Travelling with just hand luggage is great for feeling footloose and fancy-free but it can play havoc with the beauty packing. With Monarch’s 10kg baggage limitation, (remind me to book easyjet next time), it gets even harder. Even though it was just a ten-day break to Puerto Banus , my brushes were indispensable. Yes, I could have just used my fingers, but what can I say; I didn’t want to just ‘make do’. With the right tools, even the barest minimum of make-up can work wonders. So yes, it may look like I’ve more than my fair share of brushes for a 10-day jaunt, but hear me out on this one, they are all justified…well, almost.
Real Techniques Retractable Brushes: I’m a huge fan of my RT brushes – the Buffing Brush is definitely in my top 3 Brush Hall of Fame. But they’re not exactly travel-friendly are they? So a big whoop whoop is definitely due to the new Retractable Kabuki Brush and Retractable Bronzer Brush. Fully portable, just as easy to clean as their homier versions and I love the way I can control the density of the brushes by pulling the retractable surround further up or down. I found I didn’t use these on holiday, but they’re sure-fire handbag heroes for everyday about town.
Japonesque Travel Brushes: Five brushes in a compact tube not much longer than one RT retractable brush? What’s not to love? I’m not that impressed with the largest of the bunch (powder/blusher?) which feels a bit cheap and nasty, but the other four brushes are pure Japonesque quality. Perfect for concealing, detailing, lip lining, eyeshadow and eye defining, this hardworking team definitely earned their place in my overcrowded luggage.
MAC Stroke of Midnight Mineralize Brush Kit: I bought these last year at the airport to fit into my dinky little Trish McEvoy Make-Up Planner, but never got around to using them. But boy are they taking centre stage now. A perfect fit into the elasticated side, this diddy little duo-fibre brush set has been used everyday, for eyeshadow, powder, cc cream…you name it, they’ve been on the case. Perfect for holidays when you don’t want to look like you’re wearing makeup, these brushes make it impossible to deposit too much on the skin.
Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush: I could never be without this brush (I have four of the full size ones at home!) so a mini version is an absolute must in my travel kit. Perfect for lining the upper, lower and waterlines, this is another all-time fave.