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An overnighter at a friend’s? Taking well-deserved days off at a little hideaway? Dashing off for an impromptu trip to see family or friends abroad?

Whatever the reason, a well-packed makeup kit will keep you from looking travel-worn and weary. We know you want to pack up your entire kit, but flights have baggage restrictions. And bringing all your beauty products might require a suitcase or two. A tip? Cut back to only the best makeup essentials you can’t do without.

Here are the must-have items that will combat your worst traveling woes, which belong in every traveling girl’s cosmetics bag.

For thirsty skin and long flights…

Air travel can wring all the moisture out of a girl’s skin. And when your skin is dry, nothing goes on as it should nor looks quite right. Not to mention those fine lines and flakiness that accompanies parched skin. Pack a moisturizing mister that can keep all that dryness at bay. Use it either under or over makeup. This is your go-to item that can pull double duty in a traveler’s skincare routine.

For dramatic eyes, minus the hassle…

In a perfect world, one where you are allowed unlimited carry-on, your eye makeup is on point, thanks to your arsenal of beauty products that know how to get it done. But traveling changes the dynamics. It’s a fight for space in your travel-size makeup kit, a la The Hunger Games-style. In a toss down between eyeshadow or mascara, mascara and an eyelash curler win every time. Choose a mascara with long staying power and that goes for a full and dramatic look.

For fearless flawless skin…

Whether you choose liquid or powder, go with a foundation that makes you feel fearless and picture-ready, even after a 10-hour flight. Select one that gives a shine-free finish and that feels comfortable on the skin because you won’t know when you’ll get a chance to reapply. And since all travel makeup products should be worth their weight, find one that includes hyaluronic acid to plump up the skin, as well as hydrate.

For taming of the brows…

Untended brows can ruin even a good skin day by attracting attention. Keeping your brows groomed is easy to overlook, particularly if you forget your tweezers and a travel size magnifying mirror. Never travel without a trusted set of tweezers. There’s nothing worse than strays when trying to get your face picture-ready.

For one product that pulls triple duty…

Blush can pull double duty to give you a kiss of health on your cheek as well as a pop of color to your lips. Who needs lipstick? If you choose the right color, your blush can be worn on your lips, eyes, and cheeks, providing a healthy, all-natural glow. Perfect for low-maintenance chill days at the beach. Beauty tips from the pros include making sure your blush matches the main color selection of your travel wardrobe.

For when your skin just can’t cope…

Travel can mean breakouts due to changes in diet, weather, and climate. And when that happens, a hardworking concealer will become your best friend. Pick one that provides medium to full coverage, which not only corrects but can also blur lines and wrinkles and hide those dark circles due to staying up too late the night before you had to catch a flight.

Lastly, one item you should never travel without…

In a move immortalized by Chevy Chase in the movie The Three Amigos (1986) when traveling through a dessert—always, always travel with lip balm.

Tomoko Matsuoka

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