Beauty travel tip: Bring makeup pencils!

A few months ago, I got an email from Reader E.

I wanted to give you one of my favorite travel tips for makeup and since school supply season is upon us (yikes!) I thought this would be a makeup sticksperfect time to share my tip.

I am what my husband calls a “competitive” packer and I am always looking for ways to carry less, be more efficient and travel lighter. I now have my entire makeup routine in stick form which is so great for carry on, durability and longevity. It also helps to minimize spills. When I get to the hotel I always have to take my make up out of my cosmetic case and transfer it to a glass in the bathroom so the sticks are upright and easy to use. I kept wanting a makeup bag that stood up but alas…none to be found. Then I remembered a pencil case I bought years ago when my kids were younger that stands up on a desk! Ah ha… that would be perfect for my makeup, I thought!! So I’ve been waiting for the school supplies to come out and yesterday when I was in Target I saw the pencil pouch I’ve been wanting. Now I have a stand up makeup bag and holder all in one and it costs under $5.00.

This is so, incredibly clever. This answers several common issues that business travelers have. First, it packs compactly. Second, nothing can spill. Third, it transfers easily from suitcase to bathroom counter. And I can’t tell you how many emails I get asking about which makeup counts as liquid—with a pencil, none of it is considered liquid! A great trick for women who travel for work.

For the curious (like me), here is a list of Reader E’s makeup:makeup sticks bag

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  1. Best travel tip EVER. Don’t know why I hadn’t thought of this before. So many blushes and eyeshadows have broken over the years. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  2. If you bought the pencil case at target check now because school supplies should be fifty or seventy percent off now.

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