How to Travel Lightly This Holiday Season and Still Look Amazing

For the holidays, we're revisiting some of our favorite festive articles from the Beautylish archive. Enjoy!

[Photo: ©Ivan Gener / Stocksy]“I love packing,” said no one ever. Stuffing your suitcase with every beauty product for your holiday travels is not only stressful, it’s also really heavy! Here’s a checklist of essentials that won’t clutter your suitcase, so you can travel lightly and still look flawless.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette, $75

Packing an assortment of eye shadows, highlighters and contour kits can seriously cramp your luggage. Also, travel isn’t always kind to your favorite products. Discovering a shattered compact can make for a turbulent start to your holiday vacation, so we recommend taking one powerhouse palette that houses all of your makeup necessities. Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette includes four complexion enhancers to sculpt, highlight, and flush, as well as three versatile eye shadows for instant looks that transition from day to night. Complete with a mirror within a sturdy compact, consider your main powder cosmetics all set for take off.

Benefit Cosmetics Brow Grooming Tweezer and Brush, $20

You may be several hundred miles away from your eyebrow stylist, but that doesn’t mean strays should get in the way of your brow routine. This tweezer-meets-brush tool is basically a travel-sized brow expert that fits into your carry-on. Comb brows into place using the bristle end, and then shape with the diamond dust-encrusted tweezers to completely remove pesky hairs. There you have it, effortlessly defined arches on the go without packing your entire brow tool kit.

The Brush Guard, $36

Brush Guards are seriously life changing. There’s nothing more frustrating than opening your makeup bag to find your brushes squished or damaged while traveling. These sleek covers slip easily onto your precious tools to tightly contain bristles and prevent fallout. Plus, if you decide to wash your tools while on vacation, the guards allow brushes to dry bristle-down, so they keep their shape and look brand new!

MYKITCO. My Mini “On Point” Buds, $5

Jet-setting can involve packing heaps of cotton swabs for daily touch-ups, but a gallon-sized bag of bulky swabs is not travel friendly or environmentally efficient! Luckily, MYKITCO. My Mini “On Point” Buds offer precise correction for all potential makeup blunders. These buds are slimmer and more pointed than your usual, seamlessly fixing any fail. Even better, the swabs come within a small pouch that effortlessly slips into your carry on or suitcase.

Glamcor Riki Skinny Vanity Mirror, $195

The best way to beat bad hotel lighting? Bring your own vanity mirror. Yes, it’s possible. Constructed with adjustable HD LED lights, The Glamcor Riki Skinny Vanity Mirror delivers complimentary lighting so you can properly achieve full-face beauty. The mirror’s small, flat design slides perfectly between the clothes in your suitcase without any additional cords. It also comes with a magnetic phone mount that adheres to the mirror and fits nicely into the pockets of your carry on, so you can document your holiday trip with well-lit selfies and video!

Oribe Travel Essentials Collection, $98

This is truly the mother of all travel essentials—a TSA-friendly collection of Oribe’s luxurious best sellers. Complete with a mini storage bag and fun-sized versions of Balmessence Lip Treatment, Côte d’Azur Eau de Parfum Rollerball, Gold Lust Dry Shampoo, and Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner, this splurge-worthy set effortlessly covers your skin and hair needs. Goodbye clunky plastic bottles! With the Oribe Travel Essentials Collection, packing for the holidays doesn’t seem so intimidating after all.

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