Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Yesterday, you all were shocked at how much makeup I brought with me to Hawaii. Now, let me share with you some lessons I learned about traveling when it comes to lugging your beauty goodies with you!

  • Decide ahead of time. Think about where you’re going, what you think you may be doing, and whether you need lots of makeup or virtually none. When I go for a few days, I don’t bring much along – I think about one or two looks I want to do, and then I just take those products. If I can, I’ll use a pigment as a base, but make it one that is versatile and gives me two different “effects” depending what I overlay it with. Most people aren’t compulsive and need to do their best to not repeat looks, so this can help you save space!
  • Carry-on when possible. Face it, makeup is easily stolen–especially high end makeup. Whenever you can, it’s a better idea to pack your beauty loot in your carry-on (that goes for any valuables you’d hate to lose!). I love the carry-on sized suitcases! They actually hold a fair amount of stuff, and you can toss it in the overhead bin. Mine is expandable, should I need extra room and have to check it 😉
  • Travel and sample containers make life easier! With the ban on oversized liquids, getting some empty travel-sized bottles and jars can help you maximize your space. I don’t need a 12 fl. oz container of cleanser for a week long trip! MAC has several jars and bottles available, and they won’t hurt your wallet.
  • Streamline your routine for shorter trips. So maybe you have a special AM and PM routine – can you streamline it in a way that won’t cause consequences (like a major breakout)? Maybe your AM cream can double as your PM cream for a few days. Can your eyebrow highlighter work as a cheek highlighter?

Hold on, I still have four more tips to share!

  • Pack extreme colors. I say this not meaning pack a bright green lipgloss, but there’s no reason to pack ten baby pink lipglosses. I usually pack a bright red, bright pink, baby pink, coral, brown/orange, and a neutral. This way I have something from each major color family, and if I need a variation, I can mix and match. Same goes for lipsticks and eyeshadows.
  • If you check bags, avoid your prized possessions! So you have to check a bag or two, maybe you’re going away for a month or more. Totally get you, and it’s inevitable that we can’t carry-on all the time. First, still sample out your must-haves (like moisturizer, etc.) so if anything is taken, you still have enough to get you through a few days, giving you time to re-buy or discover something else. Second, don’t pack your very favorite, limited edition/long-time-discontinued lipstick! Better to pack things you can easily purchase again.
  • Pack and pack again! If it doesn’t fit the first way you packed things up, try dumping it all out and re-configuring it.  I am a MASTER at packing. This is coming from someone who traveled for 6 nights, 7 days with a carry-on suitcase and personal bag. Not only did I take all that makeup with me, I took sweaters, dresses, THREE pairs of heels, two pairs of flip flops… all items that can take up space – but all the other items (pants, shirts, undies, etc.).
  • Secure it in the hotel room! Sadly, from time to time, housekeeping may take an item or two. Or perhaps one rolls under the bed (this is why you always do a last minute check of everywhere before you check-out).  When I leave, I either refuse housekeeping services or I lock up my makeup in the hotel’s safe. Not foolproof, certainly, but it’s unlikely you’ll run into theft problems. Another way to make sure you return with everything you brought originally (well, maybe more!), make a list of what you’re bringing so you can double-check you got everything.

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20 thoughts on “Lessons Learned… Beauty & Traveling

  1. Heather

    That’s great advice! Especially about not bringing the LE stuff…it’s so simple, but I don’t think I would have thought of that :-) Thanks!

  2. Erin/slipnslide

    I take a moisturizer and a cleanser like Cetaphil in a travel bottle, one powder, one concealer, no foundation… one blush, 3 shadows, two liners, mascara. I lasted 6 weeks like that. I pack very light, and I don’t feel I should have to look made up while traveling (although being able to look great in a pinch is still an option with a limited assortment!).

  3. K

    These are great tips! There’s lots of travelling tips available online but not so many for those makeup-conscious. Great post!

  4. Kharina

    Hmmm…an eyebrow highlight as a cheek highligther…great idea!!! Never thought of that before. A while back I had actually purchased MAC cream colour base in PEARL shade and later realized it was on of my few worst buys because that stuff creased like crazy on my lids (even with a good base underneath) and as a brow highlight it looked too cake-y even when applied lightly…soooooo…I tried it as a cheek highlight and when blended real well into the cheeks…actually looks awesome!!!!
    Oh and about securing items in hotel room or when traveling…I actually do that too! I use one of those TSA 3 digit number combo locks to actually secure my suitcases everytime I leave the room by bringing the two zippers together and then put the suitcases underneath the bed (because the ones with the mini key can easily be opened with ANYTHING) and I never had problems the past times I’ve traveled.
    Kudos on these smart tips. :)

  5. Asta

    I usually just bring a tiny neutral Lancome palette or two (I have 3-4 from GWP sets), eyeliner, mascara, one blush, and a few different lipsticks and glosses. I bring a tinted moisturizer with SPF and a liquid foundation in case I need more coverage. It all fits into my purse so I never worry about losing anything. I can do everyday neutral or more glam for going out with just this.

  6. I never have problems with housekeeping stealing makeup. I even leave my laptop around! Maybe I should lock my laptop but locking up makeup is something I personally think it’s too troublesome. I usually pack very light for makeup and only use things that I can afford to lose and buy again.

  7. Tanya from Oz

    these are great tips! especially the tip about making a list! i would have never thought of that….so simple yet so unheard of (is that the right word?)

    Also, I can’t believe you took all that in a hand-carry, you are a true pro at packing lol! I am OCD when it comes to packing, I bring anything and everything (even for weekend trips)….yes I know I have problems lol!

  8. Saira

    Fantastic! I always end up taking too much make-up on holiday with me, so I found your tips really helpful, especially the one on taking a lipstick from each colour family so that you don’t have tonnes of lipsticks in similar shades.

  9. Tina

    This post came at the perfect time! I’m leaving for my Hawaii wedding in two weeks and I don’t know what to bring yet.

    A month ago, I bought a new wedding gown that I finally love so I’m still trying to figure out which eye look and which foundation I want. This post will definitely help me out!

  10. Macaddict

    I am sooo fussy when in town or to go to work, or even to the corner store: I have to look perfect. However, when on vacation/travelling, I ditch all the makeup and hair products and I am totally FREE! I am so low maintenance cuz I don’t want to miss anything and I want to cram it all in as much as I possibly can so my travelling routine is: get up, put deodorant on, brush teeth, put fragrance on, get dressed, and go! At night, it’s shower, wash and condition hair, put deodorant on, brush teeth, put lipgloss on, go to bed. :-)
    It’s like 2 extremes (the Dr. Jekill and Mr. Hyde sides of me…)