makeup essentials

Putting a full face of makeup on at home is easy when you have access to your whole makeup stash. You already have a set routine, and all your products are neatly lined up on a shelf or dresser.

However, when you head out for a trip that will last days, weeks, or months, you have to make a few adjustments. You’d have to minimize your beauty product selection and think of how to pack your makeup so you can keep them safe from breakage or spills.

Finding foundation or crushed eyeshadow smeared all over your stuff is just plain awful, so here are some tips for downsizing your makeup selection for trips and avoid an unnecessary makeup mess.

8 Makeup Essentials

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You need not bring a whole suitcase worth of makeup to up your style. A few essentials are all you need to get you going. However, these items are non-negotiable.

  1. BB Cream with SPF 50

Bringing makeup with SPF  gives you protection against UV damage. A BB Cream with SPF 50 can give you great coverage to conceal blemishes, pores, and redness while saving your skin from the harsh sun. If you opt to bring separate SPF protection for your face, layering some foundation on top of it ensures long-lasting coverage that will give you an excellent base for your other makeup.

  1. Cream Blush

Pick a travel-sized cream blush to give your cheeks that rosy glow without risking breakage in your bag. You won’t have to pack a brush for application, too. Smudging on just a little of the product with your fingers goes a long way to give you a natural-looking flush that lasts all day.

  1. Long-lasting Lip Color

Make sure that the lip colors you choose to bring with you on your travels can last a day of wining, dining, and adventure. Pack transfer-proof lipstick for fuller coverage or lip stains that offer sheer coverage that you can build up. Whatever lip product you go for, bring one natural-looking color for the daytime and one in a richer, deeper shade for a more dramatic nighttime look.

  1. Eyeshadow palette

Bringing packed eyeshadow palettes will not only save space in your travel bag. It will also give you options for day and night makeup looks. Choose a palette with a mix of matte shades, shimmery hues, and a metallic selection so you can play around with different combinations when you feel like it.

  1. Travel-sized Waterproof Mascara

Going on vacation will most likely involve a lot of walking around under the sun, and you don’t want raccoon eyes while you’re at it. Waterproof mascara will give your eyelashes that much-needed lift without having to reapply or cleanup every few hours or so.

  1. Brow Pencil

You probably won’t have a lot of time to do your face while traveling. It’s best to bring a handy eyebrow pencil that will allow you to do quick touch-ups even while you’re on the move instead of an eyebrow cream pot with a brush. It can also double as an eyeliner in a pinch!

  1. Face Powder

Bringing a reliable face powder is especially useful when you’ll be in places with warm and humid climates. A light dusting will keep your look fresh for hours while keeping oily skin at bay.

  1. Facial Spray

Rosewater spray or any kind of facial spray are versatile products that can be used as part of your skincare routine for freshening up your skin whenever needed or as a makeup setting mist.

Travel Makeup Tips

Here’s how you can avoid awful makeup leaks and spills when traveling.

  • Avoid leaks with plastic wrap, scotch tape, and cotton pads

Liquid makeup or cream formulas can leak during travels. As you’re packing your makeup, open them up and place small pieces of plastic wrap under the caps. Seal and cover the entire cap with scotch tape for extra protection against spills.

You can place a piece of the cotton pad over the top of compact powder blushes, eyeshadows, or blush to prevent shattering.

  • Get a padded makeup bag

Keep your makeup safe by storing them in a makeup bag. When you pack your luggage, put your makeup bag in the middle and surround it with clothing or towels as an extra precaution.

  • Store products in small travel containers

You probably won’t be using a whole tube’s worth of the Infallible 24H liquid foundation wherever you’re going. Transferring your products into small travel-size reusable plastic containers will prevent wastage, and you’ll be able to travel lighter since you will only bring enough for your trip. Contact lens cases are also useful as spill-proof storage of serums or other liquid makeup you can’t do without.

How to Make Your Makeup Last


Get the most out of your makeup and keep the look for hours with these tips.

  • Using an oil-free moisturizer before putting on makeup helps prevent oil from prematurely erasing your makeup.
  • Apply makeup primer after moisturizing and before putting face makeup so your makeup stays intact even in hot weather.
  • Use an eye primer to minimize creasing and create a good base for eyeshadow. Layering powder eye shadow over a cream formula also allows for longer wear.
  • Always finish your makeup routine with a spritz of setting spray. This seals your makeup so that it lasts throughout the day.

Look your best anytime, anywhere

Prepping your makeup before traveling should be done with careful thought. Makeup is expensive, and finding wasted products because of carelessness won’t set you up for a good start during your trip. You only really need a few key products to create great looks, plus the willingness to put in more care with storage so that your makeup survives the trip.

Author Bio

Name: Pia Rodriguez

Position: Content Marketing Manager


Pia is a content marketing manager of Maybelline, a global cosmetic brand offering innovative, affordable, and effortless cosmetics for every woman. With years of experience, she manages Maybelline’s marketing content from creation down to its production. For Pia, being able to create content that helps empower women is a dream come true.  She likes to spend her free time reading books, visiting art galleries, and watching feel-good movies