Put liquid foundation in a contact lens case
Liquid foundation has the ability to make your skin look flawless, almost as if you’ve applied a filter right from Instagram, but it definitely is not the easiest makeup product to travel with. You’re in luck because if you have an old contact lens case lying around (or you could just buy one for a few bucks) all you have to do is fill it with your liquid foundation of choice and you’re ready to go! (For extra protection, place the case in a plastic baggie.)
Place a cotton pad on top of your compact to keep it from breaking
If you are a makeup junkie, you know that there are few things worse than when your favorite compact is dropped and its contents break into little pieces. To keep your makeup safe and secure while traveling, place round or square cotton pads inside your compact. (You may like this hack so much that you’ll use it daily!)
Pack a universal all-in-one makeup stick
It's a good thing monochromatic makeup is in this year as it makes packing much easier. Ditch your usual eyeshadow, blush and lipstick and opt for a multitasking beauty product instead. Our pick is by NARS and it’s all you need to look pulled together for your entire summer vacation.
NARS The Multiple, $39 at NARS Cosmetics
Try a pocket-sized roll-on perfume
Packing a breakable fragrance bottle is never a good idea. Minimize the risk of a perfume disaster with a portable roll-on scent instead. Our pick is from Giorgio Armani, which has notes of deep blackcurrant nectar, airy florals and musky blond wood.
Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum Rollerball, $28 at Ulta
Avoid shampoo/conditioner spillage with plastic wrap and rubber bands
Imagine traveling all day, finally getting to your destination and unpacking your suitcase only to find that your shampoo and conditioner have exploded all over your clothes. It’s a nightmare and certainly not the way to start a trip. Keep your contents contained by placing plastic wrap around the top and securing it with a rubber band. Or, unscrew the tops and put plastic wrap over the opening, then screw the tops back on as shown here.
DIY your own makeup palette
Downsize your essentials with a DIY makeup palette made up of only the products you plan to use on your trip. With your own palette, you can put your favorite concealer, shadow, blush, lipstick and more inside one handy case. Our pick is this cute palette from MAC Cosmetics. (Or, opt for one of these summer makeup palettes instead.)
MAC Pro Palette Eye Shadow/Concealer x 4 (Compact), $8 at MAC Cosmetics
Put makeup brushes inside your sunglasses case
Having the proper tools to apply your makeup is just as essential as the makeup itself, so if you absolutely can’t travel without your favorite makeup brushes, this hack is for you. Take an extra sunglasses case and place small to medium-sized brushes inside. It’s sleek, compact and keeps them all together in one place for easy retrieval.
Aside from the warm temps and long days, one of the best things about the summer season is traveling. The possibilities are endless when it comes to summer travel and if you are someone who likes to indulge their wanderlust, then you could end up anywhere in the world having the time of your life. But there is one pesky aspect of traveling that can send every beauty-obsessed makeup junkie into a downward spiral: trying to find a way to pack your essentials and save suitcase space at the same time. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of a few travel beauty hacks that will have you looking flawless and selfie-ready. Check out these tips and get packing!