what’s in my travel makeup bag

what’s in my travel makeup bag

As I am currently on my first trip of this year, I thought it would a good time to show you guys what I pack when I go on a trip. This trip is 5 days long, which is a bit longer than I’m typically used to, so I added a little more options in my travel makeup bag that I’ll show you in a bit.

travel makeup bag contents

the contents

For base makeup, I always only bring 1 foundation, concealer, setting powder and primer. For foundation, I brought the Cover FX Power Play in shade G50+. It’s in a soft squeezy bottle, so it’s pretty durable and I don’t have to worry about glass breaking. My concealer is the trusty NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Macadamia that’s pretty much empty. For priming and setting, I’m using the Innisfree Matte Blur Primer and Powder. I’m on the fence on these items, but it’s part of my personal project pan, so that’s why I brought them along.

For my cheeks, I brought 1 item – the Hourglass Ambient Edit 4 (unfortunately no longer available), which has my bronzer, blush and highlight all in one. I’ve previously brought the Smashbox Cali Contour palette with me, but I thought I’d switch it out this time around.

For eyes, I brought a single eyeshadow palette, Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow palette in Steel-etto, which is a perfect cool-toned palette. I usually go for more subtle looks when I’m traveling, since touch-ups could be few and far between.

To round out the eye area, I brought my Glossier Boy Brow in Black and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Granite. I brought two mascaras, both in minis – Hourglass Caution Mascara and IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara. I would typically only bring one, but my Caution Mascara was nearing the end of its life, so I wanted a backup just in case.

To top everything off – the trusty Urban Decay All-Nighter Spray. An oldie, but a goodie.

For the category where I brought more than one option – lips. I brought 2 lip balms (NARS Afterglow Lip Balm and Dior Lip Glow) and 2 sheer lipsticks (MAC See Sheer and Marc Jacobs Have We Met?). This was me just wanting a few options. A lip balm came with me everywhere, while the lipsticks were for any special occasions.

As far as making through a whole week with these products – I did fairly well! In hindsight, I definitely needed only one lip product; I ended up using the NARS Afterglow Lip Balm every single day. It definitely is a staple for me. As far as only one of everything else: it definitely helped make my mornings go quicker and just was enough.

more travel makeup bag contents

packing tips

When packing for a trip, space is precious. On top of that, you want to bring items that could cover you for the entire length of a trip, while still allowing you some options.

bring a good all-in-one. Like I mentioned, I brought an Hourglass palette to cover me for all of my cheek needs. It had 2 different blushes that I could wear alone or could mix for a different look. You really don’t need to bring a ton of options – it gets heavy and the more items you bring, the more items that could break along the way.

one eyeshadow palette – This one is serious. Don’t bring more than one – unless it’s absolutely necessary. (Most times, it’s not.) I opted for a cool-tone palette that would create different looks without bringing in more palettes. If you’re fickle, you could use a magnetic palette and store your singles in that. Anything more than one palette is overkill for the ordinary traveler.

find a makeup bag that works for you – I brought a few makeup bags, one for my makeup and one for my brushes. I totally didn’t need to do that, but I wanted to pack thin, not bulky. Plus, for me, flatter usually means I could sandwich it between clothes or anything soft to avoid any breakage – especially with those powder products.

Have you gone on a trip recently? What and how do you normally pack?

’til next time, xo!

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Hourglass Cosmetics Caution Mascara
Smashbox Cali Contour Palette
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Cover FX Power Play Foundation
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Hourglass Cosmetics Caution Mascara
Smashbox Cali Contour Palette
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Cover FX Power Play Foundation
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Hourglass Cosmetics Caution Mascara
Smashbox Cali Contour Palette
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Cover FX Power Play Foundation
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

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