7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Planning your first big trip of the summer and scared to leave anything behind? Make sure to pack these 7 travel makeup essentials which can easily create a plethora of looks without going over the baggage limit.

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Eyeshadow palette

Choose an eyeshadow palette with a few different shades that you usually wear. This can be anything from mattes, nudes or shimmers, which can be worn alone or blended together to create a few different looks.

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette, $42

Mini makeup brushes

Who wants the hassle of carrying full-size makeup brushes on their trip abroad? Instead, carry a mini-sized foundation, contour and blush brush (which are usually half the size of your standard brush). They fit into any makeup kit and won’t hog too much room, either!

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

EcoTools Mini Brush Set, $7.67

Mascara and eyeliner duo

Make the most of your makeup kit and carry products which act as a 2-in-1. One of our favourites is a mascara and eyeliner duo which is an amazing product to have!

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

ModelCo Lash and Line Superlash Mascara and Liquid Liner, $24

Foundation (tinted moisturiser) with sunscreen

You might want to bring one to two foundations on your trip, but make sure they are packed with sunscreen. Not only will it protect your skin during the day, but it can also be applied anywhere else on the body for additional coverage. Packing a slighter darker shade is a good idea if your tan is too dark for your foundation.

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, $62

Blotting papers

If you’re going on a summer holiday, blotting papers are a must-have in lieu of a translucent powder. Even if your skin isn’t on the oily side, they help to remove shine on the chin, t-zone and forehead.

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Tatcha Aburatorigami Blotting Papers, $16


Cover any existing pimples or imperfections with the help of a creamy cleanser. Use one with a dofer applicator which is quick and easy to use if you’re constantly on-the-go.

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer, $40

Cheek and lip tint

Don’t waste space in your makeup kit by carrying both a blush and lip products. Where possible, try to double it up and carry a 2-in-1 to save yourself time and space.

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ModelCo Cheek and Lips, $26

What are some of your travel makeup kit essentials?

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July 7, 2015

Beauty Essentials For Travellers

There’s nothing worse than having a restricted baggage limit but still hoping to bring all of your beauty items – especially if you’re backpacking so far from home. No need to compromise the state of your skin just because you need to save some room in your luggage.

We show you how to pack your beauty items for an extended trip, and how to make the most with what you’ve got.

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Face wipes

Make sure to keep a few packs of face wipes in your hand-luggage and also in your suitcase – especially if you’re constantly travelling around. Not only are they really quick and easy if you need to remove your makeup, but can also refresh and hydrate your face on a long plane, car, or bus trip.

BB cream

Skip the heavy foundation, especially if you’re travelling around in a warmer climate. Since you’ll be out and about quite often, let your skin breathe and use a BB cream instead. It will soften out any imperfections in your skin, but also remain light and comfortable enough to wear all day long.

Bring a small stippling brush if the thought of using your hands to apply makeup is a no-no. BB creams also have an SPF in the formula, so this will save you applying it to your face everyday.

Neutral eyeshadow

A small eyeshadow palette is your best option if you want to inject a bit of colour on a night out. Choose a palette with 5-6 colours, some of which include a highlight, shimmer, neutrals, matte and one dark colour. With these few shades you can create almost any look in no-time at all.

We recommend: Urban Decay Naked Basics, $29


A moisturiser is an essential when it comes to travelling because it can be used for many parts of the face and body. Skip the primer and apply a moisturiser to cleansed skin, use it to hydrate the body, and apply it on your lips for a quick and easy lip balm solution.


Always carry around a sunscreen if you’re in a warmer climate, and especially if you find yourself trekking it out on a regular basis. Look for a sunscreen which features an SPF of at least 30+ since this is the best type of product to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.


We can’t forget a face cleanser! Don’t pack any abrasive exfoliators or new products that you haven’t even tried on your skin before. This is definitely not the time to experiment with new formulas, which have the ability to break-out your skin.

Cleanse your skin morning and night, then apply a moisturiser to lock in the hydration, and keep your skin from getting dry patches.

We recommend: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $9


Skip the liquid eyeliner which can be difficult to apply on a good day, and use a waterproof mascara instead. A waterproof formula will stay on all day long – regardless of swimming, crying, or excessive sweating and is easy to remove at the end of the night. Apply to fresh lashes then leave to dry for 1-2 minutes before heading out the door.

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October 14, 2014