Do you ever pack all of your makeup and toiletries on a trip, only to end up using just a handful of products? To avoid bringing way too many unnecessary cosmetics that only take up space in your bags, we’ve rounded up 9 must-have beauty products for your next travel.
1. Makeup Remover Wipes
First things first, makeup wipes are a must. They save you all that trouble of bringing an extra bottle that could potentially leak in your bag, and they shave so much time off your nighttime beauty routine.
But the best makeup wipes are the ones that not only remove waterproof liner and mascara, but also fully clean your face, thus eliminating the need to wash your face after. So when shopping for makeup wipes, make sure they also are double duty, removing makeup and cleansing your skin.
2. Moisturizing Toner
Instead of bringing your entire skincare routine with you on your travels, narrow it down to just a couple of items, including toner. What’s great about toner is that it further cleans your face, in case you’ve missed some dirt or makeup when using the wipes. Not only does it clean, but it also doubles up as a moisturizer, which is perfect especially for those with oily skin. You’re less likely to feel oily when you moisturize with toner.
No matter where you are traveling in the world, you should never question bringing sunscreen along with you. It’s a protective layer that prevents you from uneven pigmentation, dark or sun spots, as well as wrinkles and cancer. If you want to cut back on the number of liquids to travel with, use the stick version.
If you don’t plan on bring foundation with you, you can swap your facial sunscreen with a tinted moisturized that also has SPF. Either way, both are a great way to prime your face before makeup.
4. Lip Balm
Just like the rest of your face, your lips need love and attention as well. That means you need lip balm to not only moisturize your lips, but also to protect them against the damaging effects of the sun. So remember to bring a lip balm with SPF.
5. BB Cream
If you’re not bring tinted moisturizer and need a product other than foundation to even out your skin tone, BB cream works wonders in doing so. All you need is a light layer that can easily be applied with your fingers, so no need for additional brushes.
Instead of a cream, you can also opt to use Pond’s BB Magic Powder, which mattefies as it controls the oils on your face. Plus, it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, so you have extra protection against the sun. It’s also great as a dry shampoo if you’re delaying time between washes.
For those stubborn blemishes that need a little more coverage than a BB cream can provide, pack your trusty concealer. It’s great for covering up surprise pimples and dark circles when you barely slept the night before from all the traveling.
7. Brow pencil
Great brows lift your entire face, so you definitely don’t want to leave your brow pencil out of your travel kikay kit. The wonderful thing about brow pencils is that they can double up as eyeliner, which also can be smudged out to create a smokey look if you don’t want defined lines on your eyes.
8. Waterproof Mascara
Whether you’re traveling to a humid country or simply preparing in case of sudden rain, waterproof mascara is the way to go. And if you don’t have any on hand, go out and by a travel sized waterproof mascara. The difference in amount of product is not much less from the normal size, since it’s the component of the mascara that makes up for the size variation between the two. Also, there’s a higher chance you’ll use up the travel sized bottle before it expires, unlike the regular bottle.
9. Cheek and Lip Tint
When it comes to bring life back into your face without putting on a full face of makeup, all you need is a little bit of color in your cheeks and lips to give you that natural, sun-kissed glow. You can easily achieve that flush with our Organic Cheek and Lip Tint that offer a hint of color that is buildable for those with deeper skin tones.
If there’s anything else you’d like to add, like waterproof eyeliner, a travel-sized eyeshadow palette, by all means, go for it! Everything listed above are the absolute essentials, and you can just add your own go-to products to tailor your travel beauty kit to your needs.
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.