1. Crack-Proof Cosmetics
Keep your blush and bronzers from cracking by putting cotton rounds inside of compacts.
2. Spill-Proof Bottles
To stop bottles from leaking, unscrew the lid and add a cut piece of cellophane over the lip of the bottle before re-screwing on the bottle top over the cellophane.
3. Protect Your Perfume
Perfumes are costly items to replace, so pack them with care: Slip a sock over the bottle and then place inside a shoe. Alternatively, switch to a solid perfume for your trip or transfer some of your existing perfume into a plastic atomizer that can be purchased at most beauty supply stores.
4. Seal Your Brushes
I hate when my brushes stain the inside of my makeup bag. Protect your bag (and your skin from bacteria) by using a plastic baggie and a lighter to create a DYI brush guard.
5. Bag It
Anything that can shatter or anything that can stain (think: tinted moisturizer and self tanner) gets its own plastic baggy. This one’s self-explanatory.
6. Waterproof It
Pack all your hair and cosmetic products into one waterproof bag that you can take into the bathroom with you, which will keep all your goodies clean and dry—regardless of the state of the bathroom itself.
7. Stick To Your Staples
A trip isn’t the best time to try out a new shade of lipstick, eye shadow, or beauty brand. First of all, there’s the chance you could react negatively to it and secondly, you’ll have those pictures forever.
8. Stock Up On Samples
Most beauty counters of department stores will be happy to make you or give you pre-packaged samples for your trip. Bonus tip: Hit up Sephora. Do you know that they will make you a sample of almost anything?! Is there nothing this magical store can’t do?
9. Lighten Up
Transfer glass products into lighter containers: Those glass pots of face cream and night serums can get heavy. Instead of bringing them along, add a few pumps of your favorite products into travel-sized plastic containers that you can find in most pharmacies, or you can make your own containers out of contact cases or pill cases.
10. Pack Tight
You want your cosmetics bag as tightly packed as possible, so that items won’t rattle against each other during your journey. If you have extra room in your bag, stuff in a sock for extra padding.