“There’s no point in wearing makeup. You’re just going to sweat it off anyway”.
There is no phrase in the English language that I disagree with more!
I live between sweaty Bangkok and humid Bali and still…my makeup is on point.
That’s because I’ve been a sweaty human guinea pig for you. If you’re taking a trip over to Asia and still want to glam up for those Instagram shots, gather these travel makeup essentials before you fly.
Every makeup product on this list is in my makeup bag right now…and most of it is on my face as I’m writing this article.
Let’s get into The Best Travel Makeup Products for Humid Weather and Sweaty Climates.
What is it? A priming cream that on your bare face before you makeup, bonding your skin and makeup together, while filling lines and pores.
This shit is serious.
NYX Cant Stop Wont Stop Matte Primer is off-putting at first. It’s tacky and feels like a sticky glue. I would be lying if I said that it felt good to smear all over your face. But once it dries, you can’t even feel it.
It acts as the most amazing sweaty girl primer that I’ve ever experienced. I could run a marathon in Dubai and my makeup would still look flawless.
Some reviews on Amazon aren’t nice, but that’s because this product needs some explaining. But once you figure out how to use it…oh it’s heaven.
Pro Tip: Lately, I’ve been experimenting in the application process by using a damp beauty blender to apply my primer or just starting with a damp face in general. It helps to evenly glide the tacky primer evenly across my skin.
With 50+ SPF, this baby was made for the sun!
What is it? IT Cosmetics CC Cream is a non-greasy foundation that stays put in humid weather.
I love that the coverage is buildable. Use a damp beauty blender to build light to full coverage, depending on the day. Going out for an active hike? Go with a light & casual coverage. Hitting the nightlife in Bangkok? Get a glam look that won’t melt while you’re dancing.
Best of all, 1 tube has lasted me a full year. Now, I’m on my second. Obsessed.
Pro Tip: There is a “travel size” available on Amazon, but it doesn’t come with the pump…which is 100% essential to not wasting product (a little goes a long way).
Buy the full size.
$39 a tube = 10 cents per day. #Justifiable
What is it? Kiko Sculpting Touch is a cream contour stick for your cheekbones, forehead, nose, jawline, and wherever else you want to add a bit of definition.
Blend the cream contour with a kabuki brush and set with a setting powder. The contour melts into your skin beautifully and looks amazing in travel photos, no matter how sweaty you might get.
What is it? This is a setting/baking powder is an absolute must for humid weather.
After your creams and foundations are applied, dust your sheer AirSpun powder over everything.
Not only does it cement those products into your skin, but also, it will absorb any excess oil that may rise to the top of your skin throughout the day.
Pro Tip: I found that the smallest AirSpun powder was bigger than what I wanted to travel with. So, I took a loose-powder jar with products that I no longer use, dumped it out, and replaced with the AirSpun. Now I have a travel AirSpun and more AirSpun waiting for me at home.
What is it? A replacement for your weak-ass eyebrow pencils!
This stuff is serious. It’s waterproof, sweatproof and smudge proof. Hell, it’s even sleep proof. Use an angled brush to glide this eyebrow gel on your eyebrows and go about your travel day without looking in a mirror.
You can create your desired eyebrow shape with this product by itself or use a pencil just to draw the shape you want, and fill it in with this gel.
Pro Tip: Squeeze a tiny bit of the gel onto your hand to warm it up. Then use your hand like an easel. Work with the product quickly as it dries fast!
PS. My shade is Blonde. If that helps you.
What is it? An eyeshadow base/primer and eye concealer.
Since I was 13 years old, I’ve been using Mac Paint Pots and nothing else. I use the color “Painterly”. Somedays I use it alone as a low-key eyelid concealer, and other days I use it as a base to keep my eyeshadows in place and prevent them from creasing in humid weather.
It’s creamy enough to use your finger to apply, or you can use a tiny concealer brush.
Perfect for that flawless “No-Makeup” look.
What is it? A gel eyeliner that doesn’t smudge in the hot heat.
No department store eyeliner can even compare. This drugstore eyeliner is highly pigmented and so creamy that it glides on with barely any effort!
Apply it on those sticky summer mornings and it will still be beautiful come evening.
One palette. All the colors I need. INCREDIBLE pigment. No-crease quality.
The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette is definitely a splurge, but also definitely worth the investment.
Plus, the mirror is huge and I use it to do my makeup everywhere and anywhere.
What is it? Liquid Lash Extension Mascara that gently peels off your eyelashes instead of melts off. Thrive Causmetics is also a vegan, cruelty-free brand!
When you’re working with tropical climates, it’s not unusual for your mascara to melt. You wear sunglasses or rub your eyes JUST ONCE and bam, it’s smear city.
The alternative is to choose a waterproof mascara, but then you’re stuck with that tacky black blue formula that makes me cringe.
Thrive Causmetics Mascara, however, is a no-smudge formula that peels off your eyelashes almost like string cheese. It doesn’t hurt. It isn’t heavy. It’s perfect for traveling.
What is it? A translucent spay that acts like a lightweight layer of pigment protection on your face!
If you’re going to a tropical climate or dealing with humid weather and you haven’t packed a setting spray, then don’t even bother packing your makeup.
You could cover your face in super glue and I’d still recommend a setting spray to keep your pigments in place. IT doesn’t matter how long-lasting your products are, this is the insurance policy that is going to make it all worth it!
You’re ready to climb waterfalls, take long flights, dance until midnight and still look like the queen that you are.
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In 2011, I left Seattle with just $200 in my pocket to travel the world solo. Today, I'm the founder and creator of The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide, the #1 travel guide book series for women - and the author of The One-Way Ticket Plan.