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12 Makeup Travel Essentials For Summer

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
June 23, 2016 · 2.6k Views

Your flight is booked. Now it’s time to start packing for this summer’s big vacation. While the clothes you take will be dependent on destination and activities, makeup can be a bit trickier. Make sure you have all the necessary items to take you from a day at the beach or sightseeing, to a nice dinner and dancing, to carrying out your nightly skin regime. Follow these tips on travel makeup essentials and you’ll have all you need to feel fresh and beautiful all vacation long.

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1. Makeup Travel Bag

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First things first, you’ll need a bag to carry your makeup, preferably something with smart organization and ample space. We like Sephora’s The Weekender. With zippered compartments for makeup, jewelry and toiletries along with brush holders, there’s no need for multiple personal care bags. Bonus points for the built-in hook for hanging.

2. Dry Shampoo

There are a few travel scenarios in which dry shampoo comes in handy:

1. You have no intention to wash your hair everyday on vacation

2. Your travel itinerary includes long flights and a layover

3. Dry shampoo is a great remedy for tresses weighed down by a tropical climate

4. You are getting back to the hotel and dinner reservations are in forty-five minutes. With no time to wash your hair, just reach for the dry shampoo and revitalize your locks in 2 minutes tops. Try Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo.

3. BB Cream

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Consolidate various makeup items into this one beauty product. BB cream is a multitasking makeup essential, which works as moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen. Be sure to use one with an SPF. Check out Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Protector with SPF 30.

4. Concealer

Not getting enough sleep, and dehydration, can be expected when traveling. Combat dark eye circles and unseemly blemishes with a good concealer. Look for one that balances your skin tone and moisturizes like NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.

>> SEE ALSO: Best Summer Skincare Products for Every Skin Type

5. Eyelash Curler

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Looking forward to simplifying your beauty routine and going for a more natural look during vacation? Be sure to pack this amazing beauty tool, which maximizes your lashes without any need for makeup. Industry insiders rave about Shu Uemura’s Eyelash Curler.

6. Mascara

Polish off your vacation look with a coat or two of mascara. While traveling, think about switching to waterproof mascara. You’ll avoid raccoon eyes should an unexpected rainstorm hit while strolling the streets of Paris. Try Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara.

7. Lip Balm

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Dry, cracking lips are the last thing you want on vacation. Take care of your pout with Burt’s Bees Lip Balm. Not only is it 100% natural, it leaves your lips feeling soft and moisturized.

8. Travel Manicure and Grooming Kit

We are all about easing up on the beauty routine during vacation. But, obsessing over a chipped nail or rogue eyebrow hair is annoying, especially when you have better things to do. Pack a manicure and grooming kit to make beauty upkeep quick and easy. We like this item from Ulta, which includes a nail file, tweezers, nail cleaning tool, nail clipper, nail & cuticle nipper, and cuticle scissor.

>> SEE ALSO: 8 ULTA Shopping Secrets and Summer Beauty Steals

9. Travel Size Perfume

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Leave the perfume bottle at home on the vanity where it belongs. Instead, bring a travel size rollerball or spray of your signature fragrance. Balenciaga’s Florabotanica and Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb are lovely floral scents for summer.

10. Cheek and Lip Duo Stick

Consolidate blush and lip items by opting for a cheek and lip duo stick on vacation. The Multiple by NARS comes in a spectrum of shimmering colors perfect for summer. It can even be used as a highlighter and to enhance eyes.

11. Face Cleanser

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Don’t use vacation as an excuse to skimp on your daily skin regimen. Your complexion will be challenged by lack of sleep, dehydration, and atmospheric changes. Thus, foregoing basics like washing your face could wreak havoc on your skin. Reach for a facial cleanser that purifies and removes makeup like Boscia’s Purifying Cleansing Gel.

12. Calming/Hydrating Face Mask

Anyone who has traveled by plane has felt the harsh effects that air cabin pressure inflicts on skin. After landing and checking into your hotel, wash and exfoliate your face. Your skin has been through a lot. Treat it with a face mask that calms and moisturizes. Try the Rose Face Mask by Fresh.

When it comes to makeup and travel, aim for streamlining your usual beauty product arsenal. Use this packing list as a guide for the next getaway and avoid making an emergency run to the island’s only drugstore for something you forgot.


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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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