Packing Less Makeup for Travelling

Packing Less Makeup for Travelling


I always have the tendency of packing everything into my makeup bag and in reality, I only use a small fraction when travelling, both within the UK and abroad. Then I wonder, why did I pack that much? I make up scenarios in my head of what may happen and am convinced that it will happen but it never does. There’s makeup in my handbag, makeup in my suitcase, makeup in my pockets, makeup everywhere.

The best thing to do is to really think about how much makeup you are going to wear realistically. Is it going to be on a daily basis? Do I need to wear it if I’m swimming in the sea or any other activities I am doing? Am I looking for a holiday romance? Actually, just ignore that last one.

Scooping foundation, primer into a pot (separately) will save a lot of space especially in your hand luggage for those short holidays or weekends away. I always mix two shades together and carrying both bottles can be a pain. Even carrying one is a pain when placing it into a clear liquids bag. Put those travel pots to good use. If you’re brave enough, leave the foundation at home and let your skin breathe. A good concealer is all you need.

Pick an eyeshadow palette that you can use to create a day time look, then transform it to a night look with shades from the same palette; and I’m not talking about bringing your 120 Man eyeshadow palette even if it is tempting.

You may be a lipstick gal rather than an eyeshadow one. To be honest, I’m sure you can squeeze your whole lipstick collection into the nuts and cranny of the suitcase, hidden pockets etc. Rule of thumb, you only need 2 lipsticks max. One natural shade and one, oh look at my lips shade (bright or dark). But we all know we will carry an extra one in our handbag so let’s make it 3 altogether. It’s a natural instinct. A tinted lip balm is all you need if you’re low maintenance.

For those cheeks of yours, again a palette. Contour, highlight and a blush shade in one palette. This can also be used as an eyeshadow if you don’t want to bring eyeshadow. Contour and highlight the eye too. If you have a cheeks palette that doesn’t have a blusher, pick your favourite blusher, one that you know will be used everyday.

Think outside the box. Pack items that can be used for multiple purposes. For example, the contour palette I have mentioned previously, lip and cheek tint in one, blusher can be used as eyeshadow if it’s the correct shade and there’s many more. Eyeshadow as contour or filling in the brows, used as a blusher too. I always find powder products are the most versatile type of products to use. There are palettes that have a bit of everything too. Especially those travel exclusive sets you can get at duty free

Do you have any makeup travelling tips?


  1. Agata Pokutycka
    14th June 2016 / 5:22 pm

    I always try to get a foundation sample for traveling – 10ml bottles go a long way 🙂

  2. Fashion Du Jour
    14th June 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Loving the tip about using your highlighter and contour palette for your eyeshadows and potentially to fill in eyebrows. Such great travel tips!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x

  3. Stressed Mum
    14th June 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Some great tips here, I pack loads and then hardly use any of it x

  4. beautyqueenuk
    14th June 2016 / 7:19 pm

    OOh some fab ideas, I always take my sample sizes so they get used up and I can try something new x

  5. Tori Gabriel
    14th June 2016 / 7:57 pm

    I ditch the lipstick on holiday and instead go for a moisturising lipgloss or even just a rub of vaseline to protect my lips from the sun.

  6. Melanie Ed
    14th June 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Great tips, I try to take just what I need where possible, not always easy to know what that will be.

  7. ana de jesus
    14th June 2016 / 9:49 pm

    Well said, sometimes I use my contour kit as eyeshadow and blush too.

  8. Rhian Westbury
    14th June 2016 / 9:52 pm

    For most things I tend to take just one of so for example instead of all the eyeliners I use I opt for just one. Then a single eyeshadow or small palette and then just a couple of lipsticks. x

  9. 14th June 2016 / 9:57 pm

    This is good advice. I have to start doing this. I don't want to have to bring all of my stuff!

  10. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    14th June 2016 / 10:10 pm

    These are some awesome tips – I normally just throw my makeup bag into the suitcase and hope I managed to remember everything! x

  11. Angela Milnes
    15th June 2016 / 12:56 am

    great tips. I like to use small makeup when i travel or go somewhere to save taking a huge bag.

  12. Dannii Martin
    15th June 2016 / 7:59 am

    To be honest, I usually just take some mascara with me when travelling, as the sun takes care of my skin. Oh, and lip balm – that's a must!

  13. Lisa Jane
    15th June 2016 / 12:17 pm

    I take my entire make up bag! If I didn't you can guarantee that I would want something that I had left at home!

  14. Emma Bee
    15th June 2016 / 3:38 pm

    I have just come back from travelling and had the exact same dilemma, i had to pack make up, then re audit my choices.
    I took 5 lipsticks! well… what can i say, a girl can never had enough lipstick?!

  15. Stella Olojola
    15th June 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Lovely tips here. I usually just take all my makeup with me.

  16. Hannah Heartss
    15th June 2016 / 7:25 pm

    I am terrible at packing light! But going to take on some of your tips x

  17. Anosa Malanga
    16th June 2016 / 6:09 am

    I am not much of a makeup person so I never have that problem but I do like to carry my foundation and lipstick

  18. Charli Bruce
    16th June 2016 / 9:02 am

    My packing light is me taking a lot haha! I've just come back from 10 days away and took so much but I do go out every night, wear make up every single day and love to switch it up. I used everything I took! You have some wonderful tips for people who aren't sure they are going to use what they take though xx

  19. Harriet from Toby & Roo
    16th June 2016 / 10:29 am

    I'm actually quite good – I pack a fair few lipsticks and maybe 1 blush, eyebrow pencil, foundation (which I don't really wear other than for evening meals), water proof mascara and 1 eyeshadow/liner. Boom. H x

  20. 16th June 2016 / 1:54 pm

    My make up is pretty light anyway, but I do double up with bronzer for eyeshadow, and have my lashes dyed before I leave so there is no need for mascara.

  21. Jessica Ayun
    16th June 2016 / 4:13 pm

    I keep the foundation and lipstick duo in traveling. I can survive that way.

  22. MUMMY'S LITTLE MONKEY (@Jax2000)
    16th June 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Agree with your tip about decanting moisturisers/foundation into travel sized bottles – so much easier and lighter to carry. x

  23. 16th June 2016 / 10:34 pm

    I find palettes are great for travelling. The new Charlotte Tilbury one is great.

  24. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    17th June 2016 / 11:16 am

    I'm not huge on make up so I just have one small make up bag which seems to serve me well wherever I go!

  25. Oscar's Toybox
    17th June 2016 / 12:08 pm

    These are such great tips Nicol! I had to cut down this year when we went away as I always take way too much!

    Louise x

  26. Jess | The Indigo Hours
    17th June 2016 / 12:17 pm

    I always decant foundation into travel pots if I'm going away, foundation bottles are so bulky to pack! Fab tips 🙂

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  27. Alice Furlan
    17th June 2016 / 1:48 pm

    I can't, just can't pack light hahaha I loke my options :p I left with a Zpalette large of eyeshadows, 5 lipsticks and a 6-pan palette with 3 blushes, contour and highlighter..and 2 foundations..and infinite eyeliners ahahah

  28. Louise Joy
    17th June 2016 / 8:19 pm

    This is really helpful as j go on holiday tomorrow and I always pack too much makeup. I am however quite good with my palettes, I bring one neatural one and one evening one x

  29. Emily Underworld
    19th June 2016 / 2:16 pm

    Thanks for the tips, I always take far too much makeup, and you're right – a whole bottle of foundation totally isn't needed!

  30. Leslie Hernandez
    21st June 2016 / 3:41 pm

    I have tons of travel size products that I get from my Ipsy monthly bag subscription so I tend to save those for traveling. These are great tips I sometimes take too much makeup stuff on vacation lol…

  31. Laura Hartley
    22nd June 2016 / 8:18 pm

    I have made the mistake of over packing make up pretty much every time I have gone on holiday but this summer is going to be different! I basically only need mascara, eyeliner and concealer 🙂

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