Making your Makeup Kit Travel Size

Making your Makeup Kit Travel Size

Hi everyone!

My name is Melissa, I am a hair and makeup artist. My job entitles me to meet new people everyday which also means I need to get to these people… and on route to getting to them I don’t want to break my back by carrying or wheeling my super heavy makeup case! Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about my job apart from breaking my back. So I thought I would give you my secrets of how I make my kit more mobile but not giving any products up…

The trick is to decant AS MUCH as you can. I decant; lipsticks, blushers, eyeshadows, fixers etc…

There are lots of shops that sell empty cases. I got my lipstick, eyeshadow and blusher palettes from Mac >

or you can buy vanity boxes like this from Muji >

I use these for my cotton buds, cotton pads, mascara wands and lash curlers. It keeps everything neat and clean.

I decant my lipsticks by either melting them in a spoon over a candle- but if you do this BECAREFUL, you don’t want to burn yourself as it gets really hot! This is also a long process so if you have time then this is fine. The other way is to put a small bit of the lipstick in each section of your empty lipstick palette and pop it in the microwave- FYI it doesn’t take long to melt lipsticks in the microwave so keep checking them. Also MATTE lipsticks melt slower than creamy ones! Seems obvious as Matte’s stay on your lips longer… but you can easily forget when doing this. Just remember which lipsticks you put in which pocket.


Blushers and Eyeshadows vary from company to company but for instance the Mac Cosmetics ones you have to pop open the outer layer, then if you can’t pop out the second layer then the way I did it was by putting them in a medium hot oven and keep an eye on them, they will slowly start to come away from the packaging. Then take them out of the oven, again being careful NOT to burn yourself as the metal and plastic will be VERY HOT. Once they are separated let them cool. Then you can use glue to stick them into your empty palettes. I also double layered them on the plastic between the palette to save even MORE space.

A lot of the time makeup companies will do 1 or 2 different size bottles for their products for makeup setting sprays or their removers. However these work out most of the time to be a lot more expensive in the long run. So I either buy them as a one off and then buy a bigger bottle the next time and keep decanting into the travel size bottle. You can also just buy the bigger size and buy a cheap travel bottle and decant the same way. Depends if you want the Logo on the bottle or not.

Loose powders and glitters you can transfer into small travel pots as well. Stacking pots are a great way to save space!

I hope this blog helped on saving space in your makeup bag!