Determining how to pack will partially rely on the reason for your travel (e.g. work, play, or special occasion) and also how you will be traveling (e.g. car or plane). With the fees associated with checked bags and TSA limitations with carry-ons likely means you won’t want to pack everything you own. Remember that any liquids you bring on the plane have to be in a 3 oz. container or smaller. In addition, liquids need to be in a single clear plastic bag. Obviously, if you’re taking a car, you won’t have as many limitations.
Keep it simple!
Either way, I recommend bringing only what you’ll need and use. If you typically don’t wear eye shadow, leave it behind. Pack the items that you use daily, with the one exception. If you’re traveling for a special occasion such as a wedding, or reunion, you’ll want to pack makeup suitable to that occasion which means that you may need to pack makeup that you don’t wear on a daily basis. Choose your colors in advance in accordance to your outfit, instead of taking multiples only to use one – save yourself the space.
Finding the right makeup is like finding clothes that fit and you like: it takes time, trial and error and isn’t always a quick purchase. Therefore, I recommend packing your makeup in your carry-on bag. Unfortunately, airlines occasionally temporarily lose bags. If yours happens to go missing you don’t want to have to worry about finding both clothes and makeup until your bag is returned to you. Plus, if you’re staying in an unfamiliar area, it may take some time to track down your favorite products.
A few secrets
Prior to packing, use scotch tape to cover the holes on your loose powder container. This will prevent too much powder from filtering through and will save you a major headache! Pack the tape too, that way you can do the same in preparation for your return home. If you use compact powder, no need to worry with the tape, but be sure to keep your powder in a place where it won’t be jostled too much. If it’s sitting in the bottom of your bag, one hard drop on the floor could cause it to break, same goes for other compacts like blush and eye shadow.
Lastly, avoid trying new products while you’re traveling. Especially, any products that you’ll be putting on your face such as face wash, pimple cream, lotion, sunscreen, and makeup. Typically, the skin on your face is more sensitive than the rest of your body, so save trying new products for when you’re home. I tried a new face wash on a trip once and had a negative reaction to it causing my face to turn red and bumpy – not the look I was going for. So, when traveling, stick with what you know. If you must take a newer product along with you, try it out at home a few weeks prior to your trip to make sure your skin will react well to it.
I can’t guarantee that these tips will keep your entire trip hassle free, but it they will certainly help you to look your best and save you from at least one travel headache. Have fun, and safe travels to you!