I strive to be a minimalist when it comes to packing. But let’s face it, it doesn’t always happen. I can’t always predict how I’ll want to do my makeup while traveling, so I tend to over pack my makeup bag more than over packing clothes and shoes! But sometimes it’s a matter of not having the right makeup bags, too. Here’s a run down of the different types of makeup bags and cases and which ones might fit your needs best.
I like to keep my makeup brushes separate from my products. Mostly this is to keep my brushes protected from damage, but also to keep them clean! A simple way to do this is using a separate bag for your makeup brushes.
Having a separate bag for your makeup brushes is a great option for those looking for every day storage options for brushes and makeup. If you don’t want to sort through your makeup when packing, you can just throw both bags in your suitcase and go. You can rest assured you didn’t forget anything since you just had to throw your 2 daily bags in your luggage.
Hanging Toiletry Organizer
Hanging toiletry organizers are a great all-in-one solution for packing both makeup and toiletries. The ability to hang the organizers helps keep bathroom counter space clear. It’s also a great option for tiny spaces, where you might not have counter space at all!
Makeup Bag or Clutch
A typical makeup bag or clutch is small and portable, which makes it great for minimalists and backpackers. It’s also an easy way to tote makeup in your day bag for touch-ups, if that’s your thing.
I’m partial to train cases, because they are easier to root through, which means I don’t have to take anything out each morning to see what I have.
Train cases often come with built in organizational features, which is another reason why I prefer them. I have my eye on a train case that has 3 tiers: one for brushes, one for flat items like hair accessories, and deeper level for makeup.
Weekender Makeup Totes
Weekenders are flat, similar to the shape of a packing cube. This makes weekender makeup totes a good option for packing cube devotees. They are large enough to hold both makeup and toiletries and are great for longer trips when you might want to carry more than your day-to-day makeup routine.
What’s In My Makeup Bag When I Travel
My day-to-day makeup routine is pretty simple, but I like to switch it up for special events and nights out. I usually carry my makeup with me in my carry on bag, which has forced me to master the art of the travel-friendly makeup routine.
I don’t have the greatest skin, so I always wear foundation. Bare Minerals is a powder-only foundation that gives as much coverage as a liquid foundation. It has been a lifesaver when it comes to paring down the number of liquids in my makeup routine.
Most of my favorite mascaras are available in travel size at Sephora, so if I really need to save space, I pick up a tube in a smaller size. As for eyeshadow, I bring 1 or 2 shades, or a compact travel-size palette. I don’t wear shadow often these days, so I haven’t looked into the option of creating a custom palette with my favorites. But that is an option at stores like Sephora.
Speaking of travel-sized makeup, beauty sample subscription services, like Birchbox, are a great way to score travel-size makeup and beauty products that are perfectly sized for travel. If you are devoted to specific products, this might not be ideal. However, I’ve found it’s a great option for me.
The items I tend to save up for travel are moisturizers and masks. That way I can still take care of my skin while away from my arsenal of skincare products at home.
Which kind of makeup bags and cases are your go-to?