How to Pack the Perfect Travel Makeup Bag
Don’t make traveling more work than necessary. Pack your makeup efficiently with these tips.
No matter how many trips you take, it seems like packing, without fail, manages to cause a little anxiety. You want to take all your comforts with you, but you also don't want to bulk up that carry-on you're lugging around the airport. At least when it comes to your makeup bag, we've got you covered. Bookmark this video and you'll always have a cheat sheet of essentials and packing hacks for every trip. Never have another spilled shampoo bottle again.
Pack items that can do double duty. The easiest way to pack less is…to pack less. Bring multipurpose products: Makeup wipes can clean your face and your hands, and a tinted sunscreen means you can leave your foundation at home. Reduce the number of tubes rolling around in your bag by packing ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint in your favorite shades to hydrate your lips while giving them color. And pack a shimmery eye shadow that also shines as a highlighter.
Put makeup brushes in a glasses case or pencil case. If you can’t leave home without your makeup brushes, this tip is for you. Reuse a clean glasses case or pencil case to protect the bristles of your brushes, so they don’t get bent out of shape in transit—and to keep them free of that mysterious bag lint that somehow always gets everywhere.
Put a cotton pad in your compact so the powder doesn't break. If you use pressed powder foundation, blush, or eye shadow, you know how fragile these compacts can be (and how expensive they are to replace if they break, eek). To keep them safe and intact, place cotton pads inside your compact to reduce any jostling and breakage.
Use a pill container to store and sort your jewelry. You don’t want to come out of your trip with mismatched earring sets and a missing ring. Use a pill container to organize your jewelry as you travel, and to prevent anything from getting lost or crushed.
Put liquid makeup in a contact case. Liquid products go a long way. You definitely don’t need to bring entire tubes or bottles with you—that’s just wasted space. Instead, squeeze as much as you’ll need on your trip into a clean contact case, which conveniently has two chambers so you can double up how many different products you can pack. Just use a sharpie to mark what’s what.
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