Monday, February 27th, 2012

Temptalia Asks You


What do you pack in your travel makeup bag? Share yours!

Temptalia's AnswerThese are usually products that accompany me on trips, though not always and often with additional one-timers: Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette, Benefit Sugarbomb, Le Metier de Beaute Echo, MAC Espresso, Guerlain Les Voilettes, Cle de Peau #2 Lipgloss.

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48 thoughts on “What do you pack in your travel makeup bag?

  1. Miss J

    It can vary based upon where season, where I’m going, what I’ll be doing, and how long. Certain items I always take with me, though. A nail file and tweezers are a must. I always toss in a mini-moisturizer. Some sort of makeup to even out my complexion whether it be concealer, foundation, and/or powder. I usually bring Fix+. I tend to skip bring eyeshadows. I may or may not include an eyeliner, but mascara is always included. Then I toss in a couple blushes and a couple lip products and I’m done.

    I don’t tend to bring too much with me because I find that I don’t use a lot of stuff when I’m on vacation.

  2. Rachel

    I have a bag of basics that is the foundation of all y makeup days: Nars eyeshadow base, eyebrow pencil (current Chanel), anastasia brow gel and brow duality pencil and Chanel perfectn concealer in 10 and mascara either waterproof LancĂ´me deficils or guerlains newest mascara. After that I try to multitask my products a bit during travel. These days I’ll grab my Trish mackevoy planner, it mint not have my absolute favorite colors, but I made sure to make it a complete kit. It has one page of shadows and one page of face colors. Then I pick two lipsticks and a finishing powder than can double as a highlighter.

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alyssa Alyssa

    Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream, Laura Mercier Mineral Powder, Clinique Redness Solutions Powder, EL Bronze Goddess Duo, Eye Primer, MAC Painterly Paint Pot, a MAC custom quad (Usually-Amber Lights, Sable, Twinks, Satellite Dreams), Mascara, NYC waterproof pencils…I take advantage of anything I can move to a smaller, especially with short trips

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

    I fully admit to being a complete procrastinator, so I’m lucky if I pack enough of the essentials, much less even consider makeup. Usually it winds up being whatever’s in my purse at the time, and if I actually need anything, I’ll buy something while I’m there. (Vacations tend to be makeup free for me, anyhow.)

  5. Sally

    My Bare Minerals foundation with Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer, YSL Multi-Action Concealer, UDPP, Too Faced palettes (Romantic and Smoky), UD 24/7 pencil in Perversion, Tarina Tarantino blush palette, Benifit’s Hoola, tokidoki Kabuki illuminator and Benefit’s They’re Real mascara. That’s on the short list, at least. :D

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Michelle Michelle

    I’ve been living with a travel bag of makeup since September, since I moved to college and left my real stash at home, so I’d make a travel bag out of the small stash currently with me. These things would be non-negotiable: Almay foundation, Palladio concealer, Bare Minerals, peach blush, black Maybelline mascara, lash curler, blonde Maybelline brow pencil, black pencil liner, Avon pink lipstick, and my brushes. I would probably take other products, but I’d like to pretend I’m a practical packer ;P

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dinitchka Dinitchka

    I pack my regular make-up case (minus the similar products) because I feel that I need most of the cosmetics and tools that I use on a regular and daily basis. I know it’s prob a bunch of over-kill but I don’t want to run to the store to buy more of what I already have anyway.

    Then I add to plastic zip bags my tools (nail brush, brushes/combs, hair dryer, mirrors, tampons, pads etc), nail products, make-up removers, face products, hair products, bath products and oral hygiene products.

    I always pack WAY more than what I need. I’m a bit OCD about being stranded :(

  8. livnzoe

    that’s what i usually take with me:

    bobbi brown oil free tinted moistruizer
    maybelline dark circle eraser
    max factor stick concealer
    mac msf natural
    catrice brow kit
    too faced shadow insurance
    too faced naked/natural eye palette
    essence pencil liner
    essence eye liner pen
    essence xxl mascara
    mac hipness blush
    mac lustre drops in pink rebel
    mac msf natural in a darker color as a bronzer
    one or two lipsticks/glosses
    about 3 to 5 brushes

  9. Natalie

    I usually bring something along these lines:

    Benefit eyeshadow in Leggy
    Josie Maran all over color? (I don’t remember what it’s called) in Rosey
    Sephora liquid eyeliner in black
    Maybelline Full n Soft mascara (and an eye lash curler!)
    L’Oreal Infallible lip gloss in In Bloom
    Clinique lipstick in Parisian Red

  10. A costume freestyle palette with the eyeshadows I’ll be wearing during the trip and my new Naked 2 palette. Eve Pearl Primer, Lime Crime Eyeshadow Primer, a foundation that matches, MUFE Sculpt duo #4, TheBALM Mary-lou Manizer, Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish, some lips products, Brushes and a powder puff!

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Elle Elle

    Brow pencil, concealers, 1 or 2 palettes, a red and nude lipstick, pink gloss, lip liner, a coral or plum blush, foundation stick, and pressed powder.

  12. The Naked Palette, Tarte Peaceful, Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle, Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, NARS stick concealer, Bobbi Brown Sable (my go-to brow filler), a gel liner, a mascara.

  13. sarah

    i pack the naked palette, the UD deluxe palette, a couple of liners(black/brown and 1-2 colored ones), benefit coralista, and usually one bright pink lipstick and a couple glosses.

  14. It depends on where I’m going. For my cousin’s wedding, I made sure to pack the purple makeup I wanted to wear with my silvery-lavender dress. Otherwise, it’s just concealer, powder, eyeliner and lipstick. And my eyelash curler. :)

  15. Krista

    I don’t wear foundation anymore so I’m going to start of with my favorite matte sunscreen then MAC Studio finish in NC 30 and NW 25 for my face and under my eyes, also the CoverGirl Corrector in #230 for any discoloration and my YoungBlood HD Powder to set my concealer. Since I want to save space, I’ll be bringing my Urban Deccay Naked 2 Palette because I use the matte black for my brows and the colors pretty much give me a good range of looks to choose from, I’m bringing my Makeu Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #13 and my Stila Kitten Shadow as an eyeshadow base, and my K-Palette Tattoo Eyeliner and MAC Blacktrack and Maybelline falsies to complete the eye look. For the face, I can’t live without my Benefit Hoola Bronzer which I also use to contour and my NARS Luster and Orgasm blushes which give me a natural flush that’ll go with any kind of look. And lastly for the lips, I’. bringing my MAC lipstick in Hug Me and Revlon Colorburst in Blush.

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Grace Grace

    MAC Sudio FX fluid, Naked 2, Benefit Theyre Real, Tarte 24 hr blush in Dollface, and whatever lip product and eyeliner is my current favorite.

  17. Alexis

    The Naked Palette, Two custom MAC quads which are usually colors, Lorac Take A Brow, Anatassia brow set, A couple pencil eyeliners (brown, black, a few colors), Paint pots in Painterly and Bare Study, Nars Danmari cheek palette, MAC peal cream color base, MAC lipsticks in Mystery and Ruby Woo and whatever Pink and Coral color I’m feeling along with a couple glosses which usually don’t get used but I like to have the option. Then in a ziplock baggy I have my makeup wipes, my Proactive, moisturizer, tweezers, eye cream and whatever nail polish I’m wearing.

    This is way overkill but I don’t wanna go out and buy things.

  18. Victoria

    It varies with eyeshadows and lipsticks but some items that i always bring;
    Mac 217, studio gear blush brush, mac 134
    Too faced eyeshadow insurance, lancome mascara, lancome artliner, tarte smoldereyes in fig
    Mabelline age rewind eraser dark circles, clarins ever matte foundation
    Chanel blush horizon de chanel, mac blot powder,
    Revlon lip butter in pink truffle

  19. Daria

    Facial moisturizer
    MAC Night Maneuver eyeshadow for my brows
    MAC 15 pan palette with a variety of neutrals and a few pops of colour
    Eyelash curler
    Q-Tips
    Cetaphil Facial Cleanser
    Two blushes and Benefit Sugarbomb
    MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
    MAC Buried Treasure Powerpoint Eyeliner
    MAC Prep & Prime Translucent Setting Powder
    MAC Face & Body Foundation & MAC’s tinted moisturizer
    6 brushes for face and eyes
    A variety of lipglosses
    2 lipsticks

    • Ursula

      Half the house usually; when I go to work I “only” take a make up bag, if I ever left it at home I would probably have a panic attack; lipstick always, eyelash curler, mascara, 2 concealers, blush, bronzer, highlighter, brow shaper, eyeliner, brushes, if I travel then along comes usually 2 skincare bags as well:)))

      More specifically Guerlain (Rouge G)or EL lipstick, BB curler, Guerlain bronzer, EL illuminating highlighter and blushes and bronzer compact, Lancome, Clinique, Chanel or EL eyeshadows, EL longwear liners, Lancome or EL mascara… the brands I currently own. Brushes are EL, Lancome and Guerlain.

    • Stephanietp

      im too afraid to bring a mac 15 palette and possibly break them o.O! what do you do to ensure theyre safe?

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dinitchka Dinitchka

        @ Stephanietp: I’m so serious about this method …

        A piece of copy paper inside the palette to secure the products, a rubberband around it and wrap in BUBBLE WRAP. You can rubberband it again, if you wish.

        I have a couple UNII palettes that are pretty sturdy (but you know how the airlines treat luggage)and I wrap them in a few pieces of bubble wrap. My solid powder prodcuts not in a palette (I only keep shadows and blushes in the UNII) also get wrapped in bubble wrap. Liquids go in baggies and I pray they don’t break. Everything else gets sorted by baggies. All this goes in either my make-up case or a luggage make-up case. So far with my method of madness has worked and no broken products.

        • Tracy

          I just carry my makeup bag in my carry on. No way will I leave it in my checkin luggage and risk to lose it, especially if there’s LE items in it !

  20. Courtney

    When I pack my travel makeup bag, it’s usually because I’m performing as a character, so I have very specific products, depending on the look. When I’m traveling, I keep it pretty simple.

  21. I have a post about this very topic on my blog! I like to pack a neutral eyeshadow palette, a blush that goes with everything (Tarte Exposed), and the usual basics (foundation, eyeliner, etc). I always bring wayyy too many lipsticks though!

  22. TZS

    bb cream, concealer, brow pencil, too faced shadow insurance & mac painterly paint pot, current favourite eyeshadows, mascara, and current favourite lipstick, or a couple of wearable and good-for-everyday lipsticks :)

  23. Joan

    What I pack in my travel makeup bag is directly related to my mode of transportation. If I travel by car I take more liberties than I would by plane, in which case I scale back as much as possible. I wish I were decisive enough to take the bare minimum, even during a car trip. My conundrum is, what if my mood changes and I’ve left a particular color, or product behind? Therefore, I pack lippies from each color family and a 15 pan custom eyeshadow palette with the major color families equally represented. The basics like foundation/ tinted moisturizer,eyelash curler, tweezer, makeup brushes, etc are a given.

  24. Leenie

    I just came back from a weekend trip to Atlantic City what I took with me was my face primer by Lancome, NARS Sheer Glow, MAC Get Away Bronze blush two lipsticks, UDP for my lids and Lancome eyeliner a liquid liner my coastal scent natural palette and a black mascara, a brow pencil, Eve Pearl concealer and my face moisturizers and cleanser.

  25. Sarah

    Ugh! I am leaving on Friday to visit my boyfriend for a month and I am having the hardest time picking & choosing what I should bring. Part of me wants to keep it simple but the other part really wants to bring EVERYTHING. Or then there is option 3: bring the necessities and then treat myself to new things when I’m there :)

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    Nars Punjab
    Lorac Spotlight
    Mac blot powder
    Smashbox brow tech trio in brunette
    Urban Decay primer potion original
    Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara
    Buxom lipgloss in Amber
    Eos lipbalm (the mint kind)
    thebalm time balm concealer
    Physicians Formula Classic Nudes quad
    Too faced smoky eyes kit (the new one)
    Nyx skinny eyeliner pencil in black
    Hip Chrome liner in black

  27. Em

    It really depends on where I’m going and how long I’m going for. Some staples that I have to have are Smashbox Primer in Light, MAC Moisture Cover concealer in NW 15 (for under the eyes), UD Naked Palette, and a Revlon Lip Butter.

  28. Stephanietp

    I have two, one for my skincare, and one for makeup!

    Skincare: cliniderm cleanser, biotherm biosentive cream, biotherm biosource toner, and two different hydrocortisones (i have eczema on my face )

    makeup: mac quad: handwritten (brows), shroom, crystal avalanche, and satin taupe, mac angel lipstick, clarins everlasting foundation, mac msfn, benefit hervana blush, nars deep throat blush, benefit theyre real mascara, mac black track fluidline, smashbox cream eyeliner in midnight brown (brows) anabelle eyebrow pencil in auburn, ub naked2, mac concealer, and 5 mac brushes, 182, 187, 263, 109 and i forget but the small angled one.

    this gets me through anything :D

  29. Mimi

    Mac mocha blush, Mac Face and Body, Mac MSF soft gentle, Mac creme liner, Mac brushes, Mac lovelorn lipstick, Mac impeccable brown pencil, Mac studio concealer, Naruko lipbalm, thebalm bronzer,naked 2 palette, UD 24/7 Liner, shadow insurance. =)

  30. Tara

    mac painpot in painterly or elf eyelid primer. naked1 palette or a few single eyeshadow if I feel like wearing a color. ive taken jealousy wakes a few times! MUFE smoky lash mascara. 2 blushes. brow pencil. Smashbox photo finish primer, Tinted moisturizer and my chanel vitalumiere foundation or my mac studio fix depending on the weather and my mood and skin condition. qtips. makeup remover. rimmel nude lip pencil and different lipsticks.

  31. Mel

    Since starting college, I’ve had to trim down my stash and leave my train case at home. I keep a bag with MAC Select SPF 15 foundation(NC45), MAC Select Sheer Powder, MAC Select Coverup Concealer, TFSI, UD Naked, MAC Custom Quad(Concreate, Brun, Handwritten, Embark), UD 24/7 liner Zero, MAC Lovejoy Mineralize blush, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara, MAC Nymphette Lipglass, and my brush roll.

    It’s not the most exciting of choices, but it’ll do in a pinch:)

  32. Jennifer

    Foundation sample packets (if it’s the wrong shade, I can mix it with moisturizer to make a tinted moisturizer), eye primer, cream shadow, eyeliner pencil, eyelash curler, mascara, pressed powder, cream blush, lipstick, and lipbalm.

  33. YellowLantern

    I’ve found that I usually am having so much fun and am so busy on a trip that putting on much makeup falls by the wayside for me. I usually bring more, but I only usually use sunscreen moisturizer and either foundation or concealer.

    I usually avoid mascara and eyeliner because depending on the trip, I just don’t want to have to even have the thought that perhaps my liner or mascara is smudged giving me raccoon eyes.

  34. Emily

    MAC Face and Body Foundation, Dior Matte Bronzer, NARS Sex Appeal blush, MAC customized quad (Omega, Charcoal Brown, Brun, Copperplate), UD Primer Potion, Mascara + Curler, MAC Sheer Pressed Powder, Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, black eyeliner, daytime lipstick (either NARS Barbarella, MAC Plink! or MAC Viva Glam V), nude lipstick (either NARS Belle du Jour or MAC Honeylove). Phew.

  35. Tracy

    On my last trip, I went all out coz I had events to attend, if it’s only relax vacation, I would bring way less. But the last time, I brought:
    -Mac blot powder
    -Mac MSF natural
    -Too Faced face palette(you gotta have this, it can replace many products!)
    -UD naked palette
    -Mac select coverup concealer
    -Mac twilight falls e/s
    -Clinique creme eyeliner
    -Benefit Nice melons e/s
    -Clinique brow powder
    -Fresh rose lip balm
    -Benefit Hervana blush
    -A few brushes

  36. SANDRA

    I put in all the makeup that will fit after the most important items are packed which are: foundation, primer, setting powder, eyeliner, brow liner, lip gloss, bronzer, eyeshadow primer, mascara all in natural looking colors nothing harsh. After that is packed i pick some of my other favorite colors and shades.

  37. Michaella Mitra

    I change the contents of my “travel” bag (what i carry in my purse for work and trips) about every other week… what I’ve got in it right now is:
    MUFE HD Invisible cover foundation (decanted into a small airless pump) Benefit erase paste 02, MUFE HD Concealer, MAC Prep and Prime translucent powder, MAC blush in Pink Swoon and Bronzer in Bronze, K Palette Lasting eyebrow marker in 01, Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black, Maybelline Hypersharp liner in Black, UD Primer Potion, MAC eyeshadow in Carbon, Almay intense i-color 003, MAC Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink, lipstick in Hug Me, Revlon Colorburst in Fuschia and Coral, Maybelline “The Falsies” mascara.
    Whoa. I didn’t realize I had that much in my bag (plus travel brushes, Shu eyelash curler and mini tweezers)

  38. I always have the same very basics, whatever else is going on: face primer, cream foundation, cream concealer, powder foundation and eye primer. The rest depends on what outfits I’ve packed, but there will definitely be a mascara, a blusher (several, sometimes), and a black pencil eyeliner (I draw in my eyebrows). Then usually an eyeshadow palate to give me a few options, and a couple of lipsticks to co-ordinate with whatever clothes I’ve packed.

  39. jules

    Usually I’m travelling within 1-3 weeks span so pretty much I bring too many products :
    1. UD ammo pallete or custom made pallete consisting of at least 10 colors
    2. 3 lipstick
    3. 1 lipgloss
    4. jackblack lipbalm
    5. wet n wild single eyeshadow in brulee
    6. UD mini primer
    7. Mad gel liner in chocolatte mousse
    8. Mac blush, plum foolery (shimmer)
    9. shu blush, orange 55 (matte)
    10. highlighter (liquid), the old maybelline one
    11. Tarte Tinted Moisturizer
    12. Shu Uemura Hard Brow no9
    13. Mad cream eyeshadow in sweet dreams
    14. at least 2 perfumes in sample sizes
    15. mascara
    16. Maybelline concealer
    17. Shu uemura foundation in small jar
    18. Nars powder in small powder jar
    19. Sorts of too many brushes (face, eye, cheek, you name it, I got it :))
    20. UD eyepencil (bourboun, zero)

    and dont get me started with skincare products :)

  40. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy amy

    I don’t travel much, but what I make sure to keep separate from huge makeup stash is:

    *Whatever foundation/powder/concealer I am using at the time (it changes constantly; weather, skin tone, complexion needs,etc)
    *Both UD Naked pallettes, L’Oreal quad The Neutrals, NARS duos Madrague & All About Eve
    *MAC Soft Ochre & Bare Study Paint Pots
    *Black liquid and pencil eyeliners, UD
    *Wet N Wild eyebrow pencils, brown or black (changes w hair color)
    *Lancome Definicils mascara, black
    *Urban Decay Primer Potion, Original
    *White concealer stick, Maybelline-best shadow base ever!
    *KORRES Lip Butter
    *Lancome brush sets from a GWP’s-the 2 sets really combine well to make a complete travel set

    Other colors get added depending on where I’m going. Last year I went to Disneyland and managed to pack everything *except* foundation & powder, and I had an evening function to attend; I had to wear my Physician’s Formula Tinted Moisturizer & powder SPF 50, which I packed for my 2 days at the park. The worst part-I went to Sephora @ Downtown Disney *before* I unpacked, or I could have at least picked up a sample of something… Now, I always make sure to keep a bottle of anything in my bag!

    Brush & facial cleansers, hygiene products, setting/mixing mediums, etc are kept in a separate bag that I leave in my overnighter, ready to go.

  41. Jay

    Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette (awesome for layering, can create a whole range of looks with minimal effort), ELF raspberry truffle studio single eyeshadow (I find it’s a gorgeous shade that wears well by itself if I don’t have time to put together anything more complex), Urban Decay’s Lounge single eyeshadow (ditto, it’s sparklier than the ELF shade so it works well in the evening), Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar moisturizer (over the holiday I bought a set with a larger tub for everyday use, and it came with a smaller one specifically for travelling; I find I can get away with using hotel soap to clean my face as long as I use this stuff afterwards, it’s a bit of a HG product for me), Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners (x2) in Bourbon and Flipside (can’t wear black on my eyes, it comes off as too dark, but these are a lovely liner with a great formula that lasts a long time!), Bare Escentuals eyelid primer (like it better than the Urban Decay, and I have a sample-sized bottle I just refill each trip), Revlon PhotoReady foundation (again, it lasts a long time, and it matches my pale skin very well), Elf Studio Mascara with an eyelash curler (can NOT say enough good things about ELF’s mascara and curlers, they stand up to products that cost 10x as much), a Covergirl pressed setting powder, Benetint lip/cheek stain, Jack Black lip balm (I love the Blackberry/Black Tea flavor), one of those cheap travel rolls of Sephora brushes, and a lipstick or two. Lately I’ve fallen in love with Revlon lip butters so I’ll grab two or three of those for everyday wear and then one lipstick in a classic Hollywood red. Oh, and I’ll pack a container of Lush’s 9 to 5 cleanser, it’s a lotion formula that I find does a fantastic job removing eye makeup.

  42. Erin S

    I tend to overpack when I travel, so I take a ton of stuff with me in my makeup bag.

    – UD Pore Perfecting face primer
    – Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation
    – MUFE Full Cover concealer
    – MAC Mineralized skin finish powder (plus a darker shade that I use as a bronzer)
    – A couple blushes – usually NARS Orgasm, MAC Blushbaby and MAC Fleur Power
    – Travel sized UD eyeshadow primer potions in Original and Eden
    – Travel sized Benefit High Beam (I rarely use it, but always throw it in since it’s so small)
    – MAC custom quad with the shades I use almost every day – Retrospeck, Honey Lust, Woodwinked and Mulch
    – MAC palette with a variety of other shades
    – NARS eyeshadow in Mekong (My favorite eyeshadow shade ever!)
    – MUFE Aqua Line in Matte Black
    – UD 24/7 pencil eyeliners in Zero and Bourbon
    – Anastasia Brow Powder duo
    – Benefit They’re Real mascara
    – Maybelline Great Lash clear mascara for my brows
    – UD All Nighter setting spray
    – A few Chanel Coco Rouge Shines (I don’t wear much lipstick, so these are my go-to lip products)
    – Dior Lip Polish
    – Sigma’s brush cup holder with pretty much one of every type of brush I own (a mix of Chanel, MAC and Sigma brushes)
    – Plus a few tools – eyelash curler, sharpener, etc.

    And the makeup bag itself is an inexpensive one from Glitzy Glam that I love – it’s huge!