My Travel Beauty Essentials: Makeup

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While you’re on vacation you want to look your best without feeling weighed down with tons of makeup & beauty products. While it may look like I pack a lot while I am away, I do try to keep it to a minimum while also not losing out on variety & options. I easily pack all the items I bring in a small beauty bag – and I actually include a majority my travel hair care essentials in the same bag.

Travel Beauty Essentials

Eye Makeup:

Eyeshadow Primer

One of the most irritating things about warmer weather is the chance that your makeup may just melt right off your face. I don’t wear much face makeup when I travel, especially to warmer climates, but I have noticed the heat affecting my eye makeup. To combat this problem I wear an eyeshadow primer which helps hold my shadows in place.

An Eyeshadow Palette

Rather than pack individual shadows, I always pack an eyeshadow palette – or my magnetic palette with a few shadows, blushes, and a bronzer stuck in it. Palettes are always a great travel go-to because they give you the lots of options and versatility with your look in a compact palette.


When I head on holiday, I typically bring one black eyeliner and one brown eyeliner. I like to be able to switch between more dramatic liner looks to softer more subtle ones. During the day, I’ll often stick to wearing the brown liner just to give a subtle hint of a cat-eye. Concealer
Concealer is one product I just cannot / will not travel without. When I’m tired, I look tired, and there’s nothing that fixes my dark circles like a good concealer.  Mascara
The one item I never leave the house without is mascara. It’s my go-to item and without it, I feel totally naked! Whether I am gone a month, a day, or a week, I always pack a mascara in my bag.

Base Makeup:

Tinted Moisturizer / BB Cream with SPF

It probably comes as no surprise that I burnt quite easily. I am pale, freckly, and my skin just doesn’t “soak up the sun”.  To help protect my skin when I am out, I always use a tinted SPF moisturizer or a BB cream with SPF. This helps even out my skin tone while also protecting my skin from the sun. While I am on the beach though, or at the pool, I typically forgo foundation and just wear a sunscreen.

Mineral Foundation

Mineral foundations with SPF are another great option when heading on holiday. I always pack a mineral based foundation for when I feel like my skin has had enough of the oilier / liquid based foundations. My skin gets irritated by sunscreens and liquid products/foundations with SPF in them, so when my skin begins to feel irritated, I switch to a lighter weight mineral foundation. I don’t use this 100% of the time because it would be an expensive habit to wear and reapply a mineral based foundation at the pool!

Face Makeup


While blush has become less popular in the last couple of years, it’s still an item I consider a must-have. I never travel without a blush or two in my bag. I particularly love blushes that have a soft plum or coral look to them.


A bronzer is another essential for me when it comes to my holiday makeup routine. Since I don’t tan easily, I will often fake a slight bronze with a bronzer.


Because I love to add a bit of a glow to my makeup look when I am away, I always pack a couple different highlighters. I like to pack at least 1 cream and 1 powder highlight. The reason I like to do this is because if I want a bolder glow then I can easily apply the cream highlight first to intensify the powder one.


Lipsticks and Balms:

Tinted Lip BalmI am all about tinted lip balms. They add a pretty flush of colour to your lips and feel super comfortable and hydrating your lips. Fresh Beauty tinted lip balms are, by far, my favourite tinted lip balms out there. Plus, they have SPF 15 in them!

1-2 Lipsticks:

Lastly, I always pack 1-2 lipsticks. I pack one light, neutral shade, and one more vampy bold shade. I like having 2 options so that my look is a bit more versatile.



  1. June 18, 2013 / 1:16 pm

    I love all the NYX products- they are so affordable but work like department store products!

  2. June 18, 2013 / 1:24 pm

    Great picks! I love the Urban Decay Naked palette although the one I have is the original. NYX Numbo pencil in milk is my staple product for eyes and Dip Down is great as an eyeliner and for works amazing to do brows too 🙂

    • July 17, 2013 / 3:04 am

      The original is definitely a great palette too! I have been obsessed with the Milk Pencil too, its awesome!

  3. June 18, 2013 / 2:24 pm

    I love Benefit's Hoola bronzer. It's gives you juuuuusttttt the right amount of glow without being sparkly (which I don't like at all!).

  4. Allie*
    June 18, 2013 / 2:53 pm

    These are all great choices. I love the Bronzer with a tan and the sugar lips is great for the weather! Sunscreen is the best idea on there!!

  5. June 18, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    All you need for a sunny vacay! Sunscreen for the face is difficult indeed, especially with our skin type. I don't get a rash from "normal" facial sunscreens, but my eyes will burn out of my head. Must be the alcohol and perfume, iieeh!!

    XOXO from the Netherlands,

    ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

    Lucia Flores Diary

    • July 17, 2013 / 3:07 am

      Sunscreen is definitely #1 – can't go into the sun without it =| normal sunscreens make my skin all rough and dry, its painful!

  6. June 18, 2013 / 3:05 pm

    Great picks, haha, so much to choose from! You're like me and shoes when I go on vacation- always WAY more than I need 🙂

    • July 17, 2013 / 3:08 am

      hhahah yep – I always feel like when I am away I end up using products that I typically don't at home, products react differently in the humid climate!

  7. June 18, 2013 / 3:12 pm

    Brilliant post Bree! I think they all are perfect for travel! Love all the ones you picked up!:) Kisses! xo

  8. June 18, 2013 / 3:58 pm

    Love everything and want quite a few… 🙂

  9. June 18, 2013 / 7:28 pm

    Sugar lip treatment is my fav!

  10. June 19, 2013 / 2:25 am

    really great tips 🙂 I love sugar lips balm too!

  11. June 19, 2013 / 2:34 am

    Awesome post Bree! I love the baby lips too, and both of the naked palettes! Have an awesome trip!

    xo aly

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