What's In My Business Travel Makeup Bag?

I'm not usually one to toot my own horn but I'm pretty pleased with my ability to not overpack makeup for travel. When I was younger I would often bring several options "just in case" I needed something - only to not use half the things I brought. Last week I spent three quick nights in California for a work trip and this is all the makeup I brought with me. Even in this spread, there were a couple of things that could have been left behind at home.

When I pack for travel, I look for products that are small in size that have sturdy, functional packaging. I don't necessarily bring all my favorites but I'll more likely than not pack stuff that I know I like. Long lasting products have a special place in my heart everyday but especially when I'm traveling for work. Knowing that I would be in lots of meetings, I didn't want to test a new foundation that could potentially break out my skin or slip off my face after a few hours.

For my base, I packed a sample of the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer which I've used before - it's fine but not worth the price for me. Of course I needed my Tarte Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector, to minimize my dark circles. I decanted a few pumps of my favorite Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation into a small glass jar which used to house a Tata Harper sample. I still love this foundation due to its feather-light finish and natural skin look. The glass packaging makes it hard to travel with so I highly recommend saving the little jars that skincare samples come in (or just use an old contact lens case). I don't love the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder (it leaves a slight white cast) but it gets the job done and the packaging is ultra compact so I travel with this quite often. To finish off my base, I contour and add warmth to my skin with Benefit's Hoola Bronzer. Pretty much every makeup product is more appealing in miniature so I really adore this teeny Hoola. Clinique's Cheek Pop in Nude Pop is an amazing blush that goes with everything and I don't have to worry about overdoing my blush with this shade. There's shimmer in the blush, but not in a frosty way, so I didn't pack a highlighter.

My Mac customizable eyeshadow quad is one of my go-to travel picks because it's such compact and easy. This time I brought along All That Glitters, Sable, Wedge and Carbonized (LE). After applying Lorac's Behind the Scenes Eye Primer all over my eyelid, I blended Wedge in the crease. Then I apply All That Glitters from the inner corner to the middle of my eyelid and Sable from the middle to the outer portion of my lid. I set my Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Eyeliner in Dark Chocolate with Carbonized eyeshadow and this combo lasted an impressive 14+ hours. I knew there was a good chance I wouldn't have time to bother with powder eyeshadow one day so I packed Chanel's Illusion D'ombre in Mirage which looks really good on it's own all over the lid.

My eyelash combo hasn't changed in years - crimping my lashes with Shiseido's Lash Curler followed by a few coats of L'Oreal's Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara. For my brows I brought my handy Pony Effect Brow Definer in Deep Brown (on my very last millimeter of this brow pencil) and the Surratt Expressioniste Brow Pomade.

For lips I had my Dior Baume de Rose for daytime (and lanolin for night time before bed) but I also brought the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rosewood Shimmer. I recently rediscovered is one of my favorite nude lipglosses - it's so easy to wear, smells amazing and a single tube lasts forever. I also packed one of my new mini luxury lippies - Tom Ford's Lip Color in Indian Rose. It's a beautiful neutral pink that is very office appropriate but I didn't reach for it during my trip so I definitely could have left the lipstick at home.

My Muji makeup bag is still my travel bag of choice because it makes organizing my makeup incredibly easy. I also love the makeup brush compartment. For once, I brought a couple of my pricey Japanese-made brushes because what's the point of having nice things if I don't use 'em right? I brought my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to spread foundation all over my face and I dabbed the Beauty Blender over everything to ensure my base was all blended and non-cakey. I also brought an It Cosmetics Powder Brush, the Chikuhodo T-4 for bronzer, Wayne Goss 14 brush for blush and a handful of eye brushes.

I actually really enjoy packing for travel (unpacking is a different story) but lately I find that I'm consistently going back to certain makeup products that just get the job done when I don't want to spend a lot of time getting ready. I don't have any travel plans until October (I'll be heading to Asia for two weeks!) and actually quite looking forward to not going anywhere for a few months.

I'm incredibly nosey and love to see what beauty products other people pack for their travels. Are there any makeup products you always travel with? Do you just bring everything in your daily rotation? How many "what if" options do you allow yourself when packing for a short trip?


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