1 Makeup Artist Just Solved Your Weekend Beauty Packing Crisis
There is a lot to consider when packing your cosmetics bag for vacation. Nobody wants to lug around heavy bags filled with cosmetics that you may or may not use or need. It's imperative to create the utmost travel-friendly cosmetics bag to make life simple. Things get complicated when you are moving products in and out of drawers and bags, so create this travel beauty bag to set aside and grab on the go anytime you need it. As a makeup artist, I choose jet-setting essentials that I know work, so you'll have what you need when you land.
A Magnetic Palette
This compact from Tarte ($17) will solve all of your troubles. It is a magnetic palette that can hold blush, shadow, and any powders of your choosing. It is sleek and weightless, and the leopard-print packaging is gorg. As a makeup artist, I use these in my kit to create a portable color palette. Most eye shadows or blushes have a metal backing and can pop into this palette so you can create the most travel-friendly makeup compact ever. It is the best $17 you will ever spend.
Heavy Duty Concealer
Laura Mercier created Secret Camouflage ($35) in the very early days of her brand. This secret weapon will cover any blemish or discoloration on your skin and can be mixed with eye cream for beautiful under-eye-concealing coverage. The best part about this product is that it comes in a sleek compact that travels well.
Eye Shadow Sticks
Several companies offer these magical sticks (NARS, Trish McEvoy, Bobbi Brown, Mally, and Laura Mercier to name a few). It fits into so many categories (travel friendly, waterproof, gorgeous) and it just solves so many problems. If you don’t feel like filling your magnetic compact with powder shadows, sticks are a much easier option. Throw a few cream shadow sticks, like this ones from Trish McEvoy ($33), in your bag and you will be armed with all you need for your vacation. Bonus: you don’t have to worry about it breaking en route, and sticks are long wear so they will work great on a warm, sunny vacay.
Do not bulk up your travel bag with big tubes of mascara. Most cosmetic counters will be able to supply you with small mascaras that will last for your one-week trip. Every time you make a purchase at a counter, ask if they have any mascara samples — they most often will be able to grant your wish. Stockpile gems like a mini version of Urban Decay's Perversion mascara ($10) for all your trips.
When traveling, it doesn't make sense to pack cleanser and an eye-makeup remover — oil cleansers will do it all. You can rub it in small amounts over dry skin to cleanse and remove makeup, dirt, oil and sunscreen. They can also be applied on eyes with a cotton pad to remove eye makeup. My favorite is Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil ($32). Although it does not come in a travel size, it’s easy to pump into a travel bottle.
A Serum and Primer Duo
Why take primer and moisturizer when you can have both in one pump thanks to this delightful little bottle? This serum/hydration/primer ($48) is an all-in-one, antiaging serum and skin smoothing primer. This product is paraben-free and contains 50 antiaging and skin-soothing ingredients. Do not leave your home without this beauty breakthrough.
Blush and Bronzer Duo
NARS has cornered the market on this concept. Their limited-edition, Hot Sand and Laguna Duo ($42) is the perfect travel solution. To avoid packing bulky bronzers and blushes, you can simply drop this small duo into your cosmetic bag and, rest assured, you will stay glowing.
There's nothing worse than arriving on your luxurious getaway and discovering that your liquid foundation bottle has exploded and dripped all over your makeup bag. Compact "cushion foundations" are the answer to all of your travel problems. This L'Oréal Cushion foundation ($17) houses light dewy foundation underneath a spongy cushion. The product can be applied with fingers for sheer-to-moderate coverage and comes in 12 perfect shades. For a cool $17 bucks, this product will answer all your jet-setting prayers.