3 Makeup Packing Tips for a Weekend Trip


Reason No. 3,456 why I like to travel? — learning new packing tricks (makeup or otherwise).

It’s like a personal challenge of mine, figuring out new ways to help my makeup bag streamline and be all it can be!

Here’s a few things I tried on this last trip…

1. Ditch the palettes

You can do a lot with as little as two eye shadows — one neutral matte or satin slightly darker than your skin tone, and one flattering metallic or shimmer that you really, really like.

It hit me in La Jolla last weekend. I was getting ready for dinner one night and started thinking about how I got by with just two makeup brushes that time in Redding when I forgot my brush bag at home. I wondered if I could do the same with just two eye shadows…

Turns out I could! For a few days. I wore MAC Soba, a golden brown with a satin finish, and MAC Woodwinked, a warm, shimmery gold, three nights in a row and didn’t feel like I needed another eye shadow.

On my eyes: MAC Eye Shadows in Woodwinked and Soba (lids and lower lash lines), Chanel Le Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Santal (upper and lower water and lash lines), Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara (lashes) and MAC Veluxe Brow in Deep Dark Brunette (brows)
Wearing MAC Eye Shadows in Woodwinked and Soba on my lids and lower lash lines

On each of the nights, I contoured and added depth to my eye looks with Soba and used Woodwinked for a flash of bling on my lids.

As for options, even though I didn’t wear a smokey eye at all last weekend, I know that I could have banged one out by layering either shadow atop a smudgy black pencil liner. Or, as another option, for something more colorful, I could have lined either my upper or lower lash lines with a bright teal, purple or green pencil liner.

You can cover a lot of looks and bases with two versatile shadows like Soba and Woodwinked. YES.

2. Forgo your foundation brush

To save every precious ounce and square inch in your carry-on bag, you can always use your fingers instead of a brush to apply and blend foundation.

Most of the time.

It depends on the foundation, of course. This doesn’t work well with all foundations, but it works pretty great with MAC Face & Body and Bobbi Brown’s Foundation Stick.

Oh, the sonnets I could sing to MAC Face & Body…

It won’t budge and yet doesn’t look or feel heavy, and it covers everything. Plus, it’s finger friendly. It looks great even when you just apply it with your fingers.

mac face and body foundation application tips

With my fingers, I can really work it into my skin, and the result doesn’t look heavy or unnatural.

Because it doesn’t move or migrate, it’s a great choice for oily or combo skin types, or if you’re en route to someplace hot and humid (and hopefully wonderful).

Bobbi Brown’s Foundation Stick is another fave, especially when I’ll be passing through airports, because it doesn’t take up valuable space in my TSA-approved bag of liquids

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Honey (a good match for MAC NC42)

I like that I can wear it sheer or layer it for more coverage, and yup, it’s easy to apply and blend with fingers. A good choice for dry skin, in particular.

Both of these foundations are very photogenic, too. They look great in pics, so you won’t have to fret while you’re snapping that selfie.

3. Swabbing makeup remover stories…

Sephora Targeted Eye Makeup Remover Swabs

Dude, how did I ever live without Sephora’s Targeted Eye Makeup Remover Swabs ($9 for a pack of 20)?

Basically, these are awesome. They’re like Q-tips with built-in eye makeup remover. You can use ’em to clean up makeup mistakes or remove your eye makeup. Just snap off the tip at the blue line, and the makeup remover comes out from the opposite end.


I used them all weekend long. At night, I’d wash my face and remove my makeup (foundation, blush, powder, eye shadow and mascara) with my trusty Neutrogena Gentle Cleansing Wash, and then use one of these Sephora Target Swabs to remove whatever remained on my lashes and water lines (they don’t sting my eyes).

They take on waterproof makeup, too, and the slim case barely takes up any room in my makeup bag.

So, so good, babe! These are gonna be permanent residents in my travel makeup bag.

I’ve got the blues… I’ve got the post-vacation blues…

I haz them.

It’s always hard getting back into the swing of things after a vacation, you know? I’m happy to be back home and sleeping in my own bed…but sometimes I wish our vacations were real life and our real life was like our vacations, LOL!

Oh, well. Whatcha gonna do?

I guess I’ll just have another sip of Pukka Love Tea (it warms the heart)…

I hope your week got off to a good start. 🙂


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