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I love to travel, but I do not love tons of “faff” when I travel. To use a bad analogy, there’s nothing worse than packing the kitchen sink and getting to your hotel and discovering that you left the sponge at home. When I travel I try to take just the absolute essentials. That said, I’m still going to take makeup. Since I like to keep things simple when I absolutely love “everything” palettes with all the essential bits in one place. Finding a good one can be tough. Partly that’s because I’m picky, and partly because my skin is so pale as to make most makeup pretty ghoulish on me. (Finding bronzer that doesn’t make me look like I’ve had a horrible tanning bed accident is a challenge to say the least.)
So I was really intrigued when I started to see reviews for a new palette by Charlotte Tilbury that was supposedly summery, and glowing, but meant for pale skin. I usually wear foundations with colors called “alabaster” or “porcelain” (wish I was kidding). So my skin was going to be a real test of whether or not this was truly suitable for the fairer among us. The real test? Could I indeed do a full face of makeup with just this palette (plus foundation + mascara). The answer is, yes. The brilliant added bonus is I can manage it with just one brush. So read on if you’d like a super minimalistic makeup travel kit tutorial.
Just the Essentials
So for this tutorial packing light means I’m taking the bare minimum with me.
- I’ll have my regular skin care (because air travel is horror on skin) which includes a great moisturizer.
- IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, SPF 50
- The Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette Beauty Glow
- Real Techniques Blush Brush
- L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm lipstick
- Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara (I wear brown for a more natural look)
That’s it, for a whole 10 day trip. Read on to see how quick and easy makeup can be with this super minimalist kit.
5 Minutes to Done
I’m pretty serious about skincare so that routine never changes. I always include a good serum, moisturizer and some form of SPF. If you like you can add a primer but that’s a bit fiddly for travel. I frequently skip the foundation step all together. Ironically, I find as I age that I prefer less and less base product on my face and find I look far younger without foundation. However, this trip I will be outside in the African sun so SPF is important and the IT Cosmetics CC cream has great SPF without adding yet another layer to my skincare. To apply, I squeeze a bit onto my fingers, dap dots around the center of my face and anywhere I want a bit of coverage and then massage in with my hands. No sponge or brush needed here. This CC cream is extremely high coverage, which is the only thing I don’t like about it. I get a more natural, sheer finish using my fingers, and it’s one less thing to worry about when traveling. No sponge, and no foundation brush also means no cleaning. Finished with that? On to powder.
Grab that blush brush and the Beauty Glow palette. Give your cheeks and the highpoint of your forehead a go with the bronzer. One of the reasons I love this palette is the bronzer, for us fair skinned gals finding a bronzer that isn’t too dark, or too orange is a real struggle. This one is subtle and natural, you’d have to work very hard to make it look fake or overdone. There are two cheek colors in the palette. They can be used alone or together for a little added drama. I just brush a little on the apples of my cheeks in an upward motion. Start light, less is generally more with blushes. You can add highlight (included in the palette) if you like, I generally skip it, especially for non-fussy travel makeup.
That’s it, your powder is done that quick and we’re done with the brush as well.
The eyeshadows in this palette are probably it’s best feature. You get three shades, but the other shades in the palette also make great eyeshadows, the highlighter especially is great for brightening up the inner corners of your eyes or adding a spot of light in the center of your lid. But since we’re doing simple travel makeup I just pat my finger into the first shade “Brighten” and pat it all over the lid. Shade 2, called “Enhance” I pat into the crease with my finger and gently rub it back and forth to blend. For a little extra definition or drama, dab a little bit of shade 3 “Smoke” onto the outer corner.
A little mascara and I’m ready to go! It’s that simple, and that quick.
Alternatives & Suggestions
There are thousands of options out there for foundation, many of them seriously cheap. Use what works for you. I like lights sheer foundations, I’m really liking the serum foundation from the Ordinary. It does not contain SPF however, so be sure that if your foundation doesn’t have it, you use a dedicated SPF! There’s no single better way to take care of your skin. My favorite dedicated facial SPF is La Roche-Posay found here.
Other great bronzers? For lots and lots of shades for any skin tone try Bobbi Brown’s bronzer here. I wear “Golden Light.” It’s nice and buttery and easy to blend. But it’s pricey. For a great cheaper option try Physician’s formula Butter Bronzer.
I really like MAC eyeshadow duos for travel as well, and if you can’t find a complete palette that works for you these are a nice option. Mine contains Espresso and Soba for an easy, natural look that’s very finger do-able. Purchasing the pan and refills isn’t as cheap as drugstore but it’s pretty economical for the quality you get.
What are you go to hacks for traveling light or your favorite travel makeup? Share below!