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On the road
Date: 19 july 2017

Your makeup collection may stretch far as the eye can see, but knowing how to curate your to-go kit is an art by itself. Here are our best secrets on what your portable makeup bag should hold - By Parizaad Khan Sethi

Practice your penmanship

Over the past few years, our makeup kits have lost some of their excess weight, thanks to the army of sticks out there: everything from foundation and concealer to eyeshadow, highlighter and contour comes in stick form. We’ve ditched bottle foundation for a cream compact like Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation (that glo!), heavy pots of concealer for fairy godmother-esque wands like Bobbi Brown Retouching Wand, and our highlighters are fat crayons like Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight in Hefty Highlight. Decant loose face powder in a small jar, or better yet, just take blotting papers instead.

Focus the agenda

When you’re travelling, choose one feature you wish to highlight. For us, it’s most often lips, for several reasons: 1. you can get away with taking just two or three lipsticks like a bright shade, a red and a nude to get through a week-long holiday 2. Lips are the easiest and quickest feature to paint up (we love makeup more than the next person, but the pool takes priority on holiday, people).
Eyes are too high maintenance. To properly do a standout eye, you might need all of these: primer, shadows, liner, kohl, mascara, brushes.. it never ends. Lip looks are more forgiving—all you need are the lipsticks. If your baggage is not tipping the scales, throw in a felt tipped liner (try M.A.C Fluidline Pen in Retro Black), mascara to pull off a quick cat eye and Estèe Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Bar Red.

Join forces

If you’re focused on eyes, chill, we got you. Choose lightweight palettes instead of bulky single shadows. Usually, they come grouped into colours that pair well together, and you’ll have everything you need in one handy case. We’re living for palettes by theBalm. Try the Meet Matt(e) Nude Eyeshadow Palette, or AutoBalm Face Palette – California, which packs a bluish, highlighter and shadows all in one. (If you’re committing to the eye-makeup-on-holiday lifestyle, just drop some $$ on a set of travel brushes. That’s a lightweight investment you’ll never regret.)
Another option: play beauty Lego and custom build your own palette: M.A.C’s buildable palettes like M.A.C Pro Palette Eye Shadow & Concealer X 2 Compact (or even bigger sized ones) can be kitted out with any shadow or concealer colours you choose.

Choose teamplayers

What you need more than anything are products that multitask. Lip + cheek stains like Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Blushing Creme For Lips And Cheeks are a must. And don’t hold back from rubbing your brain cells together to engineer a new use for an existing product. Use pale pearly eyeshadows as highlighter, and use a matte brown one to fill in eyebrows. Lipstick can double up as blush and pearlescent eyeshadows can also be patted over lipstick to create a new shade or effect.

On the road
Parizaad Khan Sethi

is a beauty and wellness editor based in New York. She was the former beauty editor at Vogue India and now serves as a contributing editor for the magazine. At age 5, Parizaad fell in love with an old cream blush she found in the back of her mother’s drawer, and has been in awe of the transformative power of beauty ever since. When she’s not writing about beauty, she researches advances in skincare as a hobby, and is constantly guinea-pigging herself in the name of beauty.