Lizzi’s Holiday Makeup Essentials

I love travelling. I also love makeup. What I don’t like is packing for travel in general, and more specifically trying to get this:

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100


VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100


VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

And this:

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

Down to something more like this:

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

It’s an immense challenge, to say the least. In order to aid my task I make a list that I think covers all possible eventualities.I find that this helps me to edit down my makeup into a useable and practical selection.

The questions I ask myself, in no particular order:

Where am I going?

Sounds obvious, but what I mean is ‘if I go all out crazy will I get strange looks and end up feeling uncomfortable?’ Melbourne City? Nope, go nuts. South East Asia? Yeah probably, leave the bright colours at home. You could call this ‘cultural sensitivity’. Maybe I should be able to wear what I want where I want, but a couple of things always stick in my mind: 1. I am a guest in a country. 2. I represent Australia. The small act of toning down my makeup really is nothing, and could prevent offence.

I would definitely consider this OK for Melbourne Makeup:
Lizzis Travel Essentials 6
But probably not so much for the morning meditation session of a Buddhist temple.

Even though when I go to Melbourne I can buy anything, I always pack more because I never know how I’ll feel. I live in a small town that doesn’t really embrace wild and crazy makeup, so an excuse to go colour crazy is always welcome.

What will the weather be like?

Cold and rainy? Humid and hot? Instantly I know anything other than waterproof mascara is a waste of space.

I can also work out whether I will need a sunscreen. Actually, scrap that last one – you ALWAYS need a sunscreen.

Is there anything I can take and not bring back?

In order to make more room in your luggage for all your lovely holiday purchases, why not use up the remains of testers, almost empty bottles, or stuff you just don’t like much.  I took a small sunscreen with me recently that I didn’t really like.I decided it would do for the week of my trip, and I wouldn’t bring it home.

Can I buy makeup there?

For me – ALWAYS YES. If you’re headed to a destination that sells makeup, and you realise you forgot a crucial piece of your kit, you can always get a new one. If you’re like me, you’re probably going to go makeup shopping anyway.

Brushes or fingers?

I’m reasonably crap at applying makeup with my fingers, so I always take brushes, and depending on the length of my trip, a small bottle of brush cleaner/shampoo. If, however, you are like my best friend and can do wondrous things with makeup armed only with your digits, you can probably scrap the brushes altogether.

And lastly:

What can I simply not live without?

For me, this is Rimmel black eye liner and Garnier roll on concealer!

Putting it in practice:

Recently I went to Thailand for 10 days and I put my list to the test. Here is what I came up with:
VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

  • Water proof mascara, because of the humidity and swimming.
  • My fave foundation (which I actually mixed with my sunscreen [not pictured, this is a post holiday pic and I didn’t bring it home] to create an SPF 30 tinted sunscreen)
  • Waterproof gen liner- I chose purple to add a hint of colour.
  • Cream blush because I knew in the heat my skin would be dry and it would blend better with sunscreen on than a powder.
  • Illuminator, because it helps with the beach glow, before the beach.
  • Eye shadow primer because I knew in the heat I’d need it more than ever.
  • Lip butter as opposed to lipstick, for their moisturising properties and the easy to wear colours.
  • Neutral eye shadow palette
  • Random eye shadows I threw in because they were $2 at target the day before I left
  • A powder, it is pictured, but it is black on black (my bad)
  • And of course my black pencil liner.
  • I also took a cheapo brush set, 2 mini foundation brushes and a small bottle of brush cleaner, which again, I did not bother bringing home.

So there you have it, Lizzi’s guide to packing light with your makeup. I hope you found it helpful – I know it was quite a daunting task for me!

Editors note: Wow Lizzi! What an impressive makeup collection! So here’s the question we all want to know – did you use everything you took with you?

How do you decide what to take with you and what is a pure luxury? Do you even bother with makeup with on holiday? Do you have any tips to add?