My Traveling Makeup

I’m no beauty guru, but I’m pretty knowledgable when it comes to makeup and other beauty products. This is what I would wear when traveling (but not necessarily if I’m planning on catching a flight) and it’s very similar to my every-day makeup routine. 

 First, I start with moisturizer. Personally, my skin goes crazy when I’m traveling and adding some extra moisture helps keep my face from breaking out. I’m currently using St. Ives Timeless Skin, which comes in this giant tub. So when traveling I put it in a little tub that I got from TJ Maxx but unfortunately, I’ve lost since I went to Florida this past fall. This moisturizer is very nice, it doesn’t look greasy, it doesn’t have a strong scent. And above all, it’s affordable. I bought mine for about $7 on, and in my opinion, it’s worth more.

Second, I use eye cream. Generally my eyes get puffy and look tired after plane flights or just from my body adjusting to someplace new. I use Burt’s Bees Sensitive Eye Cream. It really helps de-puff and brighten up my under-eye area. This product is a little pricier, I bought mine for $14, but the normal retail price is $18.


Third, I use a facial primer. It hides my pores, and I don’t always have to wear a foundation (or BB cream) with it. Right now I switch between the Real Colors POREcelain Skin Primer and the Neutrogena Shine Control Primer. Unfortunately, the Real Colors primer was only sold at Sally’s Beauty Supply, and the discontinued the product. And it’s really unfortunate that it happens to be my favorite primer. It’s going to be a sad, sad day when I run out of my Real Colors primer. But anyway, I use the Neutrogena primer when I know I’ll somewhere hot. It keeps my makeup on all day and keeps it from running if I’m sweating a lot. This primer is a little pricier for a drugstore item, costing around $12. 

Fourth, it’s an optional step that I usually only use if I’m going out somewhere nice. I apply foundation or a BB cream when I have the time and/or motivation to do so. For foundation I use Covergirl NatureLuxe Silk Foundation, which unfortunately, they discontinued the product. I don’t know why makeup companies like discontinuing my favorite makeup products! Anyway, it’s the NatureLuxe foundation is very silky and smooth. It looks very natural on the skin. I haven’t tried the foundation Covergirl replaced this product with, but I’ll eventually try it. If I don’t use a foundation, I use a BB cream. I actually use BB cream more than foundation, since they are generally very moisturizing. However, I do have oily skin, so BB creams aren’t always the best option. My favorite is the Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream. It has a thick, creamy texture that is similar to a foundation. It has better coverage than most BB creams, and it doesn’t amplify shine. Now, I don’t remember the exact price I got this, but I believe it was around $8. 

Fifth, Depending on the weather, I’ll use a powder and/or bronzer. I only use it when I’m somewhere hot, so the powder will help keep my face matte and shine-free. I use the L’oreal Naturale Soft-Focus Mineral Finnish, which comes to about $15 retail price. I waited for it to be half-off, so I bought this finishing powder for about $7.50. Yes, it’s quite pricy, and no, I would never pay full price. If I’m out of L’oreal, then I use my Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder. It works just as good as the L’oreal, and is a cheaper alternative at about $10. Yes, I know, that’s still a bit pricy. But I’m telling you, if you have oily skin, it’s worth it. For bronzer, I use Rimmel Natural Bronzer. It gives your face a beautiful glow, and although it has some shimmer, it doesn’t make your face look sparkly or anything. It’s just a very nice bronzer. This bronzer costs about $4.50, but I bought it on sale for $3. In my opinion, the Rimmel bronzer is worth a lot more. 

Sixth, I apply a shimmery eye primer. This brightens up my eyes, without having to use actual eyeshadow. I use the Wet N’ Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Eyeshadow Cream Primer. It is a beautiful champagne-gold color, and if you use it carefully in the corner of your eyes, it is a great highlight. I bought mine for about $3.50, and actual retail price is only $5! 

Seventh, it’s eyeliner and mascara time. For eyeliner, I usually use the Palladio Herbal Eyeliner. It’s waterproof, which is a must when traveling because, you never know. Plus waterproof is good for those who have oily eyelids… like me. This eyeliner lasts all day, doesn’t smudge, and is just awesome. The Palladio eyeliner is quite cheap, selling for about $5. On to mascara, I use the Almay Get Up & Grow Mascara. It is not waterproof, but I have not had any problems with it running or smudging. This mascara doesn’t clump or make your eyelashes look spidery. And it’s only $8. Worth it!

Lastly, I apply a lip balm and/or lipstick if I’m going out someplace nice. The lip balm is a must, I usually use EOS Lip Balm. It’s very moisturizing, smooth on the lips, and they smell pretty. They cost roughly $3.50 each. I’m not going to go into lipsticks that much, since I’m not very likely to wear them that much. But what I do recommend if you want some lip-color: Tinted lip balm. They are moisturizing and add color to your lips. Maybelline Baby Lips are great because they add just a hint of color, moisturizing, and are cheap (costing about $4 each). Otherwise I’d recommend Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. These have quite a bit more color than the Maybelline Baby Lips and there’s more variety with glossy and matte finishes. The Revlon balm stain costs about $10 each. 

There’s my traveling makeup, it all fits in my makeup bag, and is then stored in my suitcase. I keep my toiletries separate and in  my carry-on. This is because I wouldn’t be able to live without my toiletries, but could without my makeup. I’ll get more into that in another post.

I hope this was helpful for you, and happy travels! 

 COMMENT CHALLENGE: Let me know in the comments down below what makeup you use when you’re traveling!

4 thoughts on “My Traveling Makeup

  1. I’m always curious what other girls use when traveling, thanks for the post! It’s hard to determine how much or how little is necessary when traveling, but of course traveling = more photos so you always wants to look like your freshest self! I can’t go anywhere without my Revlon grow luscious mascara and cover girl pressed powder! 🙂


  2. I’m probably a bit lazier than you on keeping my skin in nice condition with moisturisers and primers (though I’m probably lucky in that my skin is very clear). That leaves me with more space in my bag for a few colourful bits of makeup such as eye shadow or lipstick – so I can vary my looks on minimal stuff.

    If I’m really tight for space its just BB cream/ powder foundation (if I’m somewhere hot), eyeliner, mascara and a bit of blush, plus one or two bright colour lipsticks. I don’t usually wear pink or coral at home, but I suite those colours much better with a tan and there is something about being on holiday which makes me want to have a bit of fun with what I’m wearing.


  3. I’ve been traveling so much lately and it definitely takes a toll on my beauty routine! I just know it will end up coming off with time, or when I rub my groggy eyes after a cat nap on the plane. I’ve resulted to sticking with just mascara and coverup before traveling and adding eye makeup after landing. The one thing I never forget are my makeup wipes! Such a great feeling cleaning your face after a long trip.


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