Paris has been on my bucket list for so many years and this dream finally came true two weeks ago. I wrote a blogpost about our experience and share some of the pictures of this magical place which will be up later this week. When I packed our bags it really got me thinking about what is the minimum amount of makeup that I can pack and that I know won’t let me down throughout the day. Jean and I really have traveling light down to a T – we went to Thailand for two weeks with only hand luggage! Considering that I am a girl I would say this is rather impressive (You should see my older sister on a trip – three packed-to-the-brim suitcases are not an uncommon sight for a 3-day weekend, haha!)
I don’t wear a ton of makeup when traveling or on vacations, but as you take a lot of selfies and pictures with all the must-see sights, I do want to look presentable and not cringe when I look back at the photos. I really put the makeup below through the test on our last few and the recent trips and I find that these are the items that works the best for me.
Primer – The type of primer that I travel with normally depends on what time of the year it is and tailor it according to my skintype. As it is now full on winter here in the Northern hemisphere and I have more dry and dehydrated skin I took the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm with. Although it is not technically a primer, I find it to be hydrating on my skin and keep my foundation in check. Take the primer with that you have the best results with.
Foundation – I am sure you could easily guess this one! I am a die-hard Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place foundation fan. I have mild uneven skintone, old scarring and pigmentation from acne and it is important to have a foundation that will cover all those imperfections without caking the product on. What is even more important is that the foundation will last all day, not become patchy halfway through and be comfortable to wear. Double Wear Stay-in-Place is the only foundation that ticks all those boxes for me. I wrote a full blogpost about this foundation here if you want to read more. If you have pretty good skin that doesn’t require a lot of cover-up I can also suggest Bourjois 123 Perfect CC-cream – magical stuff for drier skin with light to medium coverage and perfect for traveling.
Concealer – This product is not something that I have mentioned often on the blog as it is not available or easy to get your hands on in South Africa. The only concealer I travel with for the last hundred years is the Sephora in-house brand Touche Lumieré Smoothing and Brightening concealer. It is a twist-up liquid concealer pen which is easy to travel with. It reminds/looks a lot like the YSL Touche Eclat pens, but it is not quite the same. I would say the Sephora Touche Lumieré concealer has light to medium coverage and brightens up the under-eye area beautifully. The concealer contains hyaluronic acid which plumps up and hydrate the skin – this results in the concealer not drying my under eye area which scores major points in my books. What I like most about this concealer is that it does not crease. Ever. I never set it with powder and I can honestly say it has never, ever let me down. Sadly it is not available in SA, but if you can get a beauty-mule to send you one, go for it. If you want to read more about this magical little pen you can click here. It retails for only $14, an absolute bargain considering the amount of use I have gotten from it. I bought the Catrice Re-Touch Light Reflecting Concealer yesterday to see if it is a possible ‘dupe’ for the Sephora concealer pen. This Catrice concealer is also a twist-up liquid concealer that is hydrating with light-reflecting pigments. On paper it sounds identical to this Sephora version and I will keep you guys posted if this is a ‘dupe’.
Powder – I am not the world’s biggest powder fan. I used to use powder to set my T-zone, but as my skintype changed a lot the last few years from oily to dry I more often than not for-go powder. On holiday and travels I do however set my makeup as I really need it to last the whole day. When we travel we often go out early at breakfast time and only come back to the hotel at 22:00 or 23:00. So I need to know I will not become a glow worm by the afternoon. I always use MAC Mineralize Skin Finish pressed powder for travels as it is compact and does the job. You cannot go wrong with it. It feels comfortable on the skin, not overly drying and does a good job at keeping the oilies at bay.
Blush – I rarely use bronzer or even highlighter when I travel and because it always came back unused I decided to drop it from this trip. I didn’t miss it at all to be honest. I am not a die-hard fan or frequent user of these products, but if you are be sure to pop them in your makeup bag. I do however use blush and I am sure it comes as no surprise that my blush of choice for traveling is MaxFactor’s Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve. I wrote a full review about this amazing, budget-friendly blush here.
Eyeshadows – I try to pack as little as possible makeup when I travel and the smart thing would probably be to rather choose a palette as it is more compact and you can create more looks with it. For me however I get a lot done with only these three eyeshadow products – they are all long-lasting, versatile and don’t crease or disappear on the lids. I don’t go overboard with eyemakeup looks when I travel and try to keep it as natural as possible. My three go-to shadows are: Palladio Crushed Metallic eyeshadow in the shade Meteor – it’s a vibrant coppery color with just the right amount of sparkle to make your eyes pop. MaxFactor Excess Shimmer pots are also a winner and I took the shade Bronze with – this shade is funny enough not particularly ‘bronze’, I would say it’s more a pewter shade but it works brilliantly for a minimal makeup look. Lastly I took the GOSH Forever Eyeshadow stick in Dark Brown with – this little twist-up crayon doubles up perfectly as an eyeliner as well and it is one of the most long-wearing products I own. A definite must for traveling and I am sure it will also perform stellar in hot, humid environments (i.e island holidays). I wrote full reviews on all these product which you can read here, here and here.
Mascara – I normally grab whatever the flavor of that month is, although I make very sure before the time that the product can be trusted as I definitely do not want raccoon-eyes in my pictures. I took the Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume with. It’s a really, really good mascara and I was very happy with how perfectly it lasted all day. I wrote a full review on this mascara that you can read here. A more budget-friendly mascara that also performs so well is the Catrice Gall & Doll False Lash mascara. My rule of thumb on holidays/travels are: don’t test new makeup and skincare. Stick to what you know works!
I normally use the Woolworths Brow Kit which I absolutely love to bits, but I just find the Essence Eyebrow Designer pencil to be more compact and practical for traveling. It is absolutely brilliant and I always get compliments on my brows when I used this product. It is also dirt cheap as an added bonus! Although I don’t have particularly unruly eyebrows I do like to set them in place and the Essence Make Me Brow works perfectly. It is an exact dupe for Benefit’s Gimme Brow at a fraction of the cost and is small and easy to pop in your makeup bag.
I had to laugh a little when I saw how knackered my Rimmel Color Rush lippie is. Shame! The only reason for the dire state is that this lip product goes wherever I go. It is just fantastic – I love the pop of color, it is so incredibly long-lasting and doesn’t cause any dryness on my lips. I have it in a few colors but I keep on going back to this red shade – I honestly don’t even know and can’t see anymore what the shade is!
I also took with the Essence Long Lasting Lipliner in the shade ‘Lovely Frappuchino’ and the Essence Long-Wear lipstick in ‘Natural Beauty’. I figured between the red and nude lip I will be sorted and I honestly didn’t feel like I needed more. Lipsticks don’t take up too much space so if you want more options, go ahead. I can also recommend Clinique Pop and Elizabeth Arden Color Moisturizing matte lipsticks – they last and last and last.
Please feel free to let me know what products you swear by when going on holiday! Would love to add some gems to my kit!