A few months ago a woman on budgettravel.com revealed her travel beauty bag is actually an Altoids tin. I am not that woman. That doesn't mean I regularly argue at the baggage counter over the necessity of a third lipstick, but I do love a few options.
In short, mini makeup multitaskers make me sing. YSL Faux Cils mascara? Mini. Tarte Natural Cheek Stain? Mini. Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch? Mini. Bobbi Brown Corrector? Normally mini anyway. I maintain a mountain of deluxe size samples reserved for the road.
A hefty swirl of the Real Techniques Buffing Brush melted Lancome Teint Miracle onto my features for nighttime ship soirées. On land I only used the clear Mally Poreless Face Defender to stave off any visible sweat and shine from the Caribbean heat. I jumped at the chance to use it on makeupless beach days because normally it detracts a bit of your foundation when you layer it on. Not cool.
A tip? Don't even think about packing a Naked palette, unless it's the Basics. For the eyes, this (mini!) NARS laguna cutie covered both my contours and my lids. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner's fine point requires little finesse for the perfect black flick, but also tightlines as good as its rope-walker counterpart. I also blended a bit of Bare Minerals READY eyeshadow in The Last Call when I wanted my peepers to make a vibrant pop.