For the longest time, the hardest part of traveling was packing my makeup. I couldn’t figure out what to take and what to leave behind. My biggest probably was that none of my makeup palettes were good for travelers. Over the years, I’ve been able to find products that are more trave friendly. I go for products that are all-in-one, packaged more compactly, or multi-use. Chance are you are like me and whether you are leaving for a sun-kissed South American vacation or a quick weekend getaway to Charleston, you know it can be hard to pack makeup.
Makeup and Beauty Products All Travelers Need
There are a few ways to go when it comes to packing makeup and beauty products when you travel. There are travel sizes and minis, multi-use products that save you space, all in ones that are your one-stop-shop for your look, and solids that are carry on friendly. And there are also the essentials you can’t leave home without!
All-in-one palettes and multi-use products
I love all-in-one palettes because they have everything you need to complete your look. Because everything is in one place they are not only convenient for travelers but they also help you prevent overpacking.
Beauty vlogger Emily Noel is behind this versatile palette. It gives you everything you need to get ready in a flash no matter where you are going.
The palette has everything you need for a lovely natural and neutral look. Just grab a lipstick and some mascara to tie it all together and you’re set!
This Dior palette is filled with gorgeous shades. They can be used as a setting powder, highlight, blush, bronzer, or even eyeshadow making it another one of my go tos!
The shades are perfect for a softer, romantic look. I personally love it for spring trips and looks where I only want a very soft look.
This palette is one of my favorites! Especially for tropical destinations, its perfect! It has two highlighters, two blushes, and two bronzers that I have been known to use as eyeshadows too!
You can use the shades interchangeably for each of your looks to give your look a little different feel. When looking for the best make up for travelers, it is important to keep in mind look variety and this palette does just that!
When I say that this is the holy grail of makeup for travelers, I mean it! Naked Skin Shapeshifter is more than just a contour kit, it is a makeup superhero. This three-in-one complexion palette gives you everything you need to contour, color-correct and highlight.
One side contains powders (three for contouring and one pearl shade for highlighting), and the other holds creams (two for contouring, two for color-correcting and one pearl shade for highlighting). This guy has you covered for concealer, corrector, foundation, cream contour, blush, or highlight. Bonus points? I’ve used the creams as an eyeshadow base for longer wear. And the powders also make great matte eye shadow looks!
This hydrating, multi-use lip and cheek color stick is a perfect beauty item for travelers. Not only is it a multi-use but it is also a solid so you can pack it in your carry!
Swipe onto your lips, cheeks, or both. Then, blend with fingertips for an instant touch of color. The payoff builds which gives you some room for varying looks.
I love NUDESTIX because they are always easy to pop into your purse or bag. These guys are not only solid and compact BUT they are also multi-use! Just like the MILK product above, these are for lip and cheek color. Does that make it a win-win-win-win-win? I think so!
Travel sizes and minis
Travel size and mini makeup and beauty products are also perfect for travelers! I have some products that I love and use year-round. I’ve started to get mini or travel-sized versions of my favorites for when I’m going on a trip. I love that they are small so don’t take up too much space and you can always refill them with your full-sized version.
This Tarte palette is a mini yet useful one! It can fit in your purse for touch-ups while you’re out exploring and has colors that are flattering for everyone! Because of its size, I also love keeping it in my desk at work for days I need a quick touch up before a client meeting.
Foreo is one of those brands really putting beauty and skincare technology at the forefront of what they do. This revolutionary facial cleansing brush gently vibrates to lift away dirt, oil, and makeup residue leaving you with beautiful skin.
I love taking my Foreo LUNA play with me on trips. They sell a larger rechargeable version, but honestly, I use the smaller one at home too and prefer it.
You can create gorgeous eye and cheek looks with the Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette. I love that it is small but filled with colors that are easy to use and flattering for every skin tone.
What is great about the beauty industry is that they are always changing and evolving. And there is also a really big selection so chances are you can easily find something that fits your needs.