We’re excited about our vacation, but the most annoying part about travelling is probably packing. If only we could bring along our entire beauty stash!
If you find it hard to look for multi-purpose products, consider investing in stick makeup, because they are so easy to use and carry around. You can literally put them all in a kid’s pencil case. Here are the stick options we would pack into our luggage:
Liquid foundation and compact powder are just too cumbersome for travel. Go for a stick foundation like the Skin Foundation Stick by Bobbi Brown. This has a creamy texture that’s lightweight, and helps to correct skin tone. In more than 20 colours, it promises eight hours of resistance against water, sweat and humidity. Imagine how easy it will also be for touch-up throughout the day! You can thank us for looking flawless in all your travel photos.
Thankfully, one of the best highlighters in the market comes in the form of a sleek and slim pen. The YSL Touche Eclat comes in a few shades, and you can use it to brighten up any dark areas on the face (for example, under the eyes, between the nose and cheeks, around the lips), as well as to highlight features to make them more prominent (for example, the nose bridge, the cupid’s bow and the brow bones).
Here’s a video that shows you how you can use this product:
Bronzers can be packaged in many different forms, from powder to compact, and from gel to cream. There are even bronzers in the form of serums! But of course, like we’ve been saying in this article, if you want something that’s easy to pack into your luggage, go for sticks. We recommend The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer by Tarte.
This is a contouring stick that you can use to apply under the cheekbone for the look of slimmer face, or blended along the nose for a sharper nose shape. The best part is that you don’t even need to bring along a brush to use this product. Simply sweep the stick along desired area, and then blend it out with your fingers.
The Stila Lip & Cheek Stain is a blusher AND a lip colour. Probably because it is also meant for the lips, it offers more shades than most blushers do. It supposedly reacts with the pH levels of the skin to create a “personalised” colour. It also delivers skincare benefits like antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E to the skin. Packaged in a clickable pen, simply swipe the hue onto desired areas and blend it out with your fingers.
Laura Mercier is known for its Caviar Eye Liner, and with the success of it, the Caviar Stick Eye Colour was born, as a new way to apply eyeshadow. These eye shadow sticks are formulated in many different shades to create the smoky eye look. Long-wearing, transfer-proof and crease-resistant, the pigment glides onto the eyelids smoothly and can be blended easily. They are also super slim so you can easily put a few of them into your makeup bag for travelling.
Yes, all lipsticks come in stick form, but we really want to recommend the new Kate CC Lip Cream because it protects and nourishes the lips like how a lip balm would – something that we would find useful when we travel to dry and cold countries. It also offers SPF19/PA++, another plus point for jet-setters. The lip cream comes in four shades and are all highly-pigmented.