Maintaining a hair routine is so hard when you are traveling. Most of the time you can’t bring the full-size bottles of your favorite shampoos and conditioners or the water is harsher where you’re vacationing at.
Either way, (for me) it is definitely difficult to keep my routine going, especially with curly hair.
It’s the same way for me with makeup. I don’t always have a lot of room in my bag to bring all my favorite pallets, brushes, and other makeup tools I use daily. I hate bringing 10 bags for a 3-day trip but I always want my hair and makeup to look great (especially for blog photos!).
Today I am going to share some of my hair and makeup tips I use when I am traveling!
Don’t use complementary hotel hair products
You don’t know exactly what is in the products and most of the time, they aren’t good for color-treated hair (or really any hair). I have used some in the past that left my hair more greasy than before I washed it!
Also, a lot of these products will dry out your scalp and when you use the conditioners they provide you, it won’t moisturize your scalp properly. This can lead to a lot of damage if you do this repeatedly throughout your trip.
This is why I always try to bring travel-size containers of my products I use at home so I never have to use that stuff and potentially ruin my hair.
Don’t forget to use sun protection
A lot of people to realize that you should protect your hair against the sun, even if it is overcast. The UV rays can still come through and damage your hair.
I would recommend getting a UV protectant spray. I have one that I can spray after I style my hair and it won’t make it frizzy at all.
Also, check if you can find one that doubles as a moisturizing spray! That will also help keep the frizz down in more humid areas.
If you like to use a hot tool to style your hair on vacations, make sure you bring the right adapters! MOST European countries have the same plugs but it is always best to double-check that before you leave.
I usually style my hair when I am on vacation but lately, I have been trying to keep the heat off of my hair because I want my natural curl pattern to come back.
But before that, I would always bring my Paul Mitchell Neuro Unclipped wand. I have had this for about 5 years and it still works perfectly!
If you style your hair, don’t forget to bring your heat protectant spray to use before styling and a moisturizing/smoothing hair oil to put in afterward.
4 Easy on the go hairstyles
Wear your natural hair
Half up bun
Bring less bulky items
When I go on vacation I try to only bring 1 or 2 SMALL makeup pallets. It depends on the outfits and photos I have planned for the trip. But for the most part, I can get by with just 1 pallet. Plus, I’m also not the best at makeup (YET) so I don’t need more than that.
There are also pallets that have eyeshadows, bronzer, highlights, and blush in one. I would really recommend one of those. I am currently on the hunt for one so if you know of a good brand, let me know in the comments below.
Don’t use makeup wipes
I prefer to use micellar water and a face wash to remove my makeup. Makeup wipes tend to leave a residue on your skin that can prevent it from absorbing the proper moisture. Also, wipes always irritate my skin a lot more and make my face really red. I have tried so many brands of wipes but nothing works as good as my face wash and micellar water.
Don’t forget your mirror
I always bring my own compact mirror with me to do my makeup. Most lighting in hotels suck so I like to do my makeup in natural light near the windows which usually don’t have a mirror right next to them.
At home, I use a simple makeup bag that I can just toss my pallets into. I do put my brushes in a separate bag to make it a bit easier to find what I need but that also fits in my larger bag.
When traveling, if I am only traveling with my carry on, I will use my clear makeup bag for liquids (foundation, mini shampoos, etc.) that I bring so it can go through TSA without any problems.
I also have another travel bag I bring that contains the rest of my makeup and hair products. It is a hanging bag that I put on the back of the hotel bathroom door. It opens up and has a few different pockets that I use for all my things.
My Travel Makeup Routine
I first start off doing my morning skincare routine:
I start by washing my face(Garnier Bio wash gel)
Then I will use a bit of toner (Garnier Bio Skin Perfecting Toner)
After that, I will use my moisturizer (Garnier Bio Argan Rich Moisturizer) and some sunscreen
I don’t use a primer. Only because I can’t find a good one that doesn’t cost 30 euros haha.
I don’t like using foundation because it always makes my skin feel clogged up. I hate that feeling. So, I use a CC cream from Garnier. After that, I’ll conceal under my eyes and some other areas around the face.
Next, I’ll do my brows and my eyeshadow. These 2 things take the longest for my to-do since I want my brows to be even and my eyeshadow blended. Depending on the time, I might do a winged eyeliner but most days I will just put a little bit of eyeliner above my lash line and I’m good to go.
I can’t forget my mascara. I use a few different brands as I am testing what looks good on me at the moment. But, this really helps complete the look!
Sometimes I will use lipstick but most of the time I will just toss on a lipgloss and run out the door!
Although this year I haven’t been wearing as much makeup as I used to. This is my toned-down makeup look that I also wear almost every day as well.
Traveling and keeping up with your routines are hard to do but you can do it! I tone down my routines when I am traveling because on most days I know I will be too tired to go and do a 20-minute face routine. I also tone down my makeup so I can manage to get enough sleep on my vacations. I don’t want to wake up an extra hour earlier just to do hair and makeup if I don’t have too.
I hope you found these tips helpful! Let me know if you have any questions or share any of your travel hair/makeup tips in the comments below!