 10 seasons too? Cool, we can remain friends.
Perhaps I’ll work on a post about traveling with hair products, but today I’m sharing a few tips for traveling with makeup.
My motto in life is “KISS” which I’m sure you know is “Keep it simple, stupid” from Michael Scott on The Office. Wow, two classic television show references and I’m only seven sentences in to this post. You should also know I just paused in the middle of writing this and spent a good 10 minutes looking for a clip of Dwight explaining the KISS motto but I couldn’t find it.
Let’s get back into it, shall we?
I’m traveling to NYC soon with my husband for a quick weekend get-a-way and I’m only going to carry-on. I can’t remember that last time I only carried on my luggage. It wasn’t unusual for me to travel with my shears because I would usually end up doing a haircut at whatever destination I was going to, so I got used to checking my bag.
For our weekend in NYC I’m filtering what I usually use on a daily basis in order to only bring travel friendly products to “KISS”.
When you are thinking thought what makeup to bring, try to consider products that multi-task and are not liquid. Of course, if you need to bring liquid you certainly can, but it’s much less risky to pack thick creams or simply dry products.
One. Tarte Amazoninan Clay Airbrush Foundation in light beige. I shared a full review of this foundation here. I love that it’s full coverage but still really light on the skin. No risk of spilled liquid foundation with this powder formula!
Two. Tarte Buffer Airbrush Finish brush. It’s just the perfect brush for the foundation.
Three. L’Oreal Visible Lift Serum Absolute Concealer in light. I seriously love this concealer for under my eyes. On top of my Bobbi Brown corrector, of course.
Four. Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow stick in Pearly Taupe. This is such a versatile product. It can be blended out to look like full shadow on the eyelid, or used as a soft liner along both the bottom and top lash lines.
Five. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush. This is simply the most beautiful blush I’ve ever used. And it doubles as a bit of a highlighter so it’s essentially two products in one.
Six. Shu Uerma eyelash curler. Because if that wasn’t it my makeup bag I would panic.
Seven. Smashbox Always Sharp waterproof Kohl liner in black. While this isn’t the softest liner I’ve ever used, I love that it’s a twist up and is always sharp. I ALWAYS forget to pack a pencil sharpener in my travel makeup bag, so this liner is perfect for traveling as well as everyday use.
Eight. Anastasia Brow Pencil in cool taupe. One of my favorite eyebrow pencils.
Nine. Nars Creamy Concealer in Vanilla. I like this concealer for blemishes or dark spots best.
Ten. Smashbox Beauty Exposed Palette. So I bought this palette at beauty store within an outlet mall that I now realize may only sell discontinued products? I can’t seem to find this palette anywhere online! A similar alternative would be the Photo Op Eye Enhancing Palette (there is one for blue eyes, brown eyes and hazel eyes).
Eleven. Bobbi Brown Corrector on Porcelain Peach. If I’m going for the tired, under-eye circle look I don’t need this product. But if I want to look rested, this is essential.
Twelve. Sonia Kashuk Medium eyeshadow brush. This is perfect for applying shadow all over the lid.
Thirteen. Sephora blending eyeshadow brush. I use this brush for my crease and outer corners. Here is a similar option.
Fourteen. Sephora Crease brush. I prefer using this brush to blend my shadows together or apply highlight under my brows.
Fifteen. L’Oreal False Fiber Lashes in Black Lacquer. A bold and lengthening mascara.
Sixteen. Sonia Kashuk Dense Blush and Powder brush. I love using this brush with blush or highlighter.
Seventeen. Pixi Eye Zone Brightener. This is a newer product but I love how it brightens up my eye area.
A lot of these products are low-risk for spillage, which makes traveling all that much simpler.
When deciding on the right eyeshadow palette to bring, pick one that is versatile for day and night. You really only need a few shades of eyeshadow to create a couple different looks.
Grab a blush that has a highlighter mixed in like this one. Not only does it save you a step when you are applying your makeup, but it leaves a little more space in your bag for a different product.
If you are like me and always forget a pencil sharpener, look for twist up eyeliners. The biggest downfall in twist up liners is that they tend to be rounded on the tip after a few uses, but the self-sharpening aspect of this one solves that problem immediately.
Instead of packing my makeup in 1 large bag, I choose a few small bags. It’s a little bit easier to cram a few smaller bags into tiny spaces in my luggage than try to squeeze one large bag in without feeling like I’m crushing everything.
What isn’t pictured here is any of my skin care or other beauty products that I’ll need to cram into a quart sized bag to get through security. I’m seriously nervous that I’ll only have 2 oz of hairspray instead of my usual 16 oz. I wish I could say I was kidding about that, but I’m not. #hairstylistproblems.
If I was checking a bag, I would bring my Caudalie Beauty Elixir because it’s perfect for refreshing after hopping off an airplane. I’d also pack the Pink Innocencia body lotion by Sonia Kashuk because I cannot stop wearing that these days.
If you have any upcoming summer travels that require a flight, I hope this helps you as you think about packing your makeup!