What’s in my Travel Makeup Bag?

With summer comes vacations and with vacations come packing, traveling, and lots of sun exposure. I absolutely love reading these types of posts because I love getting to know what other people pack when they travel! If you’d like to know what I usually pack on vacations to keep my makeup and skin 100%, please keep reading!


Out of all the steps in my travel makeup bag, I think this is the most important step. It is so critical to take care of your skin, especially when you are traveling. Inside a plane with recycled air for hours, commuting by car, and a blazing hot sun is a recipe for skin disaster. Whenever traveling, I always make sure to have enough hydration and sun protection.

I really like masks focused on hydration since I tend to be very dehydrated on the plane and can develop really dry patches on my face 🙁 Sheet masks are a win-win because they are light and can fit in any carry on. Some popular hydrating masks are Tony Mony I’m Real Aloe Mask and Leaders “What Happened Last Night” mask.

If you aren’t a big fan of looking like a ghost on the plane (which there’s no shame in that), try the Clinique Moisture Surge. It’s an awesome product that quenches the thirst of your skin quickly and does not need to be washed off. I used this on my 13 hour plane ride to Korea and it seriously saved my skin from dehydration and flaking. Apply like regular face gel and you are good to go!

Lip Care

Don’t forget to take care of your lips. I always exfoliate a couple hours before my trip and take it along with me in my luggage for extra support during trips. It is so essential to take some form of lip care when you’re traveling. A pricey but amazing lip product is the Hourglass Lip Oil. It is seriously a lifesaver when it comes to healing dry lips and helps heal them in a pinch. Another great lip product is Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip balm. This lip balm is amazing at keeping your lips moisturized all day long. Both are travel-friendly, which is a plus <3


Tip #1: Basics

I always bring the basics like mascara, eyeliner, falsies, setting powder, etc. Everyone’s basics will differ, but here’s what I’ve currently been using:

Basic Essentials

Products Mentioned:

Maybelline Lash Sensational Full Effect Mascara (if you follow me on IG, you know I always rave about this mascara! Follow me, @poshpomi)

Bareminerals BarePro Powder Foundation

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara (one of my all time favorite mascaras too!)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Clinque Bottom Lash Mascara

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder (if you’re looking for a dupe of this, check out my TOP 5 DUPES post here!)

Essence Eyeliner Pen Waterproof

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow (for travel date nights to look EXTRA glam)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel

Tip #2: Multipurpose

When traveling, I pack makeup products that are easy to apply and easy to carry. Products that have things like all my everyday eye shadows or have a multi-purpose are necessary. I don’t want to be packing 5 different palettes if one palette can do exact the same. There are so many products out in the market that have multipurpose uses, but here are some awesome ones:

Products Mentioned:

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Surreal (Blush, Bronzer, Strobe) Powder Palette

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette

Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

Tip #3: Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen

Just because you are going on vacation, doesn’t mean the sun’s harsh UV rays are going to give you a break. Make sure to pack sunscreen and lots of it. In addition to regular sunscreen, I like to pack various face and makeup products with sunscreen already in the product for a 2-in-1 purpose.

Products Mentioned:

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+

MAC Prep & Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30

Bareminerals 5 in 1 Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow SPF 15

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35

Makeup Tools

IDK about you, but when I go on vacation there’s lots of plans made to go to theme parks, beaches, and lots of shopping! Since I’m always likely to leave quickly in the AM, I must have makeup tools that can get me ready in a pinch.

1. Beauty Sponge –Beauty Blender

(if you’re looking for a dupe of this, check out my TOP 5 DUPES post here!)

2. Highlighting brush – Sigma F35

3. Blending Eye brush – Sigma E35

4. Precise brush – Laura Mercier Eye Crease brush for definition

5. Contour brush – Sigma F77

6. ABH Eyebrow brush/spoolie eyebrow brush- for ABH dipbrow dramatic eyebrows

7. Flat Kabuki – Sigma F80 for all over blending


What are your travel essentials? Comment below!

  • Autum Love June 12, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I love this list of products I’m super simple when I travel. But then if I’m going somewhere that will involve lots of activities I always over pack my makeup lol

  • Louisa June 12, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Becca is one of my all-time favorite makeup brands. I have not tried the palette yet (I should!).

    • Posh Pomi June 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      Yes, I love Becca! The Chrissy x Becca palette is a lovely palette and is limited edition, so you should grab it before its gone! <3

  • Brittany June 12, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Yes girl. I am going on holiday soon! Thanks for the tips.

  • Yawa June 14, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Interesting! I never leave anywhere without an eyeliner lol… Love what I see in your travel bag.. I am inspired.