Packing and traveling light for summer vacation includes the makeup bag! Since powders and sweat rarely combine well, light and creamy makeup products that offer a range of coverage while never feeling thick or cakey in the heat are key. I lean towards high-end makeup that doesn’t clog your pores, but I also love a high-quality, affordable steal that does the trick! From mascara to setting spray and everything in between, here are ten essentials in my summer travel makeup bag. 

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream

I love this CC Cream, which works like a lightweight, moisturizing foundation. It’s perfectly named as it gives your face enough smoothness and color correction without looking heavy or ultra-full coverage. I’d recommend the travel size as it’s still enough product to last you almost the entire summer. As a bonus – it’s an acne-safe CC cream with SPF 50+ built in!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel

Quickly and easily keep your brows looking groomed with Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Gel & the strong hold clear brow gel. Instead of taking the tip to pencil in the perfect brows, lightly brush through them with the colored brow gel, then keep them fluffy and in place with the strong hold clear brow gel, and you’ll instantly look more pulled together and refreshed. The color blends in seamlessly, and the clear brow gel basically makes it sweat proof. 

e.l.f. Multi-Stick

If you try to protect your face from burning in the sun but still want that sun-kissed pink/peachy color, pop on a few dabs of this e.l.f. Monochromatic Multi Stick. I swear by it for quick and easy blush, which you can blend with your fingertips, but it also works as a beautiful eyeshadow or lip shade in a pinch!

Fenty Cream Contour Stick

Another tool that doesn’t require a brush, the Fenty Beauty Match Stix is perfect if you want to add a bit of contour to your makeup look. The shades are cool-toned so that you never look muddy and orangey. Dot a few places you’d like to create shadows and smudge with your fingers or a brush. I swear by this contour brush from Real Techniques as it’s the perfect two-in-one blending tool. 

Hour Glass Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Sometimes if the product is good enough, it’s worth the splurge! Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer is perfect to top off your summer glow with a natural sun-kissed glow look. With no glitter or orange hues and only a hint of shine, it’s the perfect summer bronzer. 

L’oreal Extra Collagen Boost Mascara

I have tried just about every mascara under the sun from $4 to $45 and everything in between, yet I keep coming back to this mascara. It was my favorite when I was 13 and is still my favorite at 30! It adds so much volume to your eyelashes and doesn’t get flaky in your eyes. 

e.l.f. Shadow Stick

I love an easy shadow stick for just a bit of shimmer on the eyelids in the summer. Forget powder eyeshadows, just dab a bit of this and maybe the multi-stick on your lids, and you’ll get an easy summer shimmer that will stay all day. 

Covergirl Tinted Lip Balm

I swear by this product – I’m wearing this tinted lip balm in almost every photo I take! It gives enough color to look alive without being a stark shade you must maintain all day. Trade your basic chapstick for this hydrating and tinted one, and you have the perfect two-for-one for your travels.  

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

If you need a makeup look that will stay all day, this Urban Decay setting spray will make your makeup stay through the heat, sun, and rain. I’ve used this to keep my makeup fresh throughout photoshoots in Italy in July and full days at Disney World in May. It will stick through just about anything!

Colorescience Bruhs-On Sunscreen

There’s no need to ruin your makeup look just to reapply sunscreen! I absolutely love how flawless and easy the Colorescience sunscreen is to brush over your makeup and keep exploring!