Written By Jess Hillyard · June 26th, 2020

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The Ultimate Travel Makeup Kit


Whether you want to be jetting off to sunnier climes, or you’re looking forward to the ultimate city break, we bet your travel makeup kit features highly on your list of packing priorities. But how do you choose the perfect products for your travel kit?


All good travel makeup kits should include a few essentials. These are the products that you reach for day after day and would probably say that you can’t live without. Amongst these items, you might also want to pack a few special pieces to glam up your look for evenings.


If you’re dreaming of adventure, consider the products that will stand up to the task. Look out for tried and tested foundations and surf-ready mascara that stays put, no matter what. If you’re looking forward to romantic sunset dinners, throw in a few of your favourite products for sultry eyes and smouldering looks. If you’re planning on all-night beach parties and dancing under the stars, then make sure you grab those bold colours and glitzy glitter products!


Need a hand creating the perfect travel makeup kit? Take a look at some of our recommendations. These are the products that deserve a spot in your hand luggage.



Makeup Space Savers


Many of our best-loved brands have recognised the need for travel makeup products and created a whole host of miniature must-haves. These space-saving heroes are essential for all travel makeup kits, and there are plenty of great products to choose from.


Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Look in a Palette really packs a punch where space saving is concerned. This palette has everything you need to create a rosy glow, with lipstick, eyeshadows, contour and cheek products all included. The Mini Bronzing Duo from Nars is another great option for travel. This includes two best selling bronzers, for the ultimate sun-kissed look. In fact, there are also some great bronzers in Ted Baker’s new makeup line. Check it out here.


If you’re looking for a travel collection that has everything you need, then look no further than this Gorgeous, Glowing Travel Makeup Kit. With miniature versions of Charlotte Tilbury’s creamy eyeshadow, lip gloss, concealer and primer all accounted for, it’s the perfect space saver.



Travel Essentials


There are some makeup products that we always have on hand, no matter where we’re going or what we’re doing. These essential products are the ones that we reach for when creating up any new look, and of course, we wouldn’t be without them when we’re travelling either.


We bet you’ve already heard of Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic Touche Éclat, but if you haven’t then now’s the perfect time to try it out. This incredible illuminating pen is the go-to highlighter for millions, and when it comes to brightening your best features it’s a real star product. It doesn’t take up much space either, so you’ll definitely want to include it in your travel makeup kit.


No makeup kit would be complete without a great lipstick, and many of us have a favourite shade that we opt for time and time again. Mac’s matte lipsticks are amongst the best, and they’re incredibly long-wearing too. Take a look at the iconic lipstick from Mac and try out a few of your favourite shades to find your next essential lippy.



Adventure Makeup


If you’re a thrill-seeker planning an adventurous escape, then long-wearing products are your friend. Many products claim to stay put no matter what, but some really go above and beyond when it comes to all-day coverage.

First things first, look for a foundation that can withstand your adventurous exploits. Our top tip is Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, which also offers sun protection. The foundation promises 24-hour coverage, and it’s sweat, heat and humidity resistant too.


One of our lovely member's states:

"[This foundation] makes my skin look flawless from the minute it's applied. Honestly cannot recommend this foundation enough! I'm in the shade Sand which is a fair colour and it matches my skin tone very well. It lasts all day and I've even gone to bed with it on and it's still on in the morning, looking as if I've just applied it! Overall, my go-to foundation and I even use it as a concealer. I've attached my most recent look to the review and you can see how even and flawless my skin looks, after one layer of application! Definitely a repurchase!"


Another great option is the Matissime Velvet Fluid by Givenchy. Inspired by the texture of real velvet, this foundation keeps skin looking matte and radiant all day long.


A great lipstick is vital for adventurous holidays, but it’ll need to be one that stays put and doesn’t dry out your lips either. Chanel’s ultra long-lasting Rouge Allure Ink offers highly concentrated colour pigments, with vitamin E and silica microbeads. It’s made to withstand any adventure, and it’s perfect for travel makeup kits.



City Breaks


If it’s a city break that you’re planning, then there are a few things you’ll want from your travel makeup kit. You may well be short on space, so it’s a good idea to choose a handful of products that are capable of creating every look you’ll want during the trip. Think about the looks you’ll want to try out during the day, and how you’ll style your look in the evenings. Then plan your travel makeup accordingly.


Palettes are perfect for city breaks, and Mac’s Dusky Rose Times Nine eyeshadow palette is one of the best around. This collection of highly pigmented powders is all you need to create understated daytime looks and glam evening styles. We also love the bold colours included in the Ocean Treasure palette by Revolution Pro. And if you’re a fan of a metallic look that dazzles in the city sunshine then don’t miss Urban Decay’s Naked Honey palette.



Beach Retreats

Waterproof products are a great option when travelling, particularly if you plan on trying your hand at watersports while you’re away. Whether you’re taking a dip in the sea, throwing yourself in the deep end with a surf lesson or putting your skills to the test on a white water rafting trip, you’ll need to know that you can depend on your waterproof makeup.


Mac’s pro wearing Waterproof Foundation is up there with the very best waterproof makeup products. This foundation lasts for 24 hours and provides weightless coverage. It’s oil-free, and can be used as both a foundation and a concealer.


When it comes to choosing a mascara suitable for aquatic adventures, things can sometimes get a bit trickier. But we’ve found a handful of outstanding mascaras that you can rely on. One of the best options is Chanel’s Inimitable Waterproof Mascara. This is the star of the waterproof makeup world, and it’s a worthwhile investment if your travel plans include any watersports. Close runners up include Maybelline’s Lash Discovery waterproof mascara, and the Voluminous Waterproof Mascara by L’Oréal.


Notable mention: NARS Cosmetics Radiance Primer. Although not waterproof, this primer offers a gorgeous sheen to immediately revitalise tired skin and comes with SPF 35 protection and Evodia Rutaecarpa fruit extract.




Our recommended travel makeup products are hugely versatile and great for globetrotters. If you’re dreaming of an action-packed city break or looking forward to relaxing on white sandy beaches, make sure you try some of these standout products. Pick a few of your favourites and before long you’ll be looking at your new go-to travel makeup kit. Adventure awaits!