I've talked about it before, but I travel *extremely* light when I'm on work trips. At most, I'm spending 2 nights away from home, and so far I've been successful at squeezing everything I'll need for work (plus workout clothes) into this suitcase. Mine is a couple of years older than this version and looking at a couple of the new zipper styles, I'm pretty tempted to pick up another one (and at only $80?!) because I use it so much!
One key to traveling so much is sticking to routines - it helps with time management and also is space-saving. And one big area I've made huge strides in is my morning makeup routine. Here's what I'm taking with me on all trips now:
Make Up For Ever Step 1 Base Hydrating Primer - I always start with face lotion, but I don't actually bring any with me! I have really easy-going skin so I just use whatever is available in the hotel room. Then this goes on top of that lotion to ensure I'm going to get all-day lasting makeup.
Benefit Cosmetics Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in "Cheers to Me" Champagne - This follows the primer, and I couldn't love this foundation any more than I do. It goes on super light but lasts all day and does a great job evening out my skin. I used to be MAC loyal for all things face, but switching to this has been a great change for my skin and my everyday makeup.
MAC Studio Fix Powder + Foundation in NC25 - Next up is powder, and I've been using this one for years and years without a single complaint. I change colors seasonally based on how much sun I'm getting!
Make Up For Ever Pro>Sculpting Duo in Pink Beige - I'm not a huge contour person, but I do love a little bit of cheek definition, and I rely on the darker shade of this set for that. I also brush a tiny bit of highlighter down the bridge of my nose and on top of my cheeks once I've put on blush. I also use each color as eye shadow when I'm on the go - works great!
NARS Blush in Orgasm - I think this is a favorite of lots of people besides me, and so I finally picked it up to try it, and I completely fell in love. It's the perfect blend of pink & peach and goes on smoothly.
Anastasia DipBrow Pomade in Taupe - I have blonde eyelashes and eyebrows, so this is the first thing I do once I finish the base layer of my face. It helps to start by framing my eyes before I do any eye makeup, and this, plus brush #14, make it super easy to put on and blend in every day.
Anastasia Brow Brush #14 - I really believe this brush is a must have if you are working on your brows. The width is perfect for my eyebrow width so I can turn it both ways and fill in the brow super easily.
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly - Next I toss this onto my eyelid. Typically I just use my finger as I don't have a brush specifically for this when I'm on the road. But the slight difference in color from my natural skin is enough to look like a light shadow and it also helps hold on the bronzer & highlighter I use as shadow for a creaseless day.
Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara in Black - Mascara is a must right now, although I am getting new lash extensions later this week! As I mentioned before, my eyelashes are short and practically blonde, so having fake lashes or a good mascara saves the day. I like how well this one stays on but how easy it is to take off with simple eye makeup remover wipes, which I take with me on the road for nighttime.
Sephora Face The Day Brush Kit - This brush kit is pretty basic, but works great for on the road. A brush for powder, I share the same brush for bronzer & blush, and then an eye shadow brush for me to use in the bronzer & highlighter duo on the eyes. Easy peasy and in a nice easy pouch which lives permanently in my luggage.
And when I'm all done, this is what I look like:
Just kidding. But really, isn't this the best snapchat filter right now? I seriously can't get enough of it. Here's what I really l look like after doing makeup on the road:
Nothing fancy, but works well for a day of meetings - or in this case, a night out with Travis, when I used the exact same makeup bag! As you can maybe tell on some of the products, I'm running low on a few things - let me know in the comments your favorite products and maybe I'll try something new this time around!!