The holiday season is a time to see and be seen—and sometimes that means being seen by an old classmate just minutes after a long red-eye flight. No matter how you get to your loved ones or how many miles you log, packing your beauty items wisely will keep you looking fresh and pulled-together for all of your holiday gatherings. We've found items for every type of traveler. Toss them into your carry-on, and leave your beauty troubles behind.
The frequent flier
You spend so much time in the air that you're practically on a first-name basis with the flight crew. So you know firsthand that airplane cabins can be extremely drying to skin. While in flight, try My Beauty Diary Aloe Mask as an easy way to perk up skin. The refreshing cloth mask blends natural aloe extracts with hyaluronic acid to drive—and keep—moisture in skin. Pop a few of the individually wrapped masks into your bag. Sure, your seatmate may think you look silly, but you'll be the wiser!
Lips suffer from stale plane air too, so have Eos Sweet Mint Lip Balm within reach. This all-natural balm's minty flavor provides a quick pick-me-up during long hauls and dreaded layovers. Also, its cute shape makes it easy to find in your bottomless carry-on.
The problem packer
You have issues meeting TSA's carry-on size limitations, not to mention deciding which shoes to leave behind. This year, try seeking products that do double- or triple-duty. The velvety texture of Revlon Cream Blush makes it multi-use: In addition to adding color to cheeks, you can use it as eyeshadow or a soft lip hue.
Or, choose a palette that groups several shades into one tidy package, like Hard Candy Top Ten Eye Shadow. We like the palette "Greens," which allows you to tailor your eye design to wherever your travels take you. Go dramatic with emerald and olive tones, or keep your look simple with earthy browns and coppers.
When you meet your final destination, you're on the ground and running—with a mile-long to-do list streaming behind you. Your beauty items require function first and foremost. Wipes are your best travel mates. Neutrogena Hydrating Make-Up Remover Towelettes wash away the day's grime while also soothing and hydrating skin with cucumber and aloe extracts. Carry this pack with you wherever you go; even sweeping a wipe over the back of your neck midday will leave you refreshed and ready for anything.
To keep you shine-free in all of your travel photos, blot Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets Cleansers wherever you need. These small sheets won't smudge makeup, so you'll be camera-ready no matter what.
Finally, if your holiday wanderlust takes you where daily shampooing is more a luxury than a necessity, mist roots with TRESemme FreshStart Dry Shampoo for Oily/Straight to Normal Hair. The hair-freshening formula comes in a TSA-friendly 2-ounce size.