Travel smart with your beauty essentials
Whether you’re hitting the beaches of Cebu for the weekend or zipping around Tokyo for a week, traveling can sure take a toll on our appearance. As if packing for the trip wasn’t hard enough, you’d also have to do a Tyra and decide which of your beauty products would make the cut. There’s no perfect kit for everyone, but here’s how to build your own:
Use travel-sized bottles and pots
You don’t have to leave your favorite makeup at home just because it doesn’t come in a smaller bottle! Check out Muji, Beabi, or True Value for TSA-approved containers. Not sure how long each container will last? To estimate how long it will last during the trip, fill the container at home and mark it every time you use it until it’s empty.
This is a non-negotiable. Protect your skin regardless of the weather, or your skin tone – the cloudy skies or your melanin will not protect you. Never ever rely on your makeup’s SPF (sun protection factor) either, if you can’t spare the space for another bottle, leave your usual foundation and opt for tinted sunscreen instead. Try Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV protector broad spectrum SPF43 – it won’t replace your usual BB or CC cream, but it will give you a medium coverage while protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
When your eyebrows are on fleek, it can pull your entire look together. Choose an eyebrow pencil that will not only give you a color boost but will also shape your brows. Try Benefit’s Goof Proof Brow Pencil or MAC’s Great Brows.
Pack products that more than one thing. Instead of packing lipstick and blush, try Nudestix’s Lip and Cheek pencil or NARS’ The Multiple (which, depending on the shade, can also be used as an eyeshadow, bronzer, and highlighter!) Another bonus is you’ll also save space on tools, because you can blend these products with your hands! For daytime, grab a tinted lip balm with SPF to keep your puckers protected and moisturized.
If you’re headed to hot places and if you have oily skin, this will extend your makeup and save you some retouching time. Check out Ben Nye’s Final Seal – this is how Disney Princesses keep their makeup looking fresh under Hong Kong‘s sweltering sun and humidity.