Why are dainty, diminutive clutches so darned popular at fancy parties and events?
I mean, they’re kind of inconvenient. Because they’re so tiny, they don’t steal any thunder from the dresses (always a good thing), so I guess that’s probably the reason, but dang if they aren’t totally impractical.
In my hotel room on Monday, as I rushed to get ready and struggled to squeeze everything I wanted/needed to bring with me to the show into the spritely Whiting & Davis Gold Mesh Clutch, I started to panic a little.
The clutch was just too small.
I’d planned to do a heavier full-coverage look for my foundation and powder and touch it up at night with a powder compact, rather than just with blotting papers (I felt like the powder would do a better job keeping everything intact).
But between my phone, keys, one lipstick, a lip liner, gloss and, um…a cardboard cutout of my cat, there was no room left in the clutch! — which was incidentally smaller than my size 7 shoes.
As usual, I was hurrying. I had to go. It was the last minute, literally. Then I got an idea.
I grabbed one of the small plastic bags I brought with me in my carry-on to store the chargers and cables for my gadgets which, I know, might sound a little obsessive/compulsive, but I do it to keep them from getting tangled up.
Next, I loaded a few cotton pads with powder from the compact and dropped them into the now-empty plastic bag. Then I closed it up and squeezed it into the clutch.
Et voila! Enough powder for the night.
Now, if I hadn’t had a plastic bag with me, I could have done this with a paper towel, or maybe even some toilet paper (cue desperation), but the bag made it easier and less messy.
Same idea would also work with blush and highlighter, or really any powdered makeup. Just be careful to pat (and not swipe) when you apply them, lest you wipe out your look, and don’t forget to blend out those edges with your fingers.
Next time you have a wedding, prom or other big event to go to and have a lot of crap to fit into a teeny, tiny purse, keep this tip in mind (and a plastic bag on hand)!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,