Smart Makeup For Smart Travelers

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Vote up the products that will end up in your travel bag.

Traveling with makeup can be tricky. It's tough to decide which beauty products to bring along, whether you travel for work, occasional vacations, or a gap-year backpacking mission. But when you're posing for photos at monuments or on sunny beaches, you want to look your very best.

There are a few key points to consider when looking for the best traveling makeup. First, you'll want to save space. When you have limits on the size and weight of your bags, it's important to cut down on unnecessary items. There is also the airport security check to consider. You don't want any liquid items getting confiscated. 

Cut down on tools like brushes, make sure your products have multiple uses, and use combo products when traveling. You can even bring products that won't break the vacation budget!

  • 1
    15 votes

    Waterproof Mascara

    Waterproof Mascara
    Photo: Maybelline / Amazon

    Most travelers end up at beaches or pools while on vacation, so it only makes sense to pack a waterproof mascara, like this one from Maybelline (about $6). Even better, waterproof formulas often stay on longer than regular mascara. Use the stronger version for long plane, train, or car rides.

  • 2
    18 votes

    Practical Eye Palettes

    Practical Eye Palettes
    Photo: Urban Decay / Sephora

    When selecting an eyeshadow palette for your next trip, it's important to pick one that makes the most of the space it takes up in your bag. Palettes with a range of neutral or natural colors will provide the most options, just make sure the palette isn't too large. Options like the Urban Decay palette ($54) also include a brush. You won't need an extra tool.

  • 3
    19 votes

    BB Cream

    BB Cream
    Photo: Tarte / Sephora

    Between planes, high altitudes, and changes in humidity levels, skin can get dry during travel. A BB cream has serious multi-tasking power. It's a moisturizer paired with foundation. Some come with sun protection, and this one from Tarte ($14) is size-approved by TSA.

  • 4
    16 votes

    Foundation With Sunscreen

    Foundation With Sunscreen
    Photo: MAC / Amazon

    Sunscreen is an absolutely essential part of any travel kit, unless you vacation inside of a cave. While nothing can replace a good layer of high-SPF sunscreen, it never hurts to have a little help from your foundation. Most sun protection formulas, like this one from MAC (about $45), have SPF 30.

    Remember; well-protected skin means fewer sunburns and less makeup needed in the first place. 

  • 5
    15 votes

    Double-Ended Eye Liner

    Urban Decay's Naked 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil ($18) is a great two-for-one combo. With two colors on each pencil, this liner gives twice the options while using half the space in your makeup bag.

  • 6
    12 votes

    Sephora's Epic Selection Of Sample Sizes

    Sephora's Epic Selection Of Sample Sizes
    Photo: Sephora

    If you shop at Sephora, you get a ton of freebies. There's nothing better than loading your cart with free samples and travel-sized minis. If you're familiar with Sephora's website and physical stores (and know where to pick up all the free goodies), you can grab mini versions of perfume, makeup, and hair products that are perfect for traveling.