Top 11 Beauty Essential For Your Makeup Bag
Whether for travel or work, for day-to-day or going away, there’s a few staples every woman needs in her makeup case to get by.
These should include all your favourite cosmetics, as well as versatile products that can get you through any occasion. After all, you never know where you might need your makeup bag in a hurry.
Here at Emma Lomax HQ looked at eight beauty essentials every girl needs in her bag. But first, what about the bag itself?
Women’s Cosmetic Bag
The humble make-up bag, cosmetic case, beauty bag or make up organiser - whatever you choose to call it - this is your most important asset for keeping your cosmetics together. So, why stop at one?
It’s quite typical to own a number of different beauty bags for various occasions; travel, work, the weekend’s away and the night’s out. They all demand their own bite-size features for each eventuality.
However, it’s typical to have a day makeup bag, as your ‘go-to’ default. It needs to be big enough for all the essentials, yet compact enough for grabbing in a hurry.
But more than just a cosmetic carrier, your style of makeup case can say a lot about your personality. As such, your cosmetic bag should be practical enough for life on-the-go, but characterful enough to take out in public.
A colourful make-up bag is worth keeping in mind too, as this is easy to find at a moment’s notice, including at the bottom of your bag. Likewise, a makeup bag with mirrors is a real bonus when you’re on the move. With so many similar portable makeup cases on the market, it’s also worth investing in a personalised case, to help prevent mix-ups with friends.
A Daily Cleanser
It might not automatically be on your makeup bag list, but when you think about last-minute dashes you might have to make, it makes sense. Opt for a long-lasting cleanser that is compact enough to travel with, since you might not be using this frequently. Even better if you can fit a face cloth too.
Thick and Luxurious Mascara
Where would we be without mascara?! Extending your eyelashes and framing your eyes in one quick swoop, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the top beauty essentials for any cosmetic bag set.
It’s worth investing in a good quality mascara since you’re unlikely to carry your false eyelashes wherever you go.
Everyone has their favourite foundation – a staple in a makeup wardrobe. Whether it’s a liquid concealer or powder with a brush, this should always live in your makeup bag.
As its name suggests, foundation creates a base and canvas for the rest of your makeup to work around.
Your Signature Perfume
Perfumes are often overlooked or forgotten but are an essential part of one’s make up routine. While they can be cumbersome to carry, it’s worth looking out for small travel size versions, or compact spray that you can decanter the fragrance into.
A quick spritz before a meeting is always an instant confidence booster!
A Subtle Blush
Blusher can come in many forms, from tinted liquids to brush on pots. Opt for a colour not too dissimilar to your skin shade, so that it’s versatile enough for any occasion you might find yourself in. Bright pinks and bronze colours are best avoided.
Some cosmetic companies have all-round crèmes that can be applied to cheeks, eyes and lips. These are great investments since they double-up as eye shadows and lipsticks too.
When choosing an eye shadow for your makeup bag, consider one that is uplifting to your skin tone, but not too dramatic for daywear. Light shades of pink, nude and even grey are good options. Try to avoid anything with sparkle or chrome, in case you find yourself in a client-facing situation.
Brushes are to make up, what knives are to chefs! Therefore, it would be remiss to exclude your favourite brush from the makeup bag. The question is, how many to pack? Usually, a medium size brush will provide adequate coverage, although room available, a larger brush can double-up for blusher and foundation application.
If you’re limited on space, then consider stashing away a couple of cotton buds for those awkward moments on the train when you’re trying to get ready.
Whether you have a large or small makeup bag, try and find space for a concealer. After all, if makeup is war paint, then this is your greatest weapon! A long-lasting concealer can hide a multitude of sins. Late night’s out, early morning wake-up calls, jetlag and not forgetting dreaded spots.
Brows are the new black – it’s official. The fashion trend for well-coiffed brows is not going anywhere. Thankfully if you pack your makeup bag and don't forget your mirror, you’ll be able to groom on-the-go. It’s amazing how eyebrows can frame your features, so it’s certainly worth adding this makeup essential to your burgeoning bag.
A slap of Lipstick!
Did you think we had forgotten… of course not! If there’s one make-up staple that every cute makeup bag should have, it’s a stick, tube or case of lipstick. That’s right, a humble lipstick can transform even the blandest of looks in a matter of seconds, taking next to no time to apply.
Look for a shade that’s uplifting and practical enough for your skin shade for day-to-night wear. Light corals, matte purples and light browns are all good options. Glosses and bright reds are best avoided since these are more suited to going out-out.
Eleven is The Magic Number
So, there you have it - 11 essential items for your daily cosmetic needs when out and about. For an inspiring range of stylish and affordable makeup bags .
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