By Alexis Gaskin published
Arguably, one of the most neglected beauty purchases is the makeup bag or cosmetic case that your favorite liquid eyeliners, lipsticks, eyeshadows, and foundation brushes go into. Makeup bags, organizers, and cases are a vital part of keeping your beauty products organized and ready to grab for last-minute trips or on-the-go makeup sessions. Whether you’re a full-on Marie Kondo type of organizer or carry lipsticks loose in your purse (guilty), consider investing in a durable and stylish makeup bag that will get you excited to dive in to create a new look. The right makeup bag not only saves time when you just need your trusty eyebrow pencil, but also helps take stock of all your products so you can rediscover old favorites.
1. Lay-n-Go Cosmo Drawstring Makeup Organizer
Who among us doesn’t wish we could just bring a portable vanity when we travel? Presenting this so-simple-yet-so-genius drawstring pouch, which opens up to lay completely flat, and even has makeup brush slots for extra organization.
2. Kusshi Signature Makeup Bag
This bag solves two of the biggest gripes when it comes to makeup bags: 1) If you're sick of digging for that one thing you need, it zips open on three sides to give you full access to your products. Oh, and did something spill? Throw the whole bag in the laundry—it’s machine washable.
3. Caraa Nimbus Large Cosmetic Case
This pouch is named for a cloud because it basically is one: The puffy exterior keeps all your goods safe and sound on planes, trains, and automobiles. Even better: It’s packed with pockets.
4. Calpak Mini Clear Cosmetic Case
Meet the Goldilocks of makeup bags: not too big, and not too small. It features two compartments on either side, chic gold hardware, and a top handle for easy transport.
5. Away The Small Toiletry Bag
If you never go anywhere without your Away suitcase, you’ll be thrilled to know the travel brand also has a thoughtfully designed toiletry case. It features two interior zip pockets, plus one on the outside for all those things you like to have at the ready.
6. Sonia Kashuk Makeup Organizer Bag Set
Put simply, Sonia Kashuk knows how to make a good makeup bag (or four). If you need different sized makeup bags for different occasions, this is the set for you—because you know you'll use every single one.
7. ROWNYEON Lipstick Organizer Bag
This is for the lipstick lovers who still wore their favorite lipstick even though they had a mask on. First, thank you for wearing a mask; and secondly, I see you. I have more lipsticks than I know what to do with, and this organizer helps me keep track of them. Plus, once you have everything organized you realize all the colors you forgot about.
8. Huda Beauty WISHFUL Skincare Travel Bag
This bag has so much potential, it’s insane. While it’s made for skincare, that just means more space for your makeup. The holographic material is a big seller, thanks to its fun and easy-to-clean material—so when accidental foundation spills (RIP) occur, you can simply wipe them away.
9. Sonia Kashuk TSA Travel Makeup Bag Kit
Having to go through TSA is hard enough with the whole being barefoot thing, so make sure you have your essentials organized before you dare to put it on the conveyor belt. This kit from Sonia Kashuk is perfect for the few makeup items you absolutely need on the plane. Pack some lip balm and a sheet mask—you’ll thank me later.
10. Tartan + Twine 100% Chevron Deluxe Weekender Cream
With restrictions lifting and vacations occurring left and right, a mid-sized weekender bag is perfect for carrying not only your makeup but also your favorite cleanser and moisturizer. Also, this bag comes with clear inserts for even more organizing. Consider putting your more liquid products in them in case of spillage.
11. MAKE UP FOR EVER Professional Bag
Whether you’re a professional makeup artist or you just have more lipsticks and blushes than space, this bag will help keep all your products organized and ready for wherever you need to go. The multiple compartments with mesh paneling make for easy access when creating looks and the sturdy straps mean easier travel.
12. Luxe + Willow Luxe + Willow SLAY UV-Sanitizing Cosmetic Bag
Listen, is this necessary? No, but it's really cool, and if you like to be extra cautious with the brushes you put on your face, but don’t have time to wash them after every use, then it’s worth it. Also, I’m just going to leave this review here, because it makes an excellent point: “I was looking for a big box for my intimate toys. And this also has UV sanitizer, so it's a win-win!”
Alexis Gaskin is a Freelance Beauty Writer for Marie Claire who can often be found painting her nails to match every outfit. She covers beauty, skincare, and fat fashion and will get distracted by any and all Halsey-related content or anything glittery.
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