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Particularly with aviation laws getting a little stricter in relation with what you are allowed to pack for flights, it would be fair to say that looking beautiful on your travels has become more difficult than ever before.

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However, with a little shrewd thinking, it can be done. Let’s now take a look at some of the best rules you can stick to, to make traveling with your makeup so much easier than it might have been in the past.

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Don’t take any chances – leave the big brands at home

Unfortunately, accidents happen when you travel. If this happens to occur with the most expensive makeup brand in your bag, it’s going to hurt.

This is where you need to compromise somewhat. Instead of packing all of your expensive brands, replace them with cheaper alternatives. Let’s be honest, for the space of a couple of weeks, at most, they aren’t going to prove detrimental to your appearance, and if the worst does happen you still have that expensive brand waiting for you at home.

Furthermore, let’s not forget that you can just top up with other cheaper brands when you get to your destination of choice.


You can cut down on eye shadows

One area where you can cut down is eye shadows. Usually, we carry far too many of these. When it comes to your vacation, you really don’t need to though. You don’t have a huge number of different occasions to attend; in fact, there’s probably a couple at the most. As such, try and take just a couple (or three to four at an absolute push) to save some of that elusive makeup space.

If you’re looking to really take advantage of your eye shadow, don’t forget that you can make it into an eye liner. Add a small amount of water, and watch the transformation.


Do you really need foundation?

Some people might immediately skip this next tip, but give us time. While foundation can be a powerful weapon in day-to-day life, when it comes to a vacation there is a question mark on whether or not you really need to use it.

Firstly, if you are sat under the sun, there’s an argument that foundation isn’t going to provide the best look anyway. Going natural will probably do you a lot more favours – and it’s what most people do when they are away anyway.

Then, when it comes to spots or blemishes, just turn to concealer. It’s smaller to carry and will have the same effect, temporarily at least.


Swap the lipstick for lip gloss or lip balm

Another hack relates to your lips. Again, a lot of people will take several different lipsticks, just in case they want a slightly different look on each night of the vacation.

Well, you’ve probably guessed our advice – you don’t need to take the above approach. Instead of taking lipstick, turn to lip gloss or lip balm. The latter is something that you will need on your travels anyway, to guard against the sun, so why not kill two birds with one stone, so to speak?


Package things up yourself

You might love to carry around the branded boxes, but more often than not they are pretty cumbersome. Not only that, but you will have probably used a lot of these products, leading to even more wasted space.

This is where you need to get creative. Calculate how much of each product you require, and box it accordingly. You’ll find out that you only take what you really need, and you’ll save more space than you could ever imagine.


Don’t take your regular mascara

Don’t worry, we’re not asking you to ditch mascara altogether. Instead, this is all about packing practically and most mascaras just aren’t going to cut it when it comes to sitting under the sun, or dipping in and out of water.

It means that you need to turn to a waterproof version. If you don’t take this advice, be prepared for your eyes to puff out and completely spoil your appearance. It’s just not worth it for the purposes of familiarity.


Protect your products as much as possible

We’ve talked about how you might try a DIY approach when it comes to packaging your products, but even after you’ve done this you should take further precautions to ensure that everything stays in one piece.

Unfortunately, the media is regularly reporting on just how badly our baggage is treated once we check it in at the airport. It means that breakages can occur and in relation to makeup, this can get expensive.

To get around this problem, wrap clothing around the boxes of all of your cosmetics. It will provide at least some form of barrier and if it does receive a bump, it should be sufficiently protected.


You can always buy makeup in your destination country

This has been touched on in a previous point, but it really should be reiterated. One of the big reasons why a lot of people pack too much when it comes to makeup is because of the worry-factor. They worry that they will run out of a certain product, or they “might” need it when in reality they really won’t.

It’s at this point that we need to remind you that in the vast majority of countries in the world, the women who live there wear makeup. In other words, they need to buy it from somewhere, and it’s these shops that you can visit if you do decide that you need a new product.

It’s not going to ruin your holiday if you don’t pack your whole arsenal.


Leave the lip and eye liner at home

This is something else that might have been touched upon already, but the importance of this point makes it worthy of its own section.

Whether it’s lip or eye liner, bot have the habit of melting when the temperatures increase. Ultimately, the effect that we try and get from these products, suddenly turns into a blurry mess.

It means that you should most definitely think about leaving these products at home. Of course, some of you might suggest that this is just too out of the ordinary for you, and you won’t be able to live with the results. If this is the case, compromise and opt for a waterproof liner which will at least mean that this product actually works as soon as you take to your vacation country.


Be strategic with your products – use multi-use ones

Finally, we will leave one of the most obvious tips towards the end. Suffice to say, if the opportunity arises you should most definitely be taking multi-use products. A product that can double-up and be used for another feature of your face is a Godsend, and can really reduce the amount of packing that you have to do.

If we were to coin some examples, some products are able to be both eye shadow and lip colour. Again, try and leave the argument of it not being “your usual brand” behind you. You will be living in a completely different climate for the next couple of weeks, or less, so compromises like this will barely be felt.

About Olivia Marsh

Olivia Marsh - Author - Professional chef and Travel enthusiast.
Culinary Institute of America (CIA) graduate. Chef Marsh has traveled the globe from France, Italy, Germany to China, Thailand, India, Tunisia and more.
Olivia lived in Tunisia for almost 10 years now.
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