Travel foundation tube

2:30 PM


I came up with this idea for a travel foundation tube years ago when I would go on weekend trips with my husband and kids. I hated packing so much makeup - especially my train case - for a weekend getaway because of how much room it would take up in the back of my SUV or even on a plane.

The idea came to me one day as I was about to toss out an empty lip gloss tube as I was preparing my train case to take on our vacation. I realized that all I really tend to wear on vacation was foundation, a bit of powder, lip gloss and mascara since I tend to hit up makeup stores when on vacation and would get either samples in sample packets or those tiny plastic sample cases. I simply didn't want to carry so much stuff, just a small makeup bag that I could easily carry in my purse.

If you plan on traveling like on a weekend getaway but don't want to pack your bottle of foundation, especially on a plane, try this. You will need the following items:

  • An empty lip gloss tube*
  • A microwave safe bowl
  • Water
  • Dish detergent

* You can buy a new empty lip gloss tube at some craft stores.

(Image shown is not my own, obtained from DIY Cosmetics.)

If you're using an old tube you will need to empty out the remaining gloss by melting it out of the tube. This is where the microwavable bowl and water come in. Boil the water in the microwave and set aside until it is no longer boiling. Fill the tube with the hot water by squeezing the tube so the water gets into the tube. Shake and quickly (before the water becomes too cold in the tube) squeeze the water out. Do this over until the tube is clean. Wish with the dish soap you want to wash the exterior part of the tube from any left over gloss.

It might be possible to use Parian Spirit to clean any left over lip product as Parian Spirit is non-toxic as well as made with food grade safe ingredients. I have no tried cleaning an old lip tube with Parian Spirit yet so I don't know for sure.

To add liquid foundation to the tube you can do one of three things.

  1. Squeeze foundation into the tube like you did the water.
  2. Use an eyedropper to fill the tube.
  3. Remove the tip if possible and carefully pour in your liquid foundation.
If you have the other type of tube - the wand type - you can remove the rubber stopper and clean it out just like above then fill it more easily then replace the rubber stopper and put the wand back in. Just remember to clean the wand before you put it back.

The foundation tube is small enough to carry in a small makeup bag, you can carry more than one if you like to mix foundation colors and if you're flying you know you'll meet the 3 oz rule in the US. :D

Remember, you can always buy new empty lip containers from TKB Trading or any other cosmetic site that sells DIY kits.

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