I can always count on one thing when I travel. I’m definitely going to learn something new — meet new people, try new foods, figure out new ways to squeeze even more makeup in my carry-on bag.
After all, necessity is the mother of invention.
Here are three travel makeup tips I’ve picked up along the way.
1. Slice it up! (I’ll take it.)
If there are any bars of soap/moisturizer/other products you use every day, cut off a small piece to pack in your bag. That way you don’t have to bring the whole thing.
Honestly, I can’t believe this one only occurred to me a few days ago! It hit me while I was looking at my bar of Dr. Bronner’s All-One Soap, which I use every night to clean my makeup brushes.
I was thinking, “I don’t want to bring this whole thing…” So I sliced a small wedge off the end.
BAM! Instant travel size.
2. Brush up on your streamlining
I am totally guilty of overpacking brushes. I always like to be over-prepared instead of underprepared, and they’re just so small that I figure they can’t weigh a lot or take up much room. Might as well bring more.
It’s true. Two or three of them don’t take up much room, but 10?
Yeah, they start to add up…
But it turns out you really don’t need that many makeup brushes when you travel.
Last May El Hub and I drove up to Redding, a town about four hours north of the Bay Area, to visit family, and I didn’t realize until we got there that I’d forgotten all of my brushes back home!
For more travel makeup tips, don’t miss 3 Lessons Learned About Travel: Perfecting the Art of Packing.
I stopped by a MAC counter and picked up two emergency brushes, and they worked out perfectly the whole trip.
For this trip down to San Diego, I sort of compromised… Less than 10 brushes but more than two (baby steps!). I brought 1) a Burberry Angled Brush, 2) a MAC 217 Blending Brush, 3) a MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush, 4) a MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush, 5) a MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush and 6) a MAC 109 Small Contour Brush.
3. Save some room for goodies
Another reason not to overpack? — having more room to bring back goodies from your trip.
I love bringing mementos, magnets, makeup, t-shirts and other treasures back with me when I travel, ya know, because it’s nice to have a sweet reminder of the trip.
When you pack, think about leaving yourself enough room to bring back a couple t-shirts or a pair of jeans… Think about how cute they’ll be, and resist the temptation to overstuff.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,