Whether you’re flying the friendly skies next week or you’re just starting to plan your next adventure, making sure you have everything you need on vacation is the key to having a good time. A packing list is a must, obviously, and we’re guessing you’ve already got your outfits styled out accordingly. But what about your makeup bag? No sweat! From travel-friendly makeup products to skincare must-haves, we’ve created a helpful cheat sheet of beauty travel essentials to throw in your luggage.
Pack Your Bags: Beauty Essentials List
So what makes certain beauty items more appropo for travel compared to others, you ask?
First, travel makeup and skincare should be compact and easy to tote. Giant tubs and palettes take up too much of your already limited luggage space! Second, they must be spill-proof. Anyone who’s opened their suitcase to find a goopy, gloppy mess of products knows that’s not the way to start a vacation.
And finally, multitasking heroes that streamline your routine and cut down on excess are a major plus. Think a 4-in-1 brush set, or a convenient palette that combines a bronzer, highlighter, and blush into one! The beauty travel essentials we’re shouting out below hit all three targets and more.
Travel-Friendly Makeup Bag
A travel-friendly makeup bag is a must, and trust us when we say they’re not all created equally. Prioritize waterproof materials—like nylon, vinyl, and polyester—that’ll curb any potential spilling disasters. Also, makeup bags with several compartments will help you organize your products more easily, and clear panels can help you see what you’re looking for. Oh, and do opt for a lightweight makeup bag versus something large or bulky. It’ll give you more leeway with airline weight limits so you can save space for all your out-of-town buys.
Your Skin But Better Oil Free Makeup Primer
Raise your hand if you’ve been on vacation and realized that halfway through the day your makeup had already begun slipping. All that walking and exploring makes us sweat a bit more than we usually do back home. Consider a grippy primer, such as Your Skin But Better Oil Free Makeup Primer, a little bit of cosmetic insurance. Bonus: This beauty essential also helps refine the look of pores!
CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
Looking for a does-it-all foundation? IT Cosmetics’ best-selling* CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is a full-coverage option formulated with an anti-aging serum and SPF 50+ physical sunscreen. It’s basically your one step to instant complexion perfection. In addition to covering imperfections for a more even-looking tone, it helps reduce the appearance of acne scarring, wrinkles, skin redness, and large pores.
Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer
Conceal any jetlag-induced under eye circles with Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer. One dot is all you need for a full-coverage finish. By the way, this one's waterproof, humidity-proof, sweat-proof, and intended for all-day wear.
Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush #7
We love a little dual-ended makeup brush moment. Heavenly Luxe™ Complexion Perfection Brush #7 features an extra-plush brush on one end that's ideal for applying foundation, while the micro-end is essential for laying on concealer with impeccable precision.
Superhero No-Tug Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick
Not only are the Superhero No-Tug Waterproof Eyeshadow Sticks a dream to apply, blend, and wear, they make toting your eyeshadow around a breeze. Packaged in a slim, pencil-like design and available in 12 gorgeous hues, these eyeshadow sticks boast No-Tug Technology™ that allow them to glide on effortlessly. You can also build the color intensity to your desire and rest confident in the crease-free, waterproof formula.
Naturally Pretty Essentials Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette
If you're in the market for a travel-friendly eyeshadow palette that lends itself to many different looks, Naturally Pretty Essentials Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette is your go-to. It includes six neutral eyeshadow colors that can instantly be transformed from a matte to satin finish thanks to the bonus Transforming Hello Light™ shade. In other words, you can have your no makeup-makeup look for sight-seeing and glam smokey eye for dinner.
Superhero 4-in-1 Eye-Transforming Super Shadow and Liner Brush
You've heard of dual-ended makeup brushes, but what about a quadruple effect? Superhero 4-in-1 Eye-Transforming Super Shadow and Liner Brush features an innovative, dual-ended design with an all-over shadow brush and crease brush. With a quick slide, they transform into eyeliner and smudge brushes. Houdini who?
Pillow Lips Lipstick
Available in matte and cream finishes, Pillow Lips Lipstick will help you level-up your travel selfie game with a pop of easy-to-wear lip color. The 14 shades range from dusty rose to true red, and each are formulated with skin-loving hyaluronic filling spheres that help minimize the appearance of lip wrinkles.
Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
Speaking of dual-ended products, let's give it up for the ingenious Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil. On one end you’ve got a micro-tip brow pencil—available in four universal shades—that mimics the look of real hair. The other side features a spoolie so you can keep your brows looking tip-top.
Lash Blowout Mascara
Even if you don’t wear a speck of any other makeup while you’re sipping yummy beverages al fresco, poolside, or overlooking the city, a little mascara is truly a girl's best friend. IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara—developed in partnership with Drybar®—is a travel beauty must. Inspired by the technology of barrel hair brushes, the wand boasts microspheres that help create instant lift and structured volume. Plus, the formula is infused with biotin!
Your Skin But Better Makeup Setting Spray+
Your Skin But Better Setting Spray+ helps keep your makeup in place while also serving as a soothing hydration spray. You'll love the weightless formula and the fact that it helps control oil and shine. By the way, both available sizes are TSA-friendly (3.4 ounces, 1 ounce). Maybe you’ll want to keep this one in your purse to hydrate skin mid- and post-flight.
For a little inspiration on travel-friendly makeup looks, check out this tutorial on how to create natural-looking eye makeup in an easy five minutes.
*The NPD Group/US Prestige Beauty Total Measured Market, Makeup Product Sales, January - December 2020.