Beauty, Makeup

What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag

Raise your hand if you’re a makeup addict like me.

I’ll be the first to admit, I have a problem with makeup. I always want to try the newest products even though I probably have three products that do the same thing. I love to travel, but I seem to struggle with what to pack in my makeup bag. In this post I’m going to share with you my top makeup products you need in your travel bag – both high end and drugstore versions.

Foundation & Concealer

I have personally found that if I am only going away for a day or two, a stick foundation is definitely an essential for me. Foundation sticks are great because you can apply a lot or a little in exactly the area you want it. There are full coverage formulas that can double as your concealer for your under eye area. I usually blend out my foundation with a brush or sponge. I will link my favorites down below. You may have already heard me say that I have very dry skin, especially in the winer. Most of the products I am going to link are geared towards dry skin, but almost all have another version for normal/oily skin types.

Tarte Clay Stick Foundation

I love Tarte. Their products are made with more natural ingredients than a lot of high end brands. I have purchased many of their products and have zero complaints about any of them. This foundation stick creates a medium to full coverage, natural look. It never feels like I have makeup on when I wear this foundation. The Clay Stick comes in twelve different shades and lasts up to twelve hours!

Purchase Tarte Clay Stick Foundation HERE

NYX Mineral Stick Foundation

For being labeled a drugstore brand, I think NYX Professional Makeup has some fantastic products! The Mineral Stick Foundation is actually the first stick formula I had ever bought. It goes on the skin and blends very well. NYX offers fifteen shades and buildable coverage although I would say it can only become a medium coverage. I also buy shades darker than my skin tone to use for cream contouring!

Purchase NYX Mineral Stick Foundation HERE

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Concealer

I’m guessing some of you have heard of this before. It has become the holy grail of concealers. It is definitely long wearing and does not crease. If you want to splurge on something, try this concealer.

Purchase Tarte Shape Tape Concealer HERE

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Pretty much the same reputation as Shape Tape in the drugstore world! This is a great concealer for every day use.

Purchase Maybelline Fit Me Concealer HERE

Blush, Bronzer & Highlighter

I have a slight obsession with makeup palettes. It doesn’t matter if they’re eyeshadow, lip or blush. Palettes are also perfect for travel because they usually contain combinations of eyeshadow, bronzer and blush. And to be honest, for quick getaways Ioften use my bronzer for eye shadow anyway!

Tarte Swamp Queen Palette

Chances are if you are a follower of beauty gurus on YouTube, you have heard of the Swamp Queen aka Grav3yard Girl. Her fans also call her Bunny. She collaborated with Tarte to make a multi-purpose palette with I absolutely love! It has 9 eyeshadows, a bronzer, blush and highlighter. It even comes with an eye brush. It is listed as limited edition, but you can still purchase it from Tarte’s website HERE. 


Maybelline The City Kit

These eye and face kits are a new product from Maybelline. The kits contain 8 eyeshadows, a blush and a highlighter. The perfect option to pack in your travel makeup bag! Right now there are only two color choices, but I’m sure more are on the way. Get yours HERE


Milani Baked Bronzer

I LOVE Milani products! Sometimes the brand can be hard to find, but I think they usually carry it at CVS Pharmacy and now I see it at my Ulta store. The colors are beautiful and I think they stay on really well. I use this bronzer for eye shadow in a pinch quite often. The three colors will match up with just about anyone’s skin tone. You can find Milani Baked Bronzer HERE.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

To me, Becca Cosmetics highlighters are what put them on the map. The formula and colors are absolutely perfect. Maybe that’s where the name comes from – HA! Becca highlighters come in several formulas including pressed (powder), poured (cream) and liquid. There are multiple shades that are great matches for every skin tone. The price point may be a bit high end, but it is definitely worth it in my opinion! See all the beautiful color options HERE.

Flower Pots Powder Blush

The blush from the brand Flower Beauty is a steal at $10. Flower Beauty is the cosmetics line by actress Drew Barrymore. I find the brand at Walmart but I’m not sure if that is the only place. The formula is a soft, satin finish that blends very well. You can also build the coverage for a more intense look.  Purchase Flower Pots Blush HERE.


I have so many brushes it is borderline a problem. LOL. But when I travel, I try to use as many for multiple purposes as I can. Many of my favorite brushes are from EcoTools, which you can find at stores like Target and Ulta Beauty. They have some amazing brush kits as well that give you a great start to building a brush collection. I’m going to link a few of my favorites here for you.

EcoTools 6 Piece Starter Set

Powder/Blush, Concealer, Full Shadow, Spoolie and Angled Liner

Purchase EcoTools 6 Piece Starter HERE


Confidence In Bloom Beauty Kit

This brush collection is new from EcoTools and is definitely worth purchasing! You get all these brush:es:

  • Airbrush Complexion
  • Classic Concealer
  • Full Setting
  • Precision Powder
  • Precision Shadow
  • Blurring Shadow
  • Micro Smudge
  • Flat Liner
  • Storage Tray


This collection is perfect for daily use and travel as well. Purchase the Confidence In Bloom Beauty Kit HERE. I also want to encourage you to check out the EcoTools website. I am not an affiliate or anything, but I love what the brand stands for. The #MyTrueBeauty campaign has a beautiful mission statement and is all about empowering women and giving back. You can read more about it and The Girl Project on their website.

EcoTools Website

I hope by sharing here what’s in my travel makeup bag I have helped some of you find some new products you’ll love! Share  in the comments what’s in your makeup bag you think I should try. 🙂

3 thoughts on “What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag”

  1. Love this post! I’m a makeup addict too and I’m the first to admit I have about 10 lip colours that are the exact same colour. Bringing foundation sticks is a good idea, I always end up breaking bottles. It would be fab if you could check out my blog xxx

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