There was a time in my life when I would travel and pack more makeup and beauty shit than clothes and shoes for a trip. I have been known to overpack clothes and shoes so this makeup thing was a huge problem. I would literally have an entire carry on filled with my beauty products and, when I was away, I would not even use a quarter of the shit I brought. What comes with age is wisdom. I have learned how to downsize my beauty arsenal while traveling and what I now know can help all of you.
You do not need all that rouge, Carol. You only need the essentials. Foundation, concealer, bronzer, translucent finishing powder, brow filler, mascara, 1 pencil eyeliner, blush, 1 eyeshadow palette, 1 lipliner, 3 lip colors. And, this is already for sure too much for the average gal. This list is for us fancy bitches.
Three Lip colors. 3. I grab one neutral lip liner and 3 lip colors. A neutral for daytime, a deeper color for evening and a versatile lipgloss for whenever. Here are my current favorites for travel (I just got back from a trip and they are still in my bag): Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip liner in Iconic Nude, Mac Mineralized lipstick in Pure Pout (for day/night… I am so depressed I think they have discontinued this shade. Heads will roll!), Plumful (night) and Mac Lipglass in Bittersweet Me.
Don’t pack a shit ton of individual eyeshadows. Find an eyeshadow pallet that works for you that can transition from day to evening. I like to pack neutral palettes. Keep it simple. The pallet I am loving for travel right now is Macs Semi-Sweet times 9. It transitions beautifully throughout the entire day and the matte colors keep it basic. I always need a shadow with a little pizazz so Macs paint pot in Vintage Selection is the perfect addition.
You do need need all that perfume. First, check to see if your fragrance comes in a roller. If so, grab that shit and go! If not, try to get your hands on some deluxe samples with spray tops. If that isn’t possible or you don’t have time to run to Neiman’s, do yourself a solid and listen here: get yourself some atomizers and fill those fuckers up with a little of your favorite fragrance and be gone. By packing a big bottle of perfume, you risk spillage which would ruin your frigging trip. Also, think space and weight. There is no need to bring the whole thing. Atomizers also allow me to bring two fragrances, one for daytime and one for evening. They. Are. Awesome.
Don’t pack full-size skin care products. You have a few options here. The first one can only be utilized by broads who buy high-end skin care from retailers like Sephora or Nordstrom, for example. I have been known to ask them for enough samples to last the duration of my travels. I am not a sneaky asshole, though. I let them know they can check my accounts to confirm I have indeed actually bought products from them. They are usually super generous that way. Sometimes, you can find travel-sized products for sale if you opt to go this route. If this option isn’t possible for you then what you should do is hit up amazon and get yourself some top notch travel containers for your skin care. There are so many options. I don’t suggest putting your face creams and moisturizers in squeezable tubes. Instead buy little tubs with screw on lids. Many come with a cute, handy-dandy, tiny spatula whose purpose is to put product in and take product out. They are awesome.
Do not pack full size toiletries. This is nuts. Nowadays, you can get your hands on travel-sized everything. I don’t like switching up my products just because I am traveling so, if I can’t find what I love in travel sizes, I use travel containers which I fill with the products I have at home. This is the most cost-effective way of doing it if you travel quite a bit. I have found some of my hair products to be difficult to find in travel-size and a lot of the time it isn’t possible to transfer the product into travel containers so sometimes I opt to pack a full size if it is absolutely necessary. I throw those in my checked bag if I have one, otherwise I suffer without it.
You really don’t need to pack all that shampoo and conditioner. When I travel, I try to wash my hair as little as possible. Gross? Hell no. Dry shampoo, TSPeeps. I can literally go 5 days without washing my hair if I have to. I have a method that works for me. Check it out: I wash my hair and blowdry it straight the day I am leaving. The second day, I use dry shampoo to absorb any oils and then flat iron my hair to give it a fresh style. The third day, I repeat day 2 and dry shampoo and flat iron. Your hair can get a little dry at this point so I grab some hair oil and get it into my ends (not the roots). Day 4, I bust out my curling wand. I dry shampoo my roots and use my wand top give my hair a little wave and some volume. Day 5 is a pony tail day. Don’t knock this until you try it.
Travel Beauty Tips For Smart Broads:
-Store any fragile products inside of your sneakers
-Wrap the products that are at risk for opening or leaking in plastic wrap
-If you are super paranoid about leakage, duct tape the closed caps to prevent them from popping open during travel
-Wrap your powered cosmetics in something to prevent them from crushing–try sticking them inside thick socks or, for you small-boobied girls, stick them in your padded bras
-Depot your makeup. Transfer an appropriate amount of liquid foundation into travel pots
-Multi-use products are great for travel. Nars Multiple sticks are great for this. Cheeks, eyes and lips in one
–Water-activated facial cleanser wipes are where its at for travel (thanks to my best friend, Michelle, for showing me the light!)
–Coconut oil packets are amazing for makeup removal while traveling! (thanks to my son’s best friend’s mom, Annie, who is my friend too)
-If you are packing your products in your suitcase, cushion them by packing them in the center of your suitcase within your clothes
-Ziplock bags are awesome for separating products and protecting breakage or spillage–don’t skimp and buy cheap ones unless you want to press your luck
-Spray moisturizer Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Energy Hydration Delivery System is perfect for travel. Spritz it on after a flight for some must-needed moisture on the go