How To Pack Like A Beauty Editor

Photographed by Mindy Best.
Our little beauty team does a whole lot of traveling. For example, this month alone, three of our editors went to Paris — separately, for various reasons. Since we do so much schlepping, we like to think we know our way around a travel-beauty game plan. And, as women who spend our professional lives eyeballs-deep in products, it would be kind of embarrassing if we didn't have a well-thought-out regimen for the road.
It's no surprise that we all have little packing tricks we swear by. What was surprising was that we'd never talked about it before. In case you haven't noticed, we're all about over-sharing our beauty secrets — some might say we built this city on over-sharing. So, we got together and spilled our go-to products for trips — and ended up learning quite a bit from one another's habits.
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Photo: Courtesy of L'Occitane.
Tara Rasmus, associate beauty editor
"I discovered this tip by accident: If you pack one travel-sized bottle of gentle, non-drying cleanser, you can use it as shampoo, body wash, and face wash. I love L'Occitane's lavender wash."
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"Traveling taught me that at the end of the day, all you really need to style your hair is the following: dry shampoo (which doesn't count against your liquid quota, thankfully), body lotion (double-duty!), and a travel-sized hairspray. You can use it as texturizer, curl enhancer, or to set your style. Done and done."
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Gabrielle Korn, assistant beauty editor
"My face totally dries out if I don't use serum under my moisturizer, but who has room for that in their suitcase? These individual little serum pods are so convenient. They're single-use, so I can bring the exact amount I'll need, plus one for good luck, and still have plenty of room for the rest of my stuff."
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"I try to keep my makeup simple when I'm traveling. And, by simple, I mean just BB cream, blush, concealer, and mascara... And, the perfect red lipstick, of course. I like to be ready for anything, and this luxurious, long-lasting formula is a great secret weapon. It's usually the only lipstick I bring with me on trips because I know if I need to look good, it's the only one I'll really need."
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Photo: Courtesy of Darphin.
Megan McIntyre, beauty director
"One of the items that takes up the most room in my makeup bag is always my cleanser. At home, I use a cleansing oil followed by a gentle cleanser to rid my face of every last trace of dirt and makeup. This makes for some not-so-light packing when I am on the road. So, when I travel, I bring along a cleansing balm to replace both those products — it helps melt off my makeup and clean my skin while also keeping it hydrated and soft."
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