I am a self-professed over packer, I'll admit it. On any given trip, I've packed at least three too many outfits on the off chance I end up hating something I've brought. When it comes to my makeup bag, however, I try to pack only what I absolutely need and can use for both day and night looks. Let's face it, I'm not strong enough to carry around my weight in a travel bag. I take the least amount of makeup and brushes I can get away with. One rule of thumb I live by, don't pack any new products. If you haven't tried a product at all or enough before packing it for a trip, leave it at home. It sucks going on a trip with only the bare essentials and hating a new mascara or foundation.
Photo Finish Primer and the Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer. When I'm on vacation, I pack as much as possible into everyday, so a face and eyeshadow primer are a must in my bag. I also love the Nars Orgasm/Laguna Duo because it's two must have products in one package. Then, I always pack an eye brightener (Maybelline Age Rewind Brightner) and under-eye concealer (Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer) to cover up any remnants of a late night out. Last two face products I always pack are a full coverage foundation (MUFE Mat Velvet +) and setting powder (MAC Prep & Prime Setting Powder). Full coverage makeup lasts all day and night, especially with the face primer underneath. I never have to worry about touching up my entire face before going back out for dinner after a long day exploring wherever I am.
Naked Palette because the range of colors are fantastic for simple day looks, yet still has the right darker shades to create a smokier night time look. I only pack my Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Liner in deepest black because it works day/night and is definitely waterproof. After that, I throw in a black mascara like Maybelline's Big Eyes mascara.
Sugar Lip Treatment. It's like the holy grail for dry lips. I also pack a neutral lipgloss like Revlon's Super Lustrous lipgloss in super natural and then a bright lip color like NYX lipstick in Eros. That way, I can do a natural or bold lip whenever I want.
MAC #187), a small stippling brush for concealer (ELF), powder brush (MAC #134), bronzer brush (Sonia Kashuk similar), blush brush (MAC #167SE), flat eyeshadow brush (MAC #252SE), crease brush (MAC #217) and a liner brush (Studio Gear #30) for my gel liner.