As you read this post I’m in Edinburgh, on a mini city break for Connor’s birthday, hopefully not half frozen! We’re here for three days and it seemed like the perfect excuse to show you the contents of my makeup bag, a more minimal selection than if I was away for longer, but still a functional makeup bag with a full face of slap!
When it comes to packing my makeup for any trip, I try to stick to three simple rules:
- Pack practical packaging. Leave behind heavy glass bottles, soft powders prone to shattering and bulky packaging. Opt for foundations in plastic tube, compact palettes + pick brushes that multitask.
- You don’t need as many options as you think. I used to be guilty of packing multiple options for every product, even for a three or four day trip. Now I pack one foundation, one concealer, one blush, one palette and maybe two lip options.
- Pack while you use. When I pack my makeup bag, I do it whilst I put my makeup on. This is helpful for two reasons, one because I’m less likely to forget anything, and two because I’m more likely to just pack exactly what I need!
So without any further ado, let me show you what I packed!
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Gel: This is my go to base for travel, the packaging is lightweight and unlikely to break, and the product is a natural looking tinted moisturiser that can be built up for more coverage if you need it. It’s lightweight on the skin and really comfortable to wear all day, and it never looks like you’re wearing too much makeup.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer: Another travel go to, this works great for both under eyes and blemishes or redness, so you don’t need to pack multiple products, it’s super high coverage and will disguise anything, and it’s compact too.
Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk: A one stop cheek product, this pretty dusky colour can be patted in with the fingers and it adds a lot of dimension to the cheeks. It’s easy to apply on the go, even without a mirror, and I find when I use this as a blush I don’t need contour or bronzer!
Rimmel Insta Matte Powder: A cheap and cheerful drugstore gem, this translucent powder is super lightweight, just taking the edge off any shine to the skin. The packaging is quite sturdy (much more so than it’s sister product the Stay Matte powder) and if this were to get damaged in transit I wouldn’t be super cut up about it.
Anastasia Brow Wiz: The easiest brow product ever, I love the fine tip on this, it’s so precise, the colour match is great + it comes with a built in spoolie. It’s also a pretty tiny product so it won’t take up much room in my makeup bag!
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette: My ultimate travel eyeshadow palette! It’s dinky and compact, got six easy to wear + blend shades, and you can create everything from a natural daytime look to something dark and smoky. I’ve hit pan majorly on the lightest shade in the palette now – I use it so much!
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper: I could have left this out but since my hair’s been darker I’ve been loving wearing winged liner again. This is the only liquid liner I own, it’s precise, wears all day + easy to apply.
Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara: My current mascara in rotation, this product gives defined fluttery lashes, and can be built up for more dramatic volume. I tend to just pack whatever mascara I’m using at the time, and at the moment it just happens to be this!
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Pillow Talk and Love Liberty: I like to have two lip options and these are usually what vary the most. I love the formula of these lipsticks, they’ve got a long wearing matte formula but they’re incredibly comfortable on the lips. Pillow Talk is my favourite everyday nude, and Love Liberty is a gorgeous deep berry shade.
Beauty Blender: My favourite multipurpose tool, I use this to apply base + concealer, blend out blush if I’ve gone in too heavy, and I use it to refresh my makeup throughout the day.
MAC 217 Brush: The ultimate eyeshadow blending brush. If you only have one eyeshadow brush let it be this one!
Real Techniques Mini Contour Brush: This dinky little duofibre brush is perfect for powdering on the go. It’s precise, doesn’t pick up too much product and doesn’t take up too much room in your bag either!
So there you have it! Written down it looks like a lot but for me it’s pretty paired back!
What are your city break makeup essentials?