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Work travel: What makeup to pack?

Makeup brushes and palette

Since I tend to lean towards minimalist makeup anyway, I definitely recommend paring down your full face when you travel.  When it is a work trip, however, you will probably need more than tinted sunscreen and tinted lip balm.  By choosing multiple-use items, you can certainly shrink down that makeup bag.

Here is a quick semi-full face with only five basic products.  You can obviously add if there is an essential that I have omitted!

  • BB Cream – My favorite is Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45. Not only does it provide me decent coverage, it lasts all day and gives great sun protection.  It is really a one-step foundation product for me.
  • Cheek and lip color – There are many great lip plus cheek color pencils. While I have not had the opportunity to try the brand yet, I can’t wait to try out the Nudestix Gel Color Lip Cheek Balm.  They have gorgeous color and I love the fact that it is moisturizing to boot.
  • Eyeshadow trio – For me it is easier just to travel with a small eyeshadow trio. I do not want fifteen choices when I am getting ready in the hotel room and with a trio, they all coordinate and you are out the door.
  • Brown or black eye pencil – All about personal preference here. I would highly recommend choosing one that can also work as a brow pencil to keep things simple.
  • Concealer – Because you just never know. You could end up needing assistance with dark circles after a long flight or an unfriendly blemish might appear just before that critical client presentation.

In addition to the products themselves, I also take a makeup sponge, a sponge-tip eyeshadow applicator, and a brow brush.

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