11 Multitasking Beauty Products That Make it Easier to Travel

Packing light is just as important for your toiletry bag as it is for your carry-on.
Woman repairing makeup with multi-use beauty products (Photo: Shutterstock)
Photo: Shutterstock

The ability to pack light is crucial when traveling, and it’s just as important for your toiletry bag as your suitcase. That’s why we’ve rounded up some multi use beauty products that tackle several jobs at once and help you take a less-is-more approach when you’re on the road.

Urban Decay Naked3 Mini Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked3 Mini Eyeshadow Palette (Photo: Urban Decay)
Urban Decay Naked3 Mini Eyeshadow Palette (Photo: Urban Decay)

Just a little bit bigger than a credit card, the multi use Urban Decay Naked3 Mini Eyeshadow Palette features six rosy neutral shades that work for a variety of skin tones. The long-lasting vegan shadows can be used wet or dry, and the high-pigment shades can be blended or layered for a variety of looks. 

“These colors are amazing and neutral, so they match with anything,” notes one reviewer. And they’re not just limited to the eyes: Try the peachy-gold shimmer shade as a highlighter on cheeks or fill in brows with one of the darker shades. 

Where to buy: Urban Decay | Ulta | Sephora

L’Oréal Paris True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum

L’Oréal Paris True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum (Photo: Amazon)
L’Oréal Paris True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum (Photo: Amazon)

Available in 10 different shades to match a range of skin tones, L’Oréal Paris’s True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum checks off a lot of boxes. It hydrates and smooths skin with 1% hyaluronic acid, a popular skincare ingredient that helps give you a younger-looking glow. 

Mineral pigments provide the subtle tint that helps brighten your complexion and even things out. Think of it as travel makeup with more. Says one reviewer, “It smooths my complexion without being thick or too heavy.” “Makes skin look flawless,” raves another. 

Where to buy: Amazon | Ulta | L’Oréal Paris

FLOWER Beauty Gel Crush Lip & Cheek

FLOWER Beauty Gel Crush Lip & Cheek  (Photo: Amazon)
FLOWER Beauty Gel Crush Lip & Cheek  (Photo: Amazon)

Easy to stash in your purse or day bag, FLOWER Beauty’s Gel Crush Lip & Cheek offers a multi-use on-the-go option. The stick glides on easily with a gel texture, providing sheer, blendable, long-lasting color for lips and cheeks. 

The mixed berry scent is a fun bonus, and it’s available in three shades to match any mood or skin tone: Berry Crush, Raspberry Crush or Strawberry Crush. Reviewers call it “very natural looking” and “the one make-up item I take with me everywhere.”

Where to buy: Amazon | Ulta | FLOWER Beauty

Garnier Green Labs Serum Cream with SPF 30

Garnier Green Labs Serum Cream with SPF 30 (Photo: Amazon)
Garnier Green Labs Serum Cream with SPF 30 (Photo: Amazon)

This three-in-one beauty product combines a serum with a hydrating moisturizer and sunscreen to help cut down on must-pack travel essentials. It goes on smoothly and sheerly and comes in three formulations for different skin needs. 

Choose the Brightening option with vitamin C and pineapple for dull and uneven skin, the Replumping formulation with hyaluronic acid and watermelon for dry skin, or the Pore-Perfecting version with vitamin B3 and cannabis sativa seed oil for combination or oily skin.

One reviewer says it “feels very light on my skin and smells amazing,” while another notes that the product “makes my skin appear brighter, smoother, and plump.”

Where to buy: Amazon | Ulta | Target 

IT Cosmetics Pillow Lips Solid Serum 5-in-1 Tinted Gloss

IT Cosmetics Pillow Lips Solid Serum 5-in-1 Tinted Gloss (Photo: Amazon)
IT Cosmetics Pillow Lips Solid Serum 5-in-1 Tinted Gloss (Photo: Amazon)

Lip balm meets gloss in IT Cosmetics’ Pillow Lips Serum. Ingredients like collagen, hyaluronic acid, and a tri-oil complex help hydrate and moisturize lips. Eight universally flattering shades deliver a little shine and a flush of color that’s not sticky and shouldn’t feather or settle into fine lines. 

Reviewers say “it felt like a dream going on” and that it’s “light and luxurious at the same time.” Another calls it “the best lipstick ever.”

Where to buy: Amazon | UltaIT Cosmetics

Dionis Goat Milk Beauty Balm

Dionis Goat Milk Beauty Balm (Photo: Dionis)
Dionis Goat Milk Beauty Balm (Photo: Dionis)

A true multitasker, this Goat Milk Beauty Balm from Dionis just might earn MVP status in your toiletry bag. You can use the 100% natural goat milk beauty balm to highlight cheekbones, soothe and repair dry patches anywhere on your body, and even tame flyaway or unruly hair. 

And with ingredients like shea butter, aloe, and avocado butter, it can also stand in for lip balm or cuticle cream. Reviewers describe it as amazing and easy to use and say that they “absolutely love it!” and “would buy again and again.”

Where to buy: Ulta

Olita Organic Mineral Sunstick SPF 30 – Tinted

Olita Organic Mineral Sunstick SPF 30 (Photo: Olita)
Olita Organic Mineral Sunstick SPF 30 (Photo: Olita)

This reef-safe mineral sunscreen includes ingredients like zinc oxide, sunflower seed oil, and beeswax while offering broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection. It’s also tinted to give you a sun-kissed look (without the actual sun damage) and comes in two shades, Light Tan or Coco Bronze, to match various skin tones. 

Stash it in your beach bag or backpack to stay protected from harmful UV rays and look good while doing so. Reviewers say “it feels great and looks great on my skin” and is “my favorite face sunscreen by far.”

Where to buy: Amazon (Light Tan) | Amazon (Coco Bronze) | Walmart (Light Tan) | Walmart (Coco Bronze)

I-N Beauty Liquid Green Oil

I-N Beauty Liquid Green Oil (Photo: I-N)
I-N Beauty Liquid Green Oil (Photo: I-N Beauty)

What can’t I-N Beauty’s Liquid Green Oil do? The lightweight formula helps firm, plump, and brighten skin with clean ingredients like argan, blue tansy, and açai oils. Apply it to your face and neck before bed to let it work overnight, or use it as a primer ahead of your daily makeup routine. 

It can also be put to work for hydrating your nails and cuticles or softening rough patches on your elbows and feet. One reviewer says, “It goes on silky and gives my face a wonderful glow.” Another calls it “the best serum.”

Where to buy: Amazon

Elevé Cosmetics Powder Play Matte Foundation 

Elevé Cosmetics Powder Play Matte Foundation (Photo: Elevé Cosmetics)
Elevé Cosmetics Powder Play Matte Foundation (Photo: Elevé Cosmetics)

The Powder Play Matte Foundation from clean-beauty brand Elevé Cosmetics combines concealer, foundation, and powder into one easily portable product. Available in almost a dozen shades, it provides a natural, crease-resistant, matte finish that helps even out your skin and hide any flaws you want to conceal. 

“This makeup wears perfectly and keeps my shine down,” says one reviewer. Ingredients include physical sunscreens that provide some bonus SPF protection. Another reviewer says, “It’s very lightweight but provides great coverage and nurtures your skin at the same time.”

Where to buy: Elevé Cosmetics

Ethique Tip-to-Toe Shampoo & Shaving Bar

Ethique Tip-to-Toe Shampoo & Shaving Bar (Photo: Amazon)
Ethique Tip-to-Toe Shampoo & Shaving Bar (Photo: Amazon)

This hard-working solid shampoo and shaving bar covers multiple showering needs in one handy product. The rich, soft lather cleans hair (it’s even safe for color-treated hair) and helps provide a smooth shave. Ingredients like kaolin clay, cocoa butter, glycerin, and orange, lime, and mint oils help leave skin feeling refreshed and smelling good. 

One reviewer says that their hair “is shiny and fluffy and seems to have been given another life,” while another raves that it “leaves my skin fresh but really hydrated.” The bar comes in an almost-four-ounce square that’s the equivalent of three shampoo bottles, or a smaller size perfect for a long-weekend trip.

Where to buy: Amazon | Walmart

August + Monroe 3-in-1 Blemish Camouflage

August + Monroe 3-in-1 Blemish Camouflage (Photo: Amazon)
August + Monroe 3-in-1 Blemish Camouflage (Photo: Amazon)

If the departure from your daily routine that comes with travel often leads to breakouts, pack August + Monroe’s 3-in-1 Blemish Camouflage. The pen holds a formula that works first as a primer before makeup application. To conceal, the pigment transforms in color while being blended to best hide the blemish or imperfection in need of camouflaging. 

At night, apply a little bit of the product and leave on while you’re sleeping to help heal any spots. Reviewers call it “my go-to miracle product” and “hands down, the most innovative skincare product on the market right now.” 

Where to buy: Amazon

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Beth Luberecki
Beth Luberecki is a Florida-based freelance writer who writes about travel, business, and lifestyle topics for a variety of publications and websites. She enjoys exploring destinations close to home and farther afield with her husband and teenage daughter. Visit her website at bethluberecki.com or find her on Instagram at @bethluberecki.

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