How to Pack Makeup

When it comes to packing your makeup, you might be tempted to just throw everything into a bag and go – don’t. Pressed powders can crumble, glass bottles can break, and other disasters can happen. Whether you’re traveling or moving, it’s important to protect your makeup to keep it intact.

  • Take small amounts with you
    If samples aren’t available, create your own by putting small amounts in a clean, screw-top contact lens case. It’s our favorite travel item! Squirt a dab of foundation, moisturizer, or other liquid into the wells of the case, and take just the amount you need.
  • Protect pressed powders
    Not much is worse than a broken eye shadow. To help keep it, blushes, and other pressed powders from breaking, place a cotton pad between the powder and the lid. It provides a little extra cushion to keep everything in place.
  • Wrap nail polishes
    If you’re packing for travel, it’s important to protect the bottle and your bag – a broken nail polish bottle could cause a lot of damage. To do this, wrap polishes in newspaper and place them in a zip-top bag.

    • Remember, nail polishes are liquids and flammable, so if you’re moving, you won’t be able to pack them into a moving trailer. We suggest wrapping them like you would for travel, and keeping them with you.
  • Separate liquids
    To avoid spills, place plastic wrap over bottle openings and replace the lids. This creates a tighter seal on the lid to prevent any leaks. For even more added protection if you’re moving, put liquids into a zip top bag and wrap them in packing paper or bubble wrap.
  • Cover loose powders
    The last thing you want is loose powder all over everything. To keep powders contained, place them in a zip-top bag, wrap them in cling wrap, or tape around the lid.
  • Pack your extra makeup for moving
    Any makeup you won’t need access to during your move should be packed into a moving box. Wrap it in packing paper or bubble wrap and make sure to fill empty space in the box with extra packing paper.
  • Prepare for carrying on
    If you plan on taking your makeup onto the plane in your carry-on luggage, make sure all liquids, creams, and pastes are 3.4 ounces or less per container and that all containers fit into a quart size zip-top bag.

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