Unless you're permanently moving, you should never be seen hauling this much luggage through an airport. Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann is constantly traveling for work, so she knows the importance of packing for function and efficiency. Find out what travel tips she suggests for the holidays!
As an experienced traveler, Deborah Lippmann suggests starting your packing a day or two before you leave. Make a list of everything you want to take and try laying out outfits before you put it in your suitcase so you don't forget any of the essential items.
Don't waste precious suitcase room with outfits that can only be worn an hour at a time. Instead, take versatile dresses, like the one Rashida Jones is wearing. Dress it down during the day with a blazer, and dress it up at night with jewelry and heels.
Now that airport security is tighter, full-sized beauty products aren't allowed. But who has the time to spend hours squeezing your creams and serums into small, plastic bottles? Instead, buy your favorite goodies from 3floz.com. Their site sends you the products you want in TSA-approved sizes. Even if you're not traveling, this site can be great for testing out expensive items for way less.
You only get one carry-on bag when flying, so you will want to make it count! We love this duffle bag from Sonia Kashuk ($24.99, Target.com), which also doubles as a cosmetics bag. Keep snacks and a magazine inside for easy access on the plane. It's also best to keep a few makeup items in there for touch-ups, so you don't have to dig inside your suitcase later.
Online shopping is the saving grace of holiday travelers. Instead of bringing gifts on the plane with you, have them delivered to your destination. You can even opt to gift wrap them when you order, so you don't have to worry about packing wrapping paper and ribbon.
You will be surprised at how much space you can save when you pack multi-tasking beauty products.Makeup compacts like Lise Watier's Portfolio Professional Corrector ($30, Naimies.com) can be used as foundation, concealer, highlighter and a contouring cream instead of four individual products.
There's no need to sport regular jewelry when you can wear accessories that have function, especially when you're out of town. Oscar de la Renta's flower ring ($68, Zappos.com) contains a solid perfume inside, so your delicate bottles can stay at home. Twistband hair ties ($2, Thetwistband.com) can double as bracelets when left on your wrist.
Liquids are never a good choice when traveling. Not only is there a risk of spilling them all over everything, but there's always more than you need for your trip away. When you can, choose an alternative to liquid beauty items. Instead of a bottle of makeup remover, pack wipes that are pre-moistening with remover. Instead of liquid nail polish remover, try acetone wipes, like Deborah Lippmann's Stripper To Go ($12, Lippmanncollection.com).
You could pack your shampoo, conditioner, a blow dryer and hair spray, OR you could bring a small bottle of dry shampoo. Keratin Complex's Volumizing Dry Shampoo ($35, Keratincomplex.com) allows you to easily apply hair powder onto the top of your head, so oil and dirt are removed without weighing down your hair. Plus, now you'll have extra room for another pair of shoes!