Travelling. Its either something you do often, or not enough. As a self-proclaimed home body, I do not travel often. And if I do, its usually somewhere close like Las Vegas or San Francisco. Basically, somewhere that I can drive to within a few hours. I’m not great at being away from home, and my cat, McClane. I worry about whether everything is ok back home, and it can totally derail my vacation. And surprisingly, this fact does not bother me. I take comfort in the fact that I like to have a home base.
However, this year, something bigger is on the horizon. I’m taking an actual vacation, for more than 4 days. I also have to fly there. I have not gone someplace other then the state of Nevada or California in at least 5 years. This September, though, I shall be going to New York City. I have only been once in my entire life, and it was to be a balloon handler in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I was in the city for less than 24 hours, and it was so long ago that I barely remember much of that day. But alas, I will be there for 5 days and 2 half days. Since I don’t want to be hassled too much, I will only be taking 1 carry on and a backpack. Herein lies the challenge. What am I supposed to do about makeup?!
Normally, while travelling, I’m driving, so there are no restrictions on what I can take. I can take as much makeup as I want. But, with this trip, due to TSA regulations and space limitations, I needed to seriously consolidate the makeup I am bringing. All toiletries need to fit in my makeup bag and of course, the 1 quart bag for the liquids. I thought about it. Well, I could try and buy the trial sizes of everything I have, but at $15-$20 per item, that could be pricier than I would like.
Then, my sister gave me an idea. She was going to Italy and she bought the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette. It comes with eye shadows, blush, highlighter and contour. I realized quickly that the problem with these kinds of palettes (although beautiful) is that the colors are predetermined. And in my case, its either the eye shadows are not my colors (too light) or the contour/highlight shades are not my colors (too dark). And so, the quest began; the quest to build the ultimate travel face palette. And let’s just say that what I came up with is the perfect travel set for ME. Now, if you were to buy all of this new, it would come up to around $60. I already had a couple of the items, so it did not break the bank.
Here is what did:
Step 1: Get some sort of empty magnetic palette. I used the Morphe one, as it was the best priced one I could find. I used the 6 in x 4 in size, as I needed space for 6 eye shadows, Blush, Highlighter and Contour/Bronzer.
Step 2: Get a plan of what colors you want to put in your palette. For me, I wear black eye shadow often, so I knew that I would want a basic color scheme of White/Gray/Black, along with a few colors to mix it up. For blush, you want one that matches all potential makeup looks. The same goes for your highlighter. Contour is the easiest as your shade is your shade.
Step 3: Locate all of the chosen colors in pan only. Ah, pan only. This is actually a concept that is falling by the wayside. Some companies sell the component that allows you to pop the pan out, but its easier, in my opinion, to find them in pan only to begin with. For eye shadow, Morphe, Makeup Geek, Colourpop & Anastasia Beverly Hills are my go-tos for this. For Blush and Highlight, I chose Makeup Geek’s Heart Throb and Shimma Shimma (an eye shadow shade that works fantastic as a highlighter). And for contour, I used the Kat Von D in shade Sombre. Kat Von D Beauty came out with the refillable version in the incomparable Shade + Light Contour Palette.
Step 4: Fill your empty palette, throw it in your bag and enjoy your vacation!
Now, of course, with an empty magnetic palette, the possibilities are endless. Especially since you can always buy magnetic strips at the craft store to make anything stick in the palette. With makeup, it is especially important to remember that if something doesn’t work for you, there will surely be a way to find an alternative. It may take more effort than just buying something already made, but at least you get EXACTLY what you want. I included a picture of what my palette looks like below, along with the links to the products. =)
Eye Shadows: Top – Porcelain/Pink Silk, Middle – Velveteen/Magic, Bottom – Coal/Emerald
Kat Von D Shad + Light Contour Palette – $49
Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Refill – Shade Sombre – $16
Makeup Geek Blush Pan – Heart Throb – $10
Makeup Geek Eye Shadow – Shimma Shimma – $6
Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Singles – Emerald – $12
Morphe Eyeshadow Singles – Magic, Pink Silk, Coal, Velveteen, Porcelain – $2.29 each
Morphe Empthy Magnetic Palette (6″ by 4″) – $6.99