Beauty School: Pare Down Your Beauty Routine For A Destination Wedding

I’m traveling for my girlfriend’s destination wedding but my beauty bag in its current state weighs about five pounds. How do I achieve the looks I want all weekend, without lugging too much excess baggage?

The neverending pursuit to refine our beauty bags continues. How do you transport without worry, and travel in consistent luxury without diminishing one iota of your fabulousness? How do you prep for the fond memories (and, let’s be honest, Facebook photos) that you’ll have for years after your bestie’s wedding in Barbados? Try some of these tips, tricks and my product picks to help navigate your way through security with your beauty — and beauty essentials — intact.

Blotting Paper: A shiny T-zone is certainly not part of your wedding day beauty plan. However, powders can be bulky and non-essential when glowing skin is so in! Try Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. With travel-friendly packaging that won’t spill all over your purse, keeping shine under control has never been easier.

Foundation: Your favorite brand may supply trial-sized samples of the foundation you already use. Don’t be afraid consult the counter and rave about your love of their particular product, the sales reps should be more than happy to help ease your travel woes with a small freebie. Then, leave your full-sized tube at home.

BB and CC Creams: Beauty creams are all the rage! And it’s no wonder, they seem to do it all: perfect, conceal, treat, target, cover, and protect with SPF. My favorite is Dr. Dennis Gross’ All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer With SPF 15. I love this product for its approach to sensitive skin and flawless application. Plus, since it includes moisturizer and sun care, and can be applied for varied coverage, it is a time- and suitcase-space-saver.

Compact: Less can be more when it comes to compacts. Try to limit the single items you travel with by finding and combining your must-haves into an all-in-one. The Jouer cosmetics line is built on simplifying your regimen, as well as the ingredients they use. The products are singles, but once you choose your favorite eye shadows and lip and cheek tints, they click together to travel as one.

Most makeup brands, whether you prefer Bobbi Brown (love!), Chanel (oh yeah), or Fresh (so lovely), offer seasonal multi-use compacts. Look for one that has a range of eye shadows, bronzer, blush, and lip colors to take the guesswork out of your makeup routine with perfectly complimentary colors.

Multi-Task: When traveling, or if you’re simply an on-the-go kind of gal, look for products that combine multiple uses, like cream cheek and lip stains. Try Jemma Kidd’s Lip & Cheek Tint. This product rolls on and can be patted in for the just-been-kissed lip and flushed face effect. I love it!

Sunglasses: Nothing evokes drama more than a pair of ravishing sunglasses. Not only do they give you the “who is that girl” aura, they will surely come in handy for your travels back. Cover those dark circles with a pair that will delight, and keep your partying under wraps as you make your way back to the airport.

Now, you are truly fit to travel as the diva you are.

Vanessa Elese has over 10 years of experience as a makeup artist and beauty consultant. She even won the 2010 EMMY Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Makeup” for her work on ‘All My Children’. Recently she’s fixed faces like Glenn Close and Rose Byrne on the set of ‘Damages’, as well as helped out at ‘SNL’. On top of all that, she still manages to have a growing list of private celebrity clients, and stick around to answer your beauty woes. Have a question for Vanessa? Email it to! Visit her at

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