Travel Makeup Essentials To Save Time and Space

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So, you’re all psyched for your next trip, but the struggle gets real and ugly when it all comes down to packing your makeup.

Yup! We’ve ALL been there…

You wanna take one product, because you know it would stay on all day, but then there is another one that controls the horrid forehead shine. You wanna carry a certain shade that matches your outfit, but you have your heart for that other palette that’s got bold colors and you want to pose as a magazine cover girl. All that makeup is sitting in the corner, staring at you to be picked up and taken along.


So, after traveling with no makeup, minimal makeup, versatile makeup and heaps of makeup for all these years, I, NOW, have the wisdom and sanity to carry only ABSOLUTE-F***INGLY NECESSARY and versatile makeup wherever I go.

The purpose of travel does play a role when you’re packing, but for now, I’m going to list down the most versatile items that I swear by and don’t travel without.

Aloe Vera Gel

I mean what’s there to even elaborate? It’s versatile, it moisturizes, it’s non-comedogenic, it’s all skin-type and all-weather conditions-friendly. Aloe Vera Gel can replace a primer and a night cream. I mean I could go on and on.


Since I’m a walking and talking greased chicken, I will speak for the oily skin types. I use Aloe Vera gel for my entire face and Maybelline New Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser for the T-zone and areas that need some pore minimizing.


I usually like to carry a foundation that’s buildable, stays put and covers well. Also, considering the fact that your makeup won’t be in the comfort of your dressing room shelf, it’s highly likely to break. Hence I carry products that work well and are affordable in case they break or get damaged, the high-end products aren’t wasted.

My go-to travel foundation is Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25H Foundation. It’s affordable, gives great coverage, gives a matte finish, lasts about 6 to 8 hours in humidity and 8 to 10 hours otherwise. It’s waterproof, smudge-proof, transfer-proof, basically its everything-proof.

BB Cream

That’s totally optional if you’re not a YSBB person or BB creams ain’t your thing, but I like to keep one for days I wanna go light on my makeup, or none at all. Most BB creams have a moisturizer and SPF in them so it saves me some precious minutes of my time and layers of products on the skin. I like to go with Rimmel London 9 in 1 BB Cream.

I love this thing! Paired with a good powder and this product DOES NOT BUDGE. For a BB cream that’s pretty sick!

Loose Powder

Pick the one that’s the lightest in coverage. Preferably translucent, not tinted. Because it turns your face grey and cakey if you keep it on for hours at a time. If you plan on wandering the streets looking crease-free, then a light-weight, translucent loose powder it is.

I usually take along Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder. It sets but doesn’t settle in.

Face Makeup

Now, that’s another problem. Face makeup selection for a trip can get confusing and mind-boggling AF. There’s the blushes and the contours and the highlights. Well, thanks to the travel-friendly packaging out there that saves us that additional thought, and the different formulae too… but it’s still a lot of packing…

So, without even thinking, I hold out my arm and reach for The Balm Voyage Palette. It’s LITERALLY EVERYTHING! Words cannot describe how much I love it.


Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. Because I trust it enough. Period.

Eye Makeup

Although The Balm Voyage Palette covers eye makeup, I like to keep an extra, travel size palette for everyday looks. Essence Nudes Palette is the one I mostly travel with.

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I prefer traveling with a felt tip eyeliner to avoid additional brushes and hassle. I mostly reach out for either, if not both among L’Oreal Superliner Superstar and NYX Curve Liner.


I have undying love for Maybelline mascaras ever since. So, I pick my trusted Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara. It NEVER fails to impress.

Eyebrow Powder

I belong to a clan of people who an eyebrow don’t need powder to fill them in. I instead go for Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara for keeping the sparse hairs in place and simply giving them an extra pop of pigment.

Setting Spray

NYX Dewy Setting Spray is an all-time favorite.

Nail Paint

Rimmel London Salon Pro in the shade 600 Yestergrey. Why? It’s long-lasting and it’s versatile.


I keep a shade or two extra depending on the clothing/occasion. Otherwise the Balm voyage has two gorgeous lip shades ready for me to use!

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