Basic Makeup Essentials for Summer Travel

It’s almost the season for jet-setting, vacations, and packing your makeup bag with basic makeup essentials for summer travel. I will be traveling a lot during the warm months, and I’m kind of a nerd about what cosmetics I need. When globetrotting, it’s all about minimal travel makeup, so, I’m going to show you what I bring and answer your basic questions like what makeup you should bring when traveling and also include some drugstore friendly options too.

Here are the basic makeup essentials you need for travel with a minimalist approach to packing your makeup bag.

I don’t know about you, but, I use to take so much makeup with me when I traveled. That was before I had kids to be honest. Now, it’s all about simplicity and having travel-friendly cosmetics that won’t break, and are dual purpose. Nothing is worse than packing your makeup bag and arriving at your destination with broken bits of your favorite eyeshadow, blush, and bronzer.

So, I’m going to share with you my favorite basic makeup essentials for summer travel, what makeup you should bring on vacation, and how to protect your cosmetics from getting ruined while in transit with the best cosmetic bags for travel. We’ve got a lot to cover my friends, let’s get started.

Summer travel makeup essentials: The Basics

1. Foundation or Tinted Moisturizer in a Squeezable Tube
2. 3 in 1 lip, cheek, and eyes
3. Bronzer
4. Black eyeliner
5. Mascara (waterproof for heat)
6. Eyebrow pencil

Travel-friendly foundation

I can’t tell you how many times my foundation has busted open during travel and left a huge disaster on my clothes and other items I packed on my suitcase. It’s not only annoying but, since the good foundation isn’t cheap, you want to make sure that you have basic makeup essentials for summer travel isn’t going to bust open. Basically, you want to avoid hard plastics and glass at all cost. Make sure that you buy a foundation that is housed in soft plastic so that it doesn’t shatter or a stick formulation.

Now that you know that, let’s talk about my favorite travel-friendly foundations that are good for most any skin type. These are all products I have tried, are perfect for travel, and won’t explode on you. Yay!

* Jouer Cosmetics Tinted Moisturizer (rated 3 EWG)
* Beautycounter Moisturizing Foundation (rated 3 Think Dirty)
* W3LL People Narcissist Foundation Stick (rated 3 Think Dirty)
* E.L.F Tinted Moisturizer (rated 8 Think Dirty)

Double duty travel makeup blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick

When vacationing, globetrotting, road tripping, or hopping on an airplane, one of my favorite basic makeup essentials for summer travel is double-duty makeup products. I am all about consolidating my makeup bag and not overcomplicating my routine. Like, less is actually more when it comes to traveling with makeup in my opinion. Plus, if you just want a simple makeup look that will work for every day, pairing down your cosmetics with products that can be your eyeshadow, your blush, and your lipstick is essential.

* E.L.F Multi-Stick (Rated 3 Think Dirty)
* Mineral Fusion 3-1 Stick (EWG certified)
* ILIA Multi-Stick (Rated 3 Think Dirty)
* NARS Sheer Pop Multiple (No rating info-sorry boo- but gorgeous product)

Waterproof summer travel makeup essentials eyeliner and mascara

When it comes to your eyeliner and mascara and the hot heat of summer, you best go with waterproof my friends. No, waterproof isn’t going to be non-toxic, sorry! But, if you’re going snorkeling or to the pool, you won’t have black circles around your eyes which is a major win. So, here are my top favorite waterproof mascara and eyeliner basic makeup essentials for summer travel.

Mascara Essentials for Travel:
* Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes (Rating 5 Think Dirty)
* Too Faced Better than Sex waterproof mascara (Rating 8 Think Dirty)
* Maybelline Full and Soft waterproof mascara (Rating 8 Think Dirty)

Eyeliner Essentials for Travel:
*Urban Decay 24/7 waterproof eyeliner (Rating 6 Think Dirty)
*Tartiest Clay Paint Liner (Rating 7 Think Dirty)
*L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Eyeliner (No rating)

Eyebrow pencil must-have travel essential

You know I’m obsessed with eyebrows. Unless you’ve had your brows microbladed, it’s essential that you bring a brow pencil to shape them. It’s such an easy product to add to your travel makeup bag because it’s small. But, the payoff is huge because brows can make or break your entire look. That always sounds so mean, but it’s true! I really only have 2 favorite eye pencil products and 1 from the drugstore that isn’t the best, but if you’re on a budget, it’s decent.

* Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Rating 5 Think Dirty)
* Benefit Cosmetics Precisely my Brow (No rating found)
* Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Eyebrow Pencil (No rating found)

How to pack makeup essentials for travel

I have an entire post with genius ways to pack your makeup for travel that have all the details you need. Protecting your makeup when traveling is a big deal, so, you have to get creative and think outside the box. Get envelopes with bubble wrap inside to store eyeshadow palettes and other powered products that could break if tossed around in your luggage. Make sure anything that could possibly spill is encased in a plastic bag.

Also, making sure you have a good makeup bag for travel is key. I like this one from Amazon. It’s sturdy, holds what you need, keeps your cosmetics safe, oh, and it’s inexpensive!

Safe travels guys! And, let me know what basic makeup essentials for summer travel you can’t live without!

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