When I left New York City 2 years ago to travel the world for the first time – I didn’t just leave the city I had grown to love. I swapped what had seemed like my entire life for a backpack and a camera.  Traveling helped me find a new perspective on life, a love for the world and this site eventually became a platform to share my travel stories.

I’m inspired daily by the textures I find throughout the world – whether it’s cobblestone streets in Paris, or beautiful silk scarves in Morocco, I look to textures + products to help me capture the perfect photos.

Traveling can be hard on the body, your health and your skin.  When you don’t have your entire collection of skin + makeup products in front of you, what are you gonna do? What do you bring, what do you leave, what do you need to buy?

There are a few tricks that I’ve learned throughout the past year while traveling, on what makeup products you should bring and what products you can leave behind.

Traveling light is a priority for me, since I hate to lug around too much. (We got places to go, kid.)  I also don’t want to look like a hot mess while traveling, either.

There’s gotta be a happy medium between looking your best, keeping your skin looking fresh + feeling smooth, and bringing the least amount of products.

So without further ado, here are 5 travel makeup tips that keep me looking + feeling fresh on the road.


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1. Keep your makeup waterproof whenever possible.

I don’t care how cold it is outside, when you’re lugging around your suitcase while trying to find your gate minutes before the doors close – you’ll be sweating. And we all know that sweat + heavy makeup = disaster. I try to opt for waterproof mascara, eyeliner whenever I go anywhere, so that I don’t end up with raccoon eyes.


2. Make sure you can carry your makeup onto the plane.

There is absolutely no reason why your makeup should not be under 3 fl oz. and able to be taken onto the plane with your carry on. Opt for products, specifically foundations that are carry-on friendly and easy to use. Keeping your makeup close to you is also a good idea because you can slip your bag under your seat during your flight, and freshen up before you land.


3. Bring at least one pop of color for your lips.

Lipstick can be an absolute lifesaver. When you’ve been running around all day and don’t have time to freshen up your entire face before dinner, a bright pop of color on your lip will instantly make you look more put together. No one will ever know, and you’ll look so d-mn good in your photos.


4. If you don’t wear it everyday, leave it.

I used to bring every single kind of makeup product with me on a trip ’cause, “What if I want to wear this kind of eyeshadow one night?” Pack light whenever possible. Don’t try to bring an entire collection or a whole bunch of different shades of the same kind of product. Less is more, especially when it comes to traveling. If you’ve got three kinds of eyeliner, bring one. If you’ve got three shades of lipstick, bring one. If you have an eyeshadow palette that has several shades in one, bring that so you don’t have to mess around with a bunch of different cases.


5. Bring foundation that will protect + be good to your skin.

Caked on is never cute. I used to wear a combination of loose powder, concealer and heavy coverage foundations – but when you’re traveling, you need a simple and lightweight product that’s also multifunctional. I also don’t want to look like I sweat all my makeup off by 6 o’clock in the evening after exploring all day.

nars velvet matte skin tint


So I got to try out the new NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint, and I like it for a few reasons:

  • It’s got SPF 30 and Vitamins C + E, so I don’t have to worry about putting on an extra product to protect my skin.
  • It’s carry-on friendly (only 1.7 oz. in a snap cap squeeze tube) and easy to open/use.
  • The texture is buttery smooth, and makes your skin super soft to touch (so that lovely foreign man can gush over how soft your skin is, ya know)
  • It’s oil free and has a matte finish – so it controls shine and oil and prevents you from looking like a hot, sweaty mess.
  • It’s easy to blend + glides nicely so you don’t have crazy streaks on your face when you’re trying to put it on in the not-so-best light.


It’s perfect for my on-the-go lifestyle and I’ll be bringing it with me on my trip to Southeast Asia. Did I mention I’m leaving in less than a week? Eeeek!




Thank you so much for reading this post. Do you guys have any makeup tips that you live by when traveling?  Leave a comment for us below!




  • So jealous of all your amazing travels. I wish I could be a travel blogger. Great post, love the tips. Got me thinking of my travel beauty routine. Also love Nars products!!

  • great advice! and yes nars is amazing, half of my makeup if nars and it lasts and doesn’t smug

  • Travel size things are the best thing to have. Not even just to travel on a plane but actually to go on any roadtrip, they are essential. I agree with the pop of color for your lips… when you are traveling the least of your worries is your make-up (at least in my case) so having a pop of color is great!
    – Belen
    A Hint of Life

  • I always make sure to bring a great sunscreen that layers well with makeup for that extra protection!

  • i love your photos my friend 🙂 how fun! and great tips as usual!

  • Nars products are great, but the best secret I learned to look younger and HIDE MY WRINKLES was by using Revitol. It’s like injection-free botox! Check out what I’m talking about!

  • tealady3

    Also I would bring a good make-up remover to keep your skin as clean as possible.

    • theinspoproject

      Such a good point!!!

  • Great post!! My number one problem when i travel is debating on which makeup to take, and getting there and not needing basically half of what a brought. Thanks for sharing!

  • These are pretty useful, somewhat common sense stuff that’s easy to forget. I need to keep this list for when I travel! I’ve just begun to travel more and have a goal of one new international country per year.

  • Love all of the travel pics!!!! And I love the advice – I am kicking off a 2 week vaca next Friday so I will be putting your tips to good use 🙂

  • Love the tips! When I studied abroad, facewash wipes and oil wipes where my saving grace <3
    Twenty Rose

  • Great tips! I tint my lashes before I travel. It’s great because it gives the look of mascara without the mess (perfect for plane rides and swimming).

  • Amy

    Great advice! Always looking for ways to make travel a little easier / save money / get creative. If you don’t wear it everyday, leave it is perfect advice. I also like traveling with products that can do double duty. After reading this, I started getting a good sunscreen and doubling it as my foundation. It’s not perfect, but it works surprisingly well!

    • Deb

      Good advice. Minimize in every sensible way. Went on a 3 day cruise with a girlfriend and she brought more than she could comfortably carry. So, I carried her toiletries/makeup bag. I complained that it felt like 20lbs. She said it was only 10!!! Seriously you can live w/ just the basics when traveling.

  • I am flying to London for 10 days in May. This article was very helpful. I tend to over pack makeup, but you have made me think about that. Thanks!

  • Angelina

    Great tips! Only thing I would add is a hydrating mist like Juice Beauty travel size. Traveling can make you your skin look dehydrated. Also great for a refreshing mist pick me up.