MAKE UP / Travel Advice – Carry On Make Up

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After TSA threw away almost a $100 worth of my makeup last year, I’ve pretty much learned how to take things that will not just allow me to pass the security checkpoint (phew!) but have also lightened up my load quite a bit. I used to carry A LOT of makeup and I’m not even sure why; most times I never even touched it. It usually consisted of the following:

  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Blushes (one matte and one shimmery)
  • Eyeshadow palettes (Urban Decay’s Naked and Deluxe Eyeshadows)
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner pot and eyeliner brush
  • Primers (one face and one eyeshadow)
  • 5 Brushes (eyes and face)
  • Lipsticks (one red and one natural mauve/pink)
  • Lipliners (one red and one natural mauve/pink)
  • Powder bronzer and liquid bronzer
  • Oil blotting sheets

Now tell me that isn’t a lot of stuff (and that’s only in my makeup bag)!  I about cried right there at the airport when I saw the security officer dump my makeup in the trash; more so, because I had just bought most of it a few weeks beforehand and cried (on the inside) when I handed my credit card to the Sephora lady (who was delighted for the commission). After that, I vowed to be a better packer. When I went to Spain, I got the clothes/accessories packing down (I did a really good job, you can even ask my cousin) but I still had a slightly large pouch for makeup. When I took my most recent trip to the North East, I finally got it down.

Here are some of the things that I did differently (in case you seem to be having a similar situation or would like more “resourceful” makeup). I’ve also given a couple of examples of similar products, ranging in various prices.

  •  Instead of taking a foundation, a compact powder and a face primer—buy one full coverage compact. The two that I really like are Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup in Rich Ginger and Make Up Forever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in #153.
  • One blush for day and night wear. I recommend either MAC Powder Blush in Plum Foolery or CoverGirl Cheekers Blush in True Plum. These two plum colors are great in that they have the right mix of matte and shimmer plus a natural/bronze color for both day and night time.
  • The Urban Decay full-size Naked palette is quite big; throw in the Deluxe shadows and you have one too many colors. I cut this down by finding a much smaller eyeshadow palette, Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy—it has just the right number and range of colors for various day and night looks. I don’t even bother with the UD Deluxe colored shadows as it’s just too much to carry.
  •  Switched from an eyeliner pot and brush to one liquid liner pen—Milani’s Eye Tech Extreme in Blackest Black (drugstore brand).
  • I ditched the primers, now only carrying a small travel-sized Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube (0.2 oz).
  •  One travel-sized blush brush and only two eyeshadow brushes (one flat and one for crease/contour).
  •  I barely go anywhere without my red lipstick (MAC Viva Glam I) and I have to have one for anytime where (MAC FastPlay) so I still have two; but I ditched the liners (with MAC lipsticks I’ve found that you really don’t need them).
  • I stopped carrying bronzers because I’m not a Kardashian (thank god).

Now all I have with me are the following and it all fits into this little makeup bag (Forever 21). I did myself proud.

  • Compact
  • Blush
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner pen
  • Lipsticks (2)
  • Eyeshadow palette (small)
  • Eyeshadow primer
  • Oil blotting sheets
  • Eyeshadow brushes (2) and blush brush (travel size)

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