One of the biggest struggles of being a beauty girl, or better yet, a beauty girl who is about to travel, is knowing which makeup products to pack and which ones to leave behind given the limited space of your bag. Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of travels where I may have over-packed my makeup kit and brought one too many lipstick shades (but ended up using just one throughout the trip). There was even a time I brought my entire train case to a destination wedding, which is very difficult especially if your train case weighs almost 10 pounds.
With the summer season being just a couple of months away, or perhaps you have an upcoming trip or an out-of-town wedding to attend sometime in the near future, I’ve come up with an article to help you trim down your kikay kit to its most basic essentials.
First things first, when it comes down to it, makeup is all about having fun and adding some definition to enhance your natural beauty. You don’t need a heavy smokey eye, or a perfectly chiseled contour, to wear to a beach trip. You just need to know how to frame your face using the right products, so I decided to list down some holy grails that are both easy on the pockets and will never, ever fail.
Always remember that your best base is having good skin, so be sure to take care of it by religiously following a skincare routine that works for you. Not sure what your skin type is or what products to use? Best to consult with a dermatologist rather than experiment with different kinds of products that might cause more harm than good.
As for what base product I would recommend when traveling, Pixi by Petra’s H20 Skintint is a tinted face gel that has an incredibly lightweight formula and feels so comfortable on the skin. Though it’s a lot lighter than foundation and is more similar to a BB Cream, it still gives you that flawless yet natural coverage, and is infused with beneficial ingredients that make it ideal for all skin types.
Pixi’s H20 Skintint also comes in a thin tube that’s easy to pack, because it doesn’t take up too much space. The formula is very easy to blend, so it’s totally fine if you don’t have a makeup brush or a sponge—your fingers should do the trick!
I totally understand the obsession over brows—I’ve become one of those girls who can do away with everything else except the brows! And as a huge fan of K-Palette, I was so happy when they came out with the 3Way Lasting Eyebrow Pencil, which comes with a pencil end, a powder end, and a spoolie or brow brush!
This is the ideal kilay product to bring out of town, because it’s basically three things in one.
Forget the eyeshadow and eyeliner—just curl your lashes and give them some extra lush, and it will make all the difference in the world. You can never go wrong with a Shu Uemura eyelash curler. As for what mascara I recommend? Maybelline’s Rocket Express is definitely a crowd favorite.
It’s all about choosing the right lipstick shade for the occasion and in this case, since you’ll be traveling and will probably be out and about almost all day, it’s best to stick with a nude or neutral shade that works for both daytime and evening wear. My go-to shade? Ofra’s Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Pasadena!
Believe me when I say that those five items are all you’ll ever need when traveling. I myself have traveled with just these items, and I never regret not having brought more!
Gretchen Gatan is a freelance writer, makeup artist, and beauty and lifestyle blogger at GretasJunkyard.com