Welcome back to BeautyPatterns! It’s been a while since I wrote a post. Now I’m back with a new series for you: Travel Essentials. Hopefully this will give you some ideas on how to pack and travel in a minimalistic style.
Since I’ve been travelling more lately, especially by plane and with a carry-on bag only, I want to share with you what I’ve learned and what I pack for 3-7 days trip.
I usually do my makeup every single day and I use more than just a few products. When I travel, I want to have products that I know that work well, will make me look good all day, will stay in place and won’t give me a hard time through out the day. I want something that I’ll put on in the morning and will go for the long run, even until late at night, if I happen to go out.
Doesn’t this mean to pack a full bag of makeup & accessories? Well, NO! My travel makeup bag is actually very compact, plane-friendly and will give me a few options for different days.
One of those products that are not easy to carry on the plane and takes some space is the foundation. To solve this problem, I always take two of my all-time-favorite products: Benefit The POREfessional Primer & Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer. Instead of using a foundation, I combine a pea-size amount of these two and the result is a foundation-like product, that applies easily, has a medium-high coverage and due to the long-lasting type of products, it stays put all day long. I set these with the mini size of Make Up For Ever HD Powder.
To add some warmth and color to the face I use the blush & bronzer from Sephora Must-Have Makeup Palette. This one is absolutely perfect for travelling, has a carton packaging, that prevents it from breaking, since it absorbs shocks. Also, it is very compact and has a big mirror, which is must when doing my makeup. To apply the powder products I use Sephora Retractable Powder & Blush Brushes.
If I want to go extra, I might add one of these other products, that are also travel size and good quality: NYX HD Studio Photogenique Foundation & Concealer and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight & Pressed in Opal.
For eyeshadow I’ll use the same Sephora Must-Have Makeup Palette. The colors are beautiful, two matte and two shimmering ones, very pigmented and long-lasting. I apply these with Sephora 3 Eye Brush Magnetic Wand.
I always use an eyeliner, and my go to one is the NYX Matte Liquid Liner in Black. It’s easy to apply, the color is an incredibly intense black and stays in place all day long.
To look more awake I use NYX Wonder Pencil in Light.
I fill in my eyebrows with NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Espresso. This also has a brush on the other end, so it’s perfect for travelling.
Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black is my go-to mascara and the best part is that it also comes in a mini size, so it won’t take up a lot of space.
I also have a few extras regarding eye makeup. Sometimes I like a more dramatic cat eye and the perfect product for this I find it to be Benefit They’re Real Push-up Liner in Black.
For a pop of color I would add to the bag one of these two blue eyeliners: Max Factor Masterpiece High Precision Eyeliner in Azure, a beautiful royal blue or the Kat Von D Ink Liner in Nietzsche, a light icy blue.
I like to keep my lip makeup as simple as possible. A lib balm is the most used product when I travel and if I want just a little bit of color, I go for a pencil and lipstick in a your-lips-but-better color, such as Maybelline Color Sensational in 132 Sweet Pink and MAC Lipstick in Syrup. I don’t want to bother with reapplying lipstick through out the day or worry about smudges or stains when I’m on the road.
Something I always take with me is a red lipstick. This is always making a bold statement and goes for any occasion. My favorite one is Boys’n Berries All Day Matte Long Wear Liquid Lipstick in Red Sonja, combined with Rimmel London Exagerrate Full Color Lip Liner in 024 Red Diva. What I like about these ones is that I can apply them and don’t have to worry about it for hours.
The End Result – My Must-Have Makeup Travel Kit
This is the entire makeup kit containing my must-have travel products. It has everything I need for a few days and it takes so little space that can even be carried inside a handbag.
If you are interested to see more posts about other things I pack (skin care, hair products, clothes, etc.) in the same minimalist style, let me know and I’ll write about those too as part of my Travel Essentials series.