How to simplify your beauty routine for travel

When you’re traveling, the last thing you want is to spend too much time in the morning getting ready for your day’s adventures. And if you stay in hostels as I frequently do, you may not even have much space for applying makeup. Many hostels have shared bathrooms with just a mirror and sink in the room — sometimes not even that! I still recall standing by the open window of my Amman, Jordan hostel room holding up a mirror with one hand and using the natural light to apply my makeup, hoping no one could see me. Sometimes, you have to get a little crafty.

And if you’re packing light as I recommend — with a carry-on bag instead of checked luggage (see “How to Pack a TSA-Approved Liquids Bag for a Long Trip” and “How to Pack for a Two-Week Trip in a Carry-On“), you certainly don’t want extra products in your luggage (literally) weighing you down anyway. The circumstances of travel call for a different, minimalist approach to your morning beauty routine — with products that do double-duty and give you a fresh-faced, natural look.

Over my years of traveling, I’ve tried a variety of makeup and beauty products, and I’ve also polled my well-traveled female friends for their favorites. Here’s our best travel-savvy beauty advice, along with tried-and-true products that help you look amazing with the least amount of effort and space in your luggage.

Note: In 2014, I wrote a weekly blog series on budget travel for eHow. This post is from that series, so you'll have to head over to their site to read it in full. Thanks for reading!

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Travel TipsMegan Van Groll