This past weekend, as I admired my amazing ability to downsize my makeup collection while traveling, I decided it would be fun to post my travel makeup essentials. ;)
This has taken me quite some time to perfect and it still is not as condensed as I'd like. These are items that I always take with me while traveling because A. I love them and B. they take up a small amount of space & can fit in a small cosmetic bag!
This foundation has really nice, glass packaging, but it's pretty bulky. So, I put some in a little sample container (you can get them for free at your local makeup counter). Just make sure it's airtight and screws on with a lid. This makes the biggest difference in giving me more space in my makeup bag.
(I'm color 320W.)
I'm kind of in love with this concealer. I have the color "pink beige." It's not as long-wearing as other concealers I've posted, but it does NOT crease under your eyes. That makes it a winner in my book.
It keeps my combination skin balanced and is small (but a little goes a long way, so it lasts forever)!
Nars' thin design is perfect for travel. I love my Benefit Hoola bronzer but hate bringing it along with me because of how bulky it is. This duo is great because it's your blush and bronzer in one package!
Sometimes I may bring along Nars Gaiety blush because it's small and, well, I like to have options.
Travel or not, this is THE BEST eyeshadow primer I've ever met. (blows Urban Decay Primer Potion out the water.) I have very oily lids, but this product allows my eye shadow to be the last thing on my face at the end of the day. It's amazing. Seriously. ...and it's small, so it's definitely coming with on trips.
This is an awesome eye shadow palette for the price. Even at home, I often find myself reaching for this over my Urban Decay Naked Palette. When it comes to travel, this is ALWAYS packed. It's small and thin, but has every color that I need when I'm away. I always go for a very neutral smokey eye and this gives me more than enough options to achieve it!
Then, I'll usually bring one or both of these eye liners:
I'll also bring an eyebrow pencil, like MAC Lingering, Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara, and will use whatever lipstick/gloss combo I happen to have in my handbag! Sigma makes great travel brushes, but I bring my full-size ones in an organized brush roll.
What is your #1 travel makeup essential?