Are you forgetful? Have you ever found yourself in a completely different country and discovered that your luggage got lost during transport, and you’ll have to wait to get it after a day or two? Yes? Then you probably have experienced shopping frantically to make up for what you’ve lost or forgotten.

Sometimes, the replacement process can be fun. But if you are working with a limited budget (which is probably the case if you’re traveling), you want to limit your purchases to just a few things.

If you have lost or forgotten your makeup kit and you badly need one, there are multitasking products that you can buy to put together quickly. You can easily shop for makeup online (where you can pay using your credit card), or head to the nearest drugstore.

But what are these reliable makeup products that you should include in your survival makeup kit? They are five, and they can perform different tasks. Best of all, none of them cost a lot.

1. Full coverage concealer stick

You can use a concealer stick not only as a cover for your blemishes or dark spots, but also as a full-face foundation and eye  primer. Make sure that it’s full coverage because most of the time, a little can go a long way, which is what you need for a survival makeup kit.

Also, a creamy concealer stick is easy and even better to blend using the fingers. The heat of your fingers will allow the product to melt beautifully onto your skin.

2. Brow powder palette

No makeup is complete without perfectly shaped brows. The easiest product to work with to shape your brows is brow powder, which can come in a palette. If you get a palette, you can mix the colors to achieve the perfect brow shade for you.

Also, a brow powder palette has colors for blondes, redheads, and brunettes, and these colors can also function as neutral or smoky eyeshadows or contour makeup. It’s worth noting, too, that this palette often comes with a brush or sponge applicator, which you can use to line your eyes. With a brow powder palette, you get an eyebrow product, eyeshadow, and eyeliner.

3. Mood lipstick

This was a favorite beauty product of the ’70s and ’90s because mood lipstick changes into a pinkish hue that suits you. Therefore, when you use a mood lipstick, you can trust that it will develop into a lovely color that’s flattering to your skin tone.

Also, because of that, the lipstick can work beyond coloring your lips; you can use it as a cream blush as well. Just dab it on the apples of your cheeks and blend using your fingers for a natural-looking blush. And if you do not mind the slightly tacky consistency of lipstick, you can even apply it to your eyelids since pinks and corals are pretty hues for the eyes, too.

4. Mascara

If you want to look more awake instantly, applying mascara is the quickest solution. It will darken your lashes right away and give them a much-needed lift.

Water-proof mascara is perhaps the best option for the following reasons:

  • It will not smudge and will last you through the day.
  • It can hold the curl of your lashes better for a perkier appearance.
  • It can double as an eyeliner, which you can apply with a toothpick (check out those DIY makeup hacks online).

5. Lash curler

This makeup tool is an essential ingredient for all makeup kits. Your eyes will look bigger and more awake if you curl those lashes. With a decent lash curler (which you can get for cheap), you’ll be instantly blessed with long and thick lashes; mascara is optional.

Overall, it’s a nifty and compact device to pull a basic makeup look together.

There you have it, five versatile and budget-friendly beauty products available online and in most drugstores to fill your survival makeup kit. With this small collection alone, you can create different lovely looks to become more polished and presentable; well, until your luggage arrives.



George Azar is Co-Founder and CEO of He has extensive work experience with blue chip multinational organizations on both regional and global levels. George is also the founder of companies in the fields of advertising and media buying, professional trainings and development.


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