I’m sort of a makeup bag hoarder.
The easiest way to get me to buy something is to offer a free makeup bag. Then I’m sold (Clinique, I’m looking at you).
My excuse is that they always come in handy, whether for travel, organization, gift-giving… In fact, I always keep a makeup bag in my desk at work and another one in my gym bag. But I also like to have one that I just leave on my vanity, because it takes the guesswork out of doing my makeup in the morning, and I’ll also throw things in there that I’ve been meaning to try, so that I don’t forget about them.
I’ll also bring another makeup bag with me if I’m going somewhere after work, and I know I’ll want to freshen up my makeup.
See? So many makeup bags!
Here are what I currently consider my makeup bag essentials:
I’m not really one for powdering my nose on the go, so I have these Palladio Rice Paper Sheets instead. They soak up excess oil and don’t disturb the rest of my makeup. They’re very affordable, too (available at Ulta for $3.99).
If my base has worn off, or if I just want to add some coverage, I’ve been loving this Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick. I use the shade called Gargantuan Golden. This one pictured is actually a free one that I got at Sephora, but I purchased the full size about a month ago (at Sephora for $24). I love how easy it is to blend on the skin with just my fingers, so it’s perfect for on-the-go. It’s build-able up to medium coverage and has a satin finish, so it looks very natural. If you’ve found other stick foundations to be too heavy or too creamy, look into this because it has a less slick feel than others that I’ve tried.
For added glow on the go, I absolutely LOVE Butterfly Beach by ColourPop Cosmetics. It’s a cool-toned champagne highlighter that instantly wakes up my face. I think it’s very flattering and so easy to just apply with my fingers, so this is one of my all-time favorite highlighters.
I think lip products definitely pack the most punch in terms of changing up your look. You can turn a basic makeup look into a showstopper just by adding a bold lipstick, so that’s probably why I have so many here!
But, to be fair, the YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush products are actually hybrid blush and lip color products, and I really love them. I have more swatches and a full review here, but I like these because the colors are really flattering, and the product is comfortable on both my cheeks and lips.
Lots of times, these kinds of products work well on either lips or cheeks, so I really appreciate that these do what they say and really work. The colors that I have are No. 10 Nude Insolent (a rosy brown), No. 2 Rose Frivole (a yellow-based pink) and No. 5 Rouge Effronte (a bright true red), and all of them are really wearable.
I’d probably only pack one of these in my makeup bag, but I love these because they’re great multitaskers. On the cheeks, they dry to a matte finish, and on the lips you get the feeling of a lip stain, because they dry down completely and have a thin texture; however, the color is very opaque, and you can also layer them to get a more vibrant pop of color if you want. They’re available at Nordstrom for $40 each and come in 12 colors.
I also have two liquid lipsticks here because they’re my favorite way to get a bold lipstick look. I love how long they last and how opaque they are. Shown here are Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Damask and ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in Avenue, one of my favorite red lipsticks. Both of these are bold lipsticks, and when I want a quick way to change my makeup from day to night, I reach for something like this (here’s a tutorial on my Day to Night Makeup Routine). 🙂
Both of these lipsticks are really affordable, too. You can find the Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Colors at Ulta for $7 each and the ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lips at ColourPop for $6.
I also like to include a couple of nude/neutral lipstick options, and this Kevyn Aucoin lipgloss in Neottiana is my favorite nude lip gloss. It’s hard to find an opaque nude gloss that’s still glossy (and not sticky), and this one’s everything. It’s available at Neiman Marcus for $30.
Last, there’s the Palladio Butter Me Up Sheer Color Balm in Luscious. It’s a super moisturizing sheer red and adds just has a hint of color to my lips. It’s not sticky or too glossy, either, so it’s great to just pop on anytime. It’s available at Sally Beauty for $8.
I’m not one for doing major eye makeup on the go, but these are some of my favorites. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is my favorite mascara, hands down. It adds so much volume and doesn’t clump at all.
I also love the jet black color and the brush, because it captures every lash. I don’t typically add mascara if I’m already wearing it, but on days when I leave the house with bare lashes (it happens more than I’d like), I’m so happy to have a little sample size on hand. The full-size mascara is available at Sephora for $23, and the travel size is $12.
Oh, and this Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow is amazing. This shade here, Caroube, is a shimmery bronze, not too cool nor warm, and it looks great on many skin tones.
My mom is several shades lighter than me, and it’s so pretty on her. Here’s a full review and swatches of Caroube, along with two other shades, if you’d like more details.
And here are swatches of everything I mentioned:
About the swatches, these are on my inner arm, which is by far the lightest place on my body, so I promise this Clinique foundation matches my face, despite how it looks!
How about you? What are your current makeup bag essentials? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.