When it comes to beauty habits, nothing throws a wrench in them quite like an upcoming trip. From fitting all our essentials into a Ziploc bag to wrestling with unfamiliar climates, the last thing you want is for your makeup routine to damper your dream vacation. To help get our makeup bags in top shape before taking off this summer, we turned to frequent flier, former travel magazine editor, and Birchbox‘s Editorial Director, Mollie Chen, for her tips on thwarting those pesky beauty product pitfalls.
“My favorite beauty item changes depending on where I’m going,” says Mollie. “Exfoliators are key on longer trips — your skin gets dull pretty quickly and plain old cleanser won’t freshen it up. Look for dry, powder-based ones, so you don’t have to deal with another liquid product. I also don’t go anywhere without blush, and sometimes even bring two.
“I love multitasking anything. Look for essential oil blends that you can use on your face and body (and even hair, in some cases) and cream colors that work on both lips and cheeks.
“I also hate packing brushes so I often go for products that can be applied with fingertips. It’s vacation—who wants to sit in front of a mirror blending their eyeshadow?”
“Since makeup melts right off in the heat, I’m swapping my tinted moisturizer for an all-in-one BB Cream with SPF. It covers just enough to make me feel put together, but doesn’t feel heavy. I also love bright lips and a bare face. Lately, I’ve been wearing tomato-hued red-oranges instead of my usual hot pink.”
“Forgetting that crucial product that makes you feel put together, and either having to go without it or splurge to buy it. Think about those essentials that you use on a daily basis and make sure to pack those first.”
“I’ve become queen of the TSA-friendly beauty kit. First off, ditch the Ziploc and find a sturdy, clear makeup bag that you can take through security. Make sure your bottles are securely closed, and if they’re not, use tape to keep them shut.
“Avoid bringing full-size anything unless it’s something you absolutely cannot live without. Once you scoot through security, take out the liquid products you’ll want during the flight (facial mist, hand cream, lip balm), and stash them in your purse.”
“Snacks! Bring a mix of healthy and unhealthy stuff that will keep you happy during the flight. You have no idea how many times I’ve been saved by a bag of animal crackers,” says Mollie.
And, last but not least: “Look for locally made beauty products when you’re traveling. I’ve picked up amazing olive oil soap in Greece, sunburn-curing kukui nut oil in Hawaii, and the most amazing European pharmacy brands in Paris. For those, I might even break my no checking bags rule!”
Looking for more ways to sure up your makeup bag before jet-setting this summer? No worries — we’ve got more road trip fun planned with Birchbox later this month!
What beauty travel tips do you have up your sleeve?