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Jet Set Beauty: How to Pack Makeup for Travel

By Victoria Benitez

Packing sometimes isn’t the most fun thing to do, but we put the fun in functional when it comes to travel-size makeup. We’re all about less packing and more playing with smaller-size beauty must-haves for any upcoming trips you have booked. Learn how to save space, know about TSA regulations, and reduce the hassle of security checkpoints. We’ll guide you on how to pack up your beauty routine perfectly with travel-friendly minis that are airline-approved and fit easily into your carry-on or purse.

Be ready to grab and go because it really is all about the little things! Make your next vacation way better with all your favorite makeup to ensure a basic makeup routine while on the go. Say bon voyage to all your old ways of packing makeup! Meet your new favorite travel-sized makeup without sacrificing precious luggage space.

Should I Bring My Makeup On a Plane?

Your travel makeup just got an upgrade! So, what’s the main difference between bringing your travel makeup and using full-sized makeup while on the go? Both come with all the key features you know and love and have the same fun functions, just different sizes. With TSA-friendly makeup, you can save space, fit more in your luggage, pack all your makeup like a pro, and use it on the go, wherever you are.

We’re all about hassle-free travel, so we opt for travel-sized products that meet TSA regulations, that being 3.4 ounces or less per container. You also don’t have to worry about your makeup leaking with the convenience of sizing. What we love most about travel minis is that you can carry all your essential products without compromising your beauty routine.

Let these minis become your new #1 travel companions!

How to Pack Your Makeup

Take it from us: it’s never too early to start planning vacay makeup looks, and we’re here to help you get started. Fit more and pack more with our travel-sized makeup. For the love of travel, this is your sign to secure your beauty routine essentials ahead of time for any upcoming travel plans. Packing efficiently involves a few considerations ahead of time to take the stress out of packing.

We’re all about in-flight cosmetic bags filled with our TSA-approved makeup. Always look for a sturdy makeup bag or case to avoid damage during travel. We personally reach for cases that have compartments to organize your makeup carefully. Additionally, we recommend storing your makeup bag in a carry-on or luggage to prevent rough handling from a checked-in bag. We prefer prioritizing accessible makeup in case any unexpected touchups are needed throughout transit because you never know when your new travel-sized companion might just be your saving grace!

Top Makeup Essentials When Traveling

Take the guesswork out of your travel essential with our list of top beauty picks when traveling:

  • Travel-size Mascara: your ticket to voluminous, lifted lashes! Separate lashes for a bold eye look that lasts, ideal for any on-the-go touch-ups.

  • Small Eyeshadow Palette: we recommend packing a compact palette with a mix of matte and shimmery pigmented shades that you can effortlessly transition from day to night.

  • Brow Gel: our secret to fuller-looking brows! Achieve a natural-looking bold brow while on vacation.

  • Take your pick from a Liquid or Pencil Eyeliner that is long-lasting and smudge-proof for all your on-the-go glam needs.

  • Travel-size Face Primer: for makeup that needs to stay put, meet your must-have travel companion.

  • Concealer: for those long travel days, a concealer will be your saving grace. Take your pick from brightening, 16-hour coverage to color correcting; those long flights will have nothing on you.

  • Foundation: from powders to liquids, you can always find a face foundation in our travel makeup bag. For quick touchups in-flight or during a layover.

  • Travel-size Makeup Sticks: packing versatile makeup sticks will help deliver seamless color to your eyes, lips, and cheeks on the go. These beauty sticks save a lot of space when packing your travel makeup bag.

  • Travel-size Blush and Highlighter: for glowing cheeks on the fly, packing a compact mini blush and highlighter palette is your answer to a natural glow on the go.

  • Travel Blending Brush: the one makeup brush perfect for all your travels. A compact blending brush will ensure a flawless blend with every sweep.

  • Lipstick: take your beloved lipstick on the go! Pack a nourishing, hydrating lipstick that gives low-maintenance luxe in the best way possible.


    Pack light but flawless with our favorite travel-sized makeup minis wherever your travels take you. Elevate your skincare routine with compact companions; here’s your passport to glowing, hydrated skin wherever you roam.

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