How Do You Do Your Makeup When You Travel? Plus COTW!

I always find it tricky to do my makeup for trips to the city.
Publish date:
March 12, 2016
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I decided to go for an impromptu day-trip to New York one day this week. I don't go often because the nearly two-hour drive is annoying, but I couldn't resist the idea of walking around the High Line in this beautiful, spring-like weather.

Anyway, I was inspired to snap a picture of my makeup for the day for this week's COTW topic. I always find it tricky to do my makeup for trips to the city because I want to do a slightly more dramatic look than my usual BB cream and mascara routine, but at the same time, I don't want to be worried about touch-ups all day long.

In the end, I usually go with something along these lines: a base of moisturizer with SPF, a light layer of my favorite Japonesque Luminous Foundation with either primer under it or powder over it to keep it going all day, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, and just a touch of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl on my cheekbones.

Smudge-proof mascara is a given (I rely on this one), but just a touch of eyeliner is enough because I'm not gonna worry about smudging an elaborate cat-eye all day.

Finally, I add some color with either a long-lasting lip stain or a tinted lip balm that's easy to reapply. That's the only product I bring along with me. OK, that plus a compact mirror and these handy blotting sheets.

As for my hair, I just tousle it with my fingers and hope for the best.

Now it's time for the best Comments of the Week!

1. While reading comments about epilators and other time-saving beauty products, I came across this comment by "space girl" and started cracking up:

Hold the phone... I just figured out how to market epilators to men.JOHN DEERE FACE TRACTORS: BECAUSE YOU'RE A MAN.

2. How sweet and sensible is this anti-aging philosophy from "kmacky"?

My dermatologist of all people told me pretty much this: your sunspots and crows feet are there because you want a quality of life, you want to go to the beach and play in the sun. You are beautiful, just wear sunscreen. And if those things start to bother you too much and make you feel not beautiful, then come back and we'll figure it out. :)

3. "shinyredthermos" and like five other commenters professed their love for Turbie Twists and I have to say, I used to use one all the time too when my hair was longer and took forever to dry:

IT TAKES FOREVER. I have butt-crack long hair and air-drying usually takes 12-18 hours. This is so cheesy, but I really love Turbie Twists. My hair is longer than it is, so I have to shove the ends in a bit, but it really does seem to dry it faster and it keeps my hair out of the way while I'm lotioning up and stuff. Much better than a regular towel. Highly recommend.

4. "Alice" shared a great rose-scented product recommendation:

Herbal Essences has a really inexpensive cleansing conditioner with a rose scent, it's from the pink color me happy line. It smells a lot like the Lush Rose Jam, it's my favorite drugstore cleansing conditioner for moisturizing and detangling since I have bleached hair. I use it to shave my legs too :)

  • How do you do your makeup for traveling?
  • If you could only bring one beauty product with you on a day trip to a city, what would it be?