Beauty Life

How to Pack a Complete Vacation Makeup Kit

June 24, 2015
travel makeup kit

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m going on vacation! I’ll be gone for almost two weeks, so this week I’ve been putting together a kit of all the makeup I’m bringing with me. Before I even start sharing what I’m bringing, I though I would share some useful tips relating to makeup on vacation.

1. Pack your kit a few days before and during the days leading up to your trip, only use what is in your kit. This will let you figure out what all you may be missing or have no need for, so you can adjust your kit accordingly.

2. Don’t forget the weather. I have a bad habit of packing for the weather here, and not for the weather I’ll encounter when I get to wherever I’m going. If you were planning a ski vacation in Canada in January you would probably bring a vastly different wardrobe than if you were headed to Argentina in January. Makeup is exactly the same. If you’re going somewhere hot and beachy, consider bringing waterproof items, if you’re planning on going somewhere cold make sure to pack plenty of products to keep your skin hydrated.

3. Always always always pack sunscreen. And no, your makeup with SPF 15 definitely does not count. Bring sunscreen no matter where you’re going and always apply it liberally. You don’t want skin cancer and wrinkles, do you?

4. NEVER PUT YOUR MAKEUP IN YOUR CHECKED LUGGAGE. This should really be my number one piece of advice because it’s just that important. Never ever ever ever put your expensive, delicate, beautiful makeup in a checked bag. It could get lost or broken or stolen and I don’t know about you, but I’m very attached to everything in my kit and I would be pretty devastated if it got broken or went missing. Because of this I always put my makeup, my laptop and any other fragile or expensive items in my carry on bag.

5. If you’re planning on tanning, bring CC cream. You’ve only got so much precious space to dedicate to your travel items so the last thing you want to be doing is carrying three different bottles of foundation, knowing that you’ll need each one as you gradually tan. Instead, invest in a CC cream. CC creams are color correcting and offer a much lighter formula than foundation, so they’re more forgiving when you’re in between shades.

And now on to the actual kit!
travel makeup kit

Here is everything I’m brining. I might have overpacked, but I always prefer to over pack than to feel like I haven’t brought enough stuff. The goal of this post isn’t to review each item (that would take forever), but to give you an idea of the types of items I’m brining so that you can get an idea of what all I think I need for a two week stay away from home. If you have any questions on what an item is or how I use it feel free to ask in the comments section below.

The first, and biggest, thing I have is my Betsey Johnson carrying case. This sucker is huge and has a special compartment for my brushes. It was $20 at Ross. I love it.

Next I have my brushes which, as you can see, are all neatly shoved into the little pocket. I also brought two eyeshadow palettes, my Revealed palette by Coastal Scents which has a wide array of nudes and metallics, and IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette. The revealed palette is my dupe to the Urban Decay Naked 1 and 2 palettes and I think works just as well for far less money. The Naturally Pretty palette has a little more color variety and gives me the flexibility to make any shade a matte or a shimmer, by adding the transforming powder. (If you want to see more about the Naturally Pretty palette, you can check out my swatches here.)

Next to the palettes I have:

  • A nail file.
  • My translucent matte powder, in this case I’m brining the IT Cosmetics bye bye pores which I’m absolutely in love with.
  • My face products (details below).
  • My lips and smaller eye products (details below).
  • Lip balm.
  • Makeup removing eye pads.

travel makeup set

And here are my lippies! I’m brining:

  • OCC lip tar primer which I use to prime my lips regardless of if I use a tar or not, because it’s extremely good for you and moisturizing.
  • OCC lip tar, this psecific one is a nude matte.
  • Two NYX soft matte lip creams. The first is a bright red and the other is a nude but much darker than the lip tar.
  • IT Cosmetics vitality lip flush in the shade Je Na Sais Quoi. This is a super hydrating lip product that works as both a rose pink lipstick and moisturizer. I wear this at night a lot to keep my lips moisturized when I go to bed.

travel eyes and lips makeup

And here are some more lip products as well as some eye products. I’m brining:

  • Tarte Power Pigment in the shade flush. This is a really pretty, extremely glossy, red.
  • Three NYX lip liner pencils. I have a nude, a red and a light pink.
  • Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara. I HATE this product by itself. I hate the wand, I hate the formula, I just hate everything about it. However, it works amazingly when I need just a single coat before I apply my false lashes.
  • For when I don’t want to wear falsies, I’m brining my trusty Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.
  • A cream eyeshadow in a champagne color. This particular one is by Sumita.
  • Coastal Scents liquid liner
  • Make Up For Ever black retractable eyeliner
  • Eyeko felt tip liner pen.

travel face makeup

And here is all the face products! I got a spray tan so I took that into account when I was packing, so I brough products that I knew would work for both my new shade, and when my tan starts fading. I’m brining:

  • Sephora foundation in the shade clair/light. It’s actually not light at all. It’s super dark. What gives, Sephora?
  • Too Faced shadow insurance. I have extra nasty extra oily lids. This keeps them in check.
  • MAC studiofinish concealer.
  • Pixi bronzer. This adds such an amazing glow, I would recommend this to absolutely anyone who is wanting to learn to contour but doesn’t want to have an over the top, Kardashian-esque contour.
  • NYX Wonder Pencil. I use this for everything from spot concealing to lining my lips to highlighting my brows. It’s super versatile and super cheap. Get one. You’ll thank me.
  • So Susan Concealer Quad. This goes back to what I was saying before about bringing something that can match all your shades, rather than brining multiple bottles of conditioner. This little quad comes with four cream concealer shades which you can blend together to make a custom color. Yaaaaas!
  • Pixi Redness Reducing Primer. I’ve reviewed this product before and I just love it because it reduces redness and primes your face all in one.
  • Laura Gellar Baked Blush mini. This a very delicate pink but builds well for a more intense, dramatic look.
  • Ben Nye Powder in the shade Banana.
  • OCC Cream pigment. I use this to darken concealer, as a cream shadow, as well as a cream contour.
  • Tarte Brow Mousse.
  • IT Cosmetics Brow Power Eyebrow Pencil.
  • Maracuja Oil. I use this to both moisturize my face and to remove my makeup!
  • Chella highlighting pencil.

brushes for travel

And last but not least, my brushes and tools! I’m bringing:

  • Big fluffy powder brush from IT Cosmetics
  • Flat foundation brush from IT Cosmetics
  • Angled contour brush from Coastal Scents
  • Smaller angled brush from Coastal Scents
  • Pointed complexion brush from IT Cosmetics
  • Concealer brush from Crown Brush
  • Blending brush from Coastal Scents
  • Small flat brush from Coastal Scents
  • Blending brush from Stila
  • Flat and precision brush duo from Crown Brush
  • Flat brush from Elizabeth Mott
  • NYX Pencil sharpener that fits both large and smaller pencils
  • Small lip brush from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetiscs
  • Angled brush and spooly combo from Tarte
  • Smudger brush from ELF
  • Lash glue
  • Set of lashes
  • Eyelash curler from Tarte

I also have a separate little kit for skincare which includes my sunscreen, CC cream, moisturizer, and toner. And that’s it! Mostly everything in this kit can be used for multiple purposes, so I will be able to create a really large amount of looks from it. Now that you’ve seen my kit I want to see yours! Show me your vacation must-haves by tagging me on instagram @shalott or linking me to your blog below!

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  • lucie June 25, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Lovely post babe. You’ve got some great products picked for your holiday! LOVE me some NYX <3

  • shalott June 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you Lucie! NYX is my favoriteeeee drugstore brand!!

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