The Best Makeup Bags to Use for Traveling and Keeping Your Cosmetics Organized


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If your makeup bag is looking worse after years of makeup mishaps, we’ve got you covered.

Store all your precious cargo of beauty products in one chic case. Choose between a range of different sizes, whether you’re a minimalist makeup artist or a packer type who needs everything but the kitchen sink. Go compact if you’re hoping to slip it into your purse or bigger (and better) to store your entire 12-step routine. Would a professional carrying case be more suitable or will a simple brush roller suffice?

Wipe cleaning options provide greater longevity and a clear option will make the daunting task of airport security easier, especially for frequent travelers.

However, while practicality is important, design should play a part in your decision. Go for a bag with funky patterns, bold prints or cute slogans to put a smile on your face with every application.

We also enjoy a new makeup bag to organize and declutter, Marie Kondo style: no longer will our bag be cluttered with dull eyeliners, leaky foundations or products with lost eyelids. This will not only make your bag much lighter and tidier, but also prevent that heartbreaking moment when airport security confiscates your favorite FPS because you have too many liquids.

Be ready for any last-minute plans, emergency touch-ups, on-the-go applications, or your next vacation with our pick of the best makeup bags.

LAY-N-GO Cosmo Mini Makeup Bag

As the name suggests, this innovative makeup bag doubles as a dressing table mat, turning any surface into a convenient, easy-to-access base for your on-the-go applications. With a drawstring closure, it opens to reveal a zippered storage pocket, elastic holders for brushes and all your products clearly – no rooting necessary. Don’t worry about your favorite lippy rolling or slipping, there’s a lip around the outside to keep them secure in the bag. It is also machine washable and wipeable.

Buy now £16.00, Selfridges

SELETTI Toiletpaper Sh*t Printed Faux Leather Beauty Case

This bright yellow-hued beauty case will stand out in your bottomless bag a la Mary Poppins when you need a quick touch-up. It’s part of a collaboration between Seletti – the Italian brand known and loved for its original and fantastical designs – and Toiletpaper magazine founders Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari combining the iconic styles of both parties for an eccentric and playful style.

Buy now £37.00, Selfridges

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Bag

On one side of this pretty Charlotte Tilbury clutch you’ll find a lip kiss design featuring the prints of some of fashion’s most iconic women, while on the back it adorns the famous quote from the eponymous makeup marvel: ‘ Give a woman the right makeup and she can conquer the world”. The spacious cosmetic bag has a gold zipper, black lining and is machine washable.

Buy now £15.00 cult beauty

Space NK travel bag

Get through airport security with this travel-ready makeup bag from the experts at Space NK. The beauty retailer offers this clear case with faux leather trim in a range of different sizes and colors for all types of weekend getaways, getaways, or long-distance flights. Wipe.

Buy now £14.00, NK Space

The Flat Lay Co. Leopard Print Flat Cosmetic Bag

The Flat Lay Co. is changing the makeup game with its clutches. Loosen the drawstring and the bag opens almost completely flat to fully reveal the contents. Upping your look on the go has never been easier. Keep your precious little items like jewelry or accessories in the interior zipped pocket, while your brushes are well within reach thanks to the elasticated slots. There are also two additional exterior pockets for additional storage. It comes in so many different designs, but this bold leopard might just be our favorite.

Buy now £19.99, FeelUnique

Skinnydip Peach Glitter Makeup Bag

This perfect peach pouch will hold your products and accessories during nighttime getaways, multitasking commutes, and spontaneous weekend breaks. It has an adorable fruity pattern with a glitter embellishment to brighten up your daily makeup application task and can be wiped clean, so it’s practical too.

Buy now £15.00, Boots

MYKITCO. My Big Brush Buddy Bag

If you know your contour brush from your stippling, your blush from your powder, and your concealer from your flat eyeshadow – this might be the makeup bag for you. Designed for professional makeup artists, it offers ample storage space and comes with dividers to keep your collection organized. The bag itself has an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap so it can take pride of place on your dressing table or go with you anywhere, whether you’re on a set or carrying all your gear to a friend’s house for prepare yourself.

Buy now £52.50, looks fantastic

The Flat Lay Co. Standing Brush Case – Beige Tigers

Pack this makeup essential that doubles as a stand for your makeup brushes when you’re on location. When it’s time to get out or go, close the product and you’re good to go. There is space for six brushes and two small pockets for other items. The attractive tiger design makes it a statement for your office.

Buy now £13.99, looks fantastic

Globe-Trotter Safari toiletry bag

We’re going back to the 1920s with this stylish toiletry bag from Globe-Trotters. Inspired by the sophisticated travel companions of the Roaring Twenties, the case is handcrafted with separate compartments and protected by a numbered code. There are even elastic straps to secure delicate items like perfumes in place as well as a removable mirror for emergency touch-ups.

Buy now £905.00, Harrods

MAC Carry All

Whether you’re an on-the-go beauty professional or a fan of applicators, this makeup bag maximizes storage space and is large enough to hold your favorite full-size items. There are specialized allowances for brushes and even has a mirror for convenience. It is made from an easy to clean black nylon.

Buy now £48.00, MAC

Prada small appliquéd leather-trimmed nylon cosmetics case

Add a designer touch to your travels with Prada’s iconic nylon accessories. Not only is the fabric sleek and sporty in aesthetics, but it’s also pragmatic when accidental foundation spills occur. You can wipe it clean easily to keep it in pristine condition for longer. The design is minimalist but features the Italian fashion house’s signature triangular logo plaque and leather details.

Buy now £490.00, Net-A-Porter


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