What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag

Like any other beauty lover I get a little nosy and wonder what products people like to travel with…you know, those essential pieces that make time away from home easy. Well, at least in terms of makeup application ;)

As I prepare to travel for a few days I thought I’d give you a look inside my travel makeup bag and the items that made the cut for the trip.

Travel Makeup Base

My makeup bag itself is slightly pictured above. It was given to me as part of an entire travel set for toiletries, etc and has my initials monogrammed on the front.  It’s roomy and has pockets for smaller items. I’ve used this exclusively for any travel I’ve done in the last 2 years.

Base

Primers are essential for me, especially when I’m traveling for business and meetings. I need to know my makeup won’t be budging. Right now I’m favoring MAC’s Prep+Prime Natural Radiance for face and for eyes I’ve been loving the Smashbox Photofinish. It’s got a beige tone to it so it cancels out any discoloration and it really helps lock my shadows into place. MAC Face & Body has been my go-to foundation for a few months and is a welcome travel companion. It’s buildable, natural coverage and doesn’t break down on my combination/oily skin. All of my concealing needs will be met with Maybelline’s Eraser for dark circles (the illuminating shade) and MAC’s Pro longwear concealer. To set it all into place I’ll be using MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed. Notice a theme? Mostly MAC, right? MAC makes amazing base makeup. Although their color line and collections grab most of the attention you shouldn’t overlook some of the amazing face products they offer.

Travel Makeup Blush Bronzer

Bronze/Highlight/Blush

My favorite bronzer of all time has to tag along for my journey, Laura Mercier Ritual. This needs to be permanent. Yesterday. I’ve also got two highlighting options, the RMS Living Luminizer for a more subtle look and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal for a bit more oomph. I always like to have a few blush options. This time I’m taking some newbies. Lorac Baked Blush in Exposed (a bright coral/peach) and Dior Mimi Bronze (a natural nude– thanks to gorgeous Andie over at Techno Cupcake for the push to get this beauty). I’m excited about giving these two some testing!

Travel Makeup Eyes

Eyes

This was the hardest category. For brows I’ve got my trusty Anastasia brow gel and Stila Stay All Day brow in medium. I opted for the original Naked Palette because it’s treated me so well on many travels in the past and I know I can count on it for daytime and nighttime looks that can be as business appropriate or dramatic as the occasion calls. I’ve also brought 3 of my go-to shades of Laura Mercier caviar sticks: Sugar Frost, Sandglow and Cocoa. These provide excellent glow and added drama when used as base shadows. For liner I’m bringing MAC Blacktrack Fluidline, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in black and tucked inside the Naked Palette I’ve got my number one black liner of all time- Bare Minerals Round the Clock Liner in Midnight (I have three backups I love it *that* much). I will be attending a dressy cocktail party one of the evenings so I’ve brought false lashes and all the gear I need to apply them. I’ve gotten better at this over time, but I definitely could use more practice.

(not pictured is the regular mascara I’m taking- L’oreal Butterfly)

Travel Makeup Lips

Lips

I’ve not yet decided what my makeup looks are going to be so I wanted plenty of color options in the lip department. I’ve got a nice balm, Fresh Sugar Rose to keep things smooth. I’ve also brought along two of MAC’s new Huggable lip colors in Touche and Out For Passion (this formula is really nice!) for nude and rosy pink options with Marc Jacobs gloss in Kissability and NARS Gold Digger to top should I feel like taking it up a notch. And of course I couldn’t forget my favorite lip color- coral. I’ve brought two Becca items (thanks to beautiful Jenny from My Funny Valentine for the inspiration on these); their Lip and Cheek tint in Guava and their amazing Ultimate Colour Gloss in Pink Lotus (seriously, this gloss is awesome!). I’ve also added in Givenchy’s newest lipstick Le Rouge in Rose Dressing which is a dainty but slightly intense coral.

That’s it! It all fits in the bag! I’ve also got my favorite brushes tucked away and ready to go. One of the tips I picked up over the years is to pack my travel makeup bag a few days in advance and use only the makeup out of that bag. It will help me decide if there is something I’m missing or need to add.

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7 Responses to What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag

  1. Thanks for sharing. I know about being nosy – always interested in others’ faves. I can identify with a lot of the products you listed. They’re staples. I see a NAKED palette. That’s great. Compacts are always good for traveling.

  2. woohoo! I can’t even think about packing a makeup bag right now. Going to NYC next week to visit friends and have a mini vacation with mr bunny… and I’m like dude what do i pack for 6 days???

  3. Oh! I have a voyeuristic nature and I love these posts :-) My makeup bag contains bare basics. I love that you have so many options in your bag!

  4. Tina A. says:

    Great post! Love how you got everything covered!

  5. So much lusting over the contents of this makeup bag. Glad you liked the Becca things- they’re pretty special aren’t they?

  6. Sarah S. says:

    I find it’s a little easier to pack for business trips – usually you’re stuck with work-appropriate looks so you can safely leave behind all the really bright, rainbow eyeshadows (even though I want to bring them because they’re so pretty to look at) ;) This is definitely a makeup-lover’s travel bag, though! I kind of wish you’d swatched the lippies, because I’m wondering if any of them are more on the intense side. I get away with a bold lip at the office all the time because as long as the rest of your makeup is understated, it comes off as an accessory rather than “too much.”

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