How many times have you reached your travel destination only to unpack your checked-in luggage to find that your foundation has leaked, or the precious serum you spent $$$ on is now all over your clothes, or that the your favourite eye shadow or blush has completely shattered. Yup, I’ve been there, makeup and heart both shattered into a million pieces.
Don’t rely on that “fragile” tag on your bag, here are four packing tips so you’ll never have to find another broken beauty product.
First things first, you’re going to need:
1. Scotch tape
2. Cotton pads like the kind you use to cleanse your face
3. Bubble wrap (you can buy some, but I usually save this from makeup stuff that gets delivered in it)
4. Zip lock bags of various sizes – again you can buy these, but I save some odd sized ones.
5. Socks (optional, make sure they are clean please)
6. A pair of scissors
Let’s start with the easy part. Pack every eye shadow, blush, bronzer or contouring kit you may have with cotton. If a single cotton pad is too thick, pull it apart so it forms two thin layers. This ensures the space between the lid and the product is completely packed so even if it comes under something heavy, it shouldn’t crack.
Next, wrap any glass bottles, like your foundation or serum, that could easily crack in bubble wrap. This way, even if they clink against other products in your toiletry bag, there’s less chance of them breaking. You could also roll them in socks you don’t plan to wear on your trip. It’s all about keeping them cushioned.
Alternatively, decant all your liquids into smaller, TSA-friendly squeeze bottles. They’re less likely to break, so you don’t have to bother with the bubble wrap but it’s essential to ensure they don’t leak!
To do so, Scotch tape is perfect for sealing bottle and containers that aren’t leak-proof. I tape up spritz bottles that have caps, tubs of conditioner or moisturizer to prevent leaks.
Once all your makeup and skincare essentials are safely inside your make up pouch or clear ziplock bag, make sure you wrap it in some of your clothing and sandwich them between more layers of clothing.
It may seem excessive, but you never know if the baggage handler is having a bad day and likely to throw your bag into the hold. An you know what they say — better to be safe and have your eyeshadows arrive intact than sorry.
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