What To Pack :: My Makeup Bag

I learned a long time ago that the best way to pack makeup on the go is to pack YOUR makeup on the go. With so many sample sizes of premium products these days, you can almost recreate your entire collection in miniature! I traveled with one small bag and a few choice brushes, and never felt like I was compromising during the two weeks I was gone. While I do have to make a few substitutions to my usual products, I built a really great little travel set that I'm sharing with you today.


The Products:


The Brushes: 

  • Blush Brush
  • Highlight Brush
  • Large & Small Flat Shadow Brush
  • Two Standard Shadow Brushes
  • Crease Brush
  • Fluffy Blending Brush
  • Angled Liner Brush
  • Small Fluffy Setting Powder Brush (not pictured)

Traveling with good products meant that I felt more myself when I got ready each day. It took a little time and legwork to put together the perfect small travel set, but at the end of the day I was glad to have quality products as close to what I use at home as possible. There were actually only a few substitutes! I usually use Kat Von D's Lock It Foundation, but it's a pump style package with no lid which made it too messy to travel with. I usually use her Lock It powder as well, but the Laura Mercier was so tiny and cute, so it was easier to throw in my bag than the big pot since the KVD powder hasn't been made in a smaller size.

I also like to buy the smaller versions of palettes I love for travel purposes (or to throw into a makeup bag in my purse). I own the larger Full Exposure palette from Smashbox, so I bought this one for travel. I also recommend the Tarte Tartelette Tease palette and the Naked Basics, both of which have a great range of looks they can make. 

What are some of your favorite travel makeup tips?