The holidays are here, and for many of us that means it’s time for some fun holiday travels. Typically, you can’t bring everything you wish you could, so packing light is key. But it’s also possible to look and feel fabulous with just the cosmetics and accessories that fit in your travel makeup bag by following these five tips and tricks.
- Focus on the bag
Start your travel makeup strategy by thinking about your travel bag. If you don’t already have a great one, now’s the time to shop for a bag that’s small enough to hold just the most essential cosmetic items and has compartments for keeping your stuff organized. It’s even better if it has transparent areas so you can quickly find the items you need during hectic travels.
- Stick with neutral colors
You won’t have to pack nearly as many items in your makeup bag when you select products that coordinate with a variety of the clothes and accessories in your suitcase. Rather than trying to bring your whole makeup collection, the idea is to select some key favorites that are versatile enough for day, night, dressy and casual. This typically means going with browns, tans, grays, and black for your eyes. For cheeks and lips, that means choosing hues that coordinate with all of your traveling attire. If you’ll be going to formal events like holiday parties, bring some special items to achieve that look.
- Choose multipurpose products
One quick way to cut down on products in your travel makeup bag is to bring items that you can use for more than one purpose. That includes an all-in-one product you can use as blush on your cheeks, lip color and eye shadow, or one that doubles as blush and lip color.
Gather small or sample sizes of makeup items. These should be compact enough to fit into your travel makeup bag that you carry as you’re en route to your destination. The products should be ones you know and love rather than new ones. During a trip is not the best time to try out a new makeup product or routine. Stick with products that are familiar so you can create beauty quickly when you’re not in your usual routine.
Select just one each of your makeup items to bring on your trip – one eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner, blush, concealer, lipstick and so on. Take makeup that you can put on without applicators and large brushes, because these items use limited space in your makeup bag. Do bring along items that you wouldn’t want to be without but that don’t take up much space – a fingernail file, nail clippers and tweezers.
As you prep for your trip, keep these travel makeup tips in mind for a trouble-free excursion. Remember, you don’t have to take your entire makeup collection on your journey to still look polished and beautiful. Who knows, after getting used to a more streamlined makeup protocol, you may decide to re-evaluate your at-home routine and put your simplified one into practice every day.