While we generally preach to bring as few beauty items as possible, because you’re beautiful without them, we understand there is a time and a place for getting a little bit dressed up, and for just maintaining the natural order of our bodies (think lotions).
For example, you might be attending a friend’s wedding overseas and would like to be a bit dazzled up. Or, you might be attending a conference in the middle of a bigger trip (a trip where getting dressed up is otherwise not required) and need to have your fresh face on. Multiple dips in the sea can also leave your skin feeling dry and damaged, requiring some extra lotion and after sun care.
With this in mind, I have decided to list out some smarter beauty packing hacks. These tactics include multipurpose items and just plain ways to get around packing your entire beauty kit for a trip where you may only need to use it once or twice.
>> You might also be interested in this previous make-up containers and hacks post.
We’re not shy to the concept of using BB cream around these parts, and we’ve talked about it many times before. BB cream is the ultimate beauty item as it takes the place of a base, moisturizer and basic sunblock in one. Of course, there are going to be destinations which require you to bring a more extensive sunblock (like Australia!), but for casual travel, this should do.
Ditch facial sunscreen, base and daytime moisturizing separates.
Instead of a separate eyeshadow, blush, and lip tint, why not bring one color of powder that can be dusted on all three for extra glow? When it comes to lip tint, simply mix a bit of powder with a bit of your normal balm (whether that’s Chapstick, paw paw, or gloss), and apply.
Ditch multiple color palettes.
I don’t know about you, but for me a little mascara and eyeliner can do wonders for the way I look and feel. But, I only tend to wear these on occasion when I travel, and I hate that it requires me to bring an extra eye makeup removal product in addition to these two small items. Not only that, but I find mascara really hard to remove, and I’m always losing eyelashes in the process.
Recently, however, I’ve found a better way. Eyelash tinting is my new best friend and my new favorite thing. The color tends to last several weeks, which is not bad for a 15 minute investment, so if I do this before leaving on my trip I can easily forgo packing mascara altogether.
Ditch the mascara.
At the same place where I get my eyelashes tinted, there is also the option of getting your eyelashes permed or your eyebrows tinted. The former adds a dash of curl to your lashes, and the latter is perfect for accentuating your eyebrows when you might normally take time using a pencil to do the same. I haven’t done either of these, yet, but they also come with a time limit so will best work for shorter trips, or trips where you have the ability to maintain the practice at your destination.
Ditch the eyelash curler and the eyebrow pencil.
We already mentioned packing one color of makeup powder that can be used as your blush, your eyeshadow, and your lip color, so if you do that then your eyes are pretty much covered. Still, we wanted to give you other options to bringing breakable eyeshadow palettes. Single-use instant eyeshadow sheets come with multiple colors of eyeshadow strategically placed and ready to go. All you have to do is press and rub onto your eyelid, remove, and blend to your liking. We imagine these to be a great addition to your travel beauty kit when you only need to wear makeup on special occasions, and they’re much more packable as well.
Ditch the breakable eyeshadow palettes.
No one wants to be a stinky traveler. No one wants to have perfume spill or leak all over their luggage either. To solve that problem, we highly recommend packing solid perfume instead. We’ve talked about several brands on our blog thus far, but we are biased towards Aroamas, of course.
Ditch the spilling, leaking perfume bottles.
Another solid that can save you hassle when packing is solid lotion, which can come in bar or stick form. Solid lotions tend to work better for trouble areas such as elbows and hands and feet. Another plus is that you can often use solid lotion as a lip balm in a pinch. Just make sure the solid lotion is fragrance free, or contains lip-safe fragrance. I usually just DIY my solid lotion as I have all the tools at my convenience from my Aroamas business.
Ditch the leaky liquid lotions.
Nail polish just does not travel. At least not in your carry-on. And since we often promote traveling with carry-on only, it’s hard to recommend packing a nail polish. If you really feel the need to glitz up your nails, you could try nail strips. Instead of packing a messy liquid bottle of polish, you can pack non-spilling polish strips that often come in crazy designs that would be hard to replicate with traditional polish. The efficacy of these are questionable, however, so I recommend reading reviews and testing how some brands perform before relying on them on the road. Or, there’s always the chance to get your nails done abroad, which can be a very interesting cultural experience at the same time.
Ditch the bottles of polish.
We’ve already touched on a couple of alternatives for lips in the previous sections. Instead of lipstick, you could use blush and lip balm to make color. Or, you can use a solid lotion as a lip balm when the weather is really dry. Other women like to travel with paw paw ointment which can be use on the lips or as a body lotion for rough spots (and so much more).
Ditch the lipsticks, or ditch a separate lip balm altogether.
If you’re a slave to your hair, you might have trouble with this one, but your travel life will be so much better if you can learn to embrace your natural hair! If you love your hair dryer, don’t worry as you’ll be able to find a hair dryer in most hotels and even some hostels (you just might have to ask for it). If you’re a straightener type of gal, either go for a mini travel version, or invest in a good brush that you can use with a hair dryer to give it a similar feel.
Now for hair product, like shampoo and conditioner, you’ll want to fill some reusable travel bottles with only what you need (and you can top off as you travel with product you buy locally). To use even less product, train your hair to go a few days between washing if you can. It’s not always easy, but you might even find that your hair suffers less from dryness and split ends after the conversion. And, of course, look into solids! We can’t stress it enough. There are several solid shampoo bars on the market from Lush to more natural soap-like bars that mean you travel with less liquids.
Ditch the hair appliances, and ditch the extra liquid products.