Wrangling up the travel makeup kit essentials for your next big vacation can be a real pain. Not only do you have to factor in your destination and its weather when packing, but you also have to take into account TSA and the risk of your liquids leaking or palettes being shattered (AKA the worst makeup monstrosity). Commonly, there are two types of packers – the minimalist that loves to travel light by only grabbing the necessities, while the maximalist packs for all eventualities. Which one are you?
Either way, it’s always worth it to be prepared by planning which travel makeup kit essentials you’re going to need on your next trip around the globe. To help you pack efficiently, here are the six travel makeup kit essentials you need ASAP:
If you’re wondering how to properly pack your travel makeup kit essentials – all signs point to a travel-friendly makeup bag. Opting for a smaller, more compact travel makeup bag will help you to choose the items you really need while leaving behind the ones you don't. You can also try packing your travel makeup bag in the middle of your suitcase and surrounding it with clothes. This will ensure it’s well-padded and you won’t arrive with an explosion of makeup.
SUBTL BEAUTY PROTIP: If you’re in need of a high-quality travel makeup bag, snag one of the Subtl Beauty Cosmetic Bags before everyone finds out how easy they make packing your travel makeup kit essentials. Did you notice the clear window on the front? That’s to make rushing through TSA a breeze. Pretty nifty, right?
Primers are a godsend, and they’re one of the most important travel makeup kit essentials that you can pack. "Primers are definitely the way to go while traveling. They absorb excess oil, so if you get particularly oily or greasy when traveling, this is a great way to get ahead of that,” explains makeup artist Ariel Tejeda. “Primers can also help your makeup apply smoothly and stay in place while giving your complexion an even look. Some primers also provide glow-boost and extra skin benefits like moisturization.
SUBTL BEAUTY PICK: The MILK Hydrogrip Primer Mini is sure to become one of your favorite travel makeup kit essentials; it’s an invisible primer that can be worn under your makeup for a smooth coverage that lasts all day. Or if you’re more of a minimalistic gal, you call apply it on its own for a naturally dewy, fresh look. MILK also promises that it’s 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free.
When it comes to packing your travel makeup kit essentials, opting for a multitasking brush is the only way to go. After all, no one wants to haul around a makeup brush for every product; not only would you likely lose some or leave them behind, but the overhaul of brushes would take up prime real estate in your travel makeup bag. Another great multitasking tool that almost everyone has is an eyelash curler. You can use it for your lashes (obviously), but according to a few Tik Tok hacks, it also makes the perfect stencil for a sharp eyeliner wing and cut-crease.
SUBTL BEAUTY PROTIP: Meet your new Subtl Beauty Stack Brush BFF; it’s an adjustable, multi-use brush that’s perfect for both precision use and all-over face application, which means that it has all your travel makeup needs covered. And guess what? It’s free with every purchase!
SPF moisturizers are always needed and should be used whether your travel destination is the ultra-sunny Hawaii or the always-rainy Scotland. By adding an SPF moisturizer to your travel makeup kit, you can enjoy your vacation knowing that your skin will be hydrated and safe from the sun’s damaging rays. If you need to pick up an SPF moisturizer for your next trip, make sure to look for “broad spectrum” on the packaging for protection against both UVA and UVB rays!
SUBTL BEAUTY PICK: The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Face Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 provides all day quenching hydration for soft, supple skin while traveling. It also delivers UVA/UVB protection that’s invisible on all skin tones, which is revolutionary when you think about the white cast SPF products used to leave on the skin. In addition, Neutrogena promises that it’s free of fragrances, dyes, parabens, mineral oil, and oxybenzone (known to cause skin
Have you ever traveled to another country only to find that your hotel/hostel doesn’t have a mirror? Left wondering how in the world you’re going to apply your makeup since you didn’t pack a mirror, you probably vowed to never make the same mistake twice. By adding a mirror to your travel makeup kit essentials, it’s a safe bet that you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of yourself every now and then. Plus, you’ll probably need it for retouching after hitting the beach or pool.
SUBTL BEAUTY PROTIP: The Subtl Beauty Travel Makeup Mirror is the perfect palm-sized mirror to take to any destination. It’s even cleverly designed to include two mirrors: One is regular, while the other is magnifying for close-up applications. It’s honestly a traveling life savior.
This summer, you’ll likely be escaping your normal life for somewhere more sunny and topical. But with that warmer weather comes the potential for sweat and oil, which can cause your makeup to slip off your skin and/or oxidize by turning an annoying (and unsightly) shade of orange. One travel makeup kit essential that everyone needs while visiting a warm, humid locale is oil absorbing blotting tissues; they control shine for a flawless makeup look no matter the weather.
SUBTL BEAUTY PICK: The Pleasing Care Oil Blotting Sheets are made from 100% natural linen fibers with organic bamboo charcoal. Plus, the component that holds the sheets is the perfect size for your purse, pocket, or carry-on, making it a must-have travel makeup kit essential. The sheets are also known to soothe, protect, and refresh your face with every use.
Looking to pack some travel makeup kit essentials for your next vacay and not sure which products to sacrifice (AKA leave behind and maybe regret it later)? Look no further; the Subtl Stack makes sacrificing makeup when traveling a thing of the past. It can replace your entire beauty case carry-on and comes with 3.5g of formula in each layer (enough for three months of daily use!).
Want to build a stack and enjoy the portability of Subtl on your next escapade? Take the quiz here to find the products perfect for you and your skin. Need a quick beauty fix before hitting the road? You can grab one of these premade stacks. Either way, happy packing, safe travels, and remember: the Subtl Beauty Stack always has your back.