Minimalist Travel Makeup Packing List for Travelers

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Are you looking for the best travel makeup packing list? In this post, we have outlined the most practical products you can bring on your next adventure!

In this post, I would like to show you guys what I have in my minimalist travel makeup packing list.

As I’ve mentioned before in my minimalist packing list, I’ve traveled to two continents, six countries, and on two different extreme seasons for three months with just my 35L carry on backpack that weighed 15kgs.

I certainly lived a very minimal lifestyle throughout that whole journey, and for that amount of space, there are not much luxuries in life you can bring with you. Downsizing my whole daily life to just one backpack is indeed a challenging task, but proven as it was, it was absolutely possible.

As a digital nomad and a full-time traveler, a 35L carry on won’t be enough, especially for the fact that I am traveling with my “office,” as well.

Nowadays, I travel full time with one medium-sized hard case suitcase, which I check-in and one cabin-sized laptop backpack – the whole thing combined is about 25kgs, including all my gadgets and work-related things.

That said, I’m telling you all of this because I would like to let you know that although I’ve downsized drastically and is living a minimalistic lifestyle, it doesn’t mean that I’ve forgotten how to make myself feel and look good.

When it comes to beauty, I’m a firm believer in going au Naturelle, but I also think that a little bit of light coverage doesn’t hurt, especially if friends invited me for a Nice dinner at a fancy restaurant or a night out.

So, with no further ado, here’s my minimal travel makeup packing list that fits in a small travel makeup bag. I take all of these with me all over the world and use them occasionally and when needed… After all, we all do get sleepless nights from time to time and need a tad bit of concealer every now and then.

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Beauty reminder tip

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of this before, but there was a study comparing different country’s beauty and makeup culture and ladies from the Nordic countries such as Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Demark wear minimal makeup because they embrace their natural beauty.

The same story applies to ladies who are from France. They are very confident of their skin and don’t want to cover it much with makeup. There is really no secret to this, to be honest, all of these ladies have one thing in common, and that is the fact they firmly believe that eating healthy and taking good care of your skin results in glowing skin.

I believe in this myself and that if you take all the proper care like making sure to cleanse your face properly, put on a good moisturizer, eat a balanced diet, and exercise regularly will certainly result in clearer skin.

This is what brings us to our next topic.

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Should I wear makeup while traveling?

This absolutely depends on the individual! Do you have some makeup you can’t live without? Bring it and wear it. There’s no correct answer to this question, and only you could decide what to bring or not to bring with you.

As you read further, you’ll soon realize that I personally don’t bring much with me, yet I use all of them on a weekly basis. So, I definitely wear makeup while traveling because it doesn’t hurt to feel our best, even in the roughest areas of the world!

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Travel makeup packing tips

I personally have a small makeup bag in which I can fit all of my cosmetics in snuggly (meaning, there’s only enough space for what I have). I also leave it in my check-in luggage and go bare whenever I’m flying long haul or in transit.
Here are my main tips when it comes to bringing your makeup for travel:

  • Choose your products wisely – make sure that the bottles and cases are durable, so they don’t break inside your bag
  • Choose creams over powders – I’ve heard a lot of horror stories of pressed powders breaking inside people’s luggage, and I don’t think you’d like to be in the same situation as them
  • Choose long-lasting products that can withstand season changes – if you’re traveling regardless of how long it is (short, long, or full-time travel), and it is always smarter to find products that will last you the whole day with minimal retouch. I always go after waterproof products, and they’ve been working incredibly for me
  • Choose products you can use for different purposes – I’m a big fan of lip and cheek tints, red and pink lipsticks that can double as blush, and eyebrow pencils that can double as eyeliners
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Top tips when you travel with makeup

  • Less is more – don’t bring too much! Bring only what you know you’ll use, or else you’ll just end up throwing it away when you decide that they have no place in your luggage anymore.
  • Pack them snug and tight – doing this, it is less likely for the cosmetics them to move around and hit each other
  • Read the storing instructions – not all makeup is made the same. Some of them are sensitive to heat, and that should be addressed accordingly, or else you’ll spoil it
  • Be aware of the expiration date – I think all girls are guilty of this! When you’re traveling, you tend to forget about this, and if you’re traveling for long or is traveling full-time, it is important to keep an eye on this, or else you’re asking for a good breakout!
  • Keep them organized – I am a firm believer of packing cubes, toiletry bags, cord organizers, wallet organizer, and of course, as you probably know where I’m heading at – I keep my minimalist travel makeup in a handy dandy makeup bag
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Minimalist Travel Makeup Packing List for Travelers

Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream SPF 40

I rarely use foundation when I travel, especially living here in Chiang Mai, Thailand, it can get really humid, so there’s really no point in wearing it.

However, I do have tinted moisturizer in my travel makeup kit at all times because, as the founder of a travel media publishing website, I do go to meetups and meetings from time to time that requires me to dress and appear presentable.

I’m a big fan of BB creams as they make my life so much easier. It is a tinted moisturizer with SPF to protect your skin – three things in one product! I call that a win.

It is also a good light foundation when I go out with friends, and I want to feel a little “dressed up” than usual.


Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

I’m a big fan of the Fit Me range from Maybelline, and when I first got my concealer, I was amazed how much coverage it does without as if I have something heavy on my face.

I got my concealer when I was visiting my family in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and the sales lady gave me a two shades lighter concealer and told me that this concealer is so good because even if I get tan, it will still blend in with my skin color.

She’s absolutely right about that! Since my visit to the UAE, I’ve gone at least four shades darker, and I am still using the same concealer, and it still does give the same coverage without it looking to light on my skin.

Anyways, I could live without a foundation, but I certainly always have a concealer in my travel makeup bag because it is my only salvation on long days and sleepless nights.

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Japanese Drugstore Waterproof Black Mascara

When I was in Tokyo, Japan early this year, my friends wanted to do a makeup haul and buy some for their friends and family back home in the Philippines, and I just went on with it.

One of my friends recommended this Japanese drugstore mascara brand as he said his sister really loved it so much.

The mascara is really, really good! I wear it every day, and since it is a waterproof mascara, I’ve gone to waterfalls and went swimming with it, and it never smudged.

Again, on most days I go out without makeup and could just go on with just my lip balm, however, on the weekends when I know I’ll be meeting friends or head out for socializing then I put a little bit more effort and add a little concealer here and there.

This is also perfect at that time of the month when I’m breaking out a little bit and would like to conceal them little buggers.


Waterproof Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Pencil Eyeliner in Black

As I’ve mentioned above, I do like waterproof makeup products as they last longer, and I rarely need to retouch.

Again, when I was in Japan, I bought this awesome waterproof eyeliner, which I’ve been so in love with because it is so breezy to apply, and it comes with a smudging tool at the end, so you can have that “smokey” look if you feel like it.

I’ve worn this and fell off a waterfall when I went on a day trip with my friends, and it stayed on strong.

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Bodyshop Lip and Cheek Tint

I’ve been using Bodyshop’s lip and cheek tint for as long as I remember (since I was a teenager even!) and has always had it in my travel makeup kit.

This is also one of the makeup I wear on a daily basis as it legit takes only seconds to apply it, and you’re ready for the day.

In most days, I’ll add a little bit of concealer, and this tint on my cheeks and lips and head off to wherever I want to go.

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Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick



If you’re looking for a good travel makeup lipstick that stays on the whole day, this Maybelline superstay liquid lipstick is your best bet. I also wear this on almost a daily basis, and I never have to retouch at all.

I have two shades of this lipstick, one in red and one in brownish pink for a more natural look. I always get compliments whenever I wear them, as they really do look amazing!

Also, a tube will last you a long time, even if you wear them every single day.

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SANA New Born Eyebrow Mascara and Pencil


I am a BIG fan of this eyebrow pencil! Again, I bought this from the Japanese drugstore, and the lasting power is amazing. Plus, it lasts a very long time.

It comes with a nice think retractable pencil liner, an eyebrow powder, and a mascara wand, so it has everything you need in one product to get your brows on fleek.

Disclaimer: I’ve had my eyebrows micro bladed here in Thailand, so I don’t use this product on a daily basis nowadays but did abuse it for a few months before I got my semi-permanent tattoo, and it works wonders! It doesn’t smudge and needs no retouching by any means, even if I’m sweating like a maniac because of the heat.

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Travel makeup tools I bring with me

As you can tell already, I don’t have much stuff when I’m packing makeup for travel. I only have a few bits that have multiple usages, and I’m more than fine with that! I honestly don’t need more, and whatever is on the list, here are makeups that I really do personally use often.

However, apart from that, I, of course, bring tools that I use when I’m putting on my makeup and as well to remove them.

  • Eyelash Curler – I have a very straight eyelash that needs a little bit of help before I apply my mascara on. Honestly, I never travel without an eyelash curler!
  • Tweezers – My eyebrows are very sparse and needs maintenance, so I never travel without a tweezer either
  • Beauty Blender – I normally use my fingers to apply my makeup, but I keep a beauty blender with me in case I need a little bit more coverage or just don’t feel like using my hands that day
  • Waterproof makeup remover – I normally use coconut oil for this when I’m back home but since traveling with that is not exactly smart so I ended up getting a waterproof makeup remover specifically

Conclusion

I know there’s not much makeup in this post. I personally don’t use eyeshadow, bronzer, highlighter, or anything to contour.

I mostly travel in tropical countries. Therefore, putting less is more for me, and I just really make sure that I take care of my skin by adequately following a morning and night regime to keep my skin clear of temporary imperfections like pimples and blackheads.

Personally, I think this is far better, and you don’t have to worry so much about keeping the makeup on your face in case it gets too hot, and you start to sweat a lot.

Anyways, this is my minimalist travel makeup packing list, and I hope it helps you find the best beauty products for your next adventure.

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