How to Travel With Makeup


If you’ve taken your beauty routine on the road before, you know how cumbersome it can be to travel with all of your contour palettes, powder highlighters and eyebrow pencils. We’ve all experienced that heartbreaking moment when we open our luggage only to find our favorite bronzer broken to pieces. While we want to protect our favorite makeup at all costs, leaving our arsenal at home is not an option—what’s vacation without a glittery makeup look?

Taking your beauty routine on the road may seem like a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. You just have to know how to pack your makeup bag and what travel-size products are a must for any makeup look. Read on to find out everything you need to know about how to travel with makeup.


What Makeup Should I Bring on Vacation?

As much as you’d like to pack your entire vanity, chances are good that it just won’t fit in your carry-on—which means it’s time to narrow down some products. First, start with the makeup you wear every day. Lucky for you, many of your go-to products come in adorable mini versions, perfect for your carry-on. Not only is the tiny packaging totally Instagram-worthy, but it also allows us to pack the makeup we love while leaving plenty of room in our carry-on for other travel essentials (e.g., snacks). In search of mini products to pack in your carry-on? Check out some of our mini essentials.


Mini Eyebrow Essentials Perfect For Travel

Whether you’re headed somewhere warm and sunny or plan on hitting the slopes, you can’t go anywhere without making sure your brows look on point. If you’re looking to pare down your eyebrow routine for vacation, consider an all-in-one brow product like Mini DIPBROW® Gel. This long-lasting waterproof formula helps to fill and define your eyebrows with just a few simple swipes of product. The best part? It’s so little, you can touch up your eyebrows anywhere!

If a brow pencil is more your style, don’t forget to set your brow in place with everyone’s favorite Mini Clear Brow Gel. If you haven’t heard yet, brow gel is the key to the natural-looking, fluffy eyebrows we all crave, and Anastasia’s lightweight clear gel formula is unmatched.


Mini Lash Essentials Perfect For Travel

Everyone knows lashes can make or break your makeup look, and as much as we love playing with False Lashes on vacation, sometimes we want to keep our look simple—without sacrificing any glam. That’s where a mini mascara like Mini Lash Brag Volumizing Mascara comes in.

The Queen of Brows’ latest creation may look small, but it packs a big punch, helping you to achieve maximum lash volume and fullness. The jet-black formula and fluffy hourglass-shaped mascara brush coats every lash for dramatic full-bodied lashes everyone will be asking you about. Don’t worry—it’s okay to brag a little. Want to learn how to get the maximum impact from your mascara? Check out our complete guide on How to Apply Mascara.


Mini Palette Essentials Perfect For Travel

Traveling is the perfect time to play around with a few eyeshadow and vibrant color looks that probably wouldn’t fly at your office. Usually, we wouldn’t suggest packing more than one palette, but the Mini NORVINA® Pro Pigment Palettes are so compact and adorable, you might as well bring all three. The palettes may look small, but each one comes with nine full-size, pressed pigments and shadows carefully curated by Norvina herself, to help you create your most vivid and colorful makeup looks yet.

Looking for a palette with classic hues and few extra punches of color? Mini NORVINA® Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 1 is perfect for you. Filled with Norvina’s signature purple and pink shades in metallic and matte finishes, this palette will help you create any romantic date night look you can dream up.

Neon hues more your style? Then you need Mini NORVINA® Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 2 in your travel arsenal. Complete with nine punchy shades from shimmery metallic green to matte neon orange, this palette is perfect for creating bright, vibrant makeup looks that may snag you an Instagram like from the Queen of Color Norvina, herself.

Hoping to create a look as sweet as cherry pie? Norvina has just the thing for you: Mini NORVINA® Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 3. Complete with shades ranging from deep red wine to sparkling berry, this palette will satisfy any sweet tooth no matter the season.

Whether you pack one or all three of Norvina’s classic mini palettes, don’t forget to throw Mini Eye Primer into your makeup bag. This water-resistant primer comes in a light-colored base to help create a flawless canvas for all of your eyeshadow looks. Whether you’re dancing all night at the club or getting up close and personal over a candlelit dinner, you can rest assured knowing that as long as you use Eye Primer, your eyeshadow look won’t budge.

Once you’ve packed your must-have makeup, it’s time to complete your look. Don’t forget your foundation, contour, highlight, bronzer, blush and setting powder or spray to complete your full face beat and pack a few lips products to switch up your lip look. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick comes in over 20 smudge-proof shades. Need to brush up on your liquid lipstick application skills? Check out our complete guide on How to Prep Your Lips for Liquid Lipstick.


How to Pack Makeup so It Arrives in One Piece

The most important thing about traveling with makeup is making sure it gets to your final destination in one piece—what good is blush if it’s broken at the bottom of your makeup bag? First things first, you should always pack your makeup in your carry-on. Makeup is delicate and may not survive careless baggage handlers and plane turbulence. Packing your makeup in your carry-on allows you to keep an eye on it and treat it with the gentle care it deserves.

Even if you keep your eyes on your carry-on during your entire trip, we all know that things happen and it’s better to be prepared so that a dropped makeup bag doesn’t ruin your plans. If you don’t already have one, invest in a padded makeup bag. Padded makeup bags provide the extra cushion and protection your products need while en route to your destination.

Next, line the insides of your eyeshadow palettes and powdered makeup products with cotton rounds. The cotton will add another layer of protection just in case disaster strikes. Lastly, when placing your products in your makeup bag, be sure to pack the most fragile products in the center of the bag. This allows the remaining products to add another layer of cushion and protection to your most precious products.


How Do You Pack Liquid Foundation for Travel?

Whether you’re packing liquid foundation, moisturizer or serum, traveling with liquids can be a bit tricky. First, since your foundation should be in your carry-on, check if the bottle is less than 3.4 ounces. If so, you can likely pack the bottle in your makeup bag in its original packaging (when in doubt, check with your airline). We always recommend placing your liquid products in a plastic bag. That way, if anything spills, it won’t ruin the rest of your products. In search of a liquid foundation you can throw in your carry-on? Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation comes in 50 shades and in a chic 1.01-ounce bottle.

If your foundation comes in a bottle larger than 3.4 ounces, you’ll have to decant it into a travel-size container. We love packing liquids in eye contact lens cases. These cases may look tiny, but they hold a surprising amount of product and ensure not one drop of makeup goes to waste.

How to Pack Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes may not crack and spill like our precious makeup, but that doesn’t mean they can’t become damaged or frayed while in transit. If you’re worried about your brushes becoming squished at the bottom of your bag, invest in a makeup brush case. The makeup brush case will keep your brushes organized and protected until you’re ready to use them.

Makeup brushes are essential, but they’re not the only tools we rely on to create our flawless faces. If you’re concerned about how the rest of your makeup tools will fare while in transit, invest in a small makeup bag just for your makeup tools. You can travel in peace knowing that all of your products, tools and brushes are properly cared for, no matter where in the world you end up.

Armed with these tips, you have everything you need to slay your vacation makeup looks.

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