Unless you’re heading out for some sort of digital detox or remote retreat, where makeup is the last thing you think about, packing for a summer getaway is a bit of a conundrum.
You want to look (and smell) good on your vacation, but you don’t want to pack all the contents of your bathroom cabinet – especially if all you have to gamble on is the meager carry-on baggage allowance. ‘a low cost airline.
Fear not, though, as there are plenty of space-saving products and handy tools to help you condense your cosmetics, so you only pack the essentials and can spend less time stressing out your suitcase …
1. Travel size bottles
The clue is in the name, of course. These mini tubes and vials never exceed the 100ml airport security limit, but they’re big enough to get you (depending on the product) in a fortnight.
Nuxe My Travel Essentials Box, £ 12, Escentual
This great-value five-piece set from French brand Nuxe includes a mini shower gel, cleanser, moisturizer, hand cream and the brand’s cult body oil.
Sunday Riley Wake Up With Me Kit, £ 81, cult beauty
Can’t stand ditching your multi-step skincare routine while on vacation? Sunday Riley’s luxurious new six-piece set has everything you need to cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, brighten, soothe and firm your complexion.
2. Beauty bars
Not only do they help cut down on plastic packaging, but the solid beauty bars are also great for travel, especially if you go for the mini versions.
Ethique Tone It Down Mini Shampoo, £ 3
Sustainable beauty brand Ethique offers a wide range of 15g mini bars, including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, cleanser and serum.
Lush Sleepy Bare Face Cleansing Balm, £ 8.50
While many skin care bars weigh 100g, all Lush cleansing bars weigh 35g. We love the Lavender-scented Sleepy Face.
Mini Eco Warrior cube, £ 8, Little Soap Company
Ideal for couples, this quartet includes shampoo, shave, cleansing and exfoliation bars in 30g cubes.
3. Portable pallets
There’s no point in packing a huge makeup palette when you know you’re not going to use it all. This is where the rechargeable sets really come in handy.
Benecos It-Pieces Fairly Cold Palette, £ 21.95
The Benecos It-Pieces collection lets you choose up to eight casseroles to pop into an empty palette (£ 5.95), from a selection of eyeshadows, powders, blushers, bronzers and highlighters, with refills at from just £ 3.95. Alternatively, you can select one of two ready-made palettes.
3-Pan Hourglass Curator Custom Palette, £ 100
New to Hourglass, create your own three- or five-palette eyeshadow palette, choosing from 40 different wearable shades in matte, satin, metallic or shimmer finishes.
4. Skin care capsules
The ultimate in chic and space saving, individual skin care capsules ensure you don’t take a drop of more product than you need.
Eve Lom Cleansing Oil Capsule Travel Pack, £ 20, Space NK
This luxury travel kit contains 14 biodegradable capsules filled with nourishing cleansing oil and a seven-day dispenser.
Elizabeth Arden Celebrate with a Twist Ceramide Pod Set, £ 25
Worth £ 34, this great-value set includes four tubes of seven capsules, each containing a different skin-boosting serum from the Elizabeth Arden range of ceramides.
5. Perfume decanters
Even small glass perfume bottles are often heavy, and miniature versions of perfumes can be overpriced. Take your signature scent on vacation by filling a 5ml atomizer, which equates to approximately 65 sprays.
Travalo Perfume Pod Spray, £ 5, Escentual
Silver Travel Perfume Capsule, £ 7.99, Boots