The 9 essential beauty products to pack in your travel bag


You’ve booked your flights, packed your backpack and you’re ready to take on the big, bad, (wonderful) world. But one thing’s still niggling away at you: what do you take in your makeup bag?

Your bag, which is bursting at the seams from the amount of products you’ve somehow accumulated over the years, is in need of a serious cull. But where do you start?

Travel is the perfect time for a makeup cull. If you’ve got yourself a return ticket, you know you’ll always be able to come back to your dearly beloveds. A one way? You’re about to live life on the minimalist side. And you’ll love it.

Here are the nine essential products to take with you when you travel:

1. BB Cream

You’re on holiday which means one thing: it’s time to ditch the foundation.

Think of BB cream as foundation’s lighter, bubblier and more protective younger sister. BB cream gives your face some breathing room as it acts as a light foundation, moisturiser and sun screen all in one. Need a bit more coverage? Just build up the BB cream a bit and you’ll get foundation results in no time.

My pick? Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream, $15.99. Available at Priceline.

2. Concealer

Yes, the BB cream will do all of the hard work, but your concealer is there for emergency situations. Dark circles under your eyes from the one-too-many late nights exploring new countries? A freak stress-induced break-out due to the annoying hostel clerk who says she ‘can’t find your booking sorry, miss’? Concealer’s your gal.

My pick? MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, $32.00. Available at all MAC stores or at

3. Bronzer

Yes, that fake tan will turn to real tan in a matter of weeks if not days, but bronzer should always be a staple in your makeup bag, especially when you’re travelling.

Because sometimes your face doesn’t decide to match your body in the bronzed-goddess stakes.

My pick? Benefit Hoola Bronzer, $51.00. Available at MYER, Sephora and all Benefit stores.

4. Mascara

If there’s one thing that will pick up tired eyes, it’s the Adele of the makeup world, mascara. This gem will help you go from ‘I haven’t slept properly in three days because a guy in my hostel dorm won’t stop snoring’ to ‘I just woke up from 8.5 hours sleep because I invested in a set of ear plugs’ in no time.

My pick? Covergirl Clump Crusher Extensions Lashblast Mascara, $18.99. Available at Priceline and Coles.

5. Lip balm

No matter how determined you are to stay hydrated, the sightseeing and lack of tap water facilities can sometimes get in the way, leaving you with dry, cracked lips. Make sure you keep your SPF 15+ lip balm in your day pack and apply it before you go to sleep.

My pick? Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF 30 in Rose, $13.99. Available at Priceline.

6. Lip stick

Admit it, you have a favourite. Your go-to lip stick that makes you feel like an absolute goddess every time. Don’t hesitate about packing this. On a night out you’ll be able to whack some on and feel like the Queen you are.

My pick? Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, $40. Available at Sephora.

7. Cleanser and moisturiser

These are a no-brainer (and yes they’re paired because you can’t really take one without the other). Your skin will be tired from the long hours spent in the sun and wearing makeup. Your cleanser will help you feel fresh morning and night and keep your skin at bay.

Spending long periods in direct sunlight will take its toll on your skin and moisturiser will be your saving grace. And if you do happen to get a spot of inevitable sunburn? Lather on the moisturiser to avoid skin peeling.

My picks? Simple Moisturising Facial Wash, $9.99. Available at Priceline. And Skin Food Light Moisturiser, $12.99. Available in supermarkets.

8. Brow pencil

I admit, I’ve become rather good at leaving the house sans-makeup. Yet, I still can never leave the house without filling in my eyebrows at least a little. I feel absolutely naked without them. If, like me, you worship at the altar of your almighty brow pencil, then definitely take it with you. Just a little BB cream, mascara and a brow pencil and you’ve got the no makeup-makeup look down pat.

My pick? Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $38. Available at Sephora.

9. Dry shampoo

I’m calling it. Dry shampoo is the best invention in modern (beauty) history. Dry shampoo is the perfect partner for your travels as it will tame, freshen and add volume to your hair as it battles unknown waters.

My pick? Batiste Dry Shampoo, $9.99. Available at supermarkets.


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