20 2022 travel makeup essentials to pack for your next vacation

With the holiday season in full swing, there’s no better time to narrow down your assortment of beauty products to pamper your must-have travel tricks. Whether you’re adhering to TSA guidelines or just want to pack lightly, most of us won’t travel with our comprehensive makeup collection.

While planning your travel details and what to wear are certainly exciting tasks, tweaking your beauty stash can actually be quite stressful. The whole process makes you think about what you’ll need on hand once you reach your destination, especially if you’re going somewhere without a drugstore for last-minute beauty purchases. Regardless, you’ll want at least one complexion product to even out skin tone and veil imperfections, along with multitasking pigments to bring warmth and muted color to the face. And let’s not forget how you will store all your makeup to prevent spills or damage.

Here, we’ve created the ultimate makeup packaging guide for your summer vacation and beyond.

Trusted organizers

First, determine which travel makeup organizers work best for you. Maybe you already own the best toiletry bag that can fit both skincare and makeup, or maybe you prefer to store them separately. Away’s water-resistant case offers spacious compartments, clear pockets and even a detachable makeup brush organizer, perfect for storing in your carry-on bag. Otherwise, consider Longchamp’s zippered case, which is compact enough to fit into your purse or personal items for easy access.

Longchamp Le Pliage cosmetic case

Preparation of the skin

From the red carpet of the Oscars to the Met Gala, experts explain the importance of skin preparation for glowing and beautiful skin with or without makeup. So, rely on nourishing skin products and face primers to prepare your base. We’d like to take Tatcha’s The Silk Canvas to nourish, blur, protect and prepare weightlessly, or the French beauty’s favorite Embryolisse cream to restore skin hydration and leave a satin finish.

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Tatcha the liquid silk canvas

Embryolisse milk cream concentrate

Multitasking tools

Maybe you are okay with applying all your makeup products with your fingers. If not, don’t forget to pack the beauty tools you rely on at home to perfect your look. For brushes, consider a double-ended option that pairs two different brush types into one, like this hourglass option suitable for face powder, bronzer, blush, and highlighter. On the other hand, classics like the Beautyblender sponge make mixing liquid, cream and powder products a dream.

Hourglass ambient lighting modification brush

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Beauty Blender Original Beauty Blender

Foolproof complexion

Selecting holiday complexion products is probably the hardest part, with so many different types of foundations, concealers and powders to choose from – many of us require multiple shades to brighten the eye area or combat hyperpigmentation. You can’t go wrong with Ilia’s Super Serum Skin Tint for light, dewy coverage that also boasts sunscreen and nourishing ingredients (read: niacinamide, squalane, and hyaluronic acid). For the concealer, Kosas’ creamy formula not only offers dewy medium coverage, but brightens, soothes and plumps skin over time thanks to a blend of caffeine, peptides, vitamins and hyaluronic acid. Seriously, who can say no to effective, clean concealers and foundations?

Ilia Super Serum Skin Color SPF 40

Set the look

Even on vacation, it’s important to lock your look appropriately. Charlotte Tilbury Setting Powder is excellent to have on hand to reduce shine and blur skin where it is needed, earning bonus points for mess-free application (as opposed to loose setting powder options). Then, sprinkle Supergoop mist on your face! which fixes and protects from UV rays and pollutants. Indeed, a similar formula from the brand has saved Rowing Commerce writer Alexis Bennett’s trick during Coachella.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Fixing powder

Supergoo! (Re) Refreshing Mist Setting SPF 40

Seductive eyes

Bring your perfect eye look to the tip through the best mascaras and eyeliners, both of which work wonders for making your eyes stand out and enhance their shape. To stretch and lift without smudging, take Merit’s clean mascara. To refine your signature wing or add some dimension to your look, Ilia’s waterproof liquid formula allows you to precisely engrave the liner as you see fit, thanks to a thin felt tip.

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Ilia Clean Line liquid liner

Colored lips

Makeup artists claim that the key to nailing a minimalist makeup is to add an accent of color. One of the easiest ways to do this while traveling is to have a tinted lip product on hand for a statement moment. Kosas gloss offers a lip filler effect by visibly plumping the lips, especially when paired with a complementary lip pencil. Not a big fan of glosses? Choose Merit’s satin lipstick for a transparent and buildable color for any occasion.

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Adaptable color

We quickly became big blush enthusiasts, from TikTok’s viral choices to the best cream formulas. Either way, blendable blushes and multi-purpose color pigments allow you to customize your glow and place colors wherever you want. Versatility is essential in any type of holiday. Touch Merit’s creamy tint to eyes, lips and cheeks for a skin-like pop of color. Do you prefer a liquid formula? Saie’s water-based Dew Blush creates a natural tint after just one swipe from her deer foot applicator, blended with one of the aforementioned makeup tools.

Defined arcs

Brows say a lot about a person, so think first about perfecting yours when packing for travel. She draws lifelike brow hair in scattered areas with makeup professional Dani Kimiko Vincent’s ultra-thin pencil, or comb the hair into place with an eyebrow gel like Ilia’s to volumize and thicken with a flexible grip.

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Kimiko The Super Fine Automatique Eyebrow Pencil

Glam Optional

Maybe your travels are for a wedding or gala that calls for all the glam, or maybe you’re not entirely sure what your itinerary entails. However, some camera-ready glam longwear specific products are essential. Think false lashes to amplify the drama; With this Velor Lashes kit, you have everything you need to apply natural looking lashes on the go without cutting or measuring. Finally, the last thing you want during full glam is a useless bout of shine. Stop the oil in its tracks with Tatcha blotting papers without moving your look, housed in a package small enough to fit in your party purse or clutch.

Effortless Velvet Eyelash Kit

Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese absorbent papers