Wanderlust Week: My Travel Makeup Routine

Pssst: Did you see my post on Travel Beauty Hacks?
Today I thought I'd share what my makeup looks like when I travel. Of course this changes on the activity. Picture a day of sightseeing for this look. Click the pic to find out where to get each product.

Travel Beauty

Products Used:
  • Innoxa Bleues Eye Drops--I used to pick these up in Paris, since they're supposedly illegal in the States. Try Amazon to get your own. They make my blue eyes pop and less-tired when traveling.
  • Not pictured: I use concealer, not only beneath my eyes, but also as an eyelash primer.
  • For foundation, I use the Covergirl Natureluxe Moisturizer. It has SPF and is light-weight. However, I love this stuff because I can build it up to make it thicker or just dot on problem areas for light coverage. Pictured below.
  • When it comes to eyeshadow, leave the pricey stuff at home. I'm totally smitten with the Wet N Wild palettes. They're super cheap ($5) and heavily pigmented. I liked this palette because I can use it for neutrals or add just a little bit of color. And stretch the palette further by mixing shades.
  • The best eyeliner I've used is Urban Decay's. I'm very frugal, but this is one product I splurge on. Any recommendations for dupes? I also smudge it out to make a smokey eye. I usually pack black.
  • When it comes to mascara, two faves are Lash Blast or Maybelline One by One. I like these because my mascara can be light or built up for nighttime glamour without the clumps.
  • Sometimes I pack blush, sometimes I don't, and sometimes I use my lipstick to make blush. This blush from Forever 21 looks hot pink but doesn't look ridiculous on. I also love the L'Oreal One Sweep Sculpting Blush. It's a little pricey for me (I had coupons) but I love a product that has multiple uses.
  • I skip lip stick and sometimes pack lip gloss. But what stays on my lips is the Covergirl Natureluxe Lip Balm--with SPF and recently mentioned here. I'm also crazy about Maybelline Pop Sticks--they look like you've just eaten a Popsicle and smell like fruity candy. Bonus tip: to intensify the color, I add some blush on top of my balmed lips. 
Click Read More to see me with this look, my travel makeup bags, and products I pack.

To get the look, here are the products I used. For shadows, I used the left side of the palette, just in the order mentioned on the package.
Depending on stay of travel, I have two different-sized makeup bags. Pretty much the same thing, but travel-sized or similar, is in both. I pack a hair dryer because my hair takes FOREVER to dry, but if you can spare the space, use the hotel one instead. You'll notice I pack a flat iron. I use it to not only straighten my hair but also to make it curly or wavy. I'd be happy to do a tutorial on this if requested.
Not pictured, but the "common sense" stuff:
Baby Wipes
Brush & comb
Sponges & brushes
Anti-Frizz balm
Facial moisturizer
Deo, toothbrush, paste
Glasses, case, contact solution, case
Note--I don't pack polish or anything with a pump. The pump always leaks. I pack liquids in a Ziploc, so they won't leak on everything else.

I must know your travel beauty essentials! What's your routine?


  1. Personally, I love hair tutorials, so have at it! Unfortunately, my travel beauty routine is pretty much the same as my regular routine, just with travel sized bottles.


  2. I love those pretty cosmetics bags! Really cute. I keep it pretty simple when I travel: concealer, powder, blush, mascara -- just the basics!
    xo Josie

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  4. I like those eyeshadow palettes too. They're quite handy for traveling. All these tips are making me want to take a trip -- I love it!

  5. My travel essentials don't vary much from my everyday essentials: tinted moisturizer, blush and mascara :)

  6. Loving all these picks..esp eyeshadow. I don't leave without my Rosebud Salve lip balm and Burt's Bee lotion (i recently did a similar post!) Thanks so much for finding my blog! Loving yours! Happy weekend!

    Recipes Fashion Marriage

  7. Great tips!
    It's always hard for me to pare down my beauty options when I travel- but for obvious reasons, I have to. :)


  8. i need to try out your mascara - mine is lacking :)

    Sam @ fitness food & faith

  9. i always take a bunch of makeup with me when i travel (because i'll 'never know what i might be feelings that day!') and then generally i just do the same basic thing each day. lame!

  10. Concealer as an eyelash primer? Does it keep makeup from smudging?

  11. Beautiful little cosmetic bags. Love the colors.

  12. Hmmm, definitely intrigued by the Innoxa Eye Drops!

  13. hey doll,

    thanks for dropping by and the bday wish.
    Love your blog. When traveling I try take me products that have dual usage such as Pixi's succulent lip twin.

    hope you're having a lovely weekend,
    Dena x

  14. Wonderful tips! I've never thought of using concealer as
    a primer, but I'll definitely have to try it sometime this
    I'm actually on a trip myself at the moment, (Paris, Barcelona, and some cute
    little seaside towns, if you were wondering.) and I really wish I could have seem this sooner.
    Have you ever seen those tiny travel sized plastic
    bottles? The sort that don't have anything in them? I
    always get some and fill them with my hair product. (I
    have problems with the pump containers as well...)

    I noticed that you didn't have any tips on makeup for the
    actual plane ride. Here's a few that I have found to be helpful:

    1) Use dark, neutral eyeshadow as an eyeliner. (Upper
    lash line only, and keep it thin!) It can be applied using
    an angled liner brush. I like how it keeps things light and
    somewhat natural while still making your eyes appear
    more awake.

    2) Add a /very/ small, /very/ short "cat eye" triangle to the
    outside corners of your eye with a pencil liner. Don't go
    crazy, just a bit of darkening is fine and enhances your

    3) Always bring a tiny bottle of tinted moisturizer to even
    out your skin tone and to bring much needed hydration
    to your poor skin after spending so long in the
    dehydrating air of the airplane cabin. Don't use
    foundation, even thin liquid sorts, because it looks
    unnatural in the harsh lighting of the airport and airplane
    and only serves to make you look fake; nobody is
    naturally perfect coming off a long flight, and everybody
    knows it.

    I'll be sure to check out your other posts!
    Have a nice summer!

    <3 That Random Anon~ (^∇^)

    Note: I actually have an account on here, but I prefer to
    post anonymously on the more popular posts. It
    enhances my whole "No begging for
    comments/likes/subscribers" policy.^^


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