How to Create Your Own Essential Travel Beauty Kit

By on March 2, 2018
If you're getting ready for a trip, consider the following tips to create an essential travel beauty kit:

It’s a fact of life — you can’t roll out of bed and look as amazing as you did when you were 20. But that doesn’t mean your beauty routine has to be difficult or lengthy as you age. When you’re traveling, it can feel especially tough to pack all of your products and find enough time to look your best. If you’re getting ready for a trip, consider the following tips to create an essential travel beauty kit:

Pack Your Own Mirror

Hotel rooms are not well lit and the mirror is often behind a deep counter. This is not ideal for putting on makeup. While it might be a little overwhelming, it’s time to invest in a travel-sized magnifying mirror. You can stick this to the hotel mirror or set it on the counter so you can actually see if your foundation is blended and your eyeliner is straight. While a standard magnifying mirror should work fine, you may want to look for one that has its own light source to help with the dim hotel room problem.

Take Care of Your Skin

This is one of the most important beauty regimens you need to keep up with as you age. Your skin naturally dries out as you age, so you need to do a little extra to keep it looking and feeling healthy. For the daytime, start with a creamy cleanser. The creamy texture helps protect your skin barrier and replenish the moisture and oils you lost during the day or while you slept. Your next step is to apply a moisturizer and sunscreen. When you’re traveling, it’s likely you will spend more time outside than normal as you go sightseeing and walk to each destination, so you need to have at least a 30 SPF sunscreen to protect your skin. Finally, keep your nighttime routine simple. Purchase a nighttime cream that moisturizes your skin and helps stop the progression of wrinkles and sagging, such as a retinol cream.

This may sound like a lot of products, but you can often find ones that pull double duty. For example, look for a moisturizer that has sunscreen built into it. You also can buy one nighttime cream that works for your eyes, neck, chest and back of your hands. You also should invest in some small bottles that you can refill instead of packing the whole clunky bottle your creams come in.

Be Bold With Your Makeup

You’re going to be taking a lot of pictures and experiencing new things as you travel, making it a great time to try something new with your makeup. You tend to lose natural pigment in your cheeks and lips as you age, so go for brighter shades of blush and lipstick. Instead of using a bronzer like you did in your 20s, opt for shades of pink that match your skin tone (but make sure they’re sheer and don’t make you look gaunt). If you’re always jealous of Taylor Swift’s bright red lipstick, now’s your chance to make the same bold statement with your own lip color. However, when it comes to your eyes, choose a light, neutral color and eyeliner that defines the shape of your eyes to act as a natural lift.

When you’re packing makeup, only bring what’s necessary. Choose one eyeshadow, blush, and liner color to pack. Change it up with two or three tubes of lipstick that match your outfits and can easily fit in your purse.

Your travel beauty kit doesn’t need to be bulky or complicated. Focus on a few necessary products, and let your natural beauty make a statement.

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How to Create Your Own Essential Travel Beauty Kit