It is the eternal question.
You mean, “What walks on four legs in the morning, two at noon, and three at night?”
No. Not that one. The OTHER eternal question, smartass. What makeup should I take with me when I travel?
First of all, you should know that I have issues with scarcity. I am an “and” girl, not an “or” girl. Always have been, always will be. I want the hot fudge and the nuts. And the whipped cream. And the cherry. And yes, if it could also be on fire that would be awesome. I am the person who, when confronted with two equally yummy-smelling bottles of shampoo/perfume/whatever, must have them both because WHAT IF I MAKE THE WRONG DECISION AND DON’T REALIZE IT UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE?
(This is perhaps the reason why, if you were to open my bath closet on any average Tuesday, you would find approximately 43 different types of scrubs, washes, soaps, and gels. If you actually look in the shower there are probably 6 to 8 out at any given point in time.)
You can understand, therefore, that the idea that I would travel without taking with me every piece of makeup I own is, frankly, terrifying. What if I needed, I mean REALLY NEEDED, that one particular eyeshadow color? Or I stupidly, stupidly left THAT PERFECT BRUSH at home? Panic!
Part of my brain understands that this is really nuts. The goal in choosing makeup for travel is to bring just enough options that Scarcity Brain doesn’t feel anxious and threatened but not so much clutter that Sensible Brain is annoyed, starts to resent Scarcity Brain for running the show, and flounces off in a huff, not to be heard from for the remainder of the trip. We need Sensible Brain. Trust me.
So. Please to share with me your travel makeup must-haves. Here is what I know I will be taking:
• Primer (just one!)
• Foundation (just one!)
• Setting powder
• MAC Painterly paint pot
• Concealer (just one!)
• Mascara (just one!)
• Brow pencil (just one!)
• Clear brow gel (I only have one of these anyway)
• TFLI lip primer
… and so you can see that the place I run into trouble is everything that has color: eyeliners, eyeshadows, blushes, lipsticks. I know there are people who can travel with one palette and get through the whole trip with one neutral look, but that makes Scarcity Brain gibber with fear and run around in circles. I need, I think, at least two looks: a brown/neutral/peach look, and a pink/purple look.
I have some ideas about how I’m going to do this, but let’s hear your tips for choosing and packing makeup for travel! I will not be flying anywhere, so I don’t need to worry about the 3-oz. rule, but I do want to be reasonably conscious of space.
Another slow week in the Sales Department. I guess everyone is on vacation.
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