Continuing my little mini series on packing and travel (check out my previous post on my carry on essentials), I bring to you... What I plan on packing in my makeup bag! I have already showed you what I like to pack when I am going on a little weekend trip (see here), but when packing for a longer trip I pack my makeup bag differently. I like going for multi-use products, long wearing products, palettes and pieces I can get a variety of looks out of, since you never know what each day will hold.
When travelling I like to bring a full coverage, long wearing foundation such as my favorite CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation (wow that is a mouthful). The reason I go for a long wearing, high coverage foundation, is because I am normally out of the hotel all day and I want to look good for as long as possible, but also because I can thin it out with moisturizer if I want a lighter coverage.
Running about and trying to take in as much of your destination as possible, can take a toll on you. Plus with the lack of sleep and jet lag, the dark circles under my eyes come out in a blaze of glory. Bringing a corrector, like Bobbi Brown's Creamy Corrector (serious holy grail product here) will help mask the darkness. For added coverage I will apply NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, which is moisturizing enough to use under your eyes and full coverage enough to cover any spots or discoloration.
Because my skin is oily, I always have to set my foundation. When wearing a full coverage foundation, I like to wear a light setting powder such as ELF's Tone Correcting Powder. It has a translucent coverage, but the mix of colors in the powder help correct the imperfections in your face. You get the correction without the heaviness of a powder foundation. Plus it's only $3, you can't beat that.
Palettes are great for travel. I have a great NARS blush palette that I got over the holidays last year. It is my absolute favorite thing to bring while travelling, it has 4 blushes, plus a bronzer and a highlighter. The NARS Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Palette (NARS has the naughtiest names, I love it) is very similar to the one I got last year. It covers every possible look, you can contour with a bronzer, or just us it to warm up your skin. There are also a variety of blushes, both matte and shimmery, plus shade that are light, bright, or dark. Investing in a blush palette is great if you travel a lot (or just ask for it for the holidays).
Another palette that is great for travel is Urban Decay's Naked Palette (Naked 2 is great too) . The original Naked palette is my favorite for travel, because I can use the shade Naked to fill in my eyebrows (Naked 2 is much cooler). Either palette is great because it comes with great matte shades that are great crease colors, as well as a variety of shimmery eye shadows, which can help you accomplish any look under the sun., plus you can use the black shades to line your lash line, if you don't feel like bringing an eyeliner.
To help make the eye shadows long lasting, it is great to bring a primer. A neutral cream eye shadow, such as Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Barely Branded, is great because it works well as a primer, but also as a quick wash of color if you want a simple look.
Finally for eyes, I like to bring both a liquid and a pencil eyeliner for variety. Liquid eye liners are quite long wearing, but I struggle to find a great long wearing pencil. Urban Decay makes a good long wearing pencil with their 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. It's easily blendable when first applied, if you want a smokey eye, but once it sets you are set for a while. Of course mascara is a must, I promise I won't harp on about how much I love CoverGirl Clump Crusher, so that's it about mascara.
Lastly comes lips. A nude and a bright or dark lipstick are my go to's for travelling, also a neutral gloss is great for using everyday. Lately my go to nude has been Milani's Color Statement Lipstick in Nude Creme, I love to layer it with NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee. The glosses are amazing, I definitely need to get more of them, the gel formula is high shine without the stickiness, it is also very long lasting. For a dark lip I have been obsessing over Milani's Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria, which is said to be a dupe for MAC Rebel.
When packing makeup for travelling, it is best to bring products that you can get a variety of looks out of. An eye shadow palette and blush palette are a must for me, all the other products are interchangeable. For me, I prefer long wearing products when travelling, because I know I will be spending a good amount of the day away from the hotel without the possibility of massive touch-ups. I try to pack as minimally as possible, but I am still the girl who likes to do full makeup most days and I like having those options while I am away from home.
Since palettes are my travel go to, then what are some of your favorite palettes that you would bring with you on vacation?