While this may ordinarily be the amount makeup “beauty enthusiasts” carry with them on the go, I for one was very nervous. I mean, I am usually a very very light traveler and more scared for my compacts busting in the suitcase than missing my flight, so its very unusual for me to pack all my beloved makeup and hit the road. And I mean this in a “all the eggs in one basket” kind of way.
My cousin got married a day before Valentine’s day last week and it was a very fun weekend for the family. However, before the trip I was worried about two things: 1) What makeup to wear and 2) Will the food be good? (not necessarily in that order). After a few days of head scratching and turning my stash upside down, I could satisfactorily match lipsticks to blouses! I found all the colors I needed right here in my stash (are you surprised?) without needing an emergency trip to MAC. Also, the food was great!
Interestingly, I managed to carry every single piece of makeup I love with me on this trip. I mean just look at it; from primers, bases, to eyeshadow and powders, blush and brushes, everything that I cannot be without! For the sake of completeness, in my carry on luggage I had a mini makeup pouch that housed my Chanel Les Beiges powder, Tarte’s Exposed blush, Dior’s lip glow balm and Chanel’s Espresso eyeliner. I really did have everything. wow.
When I think of foundation I think of MAC’s Face and Body. I am always on a quest to find something that can outperform F&B in terms of finish, coverage or longevity (only for variety) but eventually turn around and come back to this one. I wore it for my own wedding and I wear it for everybody’s wedding! For dry/combination/normal skin like mine it does not get better than this. I wear C3 but I think I’ll buy a C4 too for summer. I am back in love with it if you can’t tell already!
This time I had four primers to have fun with! My tiny tube of Hourglass Veil Mineral primer has been around for a long time and I think its time for it to retire. However, it still works pretty well so I am not too fussed, not atleast a new one comes by. Before foundation I slapped on a medley of primers on my face. I was desperate for a mega-wattage glow you know? I have had this tiny sample of L’Or Pure Radiance primer from Guerlain for a long time, but for the price it comes at it just didn’t make sense to try it, love it and then convince myself to get the full size. Anyway, I started with applying that all over the face and much-to-my-no-surprise it didn’t do anything for me. I think I am not the targeted skin-age for this primer because all I felt was a little stiffness on the skin and no “golden glow” whatsoever.
I then went over my T-zone with the Hourglass primer and it immediately smoothed everything out. I think the term velvetty was coined for this beauty! I added the Becca Shimmering skin perfector in Opal on the cheekbones and other other high points of the face, then mixed Face and Body and Burberry’s Fresh Glow Fluid Base in Nude Radiance (in equal proportions) and applied the mix on my face with fingers. Finally, I used the Real Techniques Buffing Brush and everything looked AMAZING! I now need all three primers in full sizes.
Adding powder to my perfectly beaming face is usually something I have to force myself to, but a little dusting of Hourglass Dim Light powder never hurt anyone. I love the fact that it sets the glow in place without mattifying and helps everything looking good for hours. I powdered only the usual areas – under the eyes, around the mouth, on the chin and a bit on the forehead.
Packing brushes for a trip is painful! In my head I can see myself sitting on my brushes and snapping them or dropping them to roll under the bed never to find them again or just plain leaving them behind because I couldn’t remember how many I had with me in the first place. Also, how the hell do you carry brushes so they don’t get crushed?? While I am a firm believer in multi-taskers, I ended-up carrying everything I could grab! Powder brushes were in excess – Wayne Goss #14, Nars Yachiyo Kabuki brush, Zoeva Blush Brush – who needs THREE?? For Eyes all my favorite brushes, MAC 217, 239, Zoeva’s petite crease and blending brushes, and a Zoeva’s smudge brush. A few Real Technique brushes for blending and liquids but they were clearly unnecessary and took up too much space!
I seriously lack all and any eye makeup skills. I know an elaborate makeup look usually is all about elaborate eye makeup but when someone has as little skill as I do it just gets plain messy to even try and attempt. I had made up my mind to (finally) carry my Urban Decay Naked Palette but a few days before the trip I tried blending a few shadows and knew it wasn’t going to work. Change of plans, I carried only my Nars Cordura eyeshadow a.k.a the eyeshadow for eyeshadow noobs!
For the actual wedding, I ended up using By Terry’s Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon all over the lid then blended in the lighter/browner shade from Cordura. Lined my eyes with a chocolate-brown kohl and plenty of Chanel Le Volume mascara. This is now my go-to party eye makeup – quick and easy, fool-proof and neutral. Let me know if you want to see it in a post?
I had created three looks in my head for the three outfits I was going to wear. Keeping the base same, I went in for something more “vampy” for cocktails and no I don’t mean on the eyes. I wore a black sari in the evening and I knew I wasn’t going to match it with a black smokey eye; that would have not ended well and we all know why. Instead, I opted for a dark red lip – Nars Cruella lip pencil + MAC’s Dubonnet Amplified lipstick – lots of red, brown and burgundy thrown in. I matched this with a mix of MAC’s Gingerly + Hourglass Diffused Heat blushes on the cheeks and a simple black kohl-ed eye. A very “Didn’t try too hard to look this glam” look!
Everytime I wore makeup on the face I also wore the Filmstar Bronze and Glow. The bronzing side to contour and add definition to the face and the highlighter to magnify the glow on the cheeks! This is such a HUGE favorite at the moment for me and I am surprised because I never imagined I would love it! This totally needs a post to itself.
YSL make my favorite matte creamy lipstick – Rouge Pur Couture. I wore the pinky red Rouge Vermillion for the wedding night paired with Hourglass Radiant Magenta blush. The fact that both products are long-wearing made my life easy when I couldn’t be bothered with touch ups.
For day time my makeup was very subdued. Bobbi Brown’s Creamy lipstick in Italian Rose is my perfect my-lips-but-better for everyday and I was glad I had brought it along. That paired with a matte neutral eye with Burberry’s Almond eyeshadow, more brown eyeliner, more mascara and a lot of Diffused Heat blush on the cheeks. To think of it, this has actually been my go-to everyday makeup for the past few weeks and I have practiced and timed it to under 7 minutes. Not even kidding!
Lets talk about my makeup bag. I had no choice but to carry everything in my (much loved) Laura Mercier’s Custom Artist’s Portfolio a.k.a the best investment I made for my makeup! This hardly ever comes out for short travels or holiday, but when I have an insane amount of very expensive makeup to carry, its worth the extra bulk and weight. Agreed this took up most of my baggage allowance but atleast my makeup made it back home!
It has four pouches for compacts, tubes and any makeup, and a detachable sleeve for brushes with a flap which is God sent! I cannot imagine carrying my brushes in anything else, which means I usually never carry brushes with me or atleast the ones I feel deeply about!
End of a pointless ramble.
How much (or little) makeup do you carry usually? Whats your FAVORITE makeup that you must have at all times?
Let me know. I’m nosey like that.