Travel-Friendly Cosmetic Must-Haves

When you travel often, whittling down the number of products to pack in your cosmetics case becomes a must. Here are some travel-worthy essentials that always make it into our carry-on.

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When you've got limited space (not to mention not wanting your handbag or carry-on to weigh a ton) and flight restrictions on liquids to contend with, you need to make a careful edit of what beauty products to pack with you on a trip, because taking your entire cosmetics and skin-care collection is not an option. Here are some versatile essentials that travel well.

Cleansing wipes

Rather than bringing your eye makeup remover, cotton pads and facial cleanser (which would have to be less than 100 millilitres to bring on a plane), these pre-moistened cleansing cloths get the job done all at once. Plus, if you're exhausted after a long day working at a conference (or a night out dancing if you're on vacation), they make taking off your makeup super-quick when all you want to do is fall right into your hotel bed.

Cream blush

If you pack a powder blush, you risk the pressed powder breaking from being jostled around in your bag, and you'd also have to bring a fluffy brush to apply it with. With a cream blush, you don't have to fret about it cracking if you accidentally drop it, you can apply it with your fingers and, if you want to, you can use it on your lips instead of lipstick.

Blotting papers

To deal with your shiny T-zone, a package of blotting papers takes practically no room at all in your handbag, plus you don't have to worry about your pressed powder being dropped and shattering.

Dry shampoo

If you have a busy schedule during your travels, dry shampoo can save you time getting ready in the mornings, since you don't have to freshly wash and style your hair. Opt for a powder format if you're travelling with only a carry-on, as the type that comes in an aerosol can won't be allowed onto a plane.

Sunscreen wipes

Not many sunscreens for the body come in bottles less than 100 millilitres in size, so you usually have to either plan to buy sunscreen at your destination or check your luggage. Sunscreen wipes or towelettes solve this problem, and they make applying and reapplying SPF throughout the day a cinch.

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