It’s almost Memorial Day, and you know what that means: it’s time to kick off summer! The long holiday weekend is one of the biggest travel times of the year, with many people heading out for camping trips, music festivals, and weddings across the country.
But in all your excitement to pack for your big Memorial Day trip, what if you forget a few of your beauty essentials? Never fear! In a pinch, lots of affordable, everyday products can be used to help you beautify on the fly.
Most of the items on this list can be found in even the barest, off-the-beaten-path grocery or convenience store—and some you might have packed for other uses, anyway!
So you forgot your: Makeup remover / shaving cream / cuticle oil / moisturizer…
Try: Olive oil or coconut oil
Olive oil and coconut oil are both effective, natural, and gentle moisturizers that you can use on your skin and nails—and they’re also impressively good at breaking down makeup at the end of the day. (Not as good as Bare Face, but then again, what is?) Both oils can also be used to tame frizz and flyaways in your hair, and can be mixed with brown sugar to create a hydrating (and delicious) body or lip scrub.
So you forgot your: Blotting papers
Try: Toilet seat covers or Starbucks napkins
Oily-faced ladies, this tip is a lifesaver when it comes to combatting shine. Just make your way to the nearest restroom and grab an unused toilet seat cover. The thin paper is perfect for absorbing oil without messing up your makeup. Apparently Starbucks napkins are great for the same thing, so why not stock up when you stop for your latte on your way out of town?
So you forgot your: Dry shampoo / finishing powder
The basic functions of dry shampoo and face powder are essentially the same: these products absorb/mask oil to help you look fresher, longer. Dry shampoo also has the added perk of giving more hold to freshly washed or oily hair, making it easier to style. If you find yourself away from home without either of these essentials, simply make your way to the nearest baking aisle and invest in a wondrous bottle of cornstarch. In fact, some ladies even swear by cornstarch as their setting powder on a day to day basis.
If you have dark hair, wander a little further down the aisle and grab some cocoa powder to add to your DIY dry shampoo—this will darken the mixture so it blends in better.
So you forgot your: Eyebrow gel and spoolie
Try: A toothbrush misted with hairspray
Want to tame those brows, but forgot your eyebrow essentials? Buy a clean toothbrush from the store, lightly mist it with hairspray, and run the brush over your brows to give them shape and hold. (If you normally fill in your brows with powder or pencil, do that first.)
So you forgot your: Eye cream / aloe vera
Try: Green tea bags
Take care of puffy, irritated eyes with a couple bags of green tea. The caffeine in the tea will constrict blood vessels, helping with puffiness, while the antioxidants will soothe redness and inflammation. Steep the bags in hot water the way you normally would, and then let them cool until they’re comfortable to the touch—then lie down, close your eyes, and place a bag on each eye for a few minutes.
Got caught without your SPF and need to soothe a sunburn? Use that cup of tea you just brewed to make a green tea compress. Let the tea cool down, dip a cloth into the tea, and then use it as a compress wherever you need some quick sunburn relief. Bonus: Tea bags can also be used to help fix a torn nail.
Do you have any genius travel beauty tips to share with your fellow adventurers? Weigh in below!