For me, traveling during the summer usually means spending a relaxing week at the beach with family and friends. I tend to over-pack for most trips (do I really need to bring that extra black tank top when I’ve already packed three others??) so space for toiletries and makeup is usually limited in my luggage. Even if I have to sit on my suitcase in order to close the zipper (which is often the case), here are the products I always make sure to fit into my travel makeup bag:
Here she is—small, cute, and simple. One of those hanging travel makeup bags with separate transparent compartments would probably be more efficient for finding what I need in a pinch, but I still love this bag (even if it feels like a dark, bottomless pit when I am rushing to make it to a dinner reservation on time).
First things first—moisturizer. I always a pack a sample size of my favorite Benefit Instant Moisturizer to keep my skin nourished and hydrated when I travel. I apply this light, non-greasy moisturizing cream both at night and in the morning to maintain a fresh complexion wherever my travels take me. I would also recommending trying out the Cellabon Naturatox UV Essence in our Head to Toe Fun in the Sun Bag—it’s a 3-in-1 sunblock, moisturizer, and primer that can save some space in your makeup bag and streamline your beauty routine in the morning (anything to eliminate the amount of time spent getting ready in that hotel bathroom with less-than-ideal lighting and not enough counter space).
Though I use Clinique’s Oil-Free Stay Matte foundation during the winter months to combat my ever-oily skin, I usually switch to the “Even Better” line in the summer for the added SPF protection—especially when I know I’ll be spending a decent portion of my day outside in hot (and potentially humid) weather. This foundation is light-weight and helps to even out my skin tone while also offering natural-looking coverage (after all, no one wants to be weighed down during vacation—especially not by a cakey, pore-clogging foundation). An all-in-one B.B. cream will also do the trick if you are tight on space and want to avoid packing a separate moisturizer and foundation.
Don’t get me wrong—I love spending time in the sun. On the contrary, I do not love the idea of having a face full of wrinkles 20 years down the line. I often wear a sun hat at the beach to avoid frying my face, so sometimes I need a little extra help to achieve a healthy summer glow. Cue the bronzer and blush. My favorites are Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Blends Natural Radiance Bronzer and Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush. These products offer sheer, illuminating color without the damage of harmful UV rays. Hopefully my skin will thank me later.
I have been using L’Oréal’s Telescopic Mascara for quite some time now and always make sure to pack this important part of my beauty routine when I travel—usually in waterproof when I’m anticipating spending some time in the ocean. I love the way this mascara separates and lengthens my lashes without getting clumpy, and the slender tube fits take ups minimal space in my otherwise jam-packed bag of tricks. I also bring along a small neutral eyeshadow palette (Urban Decay’s Naked Basics is my go-to) that can work for both daytime and evening looks.
When it comes to lip products, I usually pack a light pink or peach lipstick (something summery to contrast my *hopefully* sun-kissed complexion) and a tube of my trusty Nivea “A Kiss of Smoothness” Hydrating Lip Care with SPF 15. Though I use this lip balm year-round, it definitely helps to protect against dry, chapped lips during a long day of sun and salt exposure.
Finally, tweezers, a sponge makeup applicator, an angled contour brush, a brush blush, and a few spare Q-tips always make their way to the bottom of my makeup bag.
So what if it’s overflowing a bit—my makeup bag contains everything I need when traveling both near and far. Now it’s your turn. Let me know what’s in your travel makeup bag in the comments below!