Essential Packing Tips For A Summer Getaway: Makeup Goals

image2Travel can be stressful, especially when you consider the fact that many of us are traveling with super spill-able products that have the potential to destroy the rest of our belongings. However, when it comes to makeup, there are definitely solid tips out there for how to pack your makeup when traveling.

The one thing about traveling is that you always want your luggage light-in-weight. And your skin fresh and clear. Apply intense moisturizer the night before you are going to fly. This will help increase hydration in your skin before you’re exposed to the dehydrating effects of cabin pressure. Skip foundation on the day of your trip, and instead wear only moisturizer. Before you land, add a tinted moisturizer for a fresh, healthy look. If you just can’t leave the house without foundation, be sure to put on a tinted moisturizer — a silicone-based liquid or cream that puts a layer of protection between skin and makeup. It will help foundation last longer and help stop your skin from becoming dehydrated.

But the very best thing about summer vacations is pulling out a hot summer wardrobe that lets you show off a little skin and parade all the latest makeup trends of the season. Of course, you never want to over pack because the vacation is about your experience and less about stuff, however, you will want to leave some room for souvenirs to bring back to your unlucky friends… No shade!

A friendly reminder, too keep oily skin from getting out of control while traveling, bring blotting papers or rice papers and dab the T- zone as often as necessary.  This will alleviate any shine and excess oil without stripping out the moisture, so you’ll arrive looking fresh!

Be it by plane, train, bus, or car, traveling can take its toll on your appearance.

Make sure you pack a beauty elixir because it’s perfect for re freshening after a long flight. I’d also pack and SPF body lotion – it will go along way.

Make sure the makeup you pack can be mixed and matched with your outfits. And because there is so much to admire on your trip, so many amazing views and of course the delicious food, that you won’t have to spend all day planning a “look”. It’ll be as easy as if you planned ahead! Pack items that are versatile and interchangeable and get more out of your summer vacation style than you ever thought possible. That way you’ll have more time to immerse yourself in the beautiful  surroundings.

Travel Day

Think comfortable top, favorite jeans, sandals, diva shades and even a cardigan. At the airport, you never know who you’ll see or who will see you so play up your eyes and you’ll ensure everyone else’s will be on you; time to show off your makeup diva skills. Don’t ever let your appearance fall to pieces just because you’re traveling. Actually, this is the prime time to look your best while still remaining casual.

When you are thinking about what makeup to bring, try to consider products that multi-task and are not liquid. Of course, if you need to bring liquid you certainly can, but it’s much less risky to pack thick creams or simply dry products.

Remember, even if you’re going to “paradise”, the flights can get really cold, so wearing jeans and having something to snuggle with will pay off big time.

Amazing sun glasses because you’ll want to sleep,  and of course upon arrival, you’ll want to start protecting yourself from the suns rays immediately.

Beach Day

This one’s quite easy. Bring the eye-shadow, blush, lip balm or lip gloss, maxi dress, short shorts, tank tops, bikinis and a statement sun hat. Keep beach day simple, but also keep all eyes on you. Don’t go overboard on the outfit (unless you’re feeling diva’ish). The secret here is a pair of shorts and jersey tank is perfect because they’re easy to get on and off.

When deciding on the right eye shadow palette, pick one that is versatile for day and night. You really only need a few shades of shadow to create several different looks. Simple rule for Gloss: A single wave of the wand bestows a juicy, often sheer shade—plus a generous dose of sheen. Also makes your pucker appear fuller.

Just a dab of clear gloss on the center of your bottom lip creates a voluptuous effect.

The female population is divided between lip gloss lovers and lip balm devotees. But new advances in both formulations will make you want to swing both ways!

The statement piece should most definitely be your blush, bikini and your hat. Grab a blush that has a highlighter mixed in. Not only does it save you a step when you are applying your makeup, but it leaves a little more space in your bag for a different product. Find a bikini that speaks to your soul, go for comfort but trendy, go for colors or cutout designs that flatter your body shape. The sun hat should be bigger than life and that will let people know the fashionista just arrived.

Day Look

Pack concealer, mascara, brow powder, sundress, long skirt or maxi, a stylish fedora with sandals or sneakers for a day out. You’ll want to be able to go from easy to elegant. A long skirt or maxi/sundress will make you feel ultra feminine. Pick colors that favor the vibe.

Disguise tired-looking eyes with a liquid light-reflecting concealer that brightens and lifts the under-eye area. No matter what your hair color, dark mascara is flattering. It defines your eyes and makes you appear more wide awake. Fill in sparse brows with a wax-based pencil that matches your brow hairs. Use short, light strokes. For Low-Key day look, ditch the liner and sweep on taupe eye shadow with a few coats of dark mascara.

Note: A long skirt gives the look an old school classic feel as does the fedora. Choose your footwear carefully, after all, you’ll spend at least a few hours walking and you won’t want to regret it on the next day. Sneakers are the 100% go to.

Night Look

A simple pair of faux lashes, stark white short shorts is a killer combo with a sexy sleeveless top and wedges. Trendy shorts are made for any getaway and look stunning against sun-kissed legs. Go for white denim or linen and avoid material that do not flatter your complexion. Even consider distressed or frayed shorts to give a little spice to your outfit. The sleeveless top should be any color that suits your skin tone.

Showcase your eyes, make your eyes pop by sweeping on a dark shadow where the brow bone meets the crease. For high-impact, lush lashes, supplement your own with falsies. Use individual false lashes―they’re more natural-looking than a full fringe. When using only one eye shadow, layer it more heavily around the lash line, then softly blend it so that it fades naturally at the crease. A striking lavender or deep purple shadow can really highlight the eyes. For liners, choose colors―like soft golds and pinks―that mix well with purple. Play with your makeup: Turn a shade you wouldn’t use into a shadow you like. Nighttime drama calls for shadow in a rich, subtle pewter color, brushed on the lids, then used as a liner as well. Tip: matte eye powder has a classic texture that works well on any skin type, so it’s especially good for beginners.

Tie the look together with a pair of wedges and a clutch. No other time or place is more perfect to wear short shorts, so go for it!


If you’re thinking about hiking or exploring, remember to bring a small cosmetic bag, a plaid button down, shorts, sneakers, and backpack. On any adventure, there will be plenty of places to explore. It all depends on what you’re into. Whatever the case, have some makeup and clothing items that will allow you to get into character while really giving you the opportunity to explore in the best way possible. No makeup Makeup and Shoes are key!

Open Your Eyes, any dark shadow applied to the creases and outer corners of the eyes will make them seem rounder and more open. For a simple look, run a slanted brush (or a Q-tip) over shadow, then apply in a fine line along the upper lash line. A sweep of feminine pink shadow over the lids gives you fresh, healthy color. Give the look a little edge by lining the lashes with a dark pencil.

Don’t underestimate a gorgeous natural look and a pair of sneakers with good traction. Simple khaki shorts with cargo pockets, a plaid button down with a cami underneath, and a cap mean you’re ready to play.  So let the adventures begin! Pack some essentials like cell phone, bug repellent, sunblock, first aid, snacks, and water.  You never know where your adventure will take you, so stay ready, so–you wont ever have to get ready and that’s the joy of it.

Dinner Out

For a night on the town, you’ll want to make sure to pack Deeper eye shadow colors, deep lipstick colors, sexy dresses, wedges, heels, trendy sandals and a simple clutch. The best dinner date dress is the one with tons of movement. For most vacationers, dancing is part of the free lifestyle.  And you should try a few moves on the dance floor, too, if the moment presents itself.

We know you want to look million dollars worth making heads turn your way. The perpetually popular smoky eye starts with eyeliner, applied in heavy strokes, then blended. Dinner date-ready eyes don’t have to call for dark colors. Instead, create a chic look with a shimmery taupe cream shadow and two coats of mascara. Spend enough time deciding on your overall look. Accordingly do your makeup. If you plan to wear a hot outfit, keep your makeup simple and vice versa. We are sure that you don’t want to end up looking like a hot mess.

The flirty dress will kill on the dance floor, but also shines brightly at any fine restaurant. For a more refined look, go for dressy sandals.  If you think you’ll be dancing, wedges or heels are your best option.  Of course, you’ll need a clutch to keep your lipstick, bug repellent wipes, and mini-perfume spray.

I hope that you found this and my ‘Beauty Exposed‘ series helpful! If you have any upcoming summer travels that require a flight, I hope this helps you as you think about packing your makeup…Tell me about your summer travel plans?


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