This blog post is coming to you from my childhood room in the GTA. I’m on the road for a few days, visiting friends and family, eating way more than my fair share of delicious food, and enjoying the brisque, beautiful spring weather!
Traveling is nothing new for me. I won’t claim to be an experienced international traveler, but I’m a pretty standard fare on domestic flights and have been ever since I was a freshman in university. My make-up bag has changed a lot over the years, going from basically nonexistent to overflowing with multiple palettes to, finally, the bare necessities for a trip. When I’m at home I can afford to play around with products, but on the road, I need consistency and efficiency to keep my skin from going wild and staying on schedule to see people.
Without further ado, here is what I currently pack in my make-up bag:
Fresh Umbrian Mattifying Serum and Naked Kitty Supernatural face cream: I won’t spend too much time on these (you can find all about the Fresh Serum in my Favs of 2017 post), but I will say that they’re wonderfully gentle on my sensitive skin. This is especially great while traveling, since my face can become more prone to break-out when I leave home.
Urban Decay Naked Skin: I was going to bring along my Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation, since I don’t need a powder with that, but I wasn’t sure how that formula would fair, being as dry as it is and knowing my skin as well as I do. Urban Decay’s Naked Skin gives me medium coverage, can stand up to just about any of the elements or activities I might be up to, and applies quickly. Great for traveling.
Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder: Okay, cards on the table – I brought this in place of my Laura Mercier powder because I own a smaller pot of it. The product is fine; it works. But it’s the size that got me to pack it.
Anastasia Brow Wiz: A product that needs no introduction. I’ve used Anastasia brow pencils for years, and they are spectacular. The hard tip creates thin, natural-looking brow hairs. It’s so user-friendly.
Urban Decay Primer Potion: I would never be seen without this. Check out my earlier post on why primer is so important for more details.
Custom MAC Quad: After years of traveling with multiple palettes to satisfy my creativity while away from home, I’ve since come to rely on four shades: Vanilla, Kid, Enigma, and Carbon. Or: a shadow slightly lighter than my skin tone, slightly darker than my skin tone, one that’s slightly darker than that, and black. It’s not the most exciting quad; I don’t bring along pop colours anymore. But with these four shadows, I can create a number of quick, wearable looks for day or evening.
Tarte Gel Liner: I know, I know – black winged liner isn’t exactly efficient, but I would call it consistent for me. I can’t go without this stuff.
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline: For more casual eyeliner, I put a little of this on my upper waterline – I wear the colour Legend – and then get back to my day.
Mascara – I won’t specify what brand, simply because mascara is somewhat ubiquitous. I will caution against traveling with waterproof mascara, a lesson I’m currently learning the hard way. Waterproof mascara requires traveling with additional cleansing products, I find, so it’s far more convenient to travel with something easier to remove.
MAC’s Powder Blush in Harmony: I throw a little of this under my cheekbones and around my temples for contour. The Naked Skin really flattens out my features, so yes, even while traveling, this is necessary.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in paaarty: A new favourite of mine, this blush wears so naturally, giving me just a little natural flush without requiring a highlighter to smooth out the effect.
Bit of a preface here – I am a make-up brush fanatic. An absolute fiend. I think it’s a holdover from the days when I would play around with a multitude of shadows. Whatever the reason, it’s even more difficult for me to discern how few brushes I need to bring along with me with I travel. This trip marks the lowest number of brushes I’ve ever packed (with the exception of the times I simply haven’t packed make-up), and since I had no problems applying my make-up, I think I managed to get it right!
- Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – my all-time favourite for foundation application. Inexpensive and user-friendly.
- Sephora Pro Precision Powder
- Real Techniques Multitask Brush – Fluffy enough that my contour looks natural but not so fluffy that you can’t see my contour at all.
- MAC 129 – the only blush brush I have ever and will likely ever own.
- Lise Watier eyeshadow brush
- MAC 224 and MAC 217 – my ride-or-die brushes. Thoroughly necessary for creating more dynamic looks with a neutral palette.
- Real Techniques base shadow brush – for additional blending.
- Anastasia 12 liner brush – optional, but for my liner, necessary.
Looking over this list now, there are some further cuts to make. Easier eyeshadows for me to bring, including ones I can apply with a finger; a foundation that doesn’t require a powder or contouring. That being said, my make-up is still the lightest it’s been in years, and I’m able to create some lovely looks for my time at home.
Well, I’m off for another full day of visiting. What are your travel must-haves for make-up? What sorts of products do you look for in your make-up bag? Let me know in the comments!