Imagine a lady guard at the airport checks your hand bag and surprises you with a new rule that says you are only allowed to bring one makeup item with you; she then points to a memo - proof that she's not just making up the rule. 

Doomsday!

Of course, I'm just messing with your creative imagination and I don't think that scenario would ever happen but who knows? So, if you had to pick only one makeup item to bring your travel, what would it be? 

Time to decide!

makeup palette

When traveling, one of the things that we, ladies, have to keep in check is looking good in photos.
This doesn't mean looking glammed up or super made-up all the time but being at least decently groomed enough to look just as nice as the places we're at. 

I remember this quote by Calvin Klein on makeup, “The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.” 

To help you digest what he means, take a look:

natural makeup
(Right: Me sans makeup   Left: Me in a natural makeup look)

If you can step out in the open with a bare face, without makeup - not even powder or lip balm - good for you! I reckon you have good skin or maybe you're lazy to wear makeup or you just don't give a fuss at all. But for those who can't, I'm guessing that packing a makeup kit for travel can be daunting.

It's quite a challenge how to narrow down the products to bring and how to keep them to a minimum for packing light.

Let me share with you my must-haves when traveling:
(Note that these are for personal use. Traveling as a makeup artist is altogether a different challenge.)

- FOUNDATION/CONCEALER - If you are blessed with flawless face, you may skip this.
You may also use BB cream or tinted moisturizer as a substitute but I personally cannot leave home without my concealer. 
CS Foundation in Pot

TIP: Apply foundation or concealer only on areas that need concealing or evening out such as under eyes, blemishes and sides of the nose.

And remember, the key to flawless makeup is blending, so just blend, blend, blend!

- POWDER

TIP: When applying this, best not to do it in an angry wiping motion with a puff; instead, pat  your sponge or puff gently onto your skin. If you have visible pores, try doing the push-and-roll motion with your puff - this will help make them appear less visible as the product fills in your pores.

- MASCARA + CURL LASH-  I don't always wear mascara (which must be waterproof) but I always keep it in my kit for nightwear such as special dinners and parties.
            
real simple

TIP: Forgot your curl lash? Use a spoon! Just heat in hot water, dry, and use its back to shape your lashes.

- CHEEK & LIP TINT- Since I am not mestiza (and I can't classify myself as morena either) I don't have naturally pinkish glow so I cheat my way using this.

Stila Lip & Cheek
TIP: Forgot your cheek tint, too? Grab your lipstick, lightly dab some stain onto cheeks and set with powder for blush.

Reminder, the last thing you'd want to look like is flat and ghostly from cake-y makeup - so keep in mind to blend.

- LIP BALM- I stay away from stinging pain of sore, chapped lips by regularly applying lip balm.

TIP: Have you noticed that most long wearing lipsticks cause your lips to dry and crack? Save long-lasting lippy for important events and for regular wear, use satin or moist ones. Always apply lip balm before wearing your lipstick.

- OIL BLOTTING PAPER 

TIP: Combat oily skin by blotting instead of re-applying powder to avoid matte, flat and cake-y face.

***
Believe me, it took me a lot of trips to finally downsize my makeup kit because I'm such a moody packer. But if the lady guard were true and asked me the one item I had to take with me, I'd say concealer (and then maybe, I could ask my travel buddy to bring a cheek & lip tint, haha!)

How 'bout you? Leave a comment and share your travel makeup essentials!

Stay fab while traveling,
Sole Sister Madz
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21 Responses so far.

  1. I'd definitely go with a lip balm! :) I don't usually wear make up since I have an uber sensitive skin. But during special occasions, I prefer putting on a bit of make-up that would still make me look natural. :) During regular days and trips, I just have a lip balm + powder and lip and cheek tint for some blush if needed.

  2. my checked-in luggage traveling the world was 18kg. my make up kit was 420grams! and someone made comment to my friend that it seemed like i hardly brushed my hair daw. haha.

  3. I'd bring my water-proof liquid eye liner! I could go on with a bare face the entire trip but the eyeliner is just non-negotiable. That and an eyebrow pencil and brush. :D

  4. weRsolesisters says:

    Sometimes, it's really katamad to put anything on the face then I regret wearing a bare face upon seeing photos. Haha! Admittedly, I hardly comb my hair, I just run my fingers through 'em.

  5. weRsolesisters says:

    No sweat packing makeup for you! Judging from your list, I'm guessing either you have a slim, tiny makeup bag or you just squeeze your makeup in your hand bag pocket. :)

  6. weRsolesisters says:

    Right on! Prettify 'em beautiful eyes! :)

  7. Clare Marie Ciriaco says:

    Your blog is interesting! :) Just found out today but I'll surely read all the post.

  8. Paula O says:

    All you mentioned are in my kikay too ^_^. :-)..or depends what kind of adventure we're headed....

  9. bee stow says:

    nice post! it made me smile when I realized that we had almost the same preferences on picking make-up for travel! i listed mine here (http://beestows.blogspot.com/2011/09/how-to-travel-make-up-packing.html) :)

  10. http://mywanderingsoles.com says:

    eyelash curler for me, I'm blessed with long lashes kaya lang super straight nman. :)

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  16. I just usually bring a small kikay kit that will hold everything. :)

  17. kutingting says:

    I always bring ma kikay kit when I travel but I always forget I have it. LOL. It contains a mascara, an eyeliner, blush, a retractable blush brush and a lip balm.

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  21. Laura says:

    No-makeup makeup is the best in opinion, but it's also the hardest to achieve if you strive for perfection. My trick is to use honey on my lips before I go to bed, they stay so hydrated and are so voluminous when I wake up, try it, you won't be sorry! Just don't use to much honey to avoid any mess.

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