Top Five Travel Beauty Essentials
When I am lucky enough to get out of Maine for a vacation, even if it is only for a weekend away, the last thing I want to trouble myself with is a vanity table’s worth of make up and beauty products. Bottle caps pop off, delicate brushes end up crushed and crimped and frankly, there is no space for the fussy needs of a full face of make-up!
Having said that, there is always occasion to pretty up a bit for a night out, or to look put together for friends/family. The following essentials will keep you looking carefree and natural by day and smoking hot by night–All in the space of one (TSA approved!) quart-sized Ziploc bag.
A good coverage concealer will keep you looking awake and fresh without the full coverage stress of foundation. You will be surprised at the wonders it can work when used sparingly beneath the eyes, around the nose and anywhere else your face has redness or blemishes. M.A.C Select Moisturecover is my favourite. Try a couple different brands to find the one that matches your skin tone and will not budge.
This is a staple that will make you feel pretty both on the beach or trekking around a new city, without adding bulk to your face. Try to find a dark brown formula that looks somewhat natural to keep with the easy, laid back vibe of vacation. I like Clinique formulas as they do not tug my eyelashes once it’s time for removal. And they stay in place, raccoon-eye free!
Nothing dolls you up for a special occasion like luscious, bright lips. Lipstick is extremely portable, requires no brushes and (if you are both well practiced and steady handed), no mirror! For cool toned ladies, a bright pink such as Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Fuchsia is very complementary and fashionable. My personal favourite is M.A.C Lipstick in Lady Danger, a coral, orange red. To make your pretty pout last, keep the tube with you during your night out for touch ups.
Dark Brown Eyeliner
In lieu of toting fragile eyeshadows in your suitcase, pack eyeliner instead. It’s small, quick and makes such a difference! I think dark brown is the most universally flattering (I like Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Bourbon) whilst still being low-key. Pair smoldering eyes with your bright lips and you’ll be the belle of whatever ball you are attending. Again, no brush necessary, just draw a little on your upper lash line and gently smudge with your finger. I recommend leaving the lower line bare unless you really want to dial up the glamour at a dance club.
Lastly, and Most Importantly: Make up Remover Wipes
When you are having fun on your adventures it can certainly be easy to forget about the most important part of make up: Removing it! Whether you wore eye make up that day or not, you should always cleanse your face before bed. Sweep away daily dirt and germs so they can’t harm your beautiful countenance while you slumber. For travel, wipes are your best option as they are easy to pack and fool proof to use (Step One: Remove from packet. Step Two: Wipe your face). Neutrogena has a wide range of these wipes that are both gentle yet effective.
Bring these five must-haves on your next vacation and you will be secretly done up while looking beautifully undone!
Noella Schink is a travel and beauty writer from Portland, Maine. For your next vacation she recommends Auto Europe for your car rental needs.
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