My travel win: NOT overpacking the makeup

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

That's right, you read the title of this post correctly, miracles of miracles I somehow managed to be tough with myself and only bring to NY the makeup I really needed.

It was hard going there for a while ya'll.

My makeup is just one of my security blankets, allowing me to take control of the image I present to the world. But slowly but surely, as I work hard on loving and liking myself despite my flaws, the amount of makeup I wear on a 'down day' has dwindled. I'm sure it's still a lot for some people, but here's what I considered to the bare bones of a good face (especially in the summer):

1. Double Wear Stay-in-Place ShadowCreme (in 07 Golden Apricot) - Adds a dash of  color and sparkle to the lids and I can apply it with my fingers without a primer. I got a bit of creasing about 10hrs later, but I don't think that's really surprising.

2. Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer (in Bulletproof) - Applied with my fingers this gives a great base to start evening out my skin tone with built in SPF 20. I think they've changed the packaging but I love this!

3. laura mercier Foundation Powder (in No. 5) - I patted this on top of my tinted moisturizer with the flat top brush e.l.f. for a wonderfully flawless finish that lasts all day.

4. MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural (in Dark) - Perfect for contouring and adding some quick dimension to the face

5. e.l.f. Studio Blush (in Candid Coral) - Great pop of color for the summer

6. Physician's Formula Eye BOOSTER Eyeliner (in Ultra Black) - This has a brush tip which I love and doesn't leave me with smudges at the corner of my eyes at the end of the day.

7. MAX Bold Curves Mascara (in 001 Black) - I love the wet formula and with a couple coats and a curved brush I'm ready to go for anything

1. Hair band and bobby pin - Who doesn't need these when they travel?

2. Crown Brushes C413 Brow Duo - Just the tool to give me brows a quick grooming in the morning since I don't fill them in

3. Crown Brushes Tapered Face Brush - I can contour and add blush with this brush, and the tapered shape gives me plenty of control while the density means I can buff everything in.

4. e.l.f. Powder Brush - My favorite foundation brush. Liquid, powder, mineral, this does it all and at $3 a pop is a fantastic deal.

And that's IT! I know it's amazing, but somehow I managed to survive a whole 2 days just with those products. Hopefully this post gives you some ideas for your own travel essentials - I promise it can be done with just a little!

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