My Travel Beauty Essentials

Hello loves! I am getting ready to fly off to Maui this week for a girls trip with a good friend! I am excited for sunshine and time to relax and I wanted to share what makeup I’ll be taking with me. Despite loving making as much as I do, I really try to travel light and not overload my luggage.

Not only does packing light simplify my choices and what looks I want to wear, but keeps my suitcase just a bit lighter too. So here is what I’ll be bringing and my tips for getting the most of this.

Face base products

Keep this to a minimum, especially if you’re going to a warm climate. Heavy foundation and layers of product will just clog your pores in the sun, so you want to really let your skin breathe and not have too much on. So a light powder foundation is perfect or a light cream product that is water-based. I like to bring a sheer to medium coverage tinted moisturizer, or BB or CC cream, with SPF! I am loving the Bare Minerals complexion rescue one right now. I always need a good concealer and right now I’m loving the Josie Maran Argan one, it’s great coverage without being drying. For face powder I’m bringing something as an alternative to tinted moisturizer, the Tarte Amazonian Clay powder foundation. This stuff is great because it’s also waterproof! The last step in my base is a good eye primer. The best one I’ve ever used is the Laura Mercier one, so velvety, a thin layer goes a long way, and it’s not sticky at all. My favorite!



Next for cheeks I like to keep minis on hand. You’d be surprised how long they can last. Keep an eye out for mini versions of your favorite products at Sephora near the the checkout, or available using points. I’ve done this with mini lipsticks, travel size mascaras and moisturizers and they really lighten up your overall makeup case.

I’m bringing a Laura Mercier highlight in shade 01 in the mini size. I got this in a 500 point perk set and it’s lasted me well over a year already! I’m also bringing a Becca shimmering highlight in the shade rose gold. It’s great for an allover glow, and doubles as a very glowy blush.


Now this is where the shortcuts come in. For travel all you need are some good neutral eyeshadows and a couple of darker ones for evening looks. There a lots of great neutral palettes out there that are sized perfectly for travel. I am bringing two of the “books” from the Two Faced Cosmetics “Petit Maison” set from this past holiday. These are small palettes made of coated cardboard, so they’re super lightweight. More and more shadow palettes also include a blush or bronzer, as do these. One of these has a blush and the other has a bronzer, so between them I’m all set. Just for a little extra glam, I’m bringing just one single eyeshadow, the L’Oreal Infallible shadow in amber, which is a super metallic rose gold/bronze shade.

I am brining two mini eyeliner pencils in brown and black, one brow pencil that has a spooly brush on the other end, and just one mascara. With just that much there’s a lot you can do!

Brushes and Tools

Of course a lash curler! A must have. And for brushes I try to dig up anything with a short handle. In the first photo I have: a fan brush for highlighting, a thick powder brush, a flat top kabuki brush, a blush brush, a contour brush, a shader for eyeshadow, a blending brush and a short smudge brush. The largest one is a fluffy powder brush for blending and also my Beauty Blender.

And that’s it! Well, reading this again, it sure does seem like a lot, but with the right tools you can get so many looks out of minimal makeup products. A few years ago I would have traveled with quite a lot more!

I think my theme or motto for 2016 is to edit, and simplify. So I’m looking forward to having fewer, nicer things, that I actually use and love. Maybe that’s a good topic for another post, and we can get into what that means for me.

Until then, thank you for reading and enjoy!

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