Simplifying Your Makeup Routine For Travel

For many people, wearing makeup is an important part of their everyday grooming and self-care routine. Whether they wear a full face or prefer a more minimal makeup look that takes a few minutes, makeup is a great way to feel polished and put together. When traveling, you may not want to fuss with all the brushes, products, or time spent applying them.

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Although while we're traveling, we're bound to take many photos of not just the landscapes and sights, but ourselves enjoying them. For this reason, people still want to look their best in the photographs they will be reminiscing over for years to come. If you're looking to simplify your makeup routine for your upcoming trip, keep reading for the essentials to bring and what you can leave at home.

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Light Coverage

While a full face of foundation and concealer, including contour, can give your face depth, dimension, and color, it's not always necessary while traveling. Layering your makeup is a skill that takes time to learn, but leave that for home rather than on your journey.

setting powder

Instead, opt for light coverage from a tinted moisturizer and a setting powder to keep oil at bay during your excursions. Another great thing about light coverage is you don't have to worry about sweating it off or reapplying as you explore the new cities you're visiting or enjoy time on the seaside. I use IT Cosmetic's Bye Bye Foundation Oil-Free Matte Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50+.

Another way to combine efforts is to use tinted sunscreen on your face. I use Cotz's Face Moisture Lightly Tinted Sunscreen SPF 35.

Waterproof Mascara

Speaking of time by the ocean, one holy grail makeup product for anyone going on a tropical destination or somewhere by the water is waterproof mascara. Why worry about raccoon eyes as you get out of the pool or ocean?


I use Benefit's BADgal BANG! Waterproof Volumizing Mascara.

Perfect Lashes, No Work

Another option many consider when they know they'll be spending extended periods in the water is a lash tint. Lash tints are a semi-permanent dye applied to your natural lashes in under twenty minutes and give you color that lasts up to five weeks. If you go the lash tint route, all you'll need for your peepers is a lash curler, and voila!

eyelash extensions

Perfect lashes every day! If you'd like more volume than mascara typically brings, look into getting eyelash extensions before your trip. Tints and extensions can be game-changers for your makeup routine and are worth the investment to many, whether they're traveling or not.

Bold Lips

An easy way to step up your beauty game and stay selfie-ready on your travels is with a bold lip. This is a classic French beauty secret! Sometimes, you don't need makeup aside from a beautiful lipstick color to transform your look from casual to evening.

red lipstick

While the classic red lip will never go out of style, have fun playing with different lip colors that compliment your skin tone and style. A nice blush or neutral lip can accomplish the same boldness as a deeper color and will go with your wardrobe.

Sun Protection Factor

Many of us know the importance of wearing SPF year-round, no matter the forecast. Suppose you're traveling to a region where the sun shines particularly bright, and for many hours of the day, SPF needs to be your best friend. Ensure you're using an SPF formulated specifically for your delicate facial skin on your travels and another for your body. There are even tinted SPFs on the market, which will help with discoloration and evening out skin tone on top of protecting your skin.

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Some people worry about the harsh ingredients in SPF products. If that sounds like you, there are plenty of eco-friendly products on the market that you can feel safe wearing. The important thing is that you wear SPF, not just for your complexion but for your overall health.

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Whether you pack like a minimalist or are just looking to simplify your beauty routine, it's a freeing feeling to take things back to basics when it comes to your makeup and traveling. Who knows?

Maybe you'll prefer the more carefree morning routine and keep it up once you get back home. Either way, if you're looking to minimize your routine on your next vacation, do it in style and with ease by packing only the above-mentioned products.

How about you? What is your travel make-up routine? Do share!

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  1. Amber Myers says:

    I am all about simple when I travel. I will remember this in the summer!

  2. tara pittman says:

    This is good info. This will help me save space in my suitcase.

  3. I’m not really one to carry around a lot or any makeup, so this is perfect for me.

  4. These are some really good ideas. I agree about being light on the makeup, especially while traveling.

  5. Monica Simpson says:

    I love simplifying my makeup when I travel. I don’t like to pack a lot!

  6. Richelle Milar says:

    What a really great and very helpful ideas you have here! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  7. I typically simplify my makeup routine during my travels.

  8. Olivia Douglass says:

    Great tips! I don’t wear makeup often but I do take it on travel with me for work and blog stuff, so thank you for these tips!

  9. Yes! The simplified routine is important when traveling. I love just doing core basic products when on the go!

  10. Smart to wear the bold lip. Even if you’re simplifying for travel, it’s still nice to have a fancy pop of color to make you feel peppy.

  11. Forever My Little Moon says:

    I don’t wear make up so that makes travel easy as I don’t have to pack anything!

  12. I’ve never been one to use a lot of make up anyway so these are great ways to keep it simple.

  13. Melanie E says:

    I don’t wear much makeup normally but always make sure I have sun protection when I travel somewhere warm. It’s a top essential.

  14. Beautiful Touches says:

    Next to bare faced, keeping it bare minimum sounds like a great idea for traveling lighter if makeup is a must!

  15. Great travel makeup trips. I prefer a powder foundation when traveling that way I don’t have to pack it in my liquids bag.

  16. Lavanda Michelle says:

    These are such great tips. Very effective, lasting, but compact. Thanks for sharing!

  17. I like to keep it simple when travelling. I have a lipsticks and a bb cream always with me!

  18. Ice Cream n Sticky Fingers says:

    I tend to wear makeup only on special occasions. So I probably wouldn’t wear any on this trip unless we were going somewhere fancy.

  19. Whitney Stewart says:

    I’m not really a makeup fanatic, but this was very informative. Thank u!

  20. Whitney Stewart says:

    Definitely going to be taking a few of these pointers when it comes to wearing makeup on trips. Thank u!

  21. I tend to get stressed out when I am traveling, and it is nice to have some ways to make things a little easier.