Packing Makeup for Business Trip



Because of my work, I do travel quite often, usually once every other month. And if there is one thing I have learned through all the travels, that will be how to pack a compact makeup bag.

When I first started packing makeup for travel, I would always over-pack. For example, I would bring 5 blushes for a week (yes, I have a serious problem with blush), multiple lipsticks, and way too many eyeshadows. In my head, I was planning to create different looks every day to match different outfits. But of course, it never turned out that way, I always ended up being either too busy or too tired to even think about makeup. At the end of the trip, most of the products were not even used once. 

I have learned my lesson now, and since I’m packing for a business trip again, I thought I would share what I’m bringing with me this time.

Nars pure radiant tinted moisturizer. No brush needed, you can practically close your eyes when applying it. It provides a light to medium coverage, and comes with extra sun protection benefits as well. Plus, squeeze tube is just the perfect package for travel.

Chanel Stylo eyeshadow stick in Caroube. It’s just one of those swipe-on-and -don’t-have-to-bother-with-it products. It lasts all day long on my super oily eyelid, and the color is just beautiful, and goes well with any look you are going for. Again, no brush needed.

Nars smudge proof eyeshadow primer: the oily eyelids’ savior, I don’t go anywhere without it. Even when I’m just doing eyeliner, which is the case most of the days, I would use it to ensure everything stays on put for a whole day.

Kat Von D tattoo liner. I have raved about it here. My trusty, reliable everyday go-to eyeliner.

Bobbi Brown concealer: the only concealer that doesn’t crease on me (so I don’t need to bring any setting power), and no brush needed. The package? Cannot be more compact!

Tarte exposed blush. A great everyday, all occasions, neutral blush that, again, goes with every look. On normal days, I love my pink, coral, peachy blushes, but I found them can be a bit too much for business settings.

Marc Jacob Nude lipstick in Eat Cake. My perfect “my lip but better” shade, goes on smoothly and quite hydrating. Love everything about this lipstick.

Shu Uemura eyelash curler: one time I forgot to bring this little magic maker with me, and ended up having flat lashes for a whole week. Probably no one noticed, but it bugged so much that now when I travel, this is the first thing I throw into my makeup bag.

Chanel le volume de Chanel mascara: I just bring whatever mascara I’m using at the moment. I stopped rotating mascaras since I found out you should toss them out every 3 months. On a side note, this mascara is actually really nice, probably the only high-end mascara I have liked so far. Quite similar to Benefit They’re real mascara, but so much better.

Urban Decay all nighter setting spray (in a clear muji bottle). The holy grail spray that keeps makeup stay all day long.


See, pretty compact there, doesn’t even fill half of my makeup bag.

You can see the common theme here, when it comes to business trips, I like to go for a subtle, just a bit more put together look. And low maintenance products are my best travel companion