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Memorial Day Weekend Makeup Bag | What To Pack?

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner and we want to make sure you got everything you need. Take a look at these beauty essentials that deserve a place in your weekend getaway bag!

The Complete Memorial Day Weekend Makeup Bag

For the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, we’re packing light. You’re either heading to the beach or going somewhere else for a full-on weekend getaway, so you don’t want to be burdened by loads of luggage. You always want to be sure to prep your bag ahead of time because there’s nothing worse than being halfway to your destination and realizing you forgot to bring your fave MLBB lippie. Aside from the basics, we put together these 12 beauty essentials you’ll want to toss into your bag. We have a feeling you’ll be using these essentials all summer long!

Face Beauty Essentials

Your face can take a beating this summer, especially with an activity-filled weekend ahead. Check out these beauty essentials for the face that you must bring with you at all cost!

1. COOLA Face Classic Sunscreen SPF 30

COOLA Face Classic Sunscreen SPF 30 | Memorial Day Weekend Makeup Bag | What To Pack?
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Sunscreen is the most important item in your makeup bag. Especially during Memorial Day when everything you’ll be doing is bound to be outdoors. Our current sunscreen of choice? COOLA Classic Sunscreen SPF 30! Users rave about the silky and lightweight texture that’s great for different skin types. I mean, like you, I’m not a fan of face sunscreen because it tends to be sticky. But when I tried this one…WOW! And I really love the cucumber scent too!

2. BB Cream

During summer, wearing foundation can be too much on the skin. The sweat, the makeup, and the humidity won’t be good. So, what I can suggest is that you go lighter this Memorial Day weekend with either a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Of course, the latter will give a bit more coverage. There are plenty of great BB creams you can bring with you but one of the most affordable ones and great on the skin too is the Rimmel 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting BB Cream. This one is lightweight and has SPF as well.

3. Travel-Size Eyeshadow Palette

Travel-Size Eyeshadow Palette | Memorial Day Weekend Makeup Bag | What To Pack?
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I know how much you love your Morphe 350 but it’s too big of an eyeshadow palette to bring with you. During these times, it’s best that you bring a small shadow palette that will help you create numerous looks easily. One perfect example is the M.A.C. Eyeshadow x 9: Solar Glow Times Nine. With a mix of matte and shimmer shadows, this will bring your look from day and night without a problem!

4. Waterproof Eye Makeup

Waterproof Eye Makeup | Memorial Day Weekend Makeup Bag | What to Pack
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There’s no way you’ll forget to bring a waterproof eyeliner and mascara for your Memorial day weekend trip! You’re surely going to have fun outdoors and you just can’t risk your eye makeup smudging all over. To guarantee that your eyeliner stays in place all day and night, even when you’re swimming, go for the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and the Benefit BAD gal Waterproof mascara. These goodies won’t let you down…ever!

5. Moisturizing Lipstick

This could be the right time to take a break of the matte lipsticks you love as that can be drying on your lips especially this summer. So, what we suggest is that you bring one or two moisturizing lipsticks with you that will keep your lips moisturized all day and give it the splash of color it needs. Since it’s officially the start of summer, choose shades like pink, coral, and red for those night parties!

6. Bronzer

No summer makeup is complete without bronzer! Can I get an amen? This season, bronzer is the hottest thing and if you want one of the best out there, go for Benefit’s Hoola bronzer, a cult-favorite! Give you skin a sunkissed glow all day and all night and look like the summer princess you really are!

7. Blush and Contour Palette

Packing light doesn’t mean you have to leave some beauty essentials at home. I’m so happy I found this blush and contour palette from It Cosmetics, which literally hits two birds with one stone. Prettify those cheeks and give the face definition so you’ll look like a bombshell this Memorial Day weekend!

8. Face Mist

Face Mist | Memorial Day Weekend Makeup Bag | What To Pack?
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This time, we’re opting to leave the setting and finishing powder at home. Since we’re going the BB cream and tinted moisturizer route anyway, let’s use a facial mist instead! What I like about this Nuxe Refreshing Face Mist is that it acts as both a setting spray and face mist, which means it will keep your makeup locked in place and will refresh your face throughout the day too! It’s dual-purpose and that helps our goal of packing lightly!

9. Mini Skin Care Kit

Mini Skin Care Kit | Memorial Day Weekend Makeup Bag | What to Pack
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Last but not least for your face beauty essentials, you can’t forget your skin care kit. You don’t have to bring the entire thing. If you’re really on a luggage-space budget right now, go for the 3-step cleaning process only: cleanse, tone, and moisturize. This philosophy Mini Essentials kit is perfect for traveling and has everything you need to revitalize tired skin after a day of outdoor activities.


Hair Beauty Essentials

Hitting the waves this Memorial Day weekend? Or maybe, going trekking? Either way, you must give your hair protection and care it needs too. Here are two of the most important things your hair will need!

1. Dry Shampoo

Stop oil from taking over your tresses ladies. Use a dry shampoo to absorb oil, grease, and dirt without wetting the hair. I like the TIGI Bed Head Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo because it really does work like a rockstar on my hair! It makes my hair look fresh and tidy, without people noticing what my hair has gone through that day.

2. Hair Spray

Oh yes! You’ll probably spend a good amount of time perfecting those sexy waves or beachy waves. Don’t let that effort go to waste now. Use a hair spray to set your waves and give your hair some protection too. Give the L’Oréal Paris Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray a try!


Body Beauty Essentials

Now, we’re down to the last things you need to pack. Your body will be exposed to a lot of things this weekend: sun, dirt, and grease. Protect your skin the best way possible and still make your skin look healthy and radiant! These are the things you should bring:

1. Body Sunscreen

Body Sunscreen | Memorial Day Weekend Makeup Bag | What To Pack?
image via Banana Boat

There’s no negotiating on this one girls. You must have body sunscreen all the time! The higher the SPF, the better. And if you’re not fond of applying sunscreen all over your body, go for a sunscreen spray instead. What do I suggest? Bring a Banana Boat Ultra Defense SPF 100 Spray Sunscreen!

2. Self Tanner

Do you need a tan really quick? Well, you can fake it for now. And if getting a fake tan is the goal, there’s no better product than the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse! It’s the brand’s best-selling product because it gives a natural-looking bronze glow on the skin, minus the streaks! And you don’t have to wait for it to dry, this product dries in an instant!

3. Deodorant

Another thing you can’t risk out there is body odor. Bring your main weapon to fight any odors and make sure you smell good this weekend. If you want to try something new, get the Secret Outlast deodorant because seriously, this is best deo in the market today and it will surely outlast whatever activity you have planned too…no matter how sweaty you get!

4. Perfume

Perfume | Memorial Day Weekend Makeup Bag | What To Pack?
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To cap off our list, you must bring with your favorite summer fragrance. You can bring a cologne if you want, but that wouldn’t last long. I suggest wearing perfume instead as it has awesome staying power so there’s no need to keep spraying throughout the day. Give the Tom Ford Sole Di Positano, a summer fragrance boasting of floral and citrus notes.


Don’t have time to heat-style the hair this weekend? No worries. Look cute with these lazy day hairstyles from Amanda Steele:

Now that you know what to pack for your beauty essentials, it’s time to pack those cute summer dresses for the weekend! Remember ladies, it’s always a good thing to pack light and when it comes to beauty essentials, always go for travel-sized containers and multi-purpose products. If you can’t find a travel-sized version of the product you’re using, just transfer it to another small container. But the most important thing of all? Have fun on your Memorial Day weekend getaway!

What’s your travel beauty essentials must-haves? We’d like to hear from you in the comments below! 

After trips, you might want to give your lips some exfoliating action. Don’t buy lip scrubs anymore, just make one yourself with our Easy DIY Lip Scrub Makeup Tutorial!

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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