5 Steps To Pack Your Makeup

One question I get asked a lot is how I pack my makeup when I travel. With all of the TSA regulations on how much of each liquid you can bring, it can be a bit tricky. Over the years I have mastered this 5step process so packing my make up is now a breeze!

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1) It’s all about what you buy. I have discovered that one of the best ways to pack my makeup, is to buy smaller containers of makeup. This makes packing them into a quart sized bag a breeze. I have sensitive skin but I have found that Eyes Lips Face (ELF) makes some of the best makeup for me and it travels really well too. ELF makeup is usually very inexpensive so it makes buying smaller containers easier. Their makeup ranges from $1-$12 (not including make up sets). Here is some of the makeup I usually use.

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Mascara Duo //BB Cream //High Definition Powder  //Flawless Finish Foundation //Lip Exfoilator  //All Over Color Stick //Foundation Brush //

2) Use the same makeup at home & when you travel. This is one of the smartest things you can do. You never know how your skin is going to react to the water or allergens where you are traveling to. You should use the same makeup all of the time, which will help your skin have some consistency. This also helps when packing your makeup because you can throw it all into your bag as soon as you are done putting on your makeup before you leave on your trip.

3) Pack all of your liquids in a clear quart sized bag.  I find it easier to already have all of my makeup liquids packed into the clear plastic bag before I get to the airport. I see lots of people who are not prepared and have to dig out all of their liquids and quickly dump them into a plastic bag in the security line. This slows everyone else down and you can really annoy people doing that. If you are going on a longer trip, be sure to pack an extra plastic bag for the trip home!

makeup in baggie

4) Keep your clear plastic bag inside another bag. I don’t know about you, but I have had my liquids leak while I am traveling. Usually the leak is contained inside the plastic bag but once in awhile, the leak gets EVERYWHERE. To avoid this, keep your plastic bag of liquids inside another bag or pouch. When you get to security, take the entire bag out of the pouch and place it back in when you are through security. I recently bought the Samantha Brown make up travel bag. You can freeze the bag before you leave, which keeps everything inside from overheating and I have found it helps with leaks. This bag does not appear to be for sale anymore.

makeup in bag

5) Keep all of your non-liquids in a small, packable bag. When the rest of your makeup is in a small, packable bag it is easier to find and it is much easier to keep together. I know a few people that just throw their non-liquid makeup into their suitcase and then they can never find it all! It is best to be as organized as possible when you travel. I usually use this bag from Forever 21 and it does the job.

forever 21 bag

Here are a few other bags you can keep your makeup in.

kate spade new york le pavillion medium heddy- Breezing ThroughForever 21 Beauty Junkie Small Cosmetic Bag- Breezing Throughkate spade new york flashcards small iris - Breezing ThroughForever 21Striped Midsize Cosmetic Bag  -Breezing Through






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  1. Brielle
    August 6, 2014 / 9:44 am

    This is also how I pack my make up when I travel! Great minds think alike!

    • August 6, 2014 / 10:26 pm

      I am so glad you do it too!

  2. August 6, 2014 / 11:39 am

    I am now realizing I am super lazy about this and that is probably why my makeup is always a mess!

    • August 6, 2014 / 10:26 pm

      It really does make a huge difference!

  3. Kali Schroeder
    August 6, 2014 / 12:01 pm

    The plastic bag thing is so important! I had a hair product leak into a plastic bag with other products, and everything was covered!! Great tips 🙂

    • August 6, 2014 / 10:26 pm

      Thanks for reading! I love using plastic bags, they really do save all the rest of my stuff from getting ruined.

    • August 6, 2014 / 10:27 pm

      Thanks for reading Amanda!

  4. August 6, 2014 / 1:19 pm

    For some silly reason, I only recently started using big freezer bags to store my shower stuff, and it’s such a good idea for leaks! P.S. good call on the Pssst dry shampoo–it’s my favorite!

    • August 6, 2014 / 10:27 pm

      I love Pssst dry shampoo! Its the best way to keep my hair in check when I travel!

  5. August 6, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    Pinned! The idea to freeze your cosmetics bag before putting the stuff in is genius–I’ve suffered melty makeup a few too many times.

    Love, Gigi
    Dolce and Gabriella

    • August 6, 2014 / 10:28 pm

      Thanks for Pinning Gigi. The freezer bag makes a HUGE difference!

  6. August 6, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    thank you for this tips! i will move -to a dorm- and i need to pack my makeup! and loved the makeup bags you showed!

    • August 6, 2014 / 10:28 pm

      Thanks Orly! This will definitely help with your move.

  7. August 6, 2014 / 4:08 pm

    I always use ziplock bags for my make up when flying. People I have traveled with think I am inane until they get stopped and asked to throw certain things away. It makes life so much easier! The sad part is that I often leave it in the baggie after I get home- I guess durability over cute bags wins out?

    • August 6, 2014 / 10:29 pm

      I am usually that way too. I end up keeping the plastic bags inside my makeup bags and then I just take them out when I have to travel!

  8. Zoe Diaz-McLeese
    August 6, 2014 / 7:45 pm

    Super helpful post! I’m about to start packing for studying abroad, and it will definitely keep me more organized to do this! I”ve never thought of putting the plastic bag inside my actual makeup bag… that’s a great idea!

    La Vie en Zoe

    • August 6, 2014 / 10:29 pm

      Thanks for reading Zoe! Be sure to pack extra plastic bags, they always rip!

  9. August 6, 2014 / 8:47 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this!! I’m about to leave for work (out of state) and i bought a bunch of makeup and this will definitely me pack.


    • August 6, 2014 / 10:30 pm

      So glad this will help you!

  10. August 6, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    Great tips! This is exactly how I pack my makeup except I always end up throwing my eye shadow palettes in thinking “Oh I’ll use this” and I never end us using it so it just ends up being an “over packed” item LOL

    • August 6, 2014 / 10:30 pm

      I used to do that to. Now I have a eye shadow stick that is double sided that I use for travel. That way I have two options but it is much smaller than a palette!

  11. August 6, 2014 / 11:21 pm

    Great tips. I also decant my foundations to tubes made by a company called Yaby. They are amazing for travel.

    • August 7, 2014 / 8:20 am

      That is always a good thing to do! I used to use small bottles before I used ELF

  12. August 8, 2014 / 11:22 am

    This is really helpful! I never know how I should go about this, so I usually avoid flying! lol!

    • August 8, 2014 / 11:40 am

      Oh I am so glad this helped then! Feel free to email me and I can send you so more info on packing cosmetics!

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