This Is How You Should Pack Your Makeup for Travel + Touching Up On-The-Go

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Packing your makeup for travel can be anxiety provoking, to say the least. You’ve got to figure out what you really need and if it’s going to fit into your makeup bag. Or, perhaps you don’t have much and you just throw everything into your purse and hit the road. Either way, I’ve got some tips that will help you think of this task a bit differently.

First things first, consider the bag or case you’re going to use. Are we thinking clear cosmetic case or train case? The downside to the latter is that the contents could potentially move around inside and shatter. Yes, shatter, just like the only black color in my Morphe 35OM palette did this past summer. Thanks Southwest… thank you. 

It was a lesson, though, because now I know better. No matter the product in which you choose to pack your makeup and brushes, be sure to add padding around the items that are most vulnerable. If that doesn’t bring you much comfort, then pack your palettes in your carry-on. This way, you know for sure that you won’t open up your suitcase to find that your foiled eyeshadow from Makeupgeek Cosmetics has stained favorite white blouse.

Next, be sure to take note of the new TSA guidelines for powders on aircrafts. TSA recently announced a tighter restriction on powders of any kind. What does this means? Your $40 (full sized) Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder could possibly take up residence in the airport trash can if you take the full container with you! So, girl, grab yourself one of those small travel containers from your local drugstore and pour out just enough to hold you over for the length of your trip.

Finally, this tip isn’t so much related to packing but, you’ve got to have options. Say you think you’ll stick with deep colored lips since Fall is around the corner. Well, what if you want up one day and have an itch for a nude lip, but didn’t bring one. Don’t let this be you! Bring about 4-5 lipstick options in different hues. I like to bring a few shades of Pink, Nude, Purple and Red. If you’re doing the math, that adds up to more than 5. I know! I tend to over pack.  Need proof? Check out my video below.


Now, what about when you’re out and about and you notice that your makeup has gotten a bit dull? This is where a functional touch-up kit comes in handy. Here is what you need:

  1. Setting / Recovery Spray: Skindinavia Post-Makeup Recovery Spray will revive your makeup and take away the fullness that sometimes happens toward the end of a long day.
  2. Lip Gloss: No matter what lip color you’ve got on, you can always revive it with a gloss. Keep a nude/shimmer (and soft pink gloss, if you choose) in your kit in case your lipstick wears off or gets dry.
  3. Blotting Sheets: this is key! These remove excess oil on your face while keeping your makeup in tact. Now, to be honest, I use whatever Kleenex that’s within my reach. However, when I’m by being cheap, blotting sheets are my must-have.
  4. Eyelash Glue: Girrrrrrl, let me tell you! If you wear false lashes, then you NEED have spare glue on deck. You never know when those feathers will decide to clock out early. You need to be ready!
  5. Powder: If you highlight and contour, grab a powder that matches your skin tone, NOT your highlight color. If you have a few options, then you should also pack a powder bag matches your highlight. This is Incase you happen to cry or your hug someone and your makeup comes off on their shirt. Oops! LOL.
  6. Handheld Mirror: This is a no-brainer! Every woman needs a compact mirror in her purse.
  7. Q-tips: This comes in handy if you need to clear out the inner corner of your eye or even the innermost part of your lips. Have you ever seen someone with a white line in between their lips and wondered what it was? Lip gloss/stick build up. Use a QTip to clean that up!
  8. Original Lipstick/Lipgloss: Pack the lippie that you have on and switch this out each day. If you lick your lips, especially when you eat, you’ll need the original color to touch up. If you don’t lip your lips throughout the day, like me, and never have to touch up your original color, the gloss mentioned above, will suffice in case of an emergency.
  9. Tissue: you need these to, perhaps, wipe off your lip and re-apply your lippie. Or, to blot in between your lips to avoid unsightly product buildup.
  10. Makeup Wipes: Sis, if it’s late and you want to get the makeup off before you put your keys in the door, you don’t have to wait. You can wipe your makeup off in the car!

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