The 19 Beauty Products an Editor Can't Travel Without
I don't know if it's harder to pack my clothes or my makeup when I go on vacation. Even getting ready for work at the gym in the morning feels like a challenge; I inevitably end up leaving the lip color I want to wear at home. When I travel, I like to go carry-on only, which means my makeup bag can't be too large or too heavy. Talk about a challenge. After a lot of flights and multiple overstuffed cosmetic cases, these are my picks for on-the-go beauty.
It goes a little something like this. Multipurpose products are your friend; if you can use your blush as eye shadow, that's one less thing to worry about. Take advantage of travel-size containers because they allow you to take all your favorite beauty products without making your luggage overweight. Plus, never, ever, go anywhere without sunscreen. These 19 products are my nonnegotiables, and I think you'll love them too. Your suitcase will thank you.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat High Cover Radiant Concealer
I don't always like to wear foundation on vacation, so I rely on this Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat High Cover Radiant Concealer ($35). It covers up dark circles and blemishes alike, but still looks like skin.
Maison Louis Marie No.04 Bois de Balincourt Eau de Parfum Travel Spray
No matter where you're headed, it's nice to smell good — particularly if you've just gotten off a plane, train, or automobile. Rollerballs are a travel essential because who wants to lug around a big, fragile bottle of perfume? We like the Maison Louis Marie No.04 Bois de Balincourt Eau de Parfum Travel Spray ($28).
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40
Wherever you go, whatever you do, you need to be wearing sunscreen. I like this Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ($34).
Sephora Collection Take Me Away Travel Jar Set
Hear me out on this one. I've tried every drugstore portable makeup storage option imaginable, and this is the only storage I've found that doesn't leak. The Sephora Collection Take Me Away Travel Jar Set ($4, originally $8) is tiny enough to fit in any bag but can store a surprising amount of product, so you don't have to lug your holy-grail moisturizer or foundation that weighs 50 lbs.
Sephora Collection Classic Mini Multitasker Brush
This is one of my favorite purchases ever from Sephora, and that's saying something. Not only does it fit in practically any makeup bag, but I've also never met a product that didn't get along with this Sephora Collection Sephora Stands On The Go Multitasker Retractable Brush ($24). As an added bonus, Sephora will give $16 from every purchase to Sephora Stands, a program that's dedicated to building communities through empowering women.
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask
We're obsessed with the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask ($48) because it's a total multitasker. It dries clear in 10 minutes and acts as either a leave-on hydrating mask or a plumping primer under makeup. Plus, how cute and travel-friendly is the packaging?
Chanel Rouge Coco Flash Hydrating Vibrant Shine Lip Colour
Lips are my downfall. I've been known to pack more lip products than days I'll be traveling. After a mini intervention, I need to pack my lipstick version of a little black dress: goes with everything, comfortable, and makes me feel like the best version of myself. I like how the Chanel Rouge Coco Flash Hydrating Vibrant Shine Lip Colour ($38) in the shade Boy is sheer but still pigmented, and it looks good no matter what outfit or makeup I'm wearing.
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter
Two products are always better than one, and I'm obsessed with this dual-sided Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter ($36).
Benefit BadGal Bang! Volumizing Mascara
I always buy travel-size mascara, even when I'm not traveling, because the wand is usually more precise. Plus, when was the last time you used up a full-size tube in two months, which is when you're supposed to throw them out? Never, that's when. Also, the Benefit BadGal Bang! Volumizing Mascara ($13) is maybe the best mascara of all time. So there's that. It lifts, separates, and gives amazing volume with zero clump. I'll never part with it.
Benefit Watt's Up! Cream to Powder Highlighter
Oohhh, this is a good one. Benefit Watt's Up! Cream to Powder Highlighter ($30) gives you a subtle, sun-kissed glow, but you can build it up for a more blinding highlight. This editor's also been known to swipe it across her eyelids for a pretty, natural shimmer.
Neutrogena Fragrance-Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
You have to take off your makeup at night — it's a nonnegotiable. But did you know that these Neutrogena Fragrance-Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes ($9, originally $11 for two) also remove deodorant stains? You're welcome.