Natural Travel Makeup in Under 5 Minutes

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The first thing I feel like doing when I get out of bed overseas is eating. Coming in at a close second is adventuring and surely the last thing any of us feel like doing when off on adventures overseas is putting on a face full of makeup. But it always seems to be the way that the one day you leave the hotel or dorm room looking like you’ve just woken up in a daze, is the day you meet someone you’d rather not look that shabby around. Trust me, I’ve been there, I feel your pain. So instead of not putting in effort to look like a human being each day I’m abroad, I strictly give myself 5 minutes only to put a little makeup on and believe me when I say a little goes a long way! Here’s a look at my daily beauty routine in the video (below) of my “no make-up” make-up look – hope you enjoy!

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Step by Step: Natural Travel Makeup

Step one:

Start by washing your face with a milk cleanser (I prefer to use Eve Lom Cleanser).

Step two:

Lightly wipe your face with toner and a light coat of moisturiser, then tie your hair away from your face for easy application.

Step three:

A primer is a great way to set your face so that is smooth and ready for a light coat of makeup. It acts almost like a thin layer on top of your moisturiser and allows for perfect application when using foundation or powders on your face.

Step four:

Concealer is your secret weapon to combating dark spots or tired, jet lagged eyes! Dab a little on your finger and then on your spots and dark circles. Make sure you blend it into your face lightly. If your concealer looks a shade lighter than your skin, fear not! This is how it should be and will be blended out into your face with your foundation.

Step five:

Your foundation will depend on the type of coverage you are after. If you want a light cover of make-up (great choice if you have freckles and like them to still be seen), then opt for a pressed powder and apply lightly all over your face with a brush. Remember to slowly build the colour as you can always add a little more, but its hard to go back! If you prefer a heavier coverage (great option if you have blemishes or imperfections you are trying to cover up), then you should opt for a liquid foundation. Apply with a foundation brush or clean hands and remember to blend into your neck as well, so you don’t get stuck with a dark line along your jaw line!

Step six:

Blush is a great way to add some colour back into your face, but remember not to go overboard. This is one of the easiest ways to ‘look’ like you’re wearing make-up, so I always prefer to go lightly on blush. When applying, be sure to use a brush and use only light strokes so that you don’t overdo it. Also tap your brush before application to ensure you don’t have heaps of powder stuck in the brush (and will subsequently have lots of blush powder on your face!)

Step seven:

This step is my absolute favourite and a hidden secret of mine. Illuminator is my favourite beauty product and I believe the best secret weapon to combating tiredness, jet lag, or just lifeless skin (also drink plenty of water on planes!!!) Dab a little under the outer corners of your eyes toward the top of your cheekbones and blend lightly. All of a sudden your face looks fresh again!

Step eight:

Set your face with an overall light finishing veil to complete the look and ensure longevity.

Step nine:

For eyes, keep it simple – shape your brows (as outlined in the video tutorial) and apply a couple coats of mascara.

Step ten:

For lips, make it even simpler. A light coat of nude lipgloss or lipstick will keep the focus drawn to your eyes and your fresh-look-face!

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Tip: Before you even leave home, ensure you have what you need in your kit. I can’t go anywhere without a brush kit, pair of tweezers, a muslin cloth, eye makeup remover wipes and eye cream. What about you!? Let me know what you can’t go without in the comments below!

This post features sponsored products & is in collaboration with Nude by Nature. All opinions remain that of the author!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

December 3, 2015





    December 10, 2015

    You look great with minimal makeup!



    December 7, 2015

    That’s funny, I was following you for a while but just discovered you’ve actually got a YouTube channel too!

    How exiting 🙂
    (I love making videos as well)

    Subscribed and going to watch all your videos now lol



    December 7, 2015

    Great video and tips! Fast is always best when getting ready for fun-filled days of traveling! 🙂


    Delia @ Luxury Travel in Asia

    December 5, 2015

    I shall have to give illuminator a go… bronzer is my lifesaver, I swear it transforms me from a ghost into a life loving living person in a few seconds! x



    December 4, 2015

    Loved it ! Though I prefer to just use a CC cream instead of the foundati0ns !



    December 4, 2015

    I always opt for a super light coverage because my skin tends to get too oily if I overdo my make-up. I’ve been using BB cream from La Roche Posay and can swear by it – amazing product!



    December 3, 2015

    This is still a lot more steps than my daily makeup routine. I prefer to keep it simple: moisturizer (with SPF), translucent powder, blush, mascara and I fill in my eye brows. I haven’t tried using an illuminator though, I’ll have to look into that! Thanks for the tips.



    December 3, 2015

    It’s so true that the one day you haven’t put makeup on is the day you’ll meet the man of your dreams haha! This is kinda like my 5 min makeup routine! Pressed powder is something I love when I have to do my makeup really quick. Thanks for sharing your routine Brooke! 🙂



    December 3, 2015

    Gorgeous! Heading to the states for a shopping trip soon and looking forward to stocking up on some makeup!


    Posh, Broke, & Bored

    December 2, 2015

    Funnily enough I put more of an effort with my makeup, clothes, and hair WHEN I’m travelling! Only because I want to look my best in holiday snaps. x



    Posh, Broke, & Bored

    December 2, 2015

    Me too, Lisa! I replace foundation with sunblock or better still, a CC cream with SPF.




    December 2, 2015

    YESSS I feel like having to “put my face on” when travelling is such a waste of time! I usually end up just not putting on make up or just going with mascara and a nice lipbalm/lipstick or lipgloss. Seems like you do your makeup pretty quickly, i gotta learn!

    x, Carina /



    December 2, 2015

    Such a lovely look! I don’t use foundation at all, so a no makeup look takes me approximately 30 seconds 🙂



    December 2, 2015

    That look is so gorgeous:))



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    December 2, 2015

    Girls with natural look is the best look nd its universally true !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i believer ur natural beauty my brooke !!!!



    December 2, 2015

    Loved this tutorial!! xx

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