Although summer isn’t technically over until mid-September, many of us view the last official weekend of summer as Labor Day. So, since the ultimate farewell to summer is quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what to pack if you’re going on one last getaway. Surely, you’ve thought about which sandals and swimsuits to bring along with you—but what about skin care, hair care, and makeup? Whether you’re headed to the lake for a family weekend full of barbecue food and lawn games or to the beach for sand and sunshine with your gal pals, we’ve got you covered. Consider the below your beauty packing list for Labor Day weekend. You don’t have to bring everything with you—just pick the ones you know will be useful to you while you’re away.
Travel Beauty Checklist #1: Clay Cleanser
The first step of any skin care routine? That should be cleansing! And that’s especially the case if you’re out and about all day with dirt, grim, and excess oils building up on the surface of your skin. So, pack a cleanser that’s formulated for your skin type. Consider trying a clay cleanser, such as the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser. This line of clay cleansers are formulated to seamlessly transform form clay to mousse and remove everyday impurities without over-drying. To use, squeeze your clay cleanser of choice into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Then, gently massage it onto your face using circular motions and rinse thoroughly before patting dry.
Travel Beauty Checklist #2: Micellar Water
If you know that you’re going to be running around all day while you’re on vacation, micellar water might be the right cleansing match for you, as it doesn’t require any rinsing—meaning you can use it on the go. We’re all for skin care products that are super-convenient. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from your skin. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with your micellar water of choice and wipe the pad across your face.
Travel Beauty Checklist #3: Peel Pads
When you’re traveling, convenience is the name of the game. And like micellar water, peel pads are another easy-to-use product that you can stash in your suitcase when you go on vacation. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads are formulated to help resurface dead skin cells and immediately make skin look brighter. Use nightly on clean skin. Gently apply in a circular motion to your face. Newly revealed skin may be sensitive to sunlgiht, so be sure to follow up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen in the morning—we’ve got a pick for you below!
Travel Beauty Checklist #4: Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen
Broad-spectrum sunscreen should be part of your daily skin care routine year-round—so don’t forget to bring one with you when you’re jet-setting. To help cut down on the number of steps in your skin care regimen, consider using a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF. Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30. In addition to applying sunscreen before heading out for the day, there are a few other sun protection measures you should take. Reapply at least every two hours—or immediately after swimming or sweating, limit your amount of time in the sun (especially during peak hours between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. (Read our complete guide to summer sun protection here.)
Travel Beauty Checklist #5: Water-Based Moisturizer
You know that drinking water can do the body good—so now take that idea and apply it to your skin care routine by using a water-based moisturizer while you’re on vacation. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin, and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Oily Skin are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
Travel Beauty Checklist #6: Sheet Masks
Since vacation is the ultimate time for relaxation, why not pack a sheet mask or two along for you and your gal pal? Enjoy a glass of wine while you catch up with your friend as the mask does its thing. Editor’s tip: Apply a hydrating sheet mask after a long flight to help address dryness. (Not into sheet masks? Try a clay face mask instead!)
Travel Beauty Checklist #7: Foundation + Foundation Blender
If you know you’re going to want to apply makeup over LDW, pack your favorite foundation along with a makeup blending sponge, such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. Have oily skin? Try the L’Oréal Paris Pro-Matte Foundation. Have dry skin? Try the L’Oréal Paris Pro Glow Foundation. Apply a tiny dab of your foundation of choice to your makeup blending sponge, then tap it onto your complexion to blend it in.
Travel Beauty Checklist #8: Concealer
Cover up blemishes or dark circles with a concealer, such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer. It has a wand applicator so that you can easily blend it in and throw it in your purse for on-the-go touchups.
Travel Beauty Checklist #9: Highlighter
Turn the lights on your cheekbones with a tiny amount of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator. It comes in three shades: golden, rose, and ice, so choose your favorite!
Travel Beauty Checklist #10: Blush
A great way to perk up the look of your complexion is to apply a little bit of blush onto your cheekbones, as well as at the inner corners of your eyebrows. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Blush comes with four shades that you can mix together for a customized hue.
Travel Beauty Checklist #11: Eye Shadow
While you’re packing up your cosmetics bag for a Labor Day weekend getaway, thinking about packing a few eye shadows that are suitable for any summery rendezvous you might encounter during a weekend away. If you want something totally fun and on trend, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow in Rose Chrome, Brass Knuckles, Caged, Violet Luster, or Aluminum Foil. If your vacay is going to be a bit more laidback, bring along the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude. Heck, if you have the space, bring them both!
Travel Beauty Checklist #12: Mascara
Nothing ties a look together quite like mascara does. Need a recommendation? Pick up the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara or L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara, then go ahead and bat those lashes once you’re done applying a coat. Selfie time, anyone?
Travel Beauty Checklist #13: Brow Pencil
Let’s be real: Brows are the real MVP of your entire face. And full brows are in these days—no more thin arches. To master the full brow look, it’s all about choosing the right eyebrow makeup. You can never go wrong with a brow pencil. The L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Mechanical Pencil is available in five shades ranging from blonde to light brunette, so pick the one that’s closest to your brow color.
Travel Beauty Checklist #14: Lipstick
We’re suckers for a killer pout. To create a photo-worthy lip look, choose either a metallic or a matte lipstick—whatever floats your boat! To fill your lips for the occasion, make room in your suitcase for the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic in Moon Lust (a peachy rose gold), Galactic Foil (a metallic berry), Smoldering Eclipse (a shimmering wine), or Liquid Venom (a sultry burnt orange). If you’re more of a matte girl, we recommend the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-ly In Love (a classic red), Matte-caron (a soft pink), Matte Mandate (a hot pink), or Matte-cademia (a true nude).
Travel Beauty Checklist #15: Shampoo and Conditioner
Last but certainly not least, it’s important to bring along a system of hair care products to give your mane just as much love as your face and skin. Show your strands the TLC with a moisturizing set of shampoo and conditioner, such as the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner. Hair hack: If you’re only going away for a long weekend, feel free to squeeze some of the products into travel bottles instead of lugging around the full-sized containers.
Now that you know what to pack, there’s only one thing left to do: Have an amazing Labor Day Weekend! For more travel beauty tips, check out our article, 5 Travel Skin Care Hacks to Use on Your Next Vacation.