Makeup for Travelling

When I’m travelling, the last thing I want to do is bring a million different makeup items with me – especially if they’re heavy or breakable. I generally like to take products that are multi-use, lightweight and are totally safe for travelling with.

I don’t love taking a lot of brushes with me either as they just take up more space, so I try to pack as many cream products as I can, that way I only need to use my fingers. I never take limited edition products with me either (which sounds weird, but hear me out) – I know I’ll never be able to replace them so if they get lost/broken I’d be kicking myself.

The first thing I always make sure I’m packing is a product with SPF. It’s so much easier to take one product rather than two, so finding a primer/BB cream containing SPF kills two birds with one stone. I generally need to wear this Dark Panda BB Cream as a primer because it’s way too light for my skin, but I love that it’s SPF 50+ so I know I’m really protected.

A lightweight foundation is all I want when travelling – it’s too hot to wear anything else and I never like covering up my skin too much. 

This one from Glossier is light enough that it can easily be applied with your fingers, and I love that it’s in a squeezy, plastic bottle so I don’t have to worry about it breaking.

The Charlotte Tilbury contour and highlight wands are perfect for travelling with. They lock, so you don’t have to worry about them leaking, and the tubes are small enough to barely take up any room in your makeup bag.

The cream formula of these also means you only need to use your fingers to blend, making packing extra light!

A cream blush is essential when travelling: it can be used as a blush (obviously), a lipstick and even an eyeshadow! I love this coral shade from BECCA because it’s absolutely perfect for summer and looks great as lipstick and eyeshadow as well as blush.

The packaging is incredibly tiny too, so you don’t have to worry about it taking up too much space.

The BECCA Gradient Sunlit Bronzer is amazing for travelling because it contains both a bronzer and a highlighter – and it can also be used as eyeshadow! I love a shimmery bronzer on holiday as it gives me a gorgeous, bronzed glow, and it’s awesome that I can use the highlighter section on its own or swirled in with the bronzer.

The packaging is also really compact and flat, so it won’t take up too much space in your makeup bag.

Since I’m swimming (and sweating) a lot on holiday, I want a brow product that can completely hold up. The Wunderbrow stays put for around three days even with swimming, which makes my life just that little bit easier whilst travelling. Although I do need a brush with this, brow brushes are pretty tiny so packing this duo won’t take up too much space.

An eyeshadow palette is essential when I’m travelling – the last thing I need is to be carting around a bunch of singles. A shimmery palette, like this one from OFRA, is ideal for me as I only need to use my finger to apply. If I want to add a crease shade I’ll just use my bronzer – but a palette like this means I have a ton of different shade options without taking up a lot of room.

A waterproof mascara is essential in the humidity of a hot country, and nothing beats Too Faced Better Than Sex. The tube easily fits into my makeup bag, and the waterproof formula means I don’t have to worry about any flaking or smudging.

The final essential is a liquid lipstick. I hate most liquid lipsticks as they’re too heavy and drying, but the Colourpop Ultra Blotted Lips are so thin and lightweight it feels like you’re wearing nothing!

A liquid lipstick means I don’t need to worry about touch ups throughout the day/night, and the liquid formula means I can also use it as a blush if I’m in a pinch!


So those are my favourite makeup items for travelling! I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what makeup you can’t travel without. See you next time,

A x

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