I am notorious for over-packing for trips. I like to have options - translation, I have commitment issues - so you might as well stick my picture in the dictionary under "serial over-packer". Then when I see the stuff I never even touched, I think to myself that I'll change my ways. We both know old habits die hard though, so you can guess it's right back to square one for the next trip. Surprisingly, I am pretty good about sticking with the essentials when it comes to packing makeup. Maybe it's because I got this adorable new makeup bag, or maybe it's because products can be so versatile. Either way, a pair of shoes can only function as a pair of shoes, but an eye shadow palette can garner multiple looks.
Here's a peek inside my makeup bag for my most recent trip to Chicago, what I did and didn't use, and what I wish I'd brought!
Foundation - Estee Lauder Double Wear
Concealer - Revlon Color Stay
Powder - Cover FX Matte Setting Powder
Highlighter - Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
Blush - Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
Brows - Anastasia Brow Powder Duo & Clear Gel
Eyeshadow - Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
Eyeshadow Base - Nars Eyeshadow Primer
Mascara - Benefit Roller Lash
Lipgloss - Mac Lipglass
Perfume - Elizabeth and James Nirvana
Makeup Bag - Rifle Paper Co x Le Sport Sac via ModCloth
Of course I applied foundation, concealer and powder everyday for a flawless base and because I knew I was going to be taking photos. The weather was nice and cool so I didn't have to worry about it melting off of my face, which was nice! I would have changed things up if that had been the case, but thankfully I could stick with my usual routine. I dusted my highlighter and blush on each day as well to round everything out.
But after filling in my brows, I decided to forgo the eyeshadow. I brought the Naked Basics palette with me because it is such a travel-friendly option, but with our early mornings I decided a little bit more rest was worth it. Once I swiped on a few coats of mascara I was ready to go out the door. If I hadn't worn foundation at all, I would have definitely done my brows and lashes if nothing else. Always remember, brows and lashes.
I added lip gloss the first day (which was also the cooler of the two days, and most of our time was spent in and around downtown) but didn't bother with it the second day and just used lip balm instead. You really have to find what balance works for you here, depending on what activities you'll be doing and the weather. Since we spent our second day at the parks and Navy Pier, I didn't think lip gloss was terribly necessary.
Ultimately, deciding what makeup to pack for a trip is up to you and your taste. If you love rocking a full face every day then by all means do your thing! Or, if you hardly wear any makeup at all, then don't feel the need to cake on the products just for the sake of photos. Or maybe you're like me and fall somewhere in the middle, in which case you'll probably stick with most of your usual routine but make some shortcuts here and there. The moral of the story is, don't make your trip all about makeup and focus instead on all the fun you'll be having!
What makeup do you pack when you travel?
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