The Best Travel Foundations to Pack for Your Honeymoon
When there are so many different things you have to worry about when planning your wedding, packing for your honeymoon—a trip that will take place once the big day is behind you—is probably the last thing you're worrying about. But if you're departing for your post-nuptial trip shortly after the celebration is over, this is a task you really shouldn't put off. That's especially true when thinking about your makeup and toiletries bag.
Whether you're hoping to fly with only a carry-on or intend to check a bag for the duration of your stay, there's something to be said for picking up a few travel-friendly alternatives to your everyday cosmetics before takeoff. As anyone who's ever had a full-size bottle of foundation explode in their checked bag or their favorite eyeshadow palette crack in the overhead bin can tell you, ruining often costly cosmetics at the beginning of your journey isn't just a downer for your wallet—it also means that you'll likely have to deal with makeup on your clothing and either do without your essentials or buy replacements once you get to your destination. That's not the blissful start to married life you were imagining, is it? When it comes to foundation, especially, there are a number of great picks that travel perfectly.
Whether you prefer to purchase a mini size of your go-to formula or try a new foundation in a style that won't easily be damaged in flight, there's a makeup option on the market for you. We rounded up 15 of our favorite travel-worthy foundations for you to consider before your honeymoon; each will leave your skin looking flawless during the most romantic time of your life.
This long-wear, oil-free formula is packaged inside a luxury makeup brush. The foundation dispenses through the brush for quick and easy application, meaning there's no messy bottles you have to worry about. Great for touch-ups, this product works for all skin types and offers light to medium coverage with its paraben-free, buildable formula that melts into the skin.
Shop Now: Surrat Beauty Surreal Skin Foundation Wand, $65, sephora.com.
The packaging alone—with its hearts and smiles—will make you want to add this affordable mini to your makeup bag. It's a great choice for those who want lightweight coverage. The blendable formula can be swiped on easily with fingers, so you don't even have to pack a bulky foundation brush.
Shop Now: Benefit Cosmetics "Hello Happy" Soft Blur Foundation Mini SPF 15, $30, ulta.com.
Packaged in a very unique compact with a sponge, this lightweight, hydrating foundation is a great travel option. Use a brush or your fingers to press into the sponge and get just the right amount of product necessary for the coverage you're looking for. We like that it's oil-free, provides long-lasting coverage, and contains SPF 50.
Shop Now: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation, $47, shop.nordstrom.com.
This small bottle houses a brush and your mineral powder all in a TSA-approved .35-ounce container. The beauty of mineral powder foundation is that it's lightweight yet buildable, so you can brush it on lightly for a little bit of coverage during the day and go heavier for nighttime outings. Mineral powder is also great for all skin types, especially for those that suffer from sensitivities.
Shop Now: L'Oreal Paris True Match Mineral Foundation, $11.97, amazon.com.
This creamy foundation is housed in a compact that comes with a sponge, but it can also be applied with a brush if you have the space to pack one. Though it's travel-friendly, that's not what we love most about it: The formula offers anti-aging skincare benefits and contains SPF 50, which allows you to skip packing serums and sunscreens. The coverage is beautiful and skin looks flawless with this space-saving, no-spill option.
Shop Now: IT Cosmetics "Confidence in a Compact" Foundation, $38, itcosmetics.com.
If you're hoping for a healthy, fresh-looking glow on your honeymoon, look no further than this creamy foundation. The lightweight formula is perfect offers just enough coverage, and it also feels your skin feeling nourished thanks to soothing coconut and aloe.
Shop Now: CoverGirl Clean Fresh Skin Milk Foundation, $12, ulta.com.
When looking for coverage options, it's important to keep your skin's overall health in mind. That means choosing a foundation that has a strong SPF for the ultimate protection from the sun. This product fits the bill, thanks to SPF 20 and a lightweight formula.
Shop Now: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Foundation, $10, amazon.com.
This foundation offers coverage in over 55 different shades, meaning everyone can find their perfect match. Regardless of the weather, the double-wear formula delivers the long-lasting coverage you want on vacation. Its 24-hour liquid product design is said to give customers a natural glow, so you won't even have to worry about getting a tan.
Shop Now: Estée Lauder "Double Wear Stay-in-Place" Foundation, $43, sephora.com.
Looking for a foundation that provides medium-to-full-coverage, thus giving you plenty of options on your trip? This one is what you need. It features a mixture of coconut water, alpine rose, and hyaluronic acid, adding hydration to your skin. It's also an oil-free, long-lasting formula that won't wear off or weigh you down throughout the day.
Shop Now: Too Faced "Born This Way" Foundation, $39, ulta.com.
Thanks to vitamin E and other minerals in this foundation, your skin will feel fresh and healthy every time you swipe it on. We love that this product features a cake-free quality, allowing your skin to breath through the formula—who doesn't want that on vacation?
Shop Now: Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation SPF 15, $39, ulta.com.
Let your natural beauty shine through with this nourishing product. This health-conscious option boasts a clean, paraben-free, cruelty-free, no added fragrance, and dye-free formula, ensuring your makeup is doing good by both the the environment and your skin.
Shop Now: Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Foundation, $21.49, target.com.
Looking for truly lightweight coverage? You can't beat this foundation. The brand notes that this formula won't hide your freckles or other natural beauty marks, meaning you'll still look like you when you have it on. Plus, the foundation is offered in a diverse range of shades, making it easy to find your match.
Shop Now: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, $26, glossier.com.
When traveling, it's best to choose products that won't leak in your luggage. This product is characterized by its no-mess, no-drip pump that also features two-in-one coverage action. The concealer and foundation duo is perfect to cover up any blemishes and still offers a radiant finish you are looking for in your beauty routine.
Shop Now: Milani "Conceal + Perfect" 2-in-1 Foundation, $9, target.com.
Made with coconut oils and other herbs, this light coverage option will lend a dewy shine to your skin all vacation long.
Shop Now: RMS Beauty "Un Cover-Up" Cream Foundation, $52, shop.nordstrom.com.
If you hate the look of cakey foundation, this semi-matte formula is for you. Loyalists say you won't even look like you have makeup on when you're wearing this. We like that it has a Chinese ginger extract ingredient, which is said to naturally brighten your complexion.
Shop Now: Perricone MD "No Makeup" Foundation Serum Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $60, shop.nordstrom.com.