Not every woman wears makeup, and some of us can’t live without it. The truth is that styled hair and proper-faced makeup truly make you look fresh. For travel, you can’t and no need to bring your entire beauty cabinet, but to bring along essential items that enhance your features for a natural, up-to-date look.
What Makeup Can I Take on a Plane?
One of the most important things to know before you start planning for your trip is what you are allowed to bring in your suitcase. The makeup you can take on a plane depends on whether or not you are checking your luggage.
Image Source: US Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
For cabin or carryon makeup: Airlines require that liquid products to be no more than 3.4 ounces (100 milliters) and all bottles must fit in a clear quart size ziplock bag when traveling with a carryon. Makeup products that need to be inside the quart size ziplock bag include liquids, gels, and creams. This is called the 3-1-1- Liquids Rule.
For checked toiletries: items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliners should be in checked baggage. Visit the TSA page to find out exactly what items are allowed in a checked bag.
These guidelines are for US-based airlines. However, these tend to be the general guidelines across all airlines. For specific items, always check the website of the airline or contact them and ask them directly.
How to Choose and Pack Makeup for Travel
1. Make a plan
Lay out all your makeup products. Choose anything and everything you think you may need. What are your essentials?
2. Eliminate the Non - Essentials
Now that you’ve an entire list of every possible makeup products you own. Create 2 piles: one for items you don’t need to take and one for items you absolutely do.
3. Focus on Duplicates and Multi-Use Products
One of the best ways to minimize travel makeup is to choose multi-use products or items. Determine if there are any products you already own that can work double-duty.
- Under eye highlighter vs. concealer
- Lipstick vs. lip gloss
- Bronzer vs. blush
- Eyelash curler vs. mascara
- Primer vs. concealer
- Eye pencil vs. eyeshadow
Now it’s time to start the downsizing process. Choose appropriate travel containers and look for travel size products.
Avoid bringing makeup for travel that is powdery when possible. It’s more likely to break compared with liquid ones.
Avoid using liquids by using solid toiletries and the wipes instead of liquid makeup remover.
Don’t bring anything that could be ruined by heat or altitude changes. If something is likely to explode during a flight, leave it at home. If rapidly cooling and heating up might affect the product or its packaging, leave it at home. Or better yet, repackage it into something more resilient!
Don’t be afraid to repackage your favorite beauty products. Lightweight, small travel containers can be fit for most of travel products. Don’t be afraid to repot an eyeshadow, put some face cream in a tiny tub, or squeeze your moisturizer or conditioner into a fresh tube.
Do not assume you’ll always have a mirror when you travel. Looking at you, hostel bathrooms. Bring a compact mirror of your own just in case.
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