Fill Your Tiny Bag with Travel-Size Makeup Products This Holiday Season

Whether you're packing a Mini Chiquito, a carry-on suitcase, or just a tiny clutch, these heroes will keep your holiday look on point without weighing you down.
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With the minimalist trend that has recently taken over the fashion world, it appears that bags keep getting smaller by the day. Whether they hold one AirPod—looking at you, Mini Chiquito—or two, the age of carry-alls is over, bringing the need for travel-size makeup that does it all, whether you are going on vacation or not. If you happen to live in New York, shoebox-sized apartments without any storage space have also taught you that less really is more (well, maybe).

That being said, regardless of where you live, consuming responsibly is better not only for the environment but for your wallet as well. But while you might have an idea how to KonMari your clothes and books, when it comes to beauty, the array of products at our disposal can make it hard to narrow it down to what's essential. This can especially become a problem around the holidays: carry-on limits tiny party clutches limit what from your arsenal you can take, limiting you to travel-size makeup just as you need to look your best. Luckily, we've found a few multi-purpose, must-have beauty products that you might want to add to your wishlist. And with this eco-conscious initiative of yours, how could Santa not think that you’ve been good this year? Read up for a list of the best multi-purpose beauty products you need in your makeup bag, and get ready to look festive in fewer steps.

MAC Cosmetics

Imagine a product that makes your makeup stay on for the entire day, makes your skin dewy, gets rid of excess makeup, and protects your skin from UV sunlight all at once. You're actually not daydreaming, as MAC revamped their legendary Fix+ setting spray and it now comes with SPF 30. This must-have is perfect if you are going on a holiday getaway and need extra sun protection. Unlike other sunscreens, this product can be re-applied over your makeup throughout the day and will not only protect your skin from sun damage but will prevent dripping sweat from ruining your makeup look. At 3.4 fluid ounces, the spray qualifies as travel-size makeup, making it a true superhero.

Prep + Prime Fix+ SPF 30 Sun Spray, $28, Available at MAC 


Infused with powerful plant-based antioxidants and fatty acids, this tinted lip & cheek oil will instantly hydrate your skin and give you a dewy complexion without the need to splurge on a facial. Apply a small drop on your lips and cheeks for the perfect “no-makeup makeup" look or as part of your skincare routine for crisp-weather hydration.

Luxury Lip & Cheek Oil, $35, Available at Rodin


With Glossier, a little can get you a long way and the proof is in the, the Balm Dotcom. Undeniably a makeup-bag essential, this bestselling skin salve can be used on lips, cuticles, elbows, or as the label suggests, “anywhere that needs some love." It's the perfect fix for when you're packing your bags and need to ditch your giant tub of Vaseline in favor of some travel-size makeup. Additionally, you can blot it along your cheekbones for a dewy highlight.

Balm Dotcom, $12, Available at Glossier 

Le Prunier

Your skin and hair will thank you for this product. This beauty oil can be used on its own as a face oil or mixed with your favorite face cream or body lotion to enhance its benefits. You can also use it on your hair for some extra shine and to protect it against heat damage. 

Plum Beauty Oil, $72, Available at Le Prunier 

RMS Beauty

RMS Beauty, the all-natural cosmetics company started by celebrity makeup artist Rose Marie Smith, is known for putting out consistently great products—and this is one of the brand's best. A lip balm and cheek tint, it’s buildable regardless of the area you choose to use it. The shade Spell, a “modern dusty nude rose,” is a personal favorite.

Lip2Cheek, $36, Available at RMS Beauty


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