The 6 must-have makeup minis to pack if you’re jetting off on holiday this summer

Both practical and effective, beauty minis are essential if you're heading on a trip this summer

A collage of Rare Beauty liquid blush, Clinique cleansing balm and Too Faced mascara
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Trying to pack your entire makeup routine into one travel-friendly bag can be stressful, but these miniature beauty staples are the key to streamlining your cosmetics pouch while also elevating your holiday glow.

If you’re jetting off somewhere nice this summer, you might be on the hunt for the best facial sunscreens or foundations with SPF to add to your makeup arsenal of go-to products. But, if you’re looking to save a bit of room in your suitcase ahead of your holiday, the key to getting the most out of your makeup bag without compromising your holiday glow is travel minis.

Although they’re far from a new concept, these travel-sized products are actually more commonplace than you may think; most key makeup items in our regimes now come in smaller sizes. So, if saving space in your makeup bag sounds appealing, these are the six travel-sized beauty products to add to your holiday shopping list – from a highly-rated mascara and a cooling setting spray to a glowy tinted moisturiser with SPF and a handy perfume atomiser.

The 6 makeup minis to pack in your suitcase for a hassle-free holiday

1. Mascara

From volumising to lengthening and curling, the best mascara is a great one to have on your travels. If you're travelling to a hot destination, between humid climates to spending time in the pool, we'd recommend opting for a waterproof option to ensure it doesn't budge all day and night.

2. Perfume atomiser

Instead of packing a 100ml glass bottle of your go-to fragrance, invest in an affordable atomiser to decant a trip's worth of perfume into. Its lightweight container makes it convenient to pop in your bag and carry around with you for touch-ups throughout the day.

3. Liquid blush

Avoid taking any pressed makeup products that could potentially shatter en route to your destination; instead, choose a miniature liquid or cream alternative. A blush is a staple on holiday for achieving that healthy flush of colour across your cheeks.

4. Setting spray

No one wants their makeup creasing, transferring or melting off their face while on their travels, so finding a quality setting spray is vital. Creating a protective layer over your face, this unmissable step in your holiday beauty routine will ensure your makeup stays locked in place – whatever the day's activities.

5. SPF tinted moisturiser

When on holiday you may want to opt for a lighter base option and swap out your everyday foundation for the best tinted moisturiser with added SPF (which will act as bonus protection to your dedicated facial sunscreen). Evening out your complexion and providing extra hydration or nourishment for that healthy "lit from within" look, this is a great lightweight alternative that doesn't have a heavy feel or finish to it.

6. Cleansing Balm

A cleansing balm is a great nourishing way to ensure your complexion is clean after a long day in the sun, as these oil-based formulas break down any impurities such as makeup, SPF, dirt and sweat.

Why makeup minis are perfect for your summer travels

Forget packing a chunky and heavy makeup bag; not only do minis help ease the weight on your luggage allowance but they’re often compact and lightweight enough to throw in your handbag for touch-ups on the go, too.

Many well-known brands and much-loved products now boast a smaller-sized offering, including classics like Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter and Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer. These sizes are also a great opportunity to try out a product that you’ve been eyeing up for a fraction of the price before you invest in the full size. 

Sennen Prickett
Digital Beauty Writer

Sennen is Digital Beauty Writer at woman&home, where she shares the latest beauty buys and trending products from makeup and hair to skincare and nails. Previously, Sennen worked as a Junior Digital Editor at FROW Magazine, where she wrote about the latest fashion and beauty news, trends and viral must-have products to shop, and reviewing a lineup of beauty products. She has since worked with numerous brands including Who What Wear UK, HuffPost UK and Harvey Nichols. When she’s not writing about all things beauty, Sennen spends her spare time watching the latest Netflix series, doing lots of online shopping and walking her dog.