First, you need to choose a cosmetics bag for travel. Or more than one. There are plenty of good travel makeup bags out there. Picking one depends on the duration of your travel and whether you want one bag for everything. I say yes to the latter and I'll be away for 12 days. So, if you're not a very light traveller who makes do with one gloss and a BB cream and a toothbrush, don't take along a coin-pouch for your makeup. Here's my tip - choose a travel makeup bag with separate compartments for skin care, toiletries and makeup and even smaller compartments for brushes, including toothbrushes.
Here are my travel makeup bags:First up is my Thirty-One Cosmetics Grey Poppy Quilted Bag. I picked this up from LookFantastic when they had an offer going. This is my favourite travel bag, but I won't be taking it along next week as I'll be buying makeup from Sephora and Boots, and won't need to take along so much!
Must-haves in my travel makeup bag are the Shiseido Sheer Mattifying Compact in O40 (black rectangular compact to the bottom right) and Chanel Rouge Double Intensite lippy in Rose Garnet (top right black box). These will be coming with me, no matter where and how, and I have plenty of back-ups.
Too Faced Essential set (reviewed) or the Eco Tools set in here, since both have separate external packaging, but there isn't anything separate for brushes. There's another zipper outside for more sachets and a comb or hairclip.
The next one has nostalgic value though I don't use it except for overnight or weekend-only trips. I had owned a Gillette Kit pilfered from my Dad who kept the contents - it served me well for 15 mostly non-makeup-loving years before it fell apart last year. So I cleverly gifted Dad another Gillette Kit and quietly nicked the bag once he was done with the shaving cream and stuff. There are just three compartments; two small ones at the sides for tiny bottles and tubes and a larger one for everything else. But very handy for a weekend away!
Beautyblender Pro (reviewed) in a little case (came with a Clinique lipstick my aunt gave me) and my Beautyblender Detailers brushes (previewed). Since these are the only applicators I am currently using (and will be using for a long while), this pouch is all I need, and there's enough room for more lipsticks and things.