Whether you’re going travelling or whether are facing a long day ahead of you, having your favourite refreshing products to perk you up to keep you looking polished will stave off the 5pm (or 6pm) sleepy face. Creating the ultimate makeup bag for on-the-go will make it much easier to leave with no fuss and a light handbag too. So here are 20 tips for what you need to include!
#1 Refreshing Spray
Washing your face more than twice a day can damage it, drying it out and exacerbating it so excess oils produce and yet remains dehydrated. To get that fresh feeling and reset your makeup, use a facial spray. A thermal water spray like the Avene Thermal Water Spray (€3.99) is a basic but safe option for every skin type, while the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist (€17.10) hydrates and tones.
#2 Mascara That Layers Well
Go for one that isn’t waterproof to be able to reapply it during the day without having it flake or go crunchy. Rimmel, L’Oréal Paris and Maybelline are the mascara champs. The Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lash Mascara (€32) never crumbles after loading it on throughout the day either.
#3 Brow Gel
For on-the-go, most of us don’t need heavy brow products. A tinted brow gel will thicken the brows with one swipe and help them frame the face. The L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Plumper (€8.49) is one of the best in formula and brush shape. If you already have thick dark brows, you can just use a clear brow gel to keep them in place like the ultimate Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel (€20), available from online store Cult Beauty.
#4 Tinted SPF Lip Balm
We can all agree that nobody wants crusty lips, right? Every girl tends to hoard lip balms in the bottom of their purse, but you should just clear out that bag and start afresh, because you only need one. A balm with SPF and a pretty, natural tint will keep your lips soothed, protected and double up as a lip tint. The Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Stick (€9.95) has SPF 15 and comes in natural flushes or berry, red, and neutral shades.
#5 SPF-Infused Tinted Moisturizer
When you’re travelling or heading out of the house for a long period of time, the last thing you want is to be wearing a makeup base that you can feel sitting on your skin. An SPF tinted moisturizer will give you a light coverage to even the skintone but also treat the skin. The Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer (€48) and NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (€39) are perfect bases to chuck in the bag!
#6 Double-Ended Eyeliner
To enhance the eyes without spending ages trying to fix a wonky cat eye, pick up a double-ended kohl liner. Kohl is easier to work with on the go as you can line the eyes and smudge it out to create a subtle smokey eye. To keep it very natural, use brown. Then at night you can add some black. The Urban Decay Naked 24/7 Glide-On (€17) double-ended eye pencils covers all bases.
#7 A Cream Multipurpose
To minimise how much you’re bringing with you, use multipurpose products as much as possible. Colours that suit your cheeks will usually suit your lips too. It also ties the look together, so it tends to look better than using more products anyway. The Nars Multiple (€29), Benefit Benetint (€34.50), Clinique Chubby Stick (€23) and Becca Beach Tint (€25) are all incredible and function as cheek & lip colours.
#8 Blotting Paper
If you’re an oily girl, blotting paper will remove that oil buildup during the day without disturbing the makeup underneath. It also means you won’t feel like reapplying powder, so no cake face in sight! NYX Professional Makeup Matte Blotting Paper (€5.50) is a neat, compact way to keep your skin clean looking and fresh.
#9 Cream Highlighter
MAC Strobe Cream (€34) comes in 5 shades, so there’s definitely one for every skin tone. A cream highlighter such as this will boost your complexion underneath your foundation base and act as a highlighter on the highpoints of the face also! Becca Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter (€40) is very similar.
Having a good, quality pair of tweezers in your makeup bag means you don’t have to worry about an unwanted hair sprouting up somewhere on your face, whether it be to prevent a unibrow or a lurking chin or upper lip hair. The Tweezerman Slant Tweezer (€20) may sound pricey for a tweezer but this one is so precise and durable it will last and also won’t cause ingrown hairs or sores. And the Benefit Cosmetics Grooming Tweezer & Brush (€21.50) combo is a nifty two-in-one tool for quick touch ups.
#11 Neutral Eyeshadow Sticks
Eyeshadow sticks are so much easier than bringing brushes and attempting to travel with a palette (the fear of the palette smash!). Eyeko London teamed up with fashion icon Alexa Chung to create the Eyeko London Alexa Chung Me & My Shadow (€21). These shadow sticks glide on and give some subtle hazy definition. The No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define (€11) is a good dupe.
Carrying a pack of wipes with you doesn’t mean you should have a negligent skincare regime. These wipes can remove makeup in a rush, for when you’re travelling, if you want to clean up any spills or fix up makeup in a hurry. The Yes to wipes (€5.29) feel luxurious without a heavy price tag.
#13 Hand Sanitizer
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Hand Sanitizer (€3.50) smells incredible, unlike so many hand sanitizers, which smell of pure alcohol. This will prevent germs spreading when you’re out & about, and especially if you want to apply any makeup!
This is as basic as it gets, but they do come in very handy on a daily basis! Cute covers like this can also give them a prettier aesthetic too.
#15 Translucent Powder
When heading away and you need your beauty basics, a translucent powder will keep you oil free and your makeup won’t budge throughout the day, plus the lack of coverage means no cake face either. The Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder (€42) feels ultra lightweight and silky on the skin. This formula won’t cause flashback or settle in fine lines.
#16 Two Brushes Rule: Foundation and Powder
You only need two brushes for the ultimate makeup bag on-the-go! A buffer brush and a powder brush. The buffer brush will blend everything completely, especially contour and foundation or for your base. Zoeva Buffer Brush (€15) and the Real Techniques Powder Brush (€18.99) are a great, affordable duo that will last you for years.
#17 A Neutral Lippy and a Bold Lippy
Changing your lip colour is the quickest way to alter your look dramatically. Just like with brushes, the magic number is two! The two types of lipstick you should have in your kit are one nude and one bold shade. MAC Velvet Teddy (€20) and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Boy (€34) are muted taupe-browns, while the bareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipsticks (€21) are all flattering and creamy soft. MAC Russian Red and Lady Danger (€20) are the ultimate reds, while YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Rose in Tension (€33) and Rouge Pur Couture Fuchsia Pink (€33) are great berry and pink shades.
#18 Glowy Primer or Matte Primer
If you want to make the most of your made up face then you need a primer that suits your skin type. For dehydrated or dull skin, an illuminating primer is the way to go. If you tend to get quite oily, a mattifying primer will really help diminish this problem. NARS Radiance Primer SPF 35 (€32.45) is a cross between skincare and makeup, as is the Dior Glow Maximizer (€35). The Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (€33.79) mattifies without pilling.
#19 Concealer and Corrector Duo
Under eye bags happen to us all, unfortunately, so if you’re having a long day then cancel out those dark circles with a correct and conceal task force. Having a mini duo palette means it’ll barely take up any space in your toiletries bag and yet does such a big job. The Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit (€35) is sublime! The corrector tackles the discolouration whereas the concealer brightens.
#20 Cream Bronzer
The Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel (€39) is a mousse formula that will give your skin a sun kissed look in a really natural way. Cream products look more natural and can be easier to blend, which makes them ideal for on-the-go, daily use. The RMS Beauty Buriti bronzer (€26.50) gives a simple effect.