Confession time: I am a lazy girl when it comes to makeup, especially when I’m travel makeup. Don’t get me wrong: I love getting ready and all dolled up for a night out. But at the same time, I like simple, easy, not complicated. And when I’m traveling, my days are much more involved and active than the average day at work.
Whether I’m climbing the Eiffel Tower in Paris or hiking in Montserrat, Spain, I want to make sure what I apply in the morning lasts till the last call at the bar. I don’t want to constantly be reapplying my lipstick but still want to look glam in all my photo opts. Maybe you’re like me and are looking for good makeup products that’ll last you all day long while traveling. From matte foundation to long-wearing lipstick, here’s my top 9 makeup products for travel.
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As much as I love all the cutesy foundation powders, my skin needs coverage that lasts. I’ve been using Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse foundation for years now, and I love how well it stays on. It provides a good base if I want to add bronzer but does well to stand alone, too. Get 1% cash back at Target.
I received this concealer for free from Influenster, a program that sends free products to you to review. And I fell in love with this concealer. Its matte consistency means a big fat “boy bye” to blemishes.
I like to use my Marc Jacobs concealer on top of my matte foundation for problem areas. Pop it into your bag for the day and touch up after a long day of sightseeing and before starting a night out.
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No more pencil sharpening! For years, I had a classic brow pencil and tired of sharpening it, and this brow pencil is perfect for its twist-up feature. Gone are the days of pencil shavings cluttering your makeup bag. I like that I can comb my brows and fill them in with this tool. Get 1% cash back at Target.
Okay, so here’s the thing. If money were no object, then Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara would be the one for me. But alas, dropping $25 for a tube of mascara makes me squirm. I have the travel-sized version of this mascara and love using it as a second coat on special nights.
But I’ve been using Maybelline Great Lash mascara for years and am impressed by its consistency. Over the years, I’ve tried a handful of mascaras that make me look like a model for a week and then get clumpy two weeks later. Not Maybelline Great Lash mascara. It goes on smoothly, lasts long and doesn’t clump. And it’s easy to spot in any department store for its bright pink and green color. All big wins when you’re a traveling girl who’d rather save her dollars for a glass of wine in France, not a tube of mascara. Get 1% cash back at Target.
Although eyeshadow palettes take up more space in your cosmetic bag, it’s so worth it to bring a little something to dress up your face while traveling. That being said, some palettes are more conducive as travel makeup than others. I love bareMinerals Gen Nude Rose Eyeshadow Palette for its small size and range of colors: some neutrals, some sparkly. Don’t forget your base, Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Get 4% cash back on both.
Not all eyeliner is created equal, but NYX’s That’s the Point Eyeliner makes the cut. Instead of the classic brush, this eyeliner is more like a marker, which makes application much easier and more even since the liner doesn’t glob up as easily. It’s easy to put on and stays on, which makes it a great contender for makeup to pack when traveling. Get 1% cash back at Target.
I’ve gotten more products than I can count from Influenster. And if I’m being real, I’ve gotten some dinky stuff that I used once, but I swear by my NYX Glitter Goals lipstick, which I got for free over a year ago.
I have yet to find a lipstick I love as much as this one. I love the personality that the glitter gives, and it stays on till the next morning. I hate nothing more than having to reapply lipstick over and over again, but this color isn’t going anywhere, which is why it’s phenomenal for travel. Get 1% cash back at Target.
Years ago, I got my first bottle of Viva La Juicy, and it was love at first sight. It’s my signature scent, and each morning, I put on a spritz or two. And when I’m traveling, I still want to smell and feel glamorous, but packing a large glass bottle isn’t convenient. Whatever your scent is, purchase it as a rollerball perfume and slip it into your cosmetic bag. Get 4% cash back at Ulta.
If you know me, you know I love ban.do for its bubbly brand, swoon-worthy planners and girl boss founder, Jen Gotch. (I got to interview Jen Gotch about her new book for Southwest Airlines’ in-flight magazine, and I’m still not over it.) I recently ordered ban.do’s Getaway Leatherette Toiletry Bag and love its big size and multiple compartments. Here’s a $10 off ban.do coupon.
With these 9 makeup products, you can work hard, play hard while traveling and looking fabulous. What are your favorite travel makeup products?