Beauty Tips I Learned While Traveling

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After September’s fashion week, I packed my suitcases for the longest trip I’ve ever been to. Over the course of this different climate zones vacation, I reconsidered my travel skincare routine and travel makeup look. I also discovered a few new beauty tips that I want to share with you. Read up if you are planning a long trip and need to figure out what to pack.

Lesson 1: You Only Need One Palette

If there is one type of makeup products I’m the most excited about, it’s eyeshadow palettes. I always stay tuned on all the new launches and proudly display my collection in the beauty room. 

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As it turned out during my long trip to Europe, it’s totally possible to make it through almost two months of makeup by using… just one palette!

And I’m not even talking about a 16-shades ABH Soft Glam Palette or the limited edition LORAC palette. Believe it or not, but I managed to make things work with just one four shades YSL Couture Eyeshadow Palette.

I didn’t film any tutorials for Instagram so it was okay to do the same makeup over and over again. But the idea here is that it’s totally possible to not get bored by using all the same shades over and over again.

Having just one palette on me not only saved me a lot of space in a suitcase. It also helped to appreciate quality over quantity when it comes to picking eyeshadows.

Lesson 2: Sheet Masks Are Overrated

Another major confession here: I took a dozen of sheet masks on my trip but ended up using regular ones – those that came in a tube. Don’t take me wrong: I still love applying my favorite sheet masks while at home. But these are most valuable before I’m about to apply a full face of makeup.

I figured what I really need while on vacation are hydrating and detoxifying masks – that’s it! So, next time I’ll be saving my sheet masks for the days when I’m getting ready for the event or while on the airplane and pick just two travel-size masks for vacation.

Eve Lom Rescue Mask

I used Eve Lom Rescue Mask weekly to deep clean my skin and purify all the imperfections.

It features honey-infused kaolin clay which works perfectly for my combination, acne-prone skin.

It tingles a bit after application but a few minutes later it delivers so many benefits that it’s worth getting through an initial refreshing sensation.

I feel that this mask not only deeply cleanses my skin but also helps it to look more “alive” even when I’m very tired.

When my skin felt dehydrated, I applied Kat Burki Complete B Vital Face Mask. It’s the most gentle and effective hydrating mask that I used in a while.

Straight out of a tube the mask looks like a thick cream, but when applied on the skin it transforms into a clear, glossy-looking serum. I have combination skin and I found this mask suitable both oily and dry patches of my skin.

Lesson 3: DIY Manicure Rocks

I used to be the biggest proponent of acrylic nails for long trips. These last for a long time and look so photo-friendly. There is a side effect though. If something happened to one of the false nails, there is no way to fix the problem immediately. So you end up having a half-perfect manicure. Not to mention that gel or acrylic nails cost around $100 and are able to ruin your natural nails after just one application.

This time around I decided to try something else – to bring with me a set of gel nail polish by Essie and a manicure kit. My new strategy proved to be more convenient and reliable.

My manicure always looked fresh, even if I broke a nail or two. It also gave me more space for creativity.

Since I packed two shades of gel nail polish (red and light blue), I ended up switching my manicure so it looks a bit different.

The manicure set (especially, scissors) ended up being handy not only to refresh my manicure but also to remove tags from new clothes. In other words, after trying a DIY approach to vacation nails I regretted all the years I’ve been torturing my nails with gels and acrylics.

Lesson 4: The Underslept Lashes

During my trip, I ended up taking so many flights in one month that I haven’t taken in years. I’m taking all the precautions for making myself look presentable even after a long flight. But oftentimes I still look pretty beat up the morning after a flight.

Usual skincare tricks only helped that much and I started experimenting with makeup trying to find the solution for fixing my puffy under-eye situation.

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My favorite concealer and foundation combined with a color correcting fluid worked miracles for fixing the under-eye discoloration.

The trick that really made the difference was applying false lashes. Even when I didn’t have time to wear any other makeup.

There is something about the sharp eyelash line that immediately makes your eyes look more open and awake.

False lashes are also great for distracting people’s attention from puffiness and under-eye circles.

Of course, it’s crucial to pick lashes that don’t look too dramatic if you want to create the illusion of natural-looking lashes. The favorite pair that I ended up using way too many times while on vacation is Eyelure Texture No 117 False Lashes. As always, I applied them with my favorite Duo Lash Glue that lasts all day.

Lesson 5: Red Lip Is Universally Flattering

Being a makeup junkie, I packed an entire makeup bag full of different lipstick shades. I was thinking of every shade that I could possibly need while on vacation. From three versions of nudes to a collection of purple, pink, and red lipsticks.

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I ended up wearing just two lipsticks during my trip. Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in the shade Lady Balls for everyday wear so I don’t need to reapply the product during the day.

Estee Lauder Pure Love Lipstick in 300 Hot Streak for going out, so I could “eat” my lipstick and easily reapply it on the go.

Maybe it’s just my obsession with red lipsticks, but on this trip, I proved to myself one more time… Red lipstick is universally flattering regardless of what type of outfit you are wearing and for which occasion.

Next time around, I’ll be packing just one red lipstick and my favorite lip balm. And I’m certain that it would be more than enough.


There you have it: beauty tips I learned while traveling for more than a month. Next time packing for a long trip, I’ll make sure to be a more efficient packer and travel light. At the end of the day, if I save space in my suitcase, I can shop more while traveling!

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