How To Pack Your Makeup For Travel

Packing your makeup for a trip can be such a headache! You want to pack as much as you can to make sure you got everything you need but realistically, that is just impossible. So how can you streamline and pack the essentials? Find out after the jump!

My travel must-haves for my recent trip to Vegas

* Stick with liquid foundation. Mix with a drop of moisturizer to create a sheer look for day, apply as is for more coverage or scoop that thicker residue from the bottle cap and use as concealer.

* Go with palettes. They usually contain a variety of products and shades so you can create different looks while saving room. My favorites are Sleek Cosmetics, MAC and Yaby.

* Multi-purpose products can be a real life-saver when you are on the road. Look for cream-based products that can be used on the eyes, cheeks and lips like NARS The Multiple and Stila Convertible Color .

* Using an eyelash curler and mascara will instantly open up your eyes so make room for them!

* Felt-tip liquid eyeliners are better for travel because they stay on better, you don’t need to sharpen them AND you can apply directly without using a brush.

* As much as I love lipsticks, lip glosses and tinted lip balms are more practical because they save me the need for lip liner and lip balm.

* Look for samples or travel-sized products. Companies usually give these out for free as GWP so stock up when you get a chance.

* If you must bring most of your makeup, transfer them into smaller bottles and containers. MAC makes great travel-sized bottles and containers but Wal-mart or Ebay also offer cheaper alternatives.

So ladies, what are your must-haves when you go on a vacation?


  1. I bought some empty Yaby pans from Camera Cosmetics website, and cut a small chunk of my NARS multiple into each pan. That way I am able to throw 2 multiples into my Yaby palette. That way really saved space and I was able to bring 2 multiples with me without taking up a lot of space.

    My other must-haves include 2 concealers (1 for undereye and 1 for blemishes), black eyeliner (gel and pencil) and pressed powder. Brow powder is also a must for me. I don’t really sound like a light packer, do I? 😛

  2. I miss Vegas!!

    Must-haves include:

    Concealer for blemishes
    Mascara and eyelash curler
    Blush of the moment
    Lippie of the moment
    My MAC 4 pan consisting of Woodwinked, Cork, Grain, and All That Glitters
    Smashbox highlighter

    I also like to take advantage of Sephora giving samples or any value kit with smaller items.

  3. My must-haves are tinted moisturizer, oil-blotting papers, eyelash curler, mascara, lip gloss, eyeshadow pencil, and a travel size/rollerball version of my favorite fragrance :).

  4. what is the name of the MAC product located in the front row of your travel essential picture? The one that’s half light beige and half brown.

  5. Hi Phyllis,

    I am learning the fine art of packing makeup for travel. Right now I carry:
    Too Faced Natural Eye Palette
    pressed powder
    and whatever lipsticks/glosses are in my purse.

    I must confess: I do not have an eyelash curler. After reading this, though, I feel like I need to get one and learn how to use it.

    Thanks for sharing! Happy Saturday :)