How to Pack Makeup Brushes for Travel

As the summer nears and travel ramps back up, it’s time to hit the road. Whether you’re traveling for pleasure or you’re working as a makeup artist, you might be thinking about the best way to safely pack your makeup. While most people worry about the transportation of their highly prized compacts, eyeshadow kits, and other breakable makeup items, they often forget that properly packing their makeup brushes is also extremely important.

If you’re not sure how to transport makeup brushes, then our guide is perfect for you! We can help you feel confident that the packing job you do will keep your brushes protected no matter how long the journey. Read on to find out the best way to store makeup brushes for travel.

How to Carry Makeup Brushes in Your Purse

Depending on the length of your trip and where you’re going, you may only have your purse to transport your makeup and brushes. The size of your purse certainly plays a role in how much you can pack and how to safely do so, but let’s assume that your purse is no larger than a standard tote.

With the limited space available, you’ll need to be strategic with which brushes you pack. Are there any brushes that can do double duty? Are there brushes that you don’t use as often that can be left behind? Once you’ve decided which brushes you will bring, it’s time to make sure they’re protected.

One of the best ways to transport your makeup brushes in your purse is using a brush book or case. Not only will a brush book hold your brushes in place, but it will also provide a protective barrier that will keep your brushes from getting smashed or kinked.

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How to Pack Makeup Brushes in a Carry-on

If you’re wondering how to protect makeup brushes when traveling by plane, there are two options – in your carry-on or packed away in your suitcase or checked baggage. If you need your brushes right away or are concerned with the possibility of your checked baggage getting lost or delayed, then carry-on might be the right way to go.

When packing your makeup brushes into a carry-on, there are a couple important things to consider. Your carry-on will either be stuffed in the overhead compartment or stuffed below the seat in front of you, so making sure your brushes have a protective outer case is of the utmost importance.

One other essential step to do before packing your brushes is deep cleaning them. If your brushes are packed tightly to save space, be sure that you remove as much bacteria as possible before doing so.

How to Protect Makeup Brushes in Your Suitcase

Lastly, if you’re packing your makeup brushes in your suitcase or some other checked item, you will likely have a bit more space to work with. This allows you to utilize a bulkier case to protect your brushes if you so choose. Or you can potentially use other items within your suitcase to act as a sort of cushioning for your makeup brushes. Either way, it is still necessary that you make sure your brushes are packed within a harder outer shell to keep them protected.

One tip you may want to try is sealing your brushes within a plastic bag. Whether you use mini bags to just cover the bristles or use that heated up knife hack to create narrow individual bags for the entire brush, sealing your brushes will help to keep everything clean. You would hate to open up your luggage and find an explosion of makeup everywhere.

Now that you’re prepped and ready, it’s time to start packing! You’ve got all the knowledge you need to properly protect your makeup brushes and keep them packed away safely during transport. And if you need a good travel case to transport all of your makeup, then we’ve got you covered! Check out our selection of travel makeup cases complete with LED lit vanity mirrors.