My toiletries often take up the most space and weight in my luggage. Through the years I’ve learned to pack light by buying the travel-sized versions of my favorite brands, filling up my own reusable travel containers, and packing sachets. Here’s another tip I live by: pack multitaskers—makeup and beauty products that serve more than just one purpose. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Coconut oil
Primary use: Dry skin treatment
Other uses: Hair shine, makeup remover, hand and body moisturizer, massage oil, lip balm, cure for irritations (itch, scratches, athlete’s foot, and fungus,), dandruff treatment, shaving cream, tanning oil, and oil pulling
Tips: Coconut oil usually comes in big containers, so transfer a small amount to a reusable travel-sized container. Make sure the lid is tight or you’ll risk spilling oil on your clothes.
2. Two-in-one cleansers
Primary use: Facial wash
Other use: Makeup remover
Tips: I assume that you apply light makeup when traveling. If so, then 2-in-1 cleansers are enough to remove light makeup and grime, especially for tight itineraries where there’s no time for extensive beauty rituals.
3. Lip and cheek tint
Primary use: Lip color
Other uses: Cheek stain and light eyeshadow
4. Makeup color stick
Primary use: Lip liner and lip color
Other uses: Eyeliner, cheek stain, and light eyeshadow
Tip: Make sure you bring a small sharpener.
5. Dry oil
Primary use: Hand moisturizer
Other use: Hair treatment and body oil
Tip: Just like coconut oil, transfer a small amount of dry oil into a travel-sized container.
6. Shea Butter
Primary use: Lip moisturizer
Other uses: Hand moisturizer (especially in cold, dry weather), eye cream (at night), dry skin treatment (best for elbows and knees), cure for minor irritations (blisters, cuts, and scratches), and winter skin protection
Tip: An alternative to shea butter is regular lip balm, which can be used for the many ways mentioned above.
7. Loose or mineral powder
Primary use: Face powder
Other uses: Eyeshadow primer, foundation or concealer (mix it with your sunblock or moisturizer), to set concealer, to set blush, and to mattify or set lipstick
What are your travel beauty essentials?
Date published: May 10, 2016
Headshot by Alfred Mendoza, courtesy of BDJ Box