Last fall when I was packing my travel makeup for a getaway, I realized that I just might own too much makeup.

Okay, maybe not too much.

But with stringent baggage weight limits, we are all forced to make sacrifices and often those sacrifices occur in our toiletry and cosmetics bags. If you are a skincare, beauty product and makeup lover – like those of us here at thePinkPanel – packing might cause you some angst as you worry about having to skip steps of your beauty and makeup routine while you’re away from home.

Here are a few tricks we recommend for packing your travel makeup essentials to make sure you have everything you need while you’re out seeing the world. These PinkPanel team tips will help you look fabulous and fresh while on the go, without the hassle of carrying one of everything from your skincare and makeup collection.

1. Choose Multi-Functional Travel Makeup Products

One of the best travel makeup tips is to opt for multi-functional makeup products. Most importantly, this will help you to save space and time. A tinted moisturizer or BB cream with SPF can serve as your foundation and sun protection. Lip and cheek stains are excellent for adding a pop of color to your lips and cheeks without carrying multiple products and can also be used as eyeshadow in a pinch. Select travel-sized versions of your favorite products or consider purchasing travel-friendly palettes that combine eyeshadows, blush, and highlighter in one.

2. Pack Travel-Sized Brushes and Tools

Invest in travel-sized makeup brushes or opt for brush sets that come in a compact pouch. Quality brushes will ensure seamless makeup application, and their small size will fit perfectly in your makeup bag. And for even more space-saving consider a 4-in-1 brush tool that is both compact and multi-functional like the Alleyoop Multi-Tasker 4-in-1 makeup brush.

3. Stick to a Neutral Color Palette

So that your travel makeup is as versatile as possible, we recommend neutral eyeshadows. Neutral eyeshadows can be used to create both day and night looks. Opt for a small eyeshadow palette with shades like beige, taupe, and brown. These can be easily blended to achieve various eye looks. Keep your eyeshadow toned down for the day and quickly add some sparkle on top for an easy evening look. A palette like Tarte’s shape tape glow blush bar is perfect for any occasion. It includes a blush, bronzer, & highlighter to add definition and make your skin glow!

4. Opt for Waterproof Mascara in  Your Travel Makeup

Whether you’re exploring a tropical beach or trekking in the mountains, a waterproof mascara is a must-have in your travel makeup bag. Because it’s waterproof, it will keep your lashes looking long and voluminous without worrying about smudging or running. Try the Too Faced better than sex waterproof mascara for excellent volume and lash separation!

5. Choose a Concealer and Color Corrector Duo

A concealer that doubles as a color corrector is a game-changer for travel makeup. Not only will it cover imperfections and dark circles but it helps neutralize any redness or discoloration. Having a palette on hand that has multiple color correcting concealers in it will save space and time! One of our thePinkPanel member’s favorites is The NYX Color Correcting Cream Makeup Palette which she says is “perfect for all your color correcting needs.” The best part is these creams can be used alone or under foundation for a full-coverage finish.

6. Pack Travel-Friendly Lip Products

Carry lip products that are easy to apply and require minimal touch-ups. Lip crayons, lip balms, or lipsticks with long-lasting formulas are great options. A good travel makeup choice is versatile shades that complement various outfits. Or stick with neutral pinks and mauves which are sure to go with any outfit. We recommend the Charlotte Tilbury pillow talk lip kit for a nude-pink lip look that will never disappoint!

7. Finish Your Look with Setting Spray for Long-Lasting Makeup

A setting spray will help your makeup stay in place throughout the day and combat any excess oil. Grab a travel-sized setting spray that you can use to refresh your makeup during long journeys. Grab yourself a mini size MAC prep + prime fix+ since it’s compact and multi-functional.

8. Remove Your Makeup with Wipes and Micellar Water

Don’t forget to pack makeup wipes and a small bottle of micellar water for easy makeup removal. Taking your makeup off every night is a necessary step for healthy and happy skin! If you’re looking for the most eco-friendly way to remove your makeup consider a reusable makeup wipe like Makeup Eraser, which doesn’t even require micellar water to get the job done!

With these travel makeup tips, you should have no problem creating a compact and efficient travel makeup routine that will keep you looking fabulous throughout your journey. Embrace simplicity to make life easy, focus on versatile products to save on space, and most importantly, enjoy your travels with less stress and more style!

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