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Travel Makeup Essentials: Looking Good While Packing Light

Words and Images By: Carol RH Malasig

To be told that one has to ‘pack light’ is probably one of the most disheartening things to hear prior to your vacation – especially if you’re quite the beauty junkie. Those pots of single eyeshadows and the new bottle of liquid foundation just won’t fit in your small, to-go makeup kit. How in the world are you gonna look great for photos?

Fret not. It’s 2016 and makeup has never been as portable and as easy – you won’t even need to bring makeup brushes anymore. Talk about saving so much real estate in your luggage!

All About Your Base

If your trip this time of year calls for you staying in the tropics, that would mean unpredictable weather. You can be sweating it out one minute and then getting rained on in the next. Laneige’s BB Cushion Pore Control is one thing that I can recommend. It’s a product that has served me well. Exploring the Angkor Wat in Cambodia, shopping in Chatuchak Market in Thailand, taking long walks by the Seine during a Parisian summer and even while running around the cool temperatures of London. It lasts all day, gives decent coverage, and makes you look all fresh and dewy. Oh, and did I mention it has SPF50? Saves you the trouble of bring sunblock for your face!

The beauty of having a BB cushion with you saves you from lugging around a foundation brush or a Beauty Blender. You can even use the sponge it comes with to blend out your concealer should you require one.

 A Natural Flush

While we’re on the subject of cushion makeup, L’Oreal Paris Makeup Designer recently released their Cushion Blush and I’ve been loving it a lot. It comes in three shades and the lightest one gives a beautiful, natural glow. I’m loving the concept of a cushion blush over cheek tint these days as they make application a lot easier!

Brows On Fleek

Being on vacation is no excuse to have sparse, unshaped brows. I would normally go for threading and tinting prior to going on a trip but just in case you’re not into that, Catrice Cosmetic’s Brow Set is a lifesaver. It’s got two brow powders – a lighter and a darker shade of brown – and the tools you will need for application, tucked in a secret drawer at the bottom of the product. You get tweezers, a brush, and a spoolie with it!

Shadow Play

I think eyeshadows are a lot of work. Sure, they look pretty and makes for a really put-together look but they just take so much time! Not to mention you need at least 3 brushes to make a great eye makeup look. But after discovering cream eyeshadows, I never looked back. They have been a traveling staple for me! I’ve been using Clinique’s Chubby Sticks Shadow Tint for the Eyes.

I normally bring a beige colour, a bronze shade, and either a light purple or blue with me while traveling. You only need two at a time to make it work. I use the beige as a base then the bronze for the crease for a daytime look. For a more sophisticated look if we’re going out at night, I just switch up the bronze for a purple or blue to darken and smoke it up a bit. I use my fingers to blend everything out. Easy peasy.

Keep It In Line

I can never live without eyeliner. Eyeshadow? Sure. But liners? Never. Without them, my eyes normally look sleepy and tired. Well, they really are since I do sleep late. So to open them up, I bring eyeliners with me. I usually stick with brown for a more natural look but I bring a black one just in case I need to make things a little more dramatic for a night look. Japanese brand Canmake is one of my favourite brands for affordable liners. Their formula is creamy and once it’s dry, it stays put. Always opt for an eyeliner that won’t smudge. You wouldn’t want to look like a racoon in your vacation photos.

Fake A Tan

Who wants to look pale and unwell while traveling? I know I don’t. I’ve been so thrilled with the come back of liquid bronzers recently and was so happy when Nars came out with a liquid version of their Laguna Bronzer. Lugging around the powder and the brush for it just won’t do for me. This bronzer has a cult following for good reason – it looks great on practically every skin tone. As a liquid bronzer, the formula is quite runny and the shade comes out light but buildable. You can use your fingers to apply this but do be quick with it as it dries real quick. Blend it out on the hollows of your cheeks, and your temples for a sun-kissed look with a soft, contour.

Bat Your Lashes

Removing waterproof mascara can be a pain while traveling. You wouldn’t want to bring a separate makeup remover just for your waterproof products. So I opt for the Physician’s Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara. It’s not waterproof but it doesn’t smudge by the end of the day. It gives you long and thick lashes while holding them up for a good 12 hours. Not bad at all!

A Bit of Hydration Never Killed Anyone

I find that traveling leaves me with dry skin and lips. I require lip balm in any weather especially since I do love wearing lipstick. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm was recently given a packaging makeover but the formula remains to be the same one we all grew to love all these years. The range has the slightest hint of tint that won’t leave your lips too bare and won’t mess up the shade of your lipstick just in case you want to put one on top of it.

Pop of Colour

I believe that lipsticks are the best pick-me-uppers. I would normally bring two while traveling – a daytime colour and a bright red for the evening. I’m currently obsessed with MAC Cosmetics’ Hot Chocolate and Chanel’s Pirate. The first one is a limited edition from the Vibe Tribe collection that gives off a rosy plum hue and the second one is an oldie but a goodie vampy red.

There you have it! My travel makeup must haves for this season. Of course, don’t forget your skin care essentials while you’re at it. It’s important to care for your skin! We’ll be delving more into that next time. But for now – safe travels, everyone!