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I pride myself on being a light packer, someone who is very good at finding multiple uses for the same item of clothing or accessory. So, I don’t over-pack. However, makeup and skincare is a completely different story. The space I save with clothes, I make up (pun intended) with multiple eyeshadow palettes and mascara options. Once I realised the error in my ways, I have been finding ways to cut down the amount of products I take to half, maybe even less. So, here are my top tips for people in similar shoes.

Create that custom palette

If you’re a serious makeup junkie, this wouldn’t be a new concept to you. Getting a magnetised palette to de-pot some of your favourite products is a great idea. I like to include all my powder products in one palette. Which also allows me to use them for more than one thing at a time.

For example, I have a bronzer and highlighter in my palette, which also double up as a crease colour and a brightening eye shadow for the inner corners. Other staples I like to include are a deep cool-tone brown or black eyeshadow that I can use for my brows as well as smudgy eyeliner, and my favourite eyeshadow (usually a bronze), which I know I would use repeatedly.

Multi-purpose products

I love products that do more than one thing. My favourites are lip and cheek stains. The Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks is a lifesaver while travelling, as it’s pigmented and blends well into your skin, giving you that perfect flush.

Lipsticks can also make great cheek products, as long as you use them before you powder. Similarly, you could skip the eyeshadow primer and use your concealer set with powder as a base for your eyeshadow.

Make it work

When it comes to base products, I like to ditch my tinted moisturisers and go in for something more medium to full coverage. This way, if you want less coverage, you can always make your own tinted moisturiser by adding it to your foundation.

For skincare, travelling with a cleansing balm makes life easy. Nothing spills or leaks and you can get your makeup off effortlessly. Oils can also be of great help. Argan oil can be used for your face as a night-time treatment, as well as a morning moisturiser, and a good leave-in hair serum.

Cut down the tools

While you’re on the go, the last thing you need is a zillion brushes to carry around. This is where a good hand sanitiser and a few tools can make a big difference. Apply your foundation and concealer with your fingers. And carry a sponge which you can use for powder. You’ll just need one powder brush that can be used for the bronzer, highlight and blush. An angled brush is great for the brows and eyeliner, and a fluffy eyeshadow brush to blend things out seamlessly.

Carrying your entire makeup collection while on the go may seem like a good idea, but let’s be honest, no matter how many options you take, you will always end up using your favourites. So, save yourself some space; after all, it just means you have extra space for all that shopping you’re going to do.

The author is a make up artist and hairstylist.

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