What’s in My Makeup Travel Bag

I am usually an over packer. It doesn’t matter what kind of trip I’m going on, a road trip or flying somewhere, I am known to over pack. I find it difficult to stick to that under 50 lbs rule for my luggage. However, on my recent trip to Montreal, I was determined to bring only the essentials. The husband and I drove to Montreal so weight limit wasn’t a problem but I still didn’t want to bring too many unnecessary items with me. I packed two makeup bags to take with me, one for actual makeup the other for the brushes.

What's in My Makeup Travel Bag // The Krystal Diaries

On past vacations, I’ve taken so much makeup it’s ridiculous. On vacation, I’m usually pretty lazy so then I find myself using very little of it or using the same lip shade every day. I’ve come to realize a ton of makeup options is really not necessary on vacation. I’d rather get ready as quickly as possible so I can go out and enjoy the day.

Here is what’s in my travel makeup bag:

What's in My Makeup Travel Bag // The Krystal Diaries

1. Primer – Urban Decay Primer Spray  & Ulta’s Fabulous Face Foundation Primer 

I like to spray the Urban Decay one on right after I wash my face. I feel like it helps lock in moisture. Then I use the Fabulous Face Foundation Primer after I’ve moisturized.

2. Foundation – MATCHCo Foundation

I’ve shared my love for this foundation before. It’s lighter coverage than my other go to, Kat Von D Lock it Tattoo Foundation, so it’s perfect for vacation. I don’t like my makeup to be too overdone.

What's in My Makeup Travel Bag // The Krystal Diaries

3. Concealer – Kat Von D Lock It Concealer, Mac Pro Longwear Concealer  & Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correct Fluid

I use the Kat Von D to cover any pimples or dark spots and I mix the Urban Decay (shade – pink) and Mac for under my eyes.

4. Setting Powder – Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Powder

My face is classic combination skin, a super oily t-zone and dry cheeks and chin. This helps set my foundation and keeps the oiliness under control.

What's in My Makeup Travel Bag // The Krystal Diaries

5. Blush – Nars Blush Palette

This has enough shade options and prevents me from bringing multiple blush options. I liked to use (lighter shade) during the day and (darker shade) at night

6. Brows – Lorac Take a Brow

I don’t think Lorac even makes this any more or it’s just really hard to find sometimes. When I noticed it was out of stock a while ago online at Sephora and Ulta, I went to Ulta and bought a bunch in the store. I like my eyebrows to look noticeable but not overdone or drawn on.

7. Mascara – Buxom

I use the waterproof one when on vacation so I don’t have to worry about raccoon eyes.

8. Lips – Kylie Cosmetics

I like to take one neutral shade and a brighter shade for night. The Kylie lip kits are perfect for vacation because I can put it on in the morning and go about my day without worrying about touching up. I leave the liners at home and just take the gloss.

9. Eye Shadow Primer  (not pictured) – Kat Von D Lock it Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer

Now truthfully, this I can probably do without. On this last trip to Montreal, I didn’t put eye shadow on once but I have on past vacations and this primer is the best because it keeps my shadow in place and there is no need for touch ups.

What's in My Makeup Travel Bag // The Krystal Diaries

10. Eye Shadow – Physicians Formula Palette

I like this palette because it’s small and has enough shades to create multiple looks.

11. Setting Spray – Urban Decay All Nighter

Last but most important, is the setting spray. It keep my makeup in place all day which is what I want when I’m out enjoying my vacation. No need to touch ups throughout the day.

What I leave home – eyeliner, bronzer, highlighter, eyelash primer, lip primer because who has time for all that when you’re trying to explore a city or lay out on the beach?

Here’s a tip – take travel size items with you if you can. I purchased the small bottles of Urban Decay primer spray and setting spray a couple years ago and kept them once they were empty. I just refill them from my full size bottles when I’m going away.



What makeup do you travel with?

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  1. I love Kat Von D! I haven’t had a chance to try out her foundation and concealer type products, but I’m dying to!

    Posted 4.10.17 Reply
  2. I’ve been looking for a new setting powder. Thanks for the great idea!

    Posted 4.10.17 Reply
  3. Connie wrote:

    That’s an awesome idea about the filling the smaller travel sizes from the full size when traveling! I’ve really been wanting to try the Urban Decay color correcting fluid.

    Posted 4.11.17 Reply
  4. Kristina wrote:

    This is great to have and helpful so I know what to pack in my makeup bag when we go to Cancun in 2 months!! I’ll be packing lip gloss, mascara, eye shadow, foundation, makeup brush, and my primer. Also my face wash, toner and makeup removing wipes.

    Posted 4.11.17 Reply
  5. All solid, high quality picks! Love the Nars products – my go-tos!

    Posted 4.11.17 Reply
  6. chelseajacobs wrote:

    That setting spray is a must when traveling!

    Posted 4.11.17 Reply
  7. Kiley wrote:

    I love the products you use! I am a huge fan of NARS (especially their orgasm blush)! I will have to try that BUXOM mascara!

    Posted 4.11.17 Reply
  8. Kelly wrote:

    I keep makeup to a minimum when I travel. The Physician’s Formula Palette is fabulous; my favorite colors. Setting Spray is a must too.

    Posted 4.11.17 Reply
  9. robin masshole mommy wrote:

    I don’t really wear makeup, but when I travel, I always keep beauty products to a minimum. Less is more for me sometimes 🙂

    Posted 4.11.17 Reply
  10. I’m a mascara and lipstick girl on an everyday base, when travel it’s usually lipgloss and nothing else! It’s good to know what you want to bring and not over pack though!

    Posted 4.11.17 Reply
  11. It’s SO hard to condense your daily routine into a travel friendly version. I am trying to figure what I want to take on my honeymoon and I know i want to go for light and glowy but I am such a full glam type of person.

    La Belle Sirene 

    Posted 4.11.17 Reply
  12. thehealthfulideas wrote:

    I love MAC’s pro longwear concealer! Can’t be without it!

    Posted 4.11.17 Reply
  13. Jeanine wrote:

    This is good to know when on a trip so you can make sure all is packed and ready to go. Don’t want to be without an item and have to go shopping to it while on a trip!

    Posted 4.11.17 Reply
  14. You got quite a fabulous collection of different brands here… including many I’ve been meaning to try, but haven’t yet. Thanks for the suggestions. I’m pinning for later.

    Posted 4.11.17 Reply
  15. Kim wrote:

    Some of these products are must haves! I love a great moisturizer when I’m traveling. It keeps me hydrated.

    Posted 4.12.17 Reply
  16. You have some good products in your purse.
    I like the choice of color shades.

    Posted 4.12.17 Reply
  17. reesann723 wrote:

    These are some nice products! My travel makeup differs too as I don’t like to take everything with me on the road.

    Posted 4.12.17 Reply
  18. I don’t have much in my make up bag because I just don’t have patience. I have an under-eye baggy hider, bronzer, eyeliner, mascara and blush. BOOM – that’s all I need!

    Posted 4.12.17 Reply
  19. My make-up bag usually contains the lipsticks I’m going to use on the trip plus my eyeliner. I don’t like bringing a lot especially when it’s out of the country.

    Posted 4.12.17 Reply
  20. Olubukonla wrote:

    I probably have just 4 items in my makeup purse; powder, eyeliner, mascara and lip balm.. having more than this means I am probably going to party all through. Great post and brands

    Posted 4.12.17 Reply
  21. I don’t wear that much makeup anymore, but my daughter does. I swear that her makeup bag and yours look a lot alike. I think you not only carry the same shades but the same brands as well.

    Posted 4.12.17 Reply
  22. I try not to overpack my makeup bag, but sometimes it does get out of control. If I have any sample sizes of products I usually toss those in there to save space or pick smaller, multitasking palettes.

    Posted 4.12.17 Reply
  23. I feel like I need to make a separate make-up bag for travel! We go on so many weekend trips and I find that moving things from my at-home one to my travel-one can get tedious and I often forget something at home!

    Posted 4.12.17 Reply
  24. I’m loving that Nars palette. My biggest problem is deciding on which lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes to bring. I’ve also found that having travel brushes helps cut down on the clutter.

    Posted 4.12.17 Reply
  25. Shannon wrote:

    I LOVE those eyeshadows! They are SO pretty!! 🙂

    Posted 4.12.17 Reply
  26. Love the nude shades. Great for everyday wear. I don’t wear a lot of make up except highlight the eyes

    Posted 4.12.17 Reply
  27. Adrienne wrote:

    Good tips. I’m a notorious over packer too. I love the NARS blush paletter

    Posted 4.12.17 Reply
  28. Danasia wrote:

    Kat Von Dee’s products are so good. I’m also a huge fan of NARS. I haven’t even begun to think about what makeup I’m packing for my trip next month!

    Posted 4.12.17 Reply
  29. Krista Bel wrote:

    This was such a cute post. I love the eye shadow palette and the Kylie lipstick

    Posted 4.13.17 Reply
  30. I keep a make up bag. But I do not wear all the time. And It is not a full face. I love this great read.

    Posted 4.13.17 Reply
  31. Fun Post! I always use my travel size items i receive in my Ipsy bag for travel! I really need to try out Kat Von D!

    Posted 4.13.17 Reply
  32. Sarah wrote:

    You have some great things in your bag! I would love to try that Ulta Fabulous Face!

    Posted 4.13.17 Reply
  33. Heather wrote:

    I usually have a makeup travel bag handy so I don’t have to think about repacking it when we travel. It’s also great to have on hand for when I’m rushed out the door but my husband is driving. I’m always putting on makeup in the car!

    Posted 4.13.17 Reply
  34. Lindsay wrote:

    I love that Physicians Formula Naked Pallet — affordable and gorgeous! I’m definitely a simple girl when I pack — I like to have lots of room in my luggage to bring new things back ;).

    Posted 4.13.17 Reply
  35. Amber N wrote:

    I try to keep it pretty minimal for when I travel. This looks like a great way to travel for sure!

    Posted 4.13.17 Reply
  36. I’m always over packing too but these are great products. And I love the idea of keeping and refilling the travel size bottles.

    Posted 4.13.17 Reply
  37. Lux G. wrote:

    Must haves! Love the palette. These are versatile products indeed.

    Posted 4.13.17 Reply
  38. Oooooo so many awesome suggestions! I have been all about the Kylie lip kits for awhile now. Hate the kardashians, but omg… those lip kits are on point!

    Posted 4.14.17 Reply
  39. VERY curious about the KAT VON DEE lock-it concealer! My under-eye bags are just…. THERE – no matter how much under eye stuff I put on. Would you rec Kat Von Dee for that or the Urban Decay?

    Posted 4.16.17 Reply
    • Krystal wrote:

      I’d recommend the urban decay for under the eyes. The Kat Von D concealer is a little thick & creases if I use it under my eyes.

      Posted 4.17.17 Reply
  40. nisha wrote:

    I do not know much about make ups. lipstick and eyeliner are two items I always keep. Thanks for sharing it. I hope one day I will learn this art of make up .


    Posted 4.18.17 Reply
  41. Great List! I love makeup so much its sad. LOL I really want to try kylie lipsticks I’ve heard nothing but good things!! 🙂


    Posted 10.22.17 Reply
    • Krystal wrote:

      I highly recommend trying them! I’m a fan of the velvets now they’re less drying than the mattes.

      Posted 10.23.17 Reply

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