Travel Makeup Essentials


Summer is among us and many of us take this time to get away from our everyday lives to sight-see and lounge by the beach. The idea of vacationing is exciting, except when the only thing between you and the beach is the daunting task of packing. I especially have a hard time condensing my makeup down to the essentials (I once ended up taking three different foundations!). Throughout the years, I’ve learned to hone down my travel makeup essentials to a few must-haves. Some of which I will be sharing with you today.


Urban Decay Naked Basics

Left to Right: Venus, Foxy, W.O.S., Naked 2, Faint, Crave
Left to Right: Venus, Foxy, W.O.S., Naked 2, Faint, Crave

The Naked Basics palette is perfect for travel because of its slim and compact size. Smaller than an iPhone 6, it requires minimal space in your makeup bag, but still provides you with a mirror and 6 eyeshadows that are great for both daytime and nighttime looks. Some of these shadows can also serve dual purposes, which means you can pack fewer things! Pop some Venus on the tops of your cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose for a fresh glow. Fill in sparse brows with Naked 2 and Faint, as they are great brow powder substitutes. For a softer and more natural look, line your eyes with Crave, a matte black!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Radiant Creamy Concealer is one of my all-time favorite concealers. I love taking this with me when I travel because of its multi-functionality. It’s creamy and blendable with medium-to-high coverage that works well on blemishes, hyper-pigmentation, under the eyes, and it also doubles as an eyeshadow primer. On days when I don’t feel like wearing a full face of makeup, I cover my blemishes with this concealer and lightly powder to set. That way, I still get the coverage I need without the heavy feeling of wearing a foundation!

Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil

Brow Wiz makes eyebrow maintenance very minimal and ridiculously easy. This is great for when you’re on the go because you don’t need any other tools or brushes for application. Brow Wiz has a mechanical pencil on one side and a spooley on the other!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed


The Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed is a beautiful matte, nude pink that looks very natural on the skin and is versatile with several makeup looks and skin tones. The star ingredient, Amazonian Clay, is great for minimizing oil, improving the longevity of wear, and keeping the skin hydrated.

Diorskin Forever Compact

Diorskin Forever is a silky smooth and luxurious powder that blends seamlessly into the skin for a satin matte finish.  Because it is so finely milled, it gives a naturally flawless look that isn’t cakey. The compact conveniently comes with a large mirror and a sponge applicator, perfect for travel or carrying in your purse for quick touch ups.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

The matte Hoola bronzer gives a natural warmth that is perfect for an all-over bronze or contouring. Its soft texture makes it easily blendable and the light brown color leans a bit cool-toned which means, no orange fake tan look!

Dupe: NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder – Sunny

 Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

Just Bitten balm stain is hands down one of my favorite drugstore products. It’s a long-lasting lip balm that moisturizes your lips and leaves a soft stain (available in 12 different colors). The color “Honey” is especially a favorite of mine because it’s suitable for everyday use and leaves a beautiful rosy-pink tint after the balm has worn off. I find this ideal for travel because it’s one of those products you can apply and forget about, but still looks fantastic.

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

When you’re out and about, the last thing anyone wants to worry about are touch ups. Hourglass Immaculate is my go-to foundation for travel. I have a very oily t-zone and this is the only thing that will last through the heat, humidity, and a long day of exploring. This seriously weightless foundation has buildable medium-to-full coverage and uniquely dries to a powder, so you can expect minimal oil and long wear time. The velvet matte finish does accentuate dry patches, so make sure you are well moisturized and exfoliated before applying!


  • Avoid packing bulky foundation bottles by pumping the amount you will need into a contact case!


  • Save your sample-sized eyeliners, mascaras, lipsticks, bronzers, and primers for travel! It’s a great way to bring some of your favorite products without the extra bulk!


Share with me some of your travel makeup essentials and tips!

Thank you so much for reading!