Whether I’m off on holiday, visiting my family or going away for the weekend I always seem to ditch my usual makeup routine and go for something a bit quicker and easier. I used to take pretty much my whole makeup collection with me wherever I went, but I’ve learnt that if you choose carefully you can get away with using a handful of products and still scrub up not too badly. Obviously there are a few other things I take with me (like mascara, lip balm, liquid eyeliner) but these are my top 5 products which are essential for easy holiday makeup.
HD Brows Palette
I know I’m a little more preoccupied with eyebrows than the average sane person, but I honestly think filling in your eyebrows makes your face look much more ‘finished’, even if you’re not wearing much other makeup. For holiday eyebrows, I tend to fill them in a little more lightly than usual to give a more natural look. The HD Brows palette is great as it has four different shades (which also double up as eyeshadow), an angled brush which fits inside the case and a relatively big mirror, which makes it ideal for travelling.
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream
If the rest of my makeup is pretty natural, it looks a bit ridiculous if my skin has a heavy foundation on it. A tinted moisturiser or BB cream is great for travel makeup as it doubles up as both a moisturiser and a foundation (of sorts) and leaves you with an evened out, but still natural looking, complexion. Just make sure you have a good concealer and you’re good to go! The main problem I have with this product, however, is that it’s slightly too dark for my skin – although this shouldn’t be a problem if you’ve got a holiday tan!
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
If I’m not wearing my usual black cat-eye liner then long, curled lashes are important to make me look wide-awake and like I’ve at least put some sort of effort into getting ready. I bought these Shu Uemura curlers a few months ago and I love them, they give a huge curl without ending up looking unnatural. Make sure to use a good mascara afterwards to hold the curl – I’m still loving Benefit They’re Real at the moment.
Benefit Girl Meets Pearl
For me, a highlighter is essential for relaxed, summery makeup. My favourite at the moment is Girl Meets Pearl as it’s a gorgeous rosy gold colour which blends in really well with my skin to leave a healthy looking glow. I use it along the top of my cheekbones and a little bit on my browbone too. This miniature size came with the Porefessionally Pretty set and it’s the perfect size for a travel makeup bag.
No7 Amazing Eyes Pencil
This is a really nice creamy pencil but the main reason I love it is because of the smudger brush, rather than the eyeliner itself. The eyeliner is really soft and blendable and looks really nice smudged out with the brush that’s attached. The fact that it’s both a liner and a brush is perfect for travelling and it makes it really quick and easy to do lazy eye makeup. Rather than using my favourite liquid eyeliner for a cat-eye flick, this gives a lovely smokey eye with minimum effort
What are your favourite travel makeup products?