The One Beauty Travel Kit Every Globe-Trotter Needs
The Matcha Must
Once you arrive at your destination, you’ll want refreshed skin that looks photo-ready. A nice glow is hard to achieve without a good cleanse, but no one wants a sticky, watery mess. Milk Makeup’s Matcha Cleanser offers a solid, soap-free formula that will make your on-the-go skincare routine easier. The cleanser also is gluten-free and oil-free, which means you can use it on both dry and oily skin. For a quick clean, massage it onto your damp face, lather, and rinse ($26 at Sephora).
Whether you’re hiking an Icelandic mountain or swimming on the Moroccan coast, SPF is a required plus-one on your journey. First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 40 clears space in your makeup bag by offering a two-in-one deal. It hydrates dry skin and reduces fine lines while also providing high levels of UVA protection. Apply it directly after you wash your face and before any makeup ($30 at Sephora).
A Light, Luxe Finish
Effortless travel means you don’t have anything weighing you down — and that includes your makeup. Full-coverage foundation can feel heavy after a 12-hour adventure; swap it out for a light finish. Cover FX’s Natural Finish Foundation feels sheer, but the formula (full of vitamins C and E) gives you a glow. This foundation is also buildable, which allows you to add coverage hours later as you prepare for a night out ($42 at Sephora).
Everyone wants to step off a plane with voluminous, lush lashes, and Blinc’s cult-favorite mascara is one of the most satisfying and innovative formulas on the market. It’s not only water-resistant but also creates tiny “tubes” that bind to your lashes and come off with warm water and a gentle massage. The mascara is also non-irritating for people with contacts or sensitive eyes ($26 at Sephora).
A Soft Smooch
A fresh, natural face reads bland without a moisturized, glossy lip. Lush’s Key Lime Pie Lip Balm solves that problem and features all-natural ingredients. Organic jojoba and argan oils soften your lips, and citrus adds a hint of flavor. The container holds a generous amount, ensuring your dewy pout lasts the entire vacation ($11 at Lush).
Avoid hauling plastic shampoo bottles and consider shampoo bars, which are more convenient and eco-friendly than your hotel supply. Lush’s newest bar features cinnamon and peppermint oils to stimulate your scalp and activate hair growth. This bar also comes with a Lush message printed on it: #BeCrueltyFree. To use this shampoo, you can either rub the bar in between your hands for a lather, or rub it directly into your hair ($12 at Lush).
Lush’s bar-sized, travel-friendly conditioners come in three different options: “Jungle” softens and tames, “Big” volumizes and adds shine, and “Sugar Daddy-O” protects blonde hair. We love the Jungle line. Consider it a smoothie for your hair. Bananas, avocados, figs, kumquats, and passion fruit all blend together, working to fight frizz and showcase shine. Insider tip: Take these ingredients and turn them into a DIY treatment once you return home ($12 at Lush).
Reduce, Reuse, Refill with Products
All of these products fit in one quart-sized, clear, and reusable bag that allows you to sail through airport security. This three-piece set is eco-friendly, durable, and waterproof. The large, medium, and small sizes allow you to accommodate a range of product sizes ($13 on Amazon)