So, you are about to embark on a travel adventure and you can’t decide on the best makeup to take with you. You need to pack as light as possible, and you like the idea of being natural and makeup-free, but you also want a good solid kit that enables you to create both casual and dramatic looks.
Firstly, let’s start with the makeup packing rules:
- No powders – powdered eyeshadows, bronzers and blushers, etc will break, unless they have thick and resilient packaging. (The eyeshadow and blusher quads that I packed all broke within my first two weeks of backpacking). Try to stick to gels, solids and mousses as much as possible.
- Avoid brushes if you can – they are high maintenance as they need to be washed frequently. Plus, they take up valuable space.
- Choose makeup that can be used for more than one purpose – Can you use your eyebrow pencil as an eyeliner? Do you have a lipstick that can also double up as a blusher?
- No once-in-a-lifetime designer products – I can’t count the number of times that I have met a girl in a hostel who was distraught because she lost her Chanel foundation or Dior eye palette. Never take anything that you care about. Drug store products are your best friend.
- Try to find products with sturdy packaging – many makeup palettes and quads have flimsy plastic packaging that cracks all too easily.
(If you want to read more about other beauty essentials such as hair products and skin care, I have already got you covered in a previous post).