Must-have beauty items for a weekend getaway

No woman has to shortchange her skin just because she’s going away for a few days.

Here, grab a few tips and tricks for scaling down a beauty routine to a manageable amount for weekend getaways.

Must-have beauty items for a weekend getaway

For many women, the ultimate packing challenge of a planned or spontaneous weekend trip isn’t cramming clothes into a suitcase — it’s paring down their beauty routines. If air travel is required, there’s the extra headache of figuring out how to get everything through airport security in a carry-on bag.

Fortunately, whether traveling by plane, car, or boat, there’s a satisfying solution to downsizing even the most complicated beauty regimens. With the help of some clever packing ideas, no woman has to shortchange her skin just because she’s on vacation.

Paula Begoun and the Paula’s Choice Research team offers these expert tips for scaling down a beauty routine to a manageable amount for weekend getaways.

The cardinal carry-on rule to remember

All liquids brought onto the plane must fit in a 1-quart, zip-top bag, and none of the individual containers can be larger than 3.4 ounces. Sometimes 4-ounce bottles will make it through airport security, but don’t take a chance unless the item can be thrown out without regret.

When you need to downsize products, use smaller travel-size containers or bring smaller travel-size packets. It’s easy to transfer facial cleansers, shampoos, and conditioners into small travel-size containers, which can be can purchased from Paula’s Choice or from most drugstores. These small sizes can store more than enough product for weekend getaways, but even better are single use travel packets.

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Don’t downsize sunscreen

If the trip involves going to a place where spending long days outside in the sun is going to be on the daily agenda, then large-sized containers of sunscreen are necessary since sunscreen should be applied liberally to assure skin is adequately protected.

Consider packing a just-in-case supply in a travel-size container or travel packets, and then buy more sunscreen at the final destination. There are plenty of great body sunscreens at drugstores.

Use multi-tasking products

Using multi-purpose products is a great way for a lady to lighten her load. For example, pack a dual-shade bronzing powder like e.l.f. Bronzer ($3) instead of blush and contour powder; pack one shade of matte eyeshadow that works to fill in eyebrows and can double (used wet) as eyeliner — we like Milani Brow Fix Kit ($6.99).

Makeup bag essentials

Even if it’s just a weekend getaway, it’s still vacation, so it’s okay to take it easy on the makeup. A medium-to-full coverage concealer can hide a multitude of travel woes including dullness from lack of sleep, stress pimples, and dark circles.

Our secret weapons: Bare Escentuals SPF 20 Correcting Concealer ($20), M.A.C. Select Cover-Up ($18), or L’Oreal Visible Lift Serum Age-Reversing Concealer SPF 20 ($12.95). A foundation or tinted moisturizer with sunscreen will even the complexion and add a healthy glow while providing additional sun protection (weekend trips don’t have to mean more wrinkles and dark spots). Try Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer SPF 20 ($10.49) or Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($9.99).

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Special makeup-packing decisions to consider

Generally, makeup items such as lipsticks, lip glosses, lip balms, liquid foundations, and concealers in a carry-on get through airport security without being in the designated 1-quart bag, but that is not a certainty. There is no information on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) website that specifies one way or the other. As a rule, we suggest leaving room in the 1-quart bag just in case.

Even though it’s tempting to grab every shade of shadow, lipstick, gloss, and liner — keep it simple. Choose the most versatile colors that go on with minimal effort, so more time can be spent relaxing and enjoying the company of another. After all, that’s the best part of quick weekend trips!

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