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Beauty Hacks 101: How to Pack Your Makeup Bag!

Posted by Michelle Fong on
Beauty Hacks 101: How to Pack Your Makeup Bag!


Hello Lovelies!  Do you take a long time packing your cosmetics for a trip, even if it's a trip to the gym?  I recently shared a broadcast about how to always stay ready, pack light, and have everything you need at your fingertips! 

First of all, you need a practical bag.  The cute valet is from Target.  You may not find the same cute Missoni print, but you will find similar valets with the pouches and compartments similar to mine.  These are the items to pack: 



In the top compartment, I keep all things long handles, such as brushes, pencils, sticks, eyeliners, etc.  Here's where I keep my eyeliners, foundation brush, concealer/primer stick, and eyebrow pencils. 


  • Foundation brush
  • eyebrow brush or pencil
  • eyeliner
  • concealer stick 

These secret compartments are perfect for storing those sample packets we get after purchasing our favorite things.  What I carry:  Sunscreen, deodorant wipe, toothpaste packet, and feminine products. The beauty of this is that you can dispose of these packets when you are done! 


  • toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • sunscreen
  • feminine products

Next I like to carry mini bottles of different things that you might pick up as gifts with purchase, sample sets, you can even buy some of these in the travel section of Sephora.  Here I carry eye makeup remover, make up cleansing gel, perfume, and a primer water.  


  • eye makeup remover
  • face cleaner
  • perfume
  • primer or setting spray (optional)

Makeup Items:  I tend to carry only the basics when it comes to makeup, with a versatile palette and cheek cream.  First of all, it's important for me to carry items that will not break, or that I will not care about if it breaks! 


  • eyelash  curler
  • mascara
  • eyeliner
  • brow pencil and brow brush
  • foundation brush and foundation
  • cheek cream
  • One go-to palette with medium colors (Urban Decay Naked Basics palette)
  • concealer
  • highlighter (optional but great for making tired skin glow!)
  • one eye color pop
  • one lip color pop

Lastly, moisturizers for your hair and skin!

  A little bit of Argan oil goes a long way and this mini of Chi Argan oil is the perfect size, found at Ulta for $1.  It's great for your hair and also your cuticles!  Also, eye drops are important for eye hydration, especially if you are traveling by plane, as well as eye cream for that puffy under eye area.  Don't forget the hair tie! 


  • eye drops
  • soothing eye cream
  • hair tie or clip
  • argan oil


In the larger compartment, I carry my skin tint foundation by Rodial (not pictured), Perfect Hair Day styling creme, this stuff is amazing, and any type of makeup that is a larger than mini sized compact.  I also make sure I have my hydrocotizone, a travel sized lotion, bobby pins, and Q-tips! Everything in my bag is TSA compliant, and the bag unfolds with a hook to hang anywhere for easy access!  


  • lotion
  • hydrocortizone
  • bobby pins
  • q-tips
  • hair styling creme
  • foundation or tinted moisturizer


Don't forget that the new brush set will be in a slim travel clutch, with all the brushes you need! Click here for the product link! 


  • Angled Cheek
  • Contour
  • Blotting Powder
  • Fluffy Crease
  • Angled Shadow
  • Pointed Detailed Shadow
  • Angled brush for brows or eyeliner


Now ladies, never be a hot mess again! 


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