9 Tricks to Pack Your Beauty Essentials

9 Tricks to Pack Your Beauty Essentials

Already planning a springtime weekend getaway? There’s nothing worse than starting a vacation with foundation-covered clothes or crushed eye shadow. We’ve rounded up all the expert tips and tricks you need to travel light and get your cosmetics to your destination in one piece. Bon voyage!

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    Before you start packing, separate all of your products into different categories, such as lip colors or hair products, and put each into their own Ziplock bag. If something breaks or leaks, the problem is contained.

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    Emmy Rossum always has lip color options on hand because she keeps her favorite shades in a pillbox. Just cut off the tip with a butter knife and place it in each compartment for multiple shades on the go.

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    Stack heavier Ziploc bags of product, such as those filled with contact solution and lotion, at the bottom of your cosmetic bag, and keep more delicate items close to the top so they don’t get crushed.

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    Celebrity makeup artist Fabiola taught us that a pencil case is a great way to tote brushes without bending the hairs. We like Ted Baker’s Bow Pencil Case ($30).

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    Packed all your products in your cosmetics bag and still have empty space? Clean socks make great shock absorbers.

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    Swap your regular makeup remover for a wipe version. The package won’t leak or break—and they’re great for dirty hands, too.

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    The powder puff or plastic sheet that came in your compact helps the product to stay in place while it travels to the store, so keep it in place for travel, too! Misplaced the puff? Insert a round makeup sponge or flat cotton pad for the same effect.

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    Can’t leave home without your favorite soap? Slice off a piece with a knife and put it in a baggie instead of lugging the whole bar.

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    If your foundation or moisturizer has a twist-off top, cut a piece of plastic wrap, place it over the top, and then screw on the lid to prevent spillage.

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