I plan on doing a ton of makeup shopping in Texas, so I tried to restrain myself in the packing department! I fit everything into a relatively small cosmetics bag which is no easy feat for a makeup junkie :)
On to the goods!
Let’s start with face base products. I’m bringing my favourite primer – the Smashbox Photo Finish Light Oil-Free Foundation Primer. I have a ton of primer samples, but none of them were large enough for the week so I would have had to use a different one every few days which I worried would be a bit aggravating to my skin. For foundation I chose the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 since it provides light-medium coverage (read: more sweat-proof!) and it is my only foundation with SPF (necessary for being outside in the sun).
I am bringing two concealers, the Coastal Scents Bright Eyed Eye Brightener which I have been using under my eyes (more detail in my April Favourites) as well as the Make Up For Ever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream which I use to counteract redness/provide extra coverage where needed.
For powder I am bringing the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent and a Laura Mercier Velour Puff for application. I like to use this after my foundation/concealer has been applied in order to set my base and remove any oiliness.
My favourite types of products – cheer highlight/colour/contour! I am bringing a sample of the Benefit High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer since I have been wanting to try this out and it makes much more sense to bring a tiny tube which can be applied with the fingertips vs. a MAC Mineralize Skin Finish and contour brush. I am bringing two MAC Powder Blushes – Dame as my cool-toned pink, and Springsheen as my warm-toned coral. I may also crack and bring Frankly Scarlet which I love! NARS Laguna, my go-to bronzer is on the packing list too, and I will use MAC Fix+ to mist my face, restore dewiness, and remove any powdery appearance.
I was especially proud of the restraint I showed with eye products! I am bringing two small eye primers – the Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight and the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I have used the UD sample quite a bit and thought I may run out partway through the week. These two combined take up less space than a full-sized Primer Potion or MAC Paint Pot.
For shadow, I’m just bringing one quad – the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in 02Q Natural Smokes (swatches in image below). I plan on buying a few Wet n’ Wild palettes on my trip, so I will likely use those later in the week.
I’m packing two eyeliners – one black (Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion) and one dark brown (MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy).
My brow products will be the same as always – MAC Charcoal Brown Matte Eyeshadow applied with an Anastasia Double-ended Spooley/Angled Brush and set with E.L.F. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara.
Lastly, I am bringing my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler and two mascaras – Maybelline Full N’ Soft Mascara for daytime/less dramatic looks and L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara for nighttime/more dramatic looks. I anticipate I’ll be taking some pictures of Looks/Outfits of the Day during my trip so I wanted makeup options that would show up well on camera, in addition to products that support a more natural look.
Like my toiletry bag, my travel makeup bag is also from Forever 21 and was quite inexpensive. I love the leopard print and pink – very girly and perfect to hold makeup!
For brushes, I am going to bring my Sigma Mrs. Bunny Blue Travel Kit (haul/first impressions here) – it will be a good opportunity to try out some of the brushes in the kit that I haven’t used much.
What’s in your travel makeup bag?