My Travel Beauty Routine (and Fav Beauty Products)

If you know me or follow me enough that you’ve seen my photos from traveling, you know that I’m not one of those girls who looks like they reapplied a face of makeup before heading to the beach or made 18 outfit changes in a day. I’m not one of those girls nor am I one of those bloggers who will do anything to paint the picture perfect (and unrealistic) photo while traveling. Now don’t get me wrong, I like looking nice in my day-to-day but when I travel my priorities are usually a bit different. I prioritize comfort and practicality. What pieces of clothing should I bring that will be the most versatile, comfortable or cool (if I’m traveling somewhere hot). The same goes for my beauty routine.

When I’m not traveling, I do wear makeup every day with the exception of days I’m just being lazy or don’t have to work. However, I’ve always said: “I want to be the girl who my future husband will wake up next to in the morning, when I’m makeup free, and he still recognizes me.” Therefore I’m 95% of the time a more natural makeup wearer. When I travel, it is really dependent on where I’m traveling to and what I’m doing which determines if or what I’ll wear in terms of makeup. For example, if I’m visiting somewhere that rains a lot like Ireland or is insanely hot every day like the Philippines, I may opt to stay makeup free because it’ll end up being more of a hassle than anything else. However, if I’m traveling to a place like New York City, or somewhere that is a bit more practical and easy for me to keep makeup on all day, then I’ll definitely wear my regular face. 😉

Saying that, I still have some go-to products I love and a routine that I like to stick to even when traveling.

On the plane

Being on a plane filled with recycled air can easily dry up your skin and make you feel incredibly shitty, especially on a long-haul flight. I recently became a lot more conscious about my face and skin when traveling because it really does make me feel refreshed and better while flying when I take care of myself. Here are a few things I count on when in flight:

  1. Cleansing wipes
    First things first, if you’re wearing makeup when you board the plane you’ll want to take it off because no one should have makeup on for a 19 hour flight. I also like having wipes on me to quickly give my face a wipe periodically throughout the flight to keep me fresh and clean.
  2. Night face masks
    These masks don’t have to be washed off so right before I’m about to get some shut eye on a long flight I’ll apply one to keep my skin refreshed and moisturized. I find the Sephora brand great because they have individual, airplane friendly sizes.
  3. Refreshing spray
    Sprays like Caudalie Beauty Elixir or a gentle rose water spray can be great on a flight when you’re starting to feel exhausted and dried out. Just spritz them here and there throughout the flight directly on your face and let it soak in.
  4. Moisturizer
    Like I said, planes dry you out, so I always carry a face and hand moisturizer on the plane with me so after wiping my face I can moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

While traveling

My usual skincare routine when I travel is pretty basic. I’ve used the same face wash since I was a kid but am lucky in the sense that I can always switch up my face wash and don’t usually break out when I do it. My go-to is the plain old Cetaphil. I usually only wash my face in the shower or if I’m wearing makeup, otherwise I just splash water on my face in the morning or night. Afterwards I apply Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer (bonus is that it is SPF 15) which I’ve also been using since I was a teenager.

In the daytime I’m a big believer in sunscreen however I hate how greasy and gross it can make you feel so I’ve found a few that I love: Neutrogina Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen for my face and Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Sunscreen for my body.

If I do apply makeup while traveling it’ll be basic. Here is what I usually do:

  1. Put primer or moisturizer on my face
  2. Use foundation sparingly only around the places I need it (under my eyes, around my nose, and my chin) however, I’ll skip this if I’m tanned
  3. Light sweep of bronzer unless I’m traveling somewhere that I may have a bit of a tan
  4. Blush on my cheeks, followed by highlighter on the top of my cheek bones, as well as my nose
  5. Mascara
  6. Voila! Simple, easy and natural

My favourite makeup products I can’t live without




  • Luna Highlighter in Calypso
    I actually got this in my Ipsy bag as a sample and will definitely buy the full-size once I run out. Love the shade and glow it gives to my face.
  • Cover Girl Clean Foundation
    I have been using this since I was a kid and competitively danced and no matter what brand name foundations I buy, I always come back to this!
  • Quo Mosaic Bronzer
    Also another fav I’ve been using since my competitive dance days.
  • Smashbox Primer Water
    A great, refreshing primer to put on before or after applying makeup!
  • Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
    Love this primer when my face is feeling a bit dry. It also smells so yummy!


  • MAC Lipstick
    I own a lot of lipsticks but my favs are always MAC. Some of my go-to colours are Rebel, Sin, Viva Glam I for night or dressing up and Faux and Fanfare for casual/day wear.

There you have it, the secrets behind my super basic beauty routine for when I travel and also in my every day life. But my biggest tip of all is to not overdue it. You don’t need to pack three bags of makeup on a trip and you definitely shouldn’t be spending all your time getting yourself ready instead of out exploring!

What are some of your fav beauty rituals when traveling? Share below!

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    November 2, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I had to laugh a little because your “simple travel beauty routine” is more complex than what I do at home for special occasions 😉 Good call on the sunscreen though!

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