As if looking good while traveling hasn't become a major feat, thanks to carry-on regulations, many of us have yet to master the basic task of getting made up in the morning - at least, not quickly.
Thanks to a growing number of pint-sized goods that make getting ready on the go a snap, there is a rescue plan on the horizon. If leaving the house bare-faced is simply not an option, you can either fast track your routine before leaving or, if worse comes to worst, you can make up your mug quickly by focusing on your most prominent features.
The trick is finding travel-friendly, easy-to-use, compact products that will pass TSA inspections, or can even be applied on a rocking subway. We'll show you how!
Lay the Foundation
Applying foundation takes time and attention to detail; instead, to banish any blotchiness, try a tinted moisturizer with SPF. Rub it on after getting dressed, the same way you would a regular face moisturizer. It will work double duty to clear uneven skin tone while hydrating beneath the surface.
Try: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($42; lauramercier.com)
Highlighting your lids with shadow is a quick way to instantly look made up. Brown skin tends to look best with earthy colors and they are neutral enough to go with any outfit. Look for compacts that offer two or more shades in one so that you'll have options to play around with.
The Bobbi Brown Mini Bobbi Brights Palette ($70; bobbibrown.com) is ideal. The set won't take up too much space in your purse or clutch, and it comes with a little brush and 20 shadow colors to choose from.
If cheekbones are a prominent feature on your face, always play them up with blush. On darker skin, go for the more vibrant shades. It may look scary in the compact, but once applied will really give off a naturally blushing look, instead of an ashy, flushed one. Plus, lighter blush shades may not show up on darker skin. NARS Blush in Mounia ($26; narscosmetics.com) is a great choice. The deep berry color looks intimidating in the compact, but is perfect for contouring.
Eyeliner is so tricky to apply when sitting still - much less on a swaying subway - but the Urban Decay 24/7 Jackpot miniature pencils ($39; urbandecay.com) are perfect for getting a good grip. Pull your lids tight to the sides and draw as close to the lash as possible. If the line gets a little crooked, just smudge the top with an eyeliner brush and cover with shadow.
Even with the most compact of products, without the right makeup bag to keep it all in order, you may end up with a messy pile of useless and outdated products. Be sure to purge expired products every few months and only tote around what you use most frequently. Keep your makeup bag small to avoid the temptation to overload it. We like this one from Target!
Sonia Kashuk Pencil Case ($5, target.com)
Even with spring coming, ashy hands are a constant issue for the woman on the go. Our all-time favorite travel lotion is Nivea Creme - not only because it works, but because it's less than a dollar! In a world of constant inflation, this little product never seems to go up in price. ($.99, ulta.com)