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What’s Inside My Travel Makeup Kit

Travel Makeup Kit

Having great travel photos is part of the fun when traveling. So aside from planning my outfits, I also make sure my makeup is down pat!

Today, I want to share my favorite travel makeup essentials. But first, a disclaimer: As with fashion, I am also no makeup expert. I cannot do makeup tutorials for the life of me. Instead, I just wanna share some tips that I learned based on experience! Hope you’ll find something useful here!

Elements of Good Travel Makeup

My travel make-up is almost similar to my every-day makeup except for a few enhancements. Here are, what I believe, essential elements of good travel makeup.

1. Waterproof Eye Makeup

Travel Makeup Kit

I always wear eyeliner and I make sure to put on waterproof ones especially when traveling. It’s not just great for the beach and for water activities, but it also stays intact even if you get all sweaty under the sun.

My favorite waterproof eyeliners are from K-Palette. I use their Real Lasting 24hr Eyeliner Tattoo. I can’t live without eyeliners. For my brows, I use Benefit’s Gimme Brow as base, which is a brow-volumizing fiber gel that’s already water resistant. And then I blend it together with K-Palette’s Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow Tattoo.

2. Matte for the Face

Makeup 1-min

Usually, I use BB Cream as my base. But when I travel, I make sure to bring matte foundation. Matte generally stays better when you’re sweaty and it feels lighter and airy. I made the mistake of using BB Cream when we did our “trial Disneyland excursion” and my makeup was melting the entire time. Ugh.

Before anything else though, I put Benefit’s Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer on my eyebags. Then, I love using The Body Shop’s Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation as base. I finish it off with my L’Oreal BB Matte Press Powder.

3. Go for tints

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Highly recommend using lip and cheek tints if you haven’t been using them already! My all-time favorite is Benefit’s Benetint. The regular sized bottle that I have at home hardly ever runs out because you only need a few strokes (or even just “dots”) per application. I also have a mini sized Go Go Tint, also from Benefit, which I put in my hand bag for retouch.

4. Make sure you have sun protection

Makeup 2-min

On regular days, I’m usually just stuck indoors. So I try to make sure I’m enjoying the outdoors as much as I can whenever I’m traveling! But sun protection is very important so I make sure that I use products on my face with SPF. I also use Sun Bum’s face stick on my bare face before I put any make-up. It’s definitely my go-to especially when at the beach or when swimming.

5. Get them in minis!

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It might sound like I’m bringing with me a ton of make-up but don’t worry. I’m a self-proclaimed smart packer and I try my best to travel light (though, I make exceptions!) So what’s my secret? I bring mini versions of my favorite products and I leave my full-sized ones at home! Because I have them in minis, I can throw in additional non-essential products and not worry about having them take too much space.

For example, I don’t always wear mascara but I include my mini version of Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara on my travel kit anyway, since it’s just around the size of my pinky. Haha! I’m ready for impromptu fancy dinner dates anytime!

Other Travel Makeup Tips

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  • Makeup usually looks “lighter” on photos so it’s ok to put a little more of it when you travel. Of course understandably, this tip is not applicable to everyone (and it might not be your style so no worries) and not all the time either.
  • Store your makeup together with your other toiletries in a kit that you can easily hang for quick access, whether in the bathroom or in the hotel room.
  • It’s easy to forget that staying up late all night and not drinking enough water is bad for you, especially when you’re having too much fun but ALWAYS get enough water and sleep to prevent breakouts and skin problems. It’s better to have clear skin than have the need to cover it up with a ton of concealers.

What are other tips you have? Share them below!

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Ruth
    July 28, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Love the mini ones for travel!

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      July 28, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      Right? They’re awesome!

  • Reply
    Honey Ignacio
    July 28, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Thank you for this! <3

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    Kate
    July 28, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Such great tips!! Thanks for sharing :). I seem to always forget to pack sunscreen with my make-up. I do try to bring a smaller make-up bag. I feel like this forces me to only bring the essentials!

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      July 28, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks Kate! I also usually forget my sunscreen too but not anymore! Hehe. Thanks for dropping by!

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    Eena
    July 29, 2017 at 1:55 am

    I think the sunscreen is a HUGE must, especially when traveling! Sun Bum is one of my favorite brands 😀

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      July 29, 2017 at 8:48 am

      AGREE!!

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    Nancy
    July 29, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I’ve been traveling so much lately that I had to parse some of my beauty products into smaller containers. I love how all of your goods are truly travel-friendly. Minis are definitely life savers ;). Hey, this would be a great time to use up your sample products as well!

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      July 29, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Hi Nancy, I definitely agree!! I also bring with me sample products sometimes! Heehee!

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    Monique Galang
    July 30, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Love all your makeup choices sheena! Even i don’t travel much, i wanted to bring mini’s so i can have a lot of space in my bag. Hehe.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      July 31, 2017 at 9:02 am

      Monique that’s a very good idea! Yes it’s nice to bring minis so you can also wear a smaller bag, right? Hehe thanks for dropping by!

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    Violette
    July 30, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I heard so many good things about the Benefit products and would love to try them! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      July 31, 2017 at 9:02 am

      I am in love with all of Benefit’s products. It’s definitely good quality. You should try!

  • Reply
    Hadas Aharon
    July 30, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Love those products especially the tint!

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      July 31, 2017 at 9:03 am

      The tint is my favorite too!

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    Esther
    July 30, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Sheena,
    so fabulous picks and tricks. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a nice weekend.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      July 31, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Thanks Esther, same to you!

  • Reply
    Christine Jessica
    July 30, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I have an obsession with buying mini-sized products, even if I’m not traveling!

  • Reply
    MimaMochi
    July 30, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Your flat lay photography is so beautiful! Hehe I love the sample versions of my favourite products for travel purposes. It works so well :)

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      July 31, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Hi Mina, thanks so much! And yes definitely go for samples for travel! Hehe!

  • Reply
    Camille
    July 31, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Great post, thanks for sharing! This looks like a perfect travel make up kit :)

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      July 31, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Thanks Camille, it’s ever evolving but it’s perfect for the way I use it for the meantime! Thank you!

  • Reply
    Maayuk
    July 31, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Love the makeup bag <3 water proof makeup is so essential in general and so is sun screen. Great Post!

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      August 1, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks Maayuk. Yes to waterproof makeup for sure!

  • Reply
    Nina
    August 1, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Amazing picks and tricks ! Thanks for sharing !
    Have a great day !

  • Reply
    Tamara
    August 1, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Great tips! I’m always on the go so these will definitely will come in handy.

  • Reply
    Laura Mitbrodt
    August 2, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    I love Benefit, these photos are so cute

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    Gabrielle Crystal RoseBonniee ~
    August 2, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Everything looks so wonderful

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