I’m sharing a peek inside my June travel makeup bag that includes the products that kept my makeup in place in tropical conditions. I started out by doing the opposite of the typical in-flight beauty routine and flew with a full face of makeup on. After that, my mission each day was to keep whatever I put on my face, on my face, so here’s what I used to make that possible.
After cleansing each morning, I applied Glamglow Instamud 60 Second Pore Refining Treatment that I scored in one of the Play by Sephora Beauty Boxes I covered [here]. With kaolin clay, bentonite clay, witch hazel and aloe vera, it helped to keep extra oil away so that I could go in with Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops then my sunscreen. The mask should be applied on dry skin and has a creamy texture that foams just a bit when applied. And once removed, my skin felt comfortable and looked matte. I used this every single day, although it’s meant to be used 2-3 times per week and it never irritated my dry skin.
I also relied on mini versions of Too Faced Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer (cruelty-free) and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. The Too Faced primer offered a cooling sensation for a few seconds, but more importantly, it mattified my skin and gave it some blurring, making it a snap to buff in my liquid foundation, which was Chanel’s Ultra Le Teint Ultrawear All-Day Comfort Flawless Foundation. While the Too Faced primer has a peach tint, it settled down without leaving a cast and based on photographs that I took, it definitely kept my makeup in place for the day whether I was outdoors, including the beach, or indoors. Plus, it helped to keep me from being overly shiny throughout the day.
Also in my June travel makeup bag was the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion although I only used eyeshadow pencils plus liner and mascara on my eyes. It creates a matte-ish canvas that made scribbling on and buffing in my eyeshadow pencils easy, plus the colours remained vibrant for as long as I wore them and kept them from creasing or melting away. I even used a tiny bit of this eyeshadow primer on my orbital bone to help keep my creamy highlighter in place and I only ever used my finger to apply.
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 260 Alezane has been a staple for a couple of years now and I continue to appreciate how well it goes on and lasts throughout the day. My first time using this was also during a tropical holiday so the formula has proven itself to be reliable and long-wearing. While there is some shimmer, the application is silky smooth and buildable and the overall finish is always flattering.
Illamasqua Colour Veil Gel Blusher in the shade Entice also remained intact in the heat. I sometimes used this as a contour before applying Chanel’s Alezane blush and they played beautifully together. On its own, Illamasqua’s blusher washes the skin in natural looking colour and I’d especially recommend this particular shade for tan to deeper skin tones. I remember when this British, cruelty-free brand finally arrived in Sephora’s stores many years ago. They boast so many cult favourites and this gel blusher is certainly one of those.
The gel blusher combines aspects of their hot selling Hydra-Veil Primer and the aspects and ease of powder, so it melds with skin seamlessly. It’s also self-levelling so that there’s never the risk of a splotchy finish nor will it break apart on skin. It also travels well and because it’s a gel formula, you’ll never have to be concerned about it leaking despite the liquid appearance in the pot. If you’re travelling soon, Illamasqua’s Colour Veil Gel Blusher is ideal especially since it can be applied with fingers or tapped in with a brush.
Just three more items now from my June travel makeup bag which includes a travel size version of Urban Decay’s All Nighter Matte Setting Spray. Every day, it’s what I reached for to seal in makeup and without question, it was an integral part of ensuring everything stayed in place. I only ever did about two all-over face spritzes and plainly put, I was impressed and relieved that it lived up to so many of the reviews.
Chanel’s lip pencil in Mordore-Nude 05 was another workhorse in my June makeup bag because it provides the perfect base for my current favourite matte lipstick and also works with the lip gloss I apply over almost every lipstick now, Chanel’s Rouge Coco Gloss in Rose Naif 804.
Mordore-Nude is a coppery brown with reddish tones, boasting smooth application. It comes with a sharpener and has a brush on the opposite end of the pencil so once I’m out, it stays in my bag although it’s staying power is impressive.
And Rose-Naif is so pretty in the tube, but I found that alone on my lips it appears transparent and I almost returned it. However, it comes into its own when I use it as a topper and as it happens, it photographs beautifully and pulls a lip look together in a snap. Factor in how hydrating it is and voila, it’s love all around.
My June travel makeup bag had so many other items in it but the post would have been too long if I detailed everything. I highlighted these items because they prepped my skin for wearing makeup for extended periods in hot weather, while the others offered key finishing touches that helped pull everything together. Do I need to learn to pack light in terms of my makeup, that’s debatable. Besides, the skincare I packed is another story that I just may share soon. Otherwise, happy travels if it’s in your plans and I hope this helps.