3 Travel Beauty Essentials

Two weeks from now, I’m headed to NYC. I was ready to purchase my cushy Amtrak ticket, but my wallet was like, um, no, we’re taking the bus. If you’ve ever tried to bring multiple bags onto a cramped discount bus, you’ll understand when I say I’m going to make like Ms. Badu and pack light. Whether you’re flying cross-country or taking a more, er, adventurous route like myself, you’ll want to pare down  your beauty routine.

Here are my recommendations for the essentials you’ll need to pack on your trip:

Coola FACE SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint, $36, coolasuncare.com
Coola FACE SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint, $36, coolasuncare.com


This one’s a no-brainer. You’ll need full-body sunscreen if you’re planning to be outdoors, but even if you’re not sunning it up, you’ll need a good sunscreen for your face. If you can combine your moisturizer and your sunscreen, that gives you a good foundation (pun intended) to ditch the heavier beauty products and just pack one that protects and primes. Try Coola FACE Organic Sunscreen in Rose Essence.

A Good Multitasker

For the jet-setting girl, multi-tasking products just make sense. Grandma was onto something when she taught you to dab your lipstick onto your cheeks. If you have a go-to color, you can skip the blush and just travel with your lip color. Try Benefit Benetint in Rose, or if you’re looking for more of a sun-kissed look, go with the line’s Cha-Cha Tint. Color sticks (like this mini tube from Josie Maran) are another great option.

Benefit Cosmetics Cha Cha Tint, $30, sephora.com
Benefit Cosmetics Cha Cha Tint, $30, sephora.com

Speaking of Maran, I’m so obsessed with her watercolor cheek gelee (honeymoon honey is the perfect shade to give my cheeks both color and a contouring sheen) that I’ve taken to swiping it on my cheeks and eyelids.

Waterproof Mascara

Vacations offer their fair share of opportunities for your face to be wet with sweat (humid weather) or tears (when you realize you have to go back home). Do yourself a favor and pack a waterproof mascara like Maybelline’s Great Lash and you won’t have to worry about an inverted smoky eye.

General tip: Especially if you’re traveling by plane, samples can be really helpful in minimizing the amount of products you’re toting. Subscription services like Birchbox send you sample sizes of various cosmetics each month. You can also order mini versions of your favorite products from 3floz.com, a site that sells TSA approved sized products. If you order from Sephora.com, you can usually hand pick (gratis!) samples that strike your fancy.

Wishing you happy — and safe — travels!

Stay beautiful,

Bethonie, S&P Beauty Contributor

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