What To Pack In Your Travel Makeup Bag | Clozette

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The stress of packing is never-ending — it’s a long list of which products to bring and which to cut. And the same goes for packing for your makeup bag! Unless you have limitless space in your suitcase, some products are going to have to stay at home.

With Chinese New Year festivities upon us, we’re sure many of you are jetting off to different hotspots to celebrate. And to lessen your stress on packing, we’re here to help you with the list of beauty products you will need, whether you’re going away for the weekend or the week! So keep reading below for the products that will keep you glam all throughout the Lunar New Year!


Tinted Moisturiser

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Leave your heavy bottles of foundation and bring a tube of tinted moisturiser instead! This product will still even out your skin tone while providing a radiant glow and hydrating your skin, so you won’t have to worry about dryness at all during your trip!

Lip and Cheek Tint

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You might not realise it yet, but bringing a separate lipstick and blush can take up a lot of room in your bag. Invest in a good quality lip and cheek tint and it will be your new best friend during your vacation — perfect for on-the-go touch-ups, this tiny compact (or bottle) will give you fresh, rosy cheeks wherever you go, anytime of the day!

Tinted Brow Gel

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Bare brows on vacation? No way! Save time and space in your makeup bag by taking a tinted brow gel to brush up, thicken, and set your gorgeous face-framers!


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A mascara is one of those products that is a must for all makeup looks, especially when traveling. Even if you wear it on its own, it can instantly change your whole look and demeanor! And if you fear getting the dreaded “raccoon eyes,” bring a smudge proof of waterproof version!

Eyeshadow Sticks

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What did travelers do before eyeshadow sticks? These slim and sleek products are a day and night look in one stick because it’s easy to put on, blend, and it lasts forever! So for the day, you can just apply a soft wash of this all over your lids. And to amp it up for the night, just apply and blend on your lower lash line for a quick smokey eye!

Makeup Wipes

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Instead of bringing a bulky bottle of micellar water or makeup remover, plus a pack of cotton pads, take a pack of makeup remover wipes instead! They’re easy to use, store, and they remove makeup just as well. If you’re worried about them drying out your face, then choose ones that will hydrate your skin or for sensitive skin!

Versatile Makeup Brush

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Whether it’s too buff on your moisturiser or blush or powder, a versatile makeup brush is a space-saver. Even if you bring a lot of makeup products with you, if you have just one brush, it can still make all the difference in your luggage!

Makeup Setting Spray

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Avoid having a cakey makeup look in your pictures with setting spray! They will prolong the wear of your makeup, set it, and give you that dewy glow that everyone wants! Just buy your choice of setting spray in its travel-sized version and you will be good to go!


What are your travel makeup bag essentials? Let us know in the comment section below!



We all want to have flawless MOTDs no matter the occasion. But in reality, getting a makeup look to be on point is easier said than done — various factors come into play such as products and techniques.

Luckily, we were able to interview Shu Uemura’s internationally accredited makeup artist Patrick Alcober last week at a makeup session with Shu Uemura Philippines! So, want to learn how to get flawless MOTDs every single time? Then just keep reading below for Patrick’s tips and tricks!

Shu Uemura makeup artist, Patrick Alcober


Can you tell us a little bit about your background as a makeup artist?

Well, I’m Patrick Alcober and I’m one of the Shu Uemura internationally accredited makeup artists here in the Philippines. And as an Internationally Accredited Makeup Artist, my roles are to do workshops, be a brand ambassador, do photoshoots for luxury magazines, and more.

I’ve been doing makeup for 12 years now, so I started out in 2003 with no makeup background at all. I was hesitant to sell skincare and makeup products at first, but since I needed the job, I agreed to take it. Only to find out later on that I liked it!

How would you define a unique Shu [Uemura] look?

A unique Shu look is about expressing individuality. It will give you a very natural look that will define your personality.

What are the 3 [Shu Uemura] products every girl needs in her makeup kit?

For Shu, we highly recommend the cleansing oil — every 7 seconds there’s a [Shu Uemura] cleansing oil sold worldwide! Next would be an eyelash curler. And the last would be are our eyeshadows because with smokey eyes and bold colours, it’s the only way for you to [really] express your individuality. Colours are very important.

What are your tips for girls who are looking to play around more with makeup?

You should really be more experimental with colours because it’s a way for you to express and unleash your inner self. You should sit down and really try different shades because it’s when you get yourself involved that you actually see that some of the bold hues actually look good on you!

When you work with clients, what are some of the common mistakes you see with their brows?

It’s different for every personality. When you do eyebrows, it has to have a gradient effect — so from light to dark — because there are others who can fill in their brows and create a nice shape, but it’s flat. There’s no dimension at all, so when you go to a low-lighted area, you can see how dark your eyebrows actually are.

Second [mistake] of course would be the shape. Sometimes, when you overdo your eyebrows in a square or standard shape, you can look intimidating, snobbish, and not approachable. That’s why, when I recently went to Japan, we were trained to create brows that gave a ‘sweeter’ impression. And to do that would be to make it a little rounder to soften the face! However, it doesn’t always necessarily have to be round, as long as it complements the person’s features.


Shu Uemura Philippines is located at SM North Edsa, SM Makati, Shangri-La Mall, Powerplant Mall, Rustan's Makati, and Alabang Town Center 



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Getting healthy, hydrated skin is no easy task. It requires a consistent skincare routine that is composed of a number of products that are often bulky or very expensive, and more. But what if there was one product that could act as a face moisturiser, hair serum, weekly spa treatment, and so much more?

Yup, we’re talking about Bio-Oil — the skin saviour that has helped us get soft, hydrated skin from head-to-toe! So for this upcoming Lunar New Year, if you want to get radiant and gorgeous-look skin just in time for the celebrations, keep reading below for the 5 awesome ways you can use Bio-Oil!


Multi-tasking moisturiser

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If you suffer from dehydrated skin, or just want to amp up your skin’s hydration, then this dry oil will be your new go-to! Packed with nourishing extracts and vitamins, Bio-Oil will help your skin retain moisture, leaving it soft, supple, and refined. You can apply this with your weekly face masks or mix it in with our favourite moisturiser, or just apply it on its own on clean skin for maximum absorption and results.

Makeup primer

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They say to not prime is a crime, but they never mentioned how primers can be so costly. But now you don’t have to worry about expensive primers because this oil can be used as both a foundation primer and highlighter! Mix it in with your favourite primer for an extra glow, or use it on its own by applying a tiny amount all over your face for an all-over radiant and dewy finish. You can even use it as a highlighter on your cheekbones for a touch of healthy sheen!

Acne scar healer

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You can stop worrying about painful and scary laser treatments now because Bio-Oil can heal your acne scars just as well. This non-comedogenic dry oil is excellent as an acne scar healer because it balances your skin by hydrating and soothing dry, irritated areas caused by acne products! 

Frizz fighter

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Living in a tropical country with high humidity levels is never good for hair. But thanks to this lightweight oil, you don't have to worry about frizz and fly-aways anymore! Soft, sleek hair is now just a drop away! 

Body conditioner

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Want to amp up your body skincare routine? This oil will easily do that for you! Bio-Oil can be mixed in with your favourite bath products for an indulgent at-home spa treatment to restore your skin to its youthful radiance. Because of its gentle ingredients and conditioning properties, you can even use it on its own to hydrate even the driest parts of your body such as the heels and elbows.


What do you love to use Bio-Oil for? Tell us in the comments below!

Bio-Oil is offered in three sizes in Singapore (60ml: SGD $15.50, 125ml: SGD $25.90, 200ml: SGD $35.90), and is available at all leading pharmacies, selected departmental stores, and hospitals in Singapore.