Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Girl’s Guide to “Packing light” & The Makeup Show LA

I love February. I really do. Its rich with things to celebrate:  Black History Month, Groundhogs day, Valentine’s day… And there are tons of conferences happening.

I recently flew to Washington D.C. for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference and had such an amazing time! But the day before flying out was another story. Everywhere I looked I had accumulated piles of stuff to pack, but little idea as to how to fit it all in my suitcase. 

I realized a few things about my packing style:
  • I pack everything.
  • I tend to break my suitcases.
When it came to packing my makeup, I wasn’t sure if I should stow it in my checked bag or take with me in my carryon.

Word to the wise: when in doubt, check your makeup. It would really be a shame for you to discover that one of your favorite items was over 3 oz, or looked shady according to airport security and get thrown away. However, packing pressed powder (which I carry with me all the time) and a small tube of lip gloss is harmless.

Because my stay in was in D.C. was short, I decided to take the essentials.

  • CG Smoothers AquaSmooth compact foundation
  • ELF tone correcting concealer (this was an experimental item I’d never used before the trip. It’s a little too orangy for my ivory skin tone.)
  • Maybelline mineral powder blush (I actually carry my powdered blush in the owl. So fun!)
  • Powder brush from Target
  • N.Y.C. eyeshadow (this was another impulse buy that turned out to be pretty nifty. I especially like the liquid base and highlighter palette)
  • Revlon eyelash curler
  • Almay liquid eyeliner
  • Maybelline Lash Stiletto waterproof mascara (I swear by this stuff.)
  • Q-tips for quick corrections
  • Mary Kay Satin Lips (to protect my lips in the cold weather)
  • CoverGirl Outlast lip-stain (for effortless looking color)
  • Mary Kay signature lip-gloss
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme wear (I wear Mint Julep and have received more complements on my nails than ever before. Try it!)
So, as you can see I have a wide variety of products here. From super inexpensive to your favorite splurges, when taking short trips it never hurts to pack the essentials. But it’s also important to consider what you’ll be doing there. In my case, it was sitting inside all day listening to panels—no need to look wear rock-star glamorous makeup. But if you are taking a trip for pleasure and plan on meeting a bunch of new people, bring some items that’ll give you room to shake up your look a bit.

Speaking of conferences, I’m curious if any of you reader’s in the American Makeup community has heard of The Makeup Show LA. At this event, leaders in the makeup industry will be unveiling no products, there will be hands-on workshops led by makeup artists and tons of opportunities to connect with makeup artists and beauty aficionados. 

On the event’s blog, they’ve got some of the workshop topics listed. I’m especially intruded by the Danessa Myricks: Perfect Skin Workshop and Daven Mayeda’s Hands-on Workshop: Basic Hair Styling for Makeup Artists.

Stay tuned, and I’ll be keeping you updated on the exciting things happening at The Makeup Show L.A. If you live in the area (or have a rich sugar-daddy willing to shell out enough money to cover the trip!) you should go. It’ll be a great opportunity to get ahead in the industry. 

By:Anna Williams


  1. I always, always struggle with how much makeup I should bring on trips. I don't want to go overboard, but I also want to make sure I have enough "just in case"-makeup. ;)

  2. Oh I am horrible when it comes to packing my makeup! Sadly I have had to check a bag so I could bring everything plus the thought that I might buy more wherever I'm going. It's sad because I of course don't use half of it-but you never know.