I’ve really managed to downsize the makeup that I travel with over the last year or so. I decided to do something about the sheer volume of product that I take with me when I had to do an overnight trip with my old boss last May. I not only wrote recipes for his cookbooks and television appearances, I also travelled around with him and helped with demonstrations. I had to look presentable, but for one overnight trip last May, I took a Sephora Weekender bag bursting with products. There was no conceivable way that I could have used all of them in 24 hours. That’s when I decided to downsize and de-pot everything and it took me until the end of the year to muster up the nerve to break down my pallettes. Once that happened there was no turning back, and I love it now.
Here’s a list of everything in my makeup bag, minus the brushes and their names and numbers:
–Blinc Mascara Amplified
–Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
–Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion
–Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown
–Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original
–Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
–Diorskin Nude Foundation in 022
–Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer in Light 16
–Kat Von D Setting Powder in Translucent
–Benefit Watt’s Up (champagne cream highlighter)
–Bite Beauty Multistick in Cashew (warm, rosey mauve)
I carry one Z-palette with me. That’s all I allow. If the powders won’t fit in there, then I take some out. I brought the following along with me for this trip (I was really feeling the Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani collab on this trip…mostly because I only ended up with an hour to pack and knew that all of those shades looked good on me):
–Smashbox shades Glow, Highlight, Bronze, and Contour from the Shape Matters Palette
–UD X Gwen Stefani blush shades in Hush (light shimmery pink), Easy (rose with shimmer), and OC (peachy pink with shimmer)
–Nars blush in Goulue (warm pink with gold shimmer). Dear Lord, I love this color so much.
–UD X Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow shades in Stark (light nude matte), Anaheim (light brown matte), Zone (medium brown matte), Serious (smokey gray with iridescent floating pearl), Skimp (pale nude satin), Baby (cool metallic rose), Steady (medium rose with metallic gold shift), Blonde (pale beige with pink iridescent shift), Blackout (black matte)
–Make Up For Ever eyeshadow in I-544 (warm taupe with a satin finish)
So that’s what I’m travelling with. It all fits in one Z-palette and one small makeup bag.
I favor the Benefit and Bite creams since I’m currently in Louisiana, which is only a few degrees cooler than Hell on days like today. Creams don’t melt right off my skin when I leave the house. They stay in place a bit better than powders, and still look pretty good once I start to sweat. I really like the I-544 shade from MUFE because I don’t really need to use more than that single shadow if I’m in a hurry or just can’t be bothered to put time into my eye look on any given day. I just concentrate most of the color on the center of my lid, blend out with a fluffy brush from MAC to blur the edges, add a bit more shadow to the outer edge, blend again, and I’m done. I’ll use Watt’s Up on the inner corners and brow bone if I feel like doing a highlight.
The powders I’ll use more when I get to Chicago where I hope that the weather won’t be pushing 100 degrees and going outside for a walk isn’t out of the question. I tend to favor neutrals when I travel purely because they are easy and go with everything. If I want to add pops of color, I’ll generally go with a red shade like Gash from Urban Decay.
Oh, I forgot to add in my lip shades:
–Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin’ Watermelon. I wouldn’t usually take something like this with me, but it arrived in my Play box the night before I left, and I decided that I would give it a try while I was away.
–Two Bite Beauty Custom Lipsticks. I carry these everywhere with me because they are perfect. I went to the Bite Beauty Lab and told them to make the perfect matte red and the perfect peachy-pink neutral cream color for me, and they did.
–Wander Beauty Wander Out Dual Lipsticks in Wanderberry (burgundy) and Barely There (mauve nude)
I really only need two colors–one red and one nude, but I went a little crazy on this trip. I like the design of the lipsticks from Wander because the tube can fit in my pocket, and the shade selection is good for day and night. Generally, I just travel with one red and one nude. That keeps me covered for daytime wear and for any fancy evening dinner I happen to go to.
So there you have my travel collection. This really has made my life so much easier. I no longer carry around shades that I know I’ll never use just because they are in a pallette I love, and I don’t waste space in my luggage.
I know I talk about depotting quite a bit, but I can’t fully articulate how much easier this has made my life. To anyone who has even entertained the idea of depotting, I say do it! I know we all love the cool packaging on pallettes, but that’s not what’s important. The shadows are the important part, and I just love being able to move shades from one custom pallette to another and mix and match as the mood strikes without having to carry around three or four massive pallettes. I used to allow half of my backpack space for my makeup collection. Now it’s down to a bag and a Z-palette. I’m never going back to that old travel set up.