Problem Solvers

Minimise your make up bag with these travel-sized heroes

We’ve all been there. Struggling to squeeze the entirety of our (extensive) beauty wardrobe into one small suitcase… 20kg doesn’t go far when you’re lugging a drawer’s worth of make up and skin care “essentials”. Luckily, we’ve an array of mini must-haves to streamline your luggage and leave you with room for, you know, other luxury items (like clothes). 

Putting a tongue-in-chic twist on your make up must-haves, {Benefit} have down-sized their bestsellers so they’re perfectly clutch bag-compatible (great for the forthcoming wedding season). With super-cute {Hoola}, mini, lash-lengthening {They’re Real! Mascara} and baby brow-taming {Ka-Brow!} you’re in business!

Addicted to matte liquid lipstick? Huda Beauty’s {Liquid Matte Minis} are perfect for taking on travels. Prepare to fall head-over-heels for the limited {Blushed Nudes} collection – four barely-there shades to lend long-wearing polish to your beauty look. Perfect paired with smoky eyes for after-hours, Bardot-worthy drama, these also add pared-back sophistication to your poolside pout. Essential for a destination wedding!

Skin care super-star Sunday Riley has down-sized her best-loved lines so you can now ensure you’re never caught without your beauty best friends. In hand-luggage compatible sizes, you can now snap up {Luna Sleeping Night Oil} – perfect for overnight flights – or discover the spot-stopping skills of {U.F.O.}. What’s more, these gorgeous offspring make adorable additions to your hotel bathroom #shelfie… ideal for chic jet-aways.

Want tousled, beachy waves without a seaside escapade? Pack OUAI Haircare’s {Wave Spray} in your carry-on. Great for channelling that laid-back, coiffé decoiffé hair texture on a city break, the diminutive, pocket-sized bottles of bestselling styling foams, mousses and mists will ensure ‘French girl’ locks en vacances.

Honey, I shrunk the skin care ritual! Tata Harper’s {Daily Essentials} is a comprehensive, 7-piece edit of complexion saviours – from cleansers to masks via skin-soothing spritzes (perfect for keeping things cool in the heat), this wardrobe of super-natural products is hand luggage-compatible. Conduct the ritual in-flight to ensure skin stays happy while in transit.

If you’re an ‘Acid Addict’, the convenient {Daily Peel Pads} by Dr. Dennis Gross will guarantee you’re never forced to go without your AHAs. Great for mini breaks, the slimline sachets can be stuffed into your pockets if need be – just grab and go! With boxes of five, 30 or 60 sachets to choose from, these will ensure you’re constantly glowing..

And if you’re headed for sunnier climes, you need to ensure you’re equipped with sun-defensive heroes. COOLA’s comprehensive {4 Piece Organic Suncare Travel Set} unites their continuous (piña colada scented) sunscreen mist, facial barrier cream, lip balm and after-sun treatment, to keep your skin safe as the mercury rises.


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...