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Get Ready With Me: Travel Makeup Routine

I’m about sixty seconds from insanity and I’m depending on my travel makeup routine to save me. 

I just woke up, jet-lagged, eyes sore, and lips puffy. Lazily, I wobble over to the mirror and inspect my face, stifling a yawn.

Huh. I look like the bride of Frankenstein.

In my zombie state, I shuffle for my itinerary. We’ve probably got plenty of time before we have to leave for the museum –

I stop. This can’t be right.

Breathe, Anshula. Breathe. 

Ten minutes?

I can’t do this.

I take a slow breath and dump out my purse. Bottles and tubes slide onto the desk. This is it – my minimalist travel makeup routine. 

Step-By-Step: Travel Makeup Routine

Final look – what do you think?

Travel Makeup Routine Step #1. Wash and Moisturize.

I gently splash my face with water before dabbing it dry with a soft microfiber cloth. Then, I apply a thin layer of moisturizer. I use Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme from Herbivore.

I love the soft and subtle scent of rose in this product. Seriously, I feel like I’m strolling through a permanent spring morning. The cream hydrates my skin and gives it a bit of a dewey finish, which I’m obsessed with.

Product Used: Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme

  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Zero Parabens

Travel Makeup Routine Step #2. Add Foundation.

On most days, that’s the end of my travel makeup routine – wash my face, moisturize, and go. But today, we’re visiting an upscale gallery and for some reason, I feel the need to be a little more dressed up. So I’m going to go ahead and blend in my favorite foundationPacifica Ultra CC Cream. This foundation evens out my warm skin tone into a cute tan and hides any tiredness around my eyes.

Product Used: Pacifica Ultra CC Cream

  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free
  • SPF 17

Travel Makeup Routine Step #3. Apply Chapstick.

I’m no beauty guru. For me, makeup is an un-honed instinct. My makeup mentality is somewhat like this: ah, that product feels good on my skin. And that combination of products feels good on my skin. Done.

So when it came to the lips part of my travel makeup routine, I was lost amongst words. I knew about the terms chapstick and lipstick, but then I saw labels for matte and demi-matte and lip shimmer and lip gloss. Needless to say, I was confused.

So I stripped my lip routine to the bare essentials: chapstick. I use Burt’s Bees pomegranate chapstick to hydrate my lips. And if the color isn’t coming through, I add a touch of Blush Basin lipstick (also by Burt’s Bees) on top and blend it in.

Product Used: Burt’s Bees Chapstick

  • Zero Parabens

Travel Makeup Routine Step #4. Accentuate Your Features.

The final part of my travel makeup routine is more of a hack than a finish. I always forget to bring an eyelash curler with me when traveling so I end up rubbing my hands together (to warm them up) and using my middle finger (the weakest one) to hold back my lashes for ten seconds. I also dab a little water on my finger and make one smooth motion over my eyebrows, just to accentuate their natural definition.

I glance at the clock. In just a little over a minute, we’ve completed our mini travel makeup routine.

Now, let’s run and catch the museum opening…

Did you enjoy this post? Did you find this travel makeup routine helpful? Do you have your own travel makeup routine? Let me know in the comments below! 

Disclaimer: Some of the links are affiliate links. I may earn a small commission when you purchase them (AKA I can maybe save up for a pumpkin spice latte next year). 


  • Natasha Malik
    November 15, 2018 at 4:38 AM

    Nice Tips, Anshula! Will definitely come in handy on my next trip

    • anshula.varma
      November 15, 2018 at 4:46 AM

      Hope it helps! xx – Anshula

  • Aduni
    November 15, 2018 at 4:39 AM

    I love your makeup, simple and nice.. Too bad I don’t have my own travel makeup routine but definitely gonna try us and I love your blog by the way.. Its amazing..😘😘😘😘

    • anshula.varma
      November 15, 2018 at 4:43 AM

      Thank you so much, dear! xx – Anshula

  • Shirley
    November 15, 2018 at 5:07 AM

    Great tips! I love minimalist makeup and you look beautiful. Love the chapstick trick!

    • anshula.varma
      November 15, 2018 at 8:02 AM

      Aww…thanks, Shirley! xx – Anshula

  • Vijaya
    November 15, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    The story telling and presentation caught my attention. Simple and practical tips. Looking forward to more posts, Anshula.

    • anshula.varma
      December 10, 2018 at 1:20 PM

      Thank you so much! This comment means a lot to me! xx – Anshula

  • Andreea
    May 6, 2019 at 10:22 PM

    I like your routine make up…😁😁


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