8th December 2022

Travel Makeup: What to Bring and How to Pack

Holiday on the horizon? We’ve compiled a fail-safe travel survival guide for your beauty bag to ensure that your prized stacks get from A to B as easy as 1, 2, 3…

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of a trip away. We book them months (even years) in advance, make detailed itineraries and itch to put that long-awaited “out of office” email response on… And yet, the night before always seems like the best bet when it comes to packing.

We’ve all been there. Convincing yourself you’ll travel light while toying up the importance between your entire underwear drawer, several miniature bottles of shampoo stolen from a hotel in 2012 and three pairs of shoes that you haven’t worn in a year but you just never know...

Let’s keep one thing simple – your beauty bag. We have the perfect guide to packing makeup for travel whether it be for a long weekend or a month-long road trip.

How to pack your makeup for travel

Plan your glam in advance

Our number one rule? Approach your beauty bag packing the same way you approach your wardrobe packing. There may be some of you who take a nonchalant "figure it out when I’m there" style to your packing (if that's you, please teach us your free-spirited ways) but for the more regimented among us, you may prefer to plan an outfit for each day of your trip. We recommend doing the same for your makeup looks.

This doesn't have to mean a carefully curated palette for breakfast, lunch and dinner – but establishing which products you'll need for each day means you can better understand how much you'll need to pack. For days exclusively reserved for the beach, SPF and a pop of colour may be all you need. For those evening meals, you may prefer to bring along a few eye shadow shades to see you from dinner to dancing al fresco.

Start with how many days you’re away and from there figure out how many of these days you’ll need a full makeup look. This will give you a better idea of how many and how much of your products you’ll need. And while we love spur-of-the-moment makeup looks, try to pre-plan specific looks so you know exactly which shades need packing.

Multitasking products are your best friend

Packing multipurpose products is the easiest way to save on a huge amount of space. For your lighter makeup days, one-product makeup looks may be the ultimate space-saving trick. Here is one of Trinny Woodall’s favourite ways to use our multitasking hero Lip2Cheek:


For your base, take your favourite Lip2Cheek shade and apply it to the apples of your cheeks using a brush or clean fingertips and blend upwards and outwards to create a flattering flush of pigment. One of Trinny’s top tips is to softly apply a wash of colour across the forehead to bring a sun-kissed glow to your complexion.


For your lip colour, simply apply the product to your lips and build up as you like. You may choose to use a lip brush here for a more defined lip or use a clean fingertip to add a wash of colour and keep the look soft.


Trinny’s top time-saving tip? She takes whatever product is left on her brush and fingertips and applies it to her eyelids for a touch of pigment that ties the look together.

Overflowing beauty bags, begone – one product may be all you need to create natural looks on those minimal makeup days. Trinny London products are all cream-based, making them the perfect multitasking superheroes. Cream-based products can provide looks from a soft wash to a bold pop of colour. Consider experimenting with where you apply your shades and how much you build up your colour to see how many looks you can create using just one product.

When in doubt, think stacks

For some holiday-goers, one-product looks may not meet the mark. What if you’re travelling for a wedding? You need a little confidence boost on your first work trip? Or you just fancy a full glam moment on your last night away? There are many reasons to cram in your favourite tried and tested products but there’s an easier way to bring a full makeup look without a full beauty bag…

Our handbag-friendly stacks are the perfect travel companions, with everything you need in one streamlined routine. The best part? We’ve thought of the makeup looks for you, all you need to do is choose your perfect shades. Here are a few of our best stacks for travelling:

The Smoky Eye stack

Lip2Cheek, Sheer Shimmer and two shades of Eye2Eye. Your evening look, sorted. This is your one-stop shop for an effortless smoky eye with glowing lips and cheeks, perfect for those “let’s see where the night takes us” evenings

The 5 Minute Makeover stack

BFF De-Stress, Just A Touch, Lip2Cheek, Sheer Shimmer and two shades of Eye2Eye. Got a minute? If busy city breaks are your thing, this is the stack for you. Everything you need to create a radiant look in just 5 minutes because we know (from experience) those tour guides wait for no one

The Statement Lip stack

Lip Luxe, Lip2Cheek and Eye2Eye. Let your lips do the talking with the Statement Lip stack, the easiest way to create a bold look with minimal effort needed. Start with a wash of Lip2Cheek on the cheeks and a subtle Eye2Eye shade and dial up your look with a pop of pigmented Lip Luxe – statement looks made simple

And don’t forget the best part – BFF SPF 30 Cream and BFF De-Stress both arrive at your door with an empty T-Pot, perfect for decanting so you can snap them onto your stack.

How to travel with makeup on a plane

Read your airline’s guidelines

Every airline is different and may have different restrictions on their luggage allowances, it’s important to check beforehand to ensure you avoid any last-minute makeup disposals.

Check hand luggage allowances

You can take makeup in your hand luggage however, double-check what products need to be in a clear plastic bag and which can stay in your luggage. Since Trinny London products are cream-based, it’s best to take them out of your bag to avoid being stopped at security. However, cream-based products are perfect for travelling as their thicker consistency makes them nearly impossible to spill – kiss eyeshadow explosions goodbye.

Let’s talk about bags, baby

Ensure your stack essentials arrive unscathed with turbulance-proof beauty bags. Trinny Woodall’s favourite travelling essentials? Clear beauty bags and a label maker.

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