I commute... a lot. And I often crash couches. Therefore I have mastered the art of balancing essential makeup needs with volume and weight. If bulkiness wasn't an issue I would carry my entire vanity with me everywhere I go! But for my shoulder's sake I have downsized to absolute essentials.
So here is what I pack on the go if I won't be home a couple days:
Lush Tea Tree Water
Chanel Vitalumiere foundation
Makeup For Ever HD powder
Dior Amber Diamond
Clinique Airbrush Concealer
Makeup For Ever Smoky Lash
Maybelline quad in Chai Latte
Rimmel lipstick in Crush
MAC blush in Gingerly
Lately I've been into having a fresh, awake looking face. Not too much makeup because it just cakes up while I'm running around at work anyway.
So I always pack the basics: lightweight foundation, setting powder, blush, lip balm, lipstick and mascara.
An illuminating under eye concealer like Clinique's is essential for me. And lately highlight has been my best friend for creating a healthy glow that would otherwise be nonexistent (lol).
I also think it's important to have groomed eyebrows so I'll always have my eyebrow pen with me, that doubles as eyeliner. If I carry eyeshadow I'll bring a palette of shimmery neutral colors. It keeps things convenient and organized.
Lastly, I'll never be without a facial mist. My favorite is still the Lush Tea Tree Water. It's such an amazing refresher after a long day of work. And I like to tone my face in the morning with this mist before I do my foundation.
As for brushes go, these 4 are more than enough to do my entire face.
From left to right:
MAC 138: I use this for setting powder, blush and bronzer. I could even highlight with this but I'm addicted to my 109 for highlighting at the moment. It's an everything brush so it's great for travel.
MAC 109: My highlight brush. <3
MAC 217: An all purpose eye shadow brush. I usually just pack on eyeshadow with my finger n blend out with this. I don't always think eyeshadow is essential to carry with me, but if I were to bring a quad I'd also bring this brush
MAC 266: Use this for eyeliner and to fill out my brows.
Ok wow that was like writing an essay. It really isn't that much makeup. The trick is to not bring more than you'll actually use. And pack travel versions if possible. I love how my powder is in mini form :D