Shipping Cosmetics and Makeup Internationally

How to ship cosmetics and makeup internationally by courier

Choose from our range of courier delivery services when shipping beauty products to a friend or to your customers overseas. Find out how to pack cosmetics and makeup for safe shipping by courier. Check the regulations and get an instant quote for sending beauty products nationally or internationally.

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Cosmetics are usually restricted or prohibited items for shipping. Please note that insurance may not apply.


How to ship beauty products internationally

Transport solutions to consider depending on the size and time-sensitivity of your shipment:
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* Please bear in mind that some courier companies may include cosmetics in their list of prohibited items. For any clarifications, please contact our team of specialists via chat.


How to pack cosmetics and makeup products for shipping

Before mailing cosmetics domestically or overseas, pack each item properly to prevent damage in transit. We have prepared some general instructions on how to pack and ship cosmetics by courier:

  • Make sure that your beauty products are tightly closed. Seal lids with tape.
  • Ship the lipstick, foundation, mascara, eyeshadow or other toiletry product in their original packaging.
  • Place any liquid products in a leak-proof bag.
  • Wrap each product in thermal plastic or bubble wrap and seal with tape.
  • Place the items in a box and add enough cushioning materials.
  • Close and seal the box with tape. You can label it as “fragile” when sending glass bottles.


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Regulations on shipping cosmetics and beauty products in Europe and internationally

For businesses

Depending on the countries of collection and delivery, different rules may apply for sending beauty products such as makeup internationally. Businesses can legally ship non-flammable and non-hazardous cosmetic products, domestically and overseas. Vetted companies that ship cosmetics and makeup as freight benefit from CMR insurance.

For individuals

If you are shipping beauty products or makeup as an individual, consider that liquids are not recommended for sending by mail or courier. If you still decide to ship cosmetics or other toiletries internationally, we recommend you carefully pack liquid products since they are not insured in the unlikely event of loss or damage. Cosmetics that include flammable substances or alcohol (e.g. nail polish, acetone, perfumes, colognes, aftershave products with alcohol) are not allowed for transport within the EU or overseas and can only be sent at your own risk.


FAQ – How to ship cosmetics, makeup and beauty products internationally

Can I ship cosmetics abroad with every courier company?
It is important to note that not all courier companies will ship cosmetics internationally. For example, DHL, TNT and UPS will not ship packages containing certain cosmetic products. Each courier has specific rules and requirements for different shipments and services, so we recommend checking this further with the designated courier for your route. When booking Express or Regular plus shipping services, please make sure not to include these items as the courier will refuse to collect the parcel. If you need further assistance, you can reach us by chat, phone or email before shipping cosmetics or makeup internationally to discuss your options further.
Can I ship cosmetics such as lipstick, eyeshadow, foundation and mascara internationally?
Yes, sending cosmetics overseas is possible depending on the type of products and route. Many customers send makeup items such as lipstick or high-end lip gloss as a gift. Others choose to send their unused beauty products internationally as donations to charity. Whatever the case might be, you can turn to Eurosender and find the best makeup delivery services to send beauty products within Europe or overseas.
What is the cheapest way to ship makeup internationally?
The cheapest way to ship makeup and other beauty products abroad by courier is through our Standard Service. You can get the cheapest quote by inserting information about the cosmetics you are shipping internationally (pick-up and delivery addresses, parcel dimensions and weight, etc.) in our booking tool below.
How do you keep lipstick from melting when shipping?
If possible, ship the lipstick in its original packaging. You can also use dry ice or gel ice packs for storing lipstick and other makeup products during transport.
Can I mail makeup in an envelope?
Yes, you can. Special bubble envelopes are suitable for safely sending small quantities of cosmetics such as eye shadow palettes, powders or bronzers, as well as makeup accessories and brushes. However, please note that our Document Service can only be used for sending documents and letters. Therefore, when sending cosmetics abroad by courier, you should book a package shipping service even if they are packed inside envelopes.
How can I ship makeup and other cosmetics abroad safely?
The best way to ship makeup products such as eyeshadow, blush, or powder by post or courier is to carefully wrap each item in bubble wrap or other dunnage. The more layers the better. This will protect the products during transport. Add enough cushioning material inside the box of makeup you are shipping to prevent products from knocking against each other.
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Take these guidelines into consideration when shipping cosmetics overseas. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. If you decide to ship cosmetics abroad, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transport of your shipment.