Useful Tips for Packing Makeup While Travelling

Imagine this: you arrive at your destination, excited to explore, only to find that your go-to lipstick has burst open, leaving your clothes stained and your mood ruined. Or, you might end up all sweaty and want to re-do your face before traveling on the next leg of your trip!

Don’t put yourself in that position! Makeup may easily go bad while traveling, so it’s important to carry makeup products carefully to keep yourself looking and feeling great the whole time. Let’s take a few minutes to read on how to pack your cosmetics for a stress-free and glamorous trip.

Understand Your Makeup Needs

As a woman, you are well aware of the importance of groomed hair and dewy makeup for completing a polished look. But it’s simple to forget about these necessary travel-sized cosmetic supplies.

Must-Have Items

The most effective ways to improve your appearance are using mascara, eyeliner, blush, and lip color. These are the fundamentals of makeup because even if all else is not available, you can still manage a good look. If you have more space, get lip-gloss, highlighter, and a good moisturizing cream as well.

Travel Light

Cosmetic creams on a magazine

Traveling light and bringing only the necessities is a great idea when travelling. It’s better to avoid items like multiple eye shadow palettes, primers, lip liners, and fake eyelashes while packing. Saving time and space without sacrificing your appearance is possible by bringing only the essentials. Think about how long you’ll be gone and what kinds of things you’ll be doing before you pack your cosmetics bag. 

  • If you’re simply going away for the weekend, you probably only need a few essentials to maintain your appearance, as discussed before.
  • If you intend to travel for a longer period of time, you might wish to pack more multifunctional items that can be used during the day and at night. This includes night creams, moisturizers, makeup removal kit, foundation, bronzer, and primer. 
  • If you plan on spending a lot of time outside or participating in strenuous activities, you may want to invest in waterproof and long-lasting makeup products. You might want to consider a primer, and nude lipstick shades on such occasions.
  • If you plan to attend more gatherings including formal and casual, you should carry lip-gloss, pearl nail polish, and concealer.

Invest in Travel-Sized Products

Packing makeup items

The fashion industry is interesting as it always brings out something new and useful for the customers, such as smaller, travel-friendly versions of cosmetic items. As a frequent traveler, understand the value of minimizing your belongings. However, with enough creativity, you can bring your preferred makeup liquid products along without any problems.

Makeup primer, foundation, concealer, and moisturizer all come in liquid forms and should be stored in separate small jars or bottles. Smaller volume bottles are also easily available at cosmetic stores, or online.

It might be challenging to fit liquids like toners and micellar water into compact packaging. But there are some ingenious methods to help you bring along your preferred liquid skincare products. 

  • Contact Lens Container: It’s not only convenient in size, but it also serves to neatly partition and make your products readily accessible. You can use one side for your lip balm and the other for your eye cream.
  • Squeeze Tubes: These containers are simple to use and ideal for goods with a thicker consistency. In addition, they are more convenient for travelers because they take up less space than larger bottles.
  • Test Tubes: They’re compact enough to fit in your bag yet large enough to hold your liquids of choice. They are practical because they can be used again and again on multiple journeys.
  • Pump Containers: These containers are convenient and ideal for products with a thin consistency, like cleansers and watery moisturizers. Furthermore, they won’t break or spill in your suitcase and can be used for touch-ups on the move.
  • Unicorn Pens and Soft Tubes: These items are perfect for transporting things like micellar water, watery toners, and other related items. They are also lightweight and easy to carry, making them an excellent option for travelers.
  • Round Pots: If you only need a tiny bit of a product, like foundation or gel blush, round pots are your best bet. They are compact and simple to pack, making them an excellent option for those with limited baggage space.
  • Flat Pouches: They are a wonderful option for those who wish to minimize their baggage weight on a trip. On top of that, you can use them for anything from hair toner to shampoo, so you save money and space.

Pack Strategically

Makeup palettes

It’s important to keep the TSA (Transportation Security Administration)  liquid rule in mind while packing your cosmetics for an airplane. This means you need to make sure your makeup containers are all smaller than a quart-sized bag. Makeup should be stored in a transparent plastic bag that can be quickly opened and examined by security officers.

Makeup items can easily become damaged during travel. Protect your valuable makeup items from damage during transit by investing in a padded makeup bag. When choosing a padded makeup bag, consider the size and shape of your makeup items. Look for a bag that is large enough to hold your makeup items, but not too bulky to fit inside your luggage.

If you have a lot of different products to bring with you, packing your makeup items in a specific order can help streamline the process and make it easier to find what you need when you need it. There are a few ways you can organize your makeup items.

  • One option is to pack items by category, such as face makeup, eye makeup, and lip products. This way, you can easily find what you need without having to search through different products.
  • Another option is to pack items by frequency of use. This means that you pack the items you use most frequently at the top of your bag such as lipstick, and items you use less frequently towards the bottom such as concealer. 

Protect Fragile Items

Fragile makeup items, such as eyeshadow palettes or powders, require extra care when packing to prevent damage. Here are some tips to help you pack fragile makeup items safely and securely:

  • Wrap fragile makeup items in tissue or bubble wrap to protect them from damage. This will help cushion the items and prevent them from cracking or breaking during transit.
  • Place cotton balls or pads between makeup items to prevent them from rubbing against each other. This will also help prevent scratches or damage to the makeup items.
  • Use a padded makeup bag or case to store fragile makeup items. A padded bag will provide additional protection and cushioning. 

Makeup brush set

Makeup brushes are an essential tool for any makeup routine, but they are also delicate and easily damaged during travel. The following are some tips for storing makeup brushes:

  • Store makeup brushes in a separate container to protect the bristles from damage. A dedicated makeup brush holder will help prevent the bristles from getting crushed or bent. 
  • Wrap individual brushes in tissue or a protective cover to further protect the bristles from damage. This will also help keep the brushes clean and free from debris.
  • If you don’t have a brush case or holder, you can use an airtight plastic bag to store your brushes. Just make sure they are placed in a separate compartment or pouch to prevent them from rubbing against other makeup items.

Avoid Spills and Leaks

There’s nothing worse than a spill or leak during a flight or a car journey, but don’t worry, with these tips, you can avoid them and enjoy a worry-free day!

  • Secure the caps on all liquid products, such as foundation, makeup fixer and lotions, with tape to prevent any accidental spills. This may seem like a small step, but it can make a big difference in keeping your belongings dry.
  • Store your liquid products in a plastic bag to contain any potential leaks. Whether it’s a small plastic bag or a ziplock bag, this extra layer of protection will help prevent any spills from seeping into the rest of your luggage.
  • When it comes to makeup and toiletries, compartmentalize them in a separate compartment in your luggage. By keeping them in a separate bag or compartment, you can prevent any spills from spreading to your clothes or other belongings.

Handy Tip: If you’re worried about space, opt for travel-sized products and invest in reusable 1 or 2-ounce bottles to maximize the space in your luggage. And don’t forget to mix and match products to make the most of your small 1-quart plastic bag for carry-on liquids.

Carry-on vs. Checked Luggage

When packing for a trip, it’s important to be aware of what makeup you can bring in your luggage. For carry-on bags, airlines require liquid products to be no more than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) and fit in a clear quart-size ziplock bag. Any containers larger than 3.4 ounces should be placed in checked baggage.

There are limits on the size and quantity of liquids you can bring on board, so keep that in mind.  Essential makeup products should be packed in your carry-on to prevent the headache of dealing with missing or delayed luggage. 


Be it something big like packing a baseball kit when flying, or something small such as makeup material, one should always go strategically and in a smart manner. Packing makeup for travel can be a daunting task, but with the right information, it can be stress-free. Make sure you know the rules of the airlines you’re flying with, bring only the necessities, and observe any liquid product limits. To avoid spills and preserve space, choose for solid cosmetics like lip balm and lipstick. Keeping these suggestions in mind can help you pack light and have a relaxing trip.