As beauty editors, we’ve been super fortunate to visit some next-level places for work. From the hammams of Turkey to the snow-capped Swiss Alps and the Saguaro-laden deserts of Arizona, we know that visiting a new locale is the ultimate mood-booster. But packing for your getaway? That’s not as fun, especially if you’re attempting carry-on. Trying to downsize your entire beauty routine to fit in that tiny plastic baggie frankly sucks. Throughout the years, we’ve figured out how to cheat the system and with our top tricks you too can learn to pack the ultimate beauty travel bag with ease. —Emily MacCulloch & Ingrie Williams, @t.zonebeauty
Stick With It
Choosing waterless skincare that comes in a solid stick or bar format streamlines packing and eliminates the spill factor. Our high-performing crew includes Oceanly’s Phyto-Cleanse Oil-to-Milk Cleanser ($20) and Shiseido’s Clear Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+ ($40), plus a new addition from Ember Wellness. The Sculpt & Glow Bar ($29) is a multi-use innovation that merges the benefits of gua sha with hydrating and radiance-boosting results. The contoured bar, which gently softens with the warmth from your hands, is loaded with softening shea butter, antioxidant grape seed oil and ethically sourced mica. It de-puffs, nourishes and imparts subtle luminosity—what more could you ask for from a travel buddy?
Join the Capsule Club
From anti-aging serums to on-the-go foundations, capsules are the next big thing in beauty. Not only do they drastically help you to cut down on space in your carry-on, but we love that each capsule offers up the perfect one-time application in a chic little parcel. One of the OG capsules that catapulted the trend (and we still can’t live without them) are Elizabeth Arden’s Retinol Capsules ($119), and we’ve recently added RoC’s Multi Correxion Serum Capsules ($49) into our travel rotation as they’re rich in hyaluronic acid—a must to rehydrate post-plane. For makeup, skip packing a hefty bottle of foundation and try Clarins’ new Milky Boost Capsules ($38), a light-coverage foundation that comes in six shadesof glow-boosting goodness.
Practice Cabin Care
Along with water and all the snacks, our in-flight essentials include beauty boosters to counteract the effects of arid cabin air. To arrive looking well-rested, we’ll dab on an eye cream and place OMY Lab Reusable Eye Patches ($20) on top. The thin layer of silicone acts like a mini shield against moisture loss and enhances the plumping efforts of an eye product. A calming mist is also a must-have. Available in a TSA-friendly size, the Tower 28 S.0.S. Daily Rescue Facial Spray ($16) contains hypochlorous acid, which has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that reduce redness and irritation. And we’re not above slapping on a nourishing sheet mask mid-flight either!
Makeup Made Easy
No matter where you’re headed, packing makeup is easy when you can stack a few pots of double-duty players. We recently asked Trinny Woodall, beauty pro and founder of Trinny London, about her dream travel makeup stack when suitcase space is tight. “I’d definitely include concealer and a Lip2Cheek shade that can go anywhere, like Veebee ($46) because it’s a beautiful neutral,” says Woodall. “I’d also add something shimmery for the eye, like Wisdom ($32), and a pop of colour for the lips and I’m all set.”
Go & Glow
Our pals at Glow Recipe want to know: where will you glow next? Their line of vegan, cruelty-free skincare, infused with juicy, antioxidant-rich fruit, is a definite must on our packing list. Luckily, Glow on-the-go favourites like Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops (for hydration), Strawberry BHA Pore-Smooth Blur Drops (to absorb and balance oil), Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum (for a healthy skin barrier), Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum (to target dehydration, irritation and redness), Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum (to help fade dark spots) and Strawberry Salicylic Serum (to treat and prevent breakouts) come in minis—perfect for travel, trials and everything in-between! —Noa Nichol