Ever spent too much time scouring your purse or bag for that lip gloss? Makeup bags are here to save you time and effort searching for essentials. They often have just the right space for your needs plus compact enough to be kept in your bag.
We've compiled some of the best makeup bags, with Boacay's premium hanging travel toiletry bag taking first place. Small or large makeup bags, we've got all options for you. There's also a buying guide to help you get started in choosing the best bag for your makeup collection.
It’s a misconception that makeup bags are meant only for travel. They can also be used to keep your makeup products organized at home as well. With the right makeup bag, it is easier to find your scattered items without wasting too much time.
Most makeup bags come with waterproof vinyl-lined interiors, so they can be easily cleaned and maintained. Interestingly enough, you can also get bags with removable compartments to sort your products categorically and to rearrange as required.
Makeup bags are extremely convenient and have become a staple for many as it carries all the essentials. The buying guide below is intended to give you some insights into how you can find your ideal makeup bag.
The first step to finding the right makeup bag is to consider how much makeup or how many toiletries you need to pack in your bag. Those with more makeup would need a larger case with more compartments to keep their numerous brushes, pencils, and compact cases neatly organized.
If you are not into trying out a new look each time you step out of your door, you might only have a minimum number of makeup items in your possession. Small bags that look like pencil pouches with zipper closures are ideal.
You can store your beauty essentials inside and toss a pouch or clutch into your handbag. A small makeup bag also functions as a great backup for those who feel like carrying only the bare essentials for a particular event.
If you travel and need one bag to keep most or all of your makeup products with you, a larger case would serve you well. These could be fabric pouches with handles and multiple compartments or a metallic train case often used by makeup professionals.
They are versatile enough to store a few makeup items for the barely-there look and can accommodate more products if required. Even if you are a minimalist, having a bigger bag in possession would give you enough room to store those impulse purchases. You never know!
Having enough room inside your bag also eliminates the need to stuff your valuable items, risking plastic bottles opening or cases breaking. We recommend going for a larger makeup kit with a strap or handle for easy transport.
The storage specifics of your makeup bag are reliant on your current arsenal. For example, if you have innumerable brushes, you would need slots or pockets for brushes and other pen-sized items to keep them organized.
Meanwhile, those who use more liquid foundations or powder compacts need a wider storage space to hold these larger items.
Once you have an idea how much and what kind of makeup and other essentials would go into the bag, you can pick one that comes close in terms of dimensions and the number of compartments and pockets available.
Most makeup pouches are made with nylon or synthetic fiber, while train cases use plastic and metal trimmings. If intended for travel, go for a sturdy one that can hold up well and prevent the products from breaking or being jostled around in bags.
Train cases are equipped with hard interiors and exteriors and are mostly non-crushable. You can also find them in roller suitcase form to suit the needs of makeup professionals.
Meanwhile, a waterproof bag can rescue your bags from damage caused by any accidental leaks or spills. The most preferred waterproof materials are nylon, polyester, and vinyl. If you're keen on getting fabric outer lining, we recommend a waterproof interior lining to keep your valuables safe and dry.
Some mess is inevitable with makeup bags and organizers, especially if you use them to store powders, liquid-based products, or creams. Waterproof lining helps to clean your bag easily by wiping it with some soap and water.
You might also be interested in keeping your essential toiletries and skincare products in the same bag, so consider a bag with more compartments to accommodate these items. Even if you are not that into makeup, you can use the dividers to store your tissues and cotton swabs separately. Some even have built-in tissue holders for easy grabbing of wipes.
If you are planning to style your hair on the go, you can grab a larger makeup bag with space for a portable flat iron or curling pins. Needless to say, makeup bags are great at organizing your essentials and making them easily accessible.
Those who are particular about viewing what’s inside the makeup bags should opt for a transparent makeup case. It lets you have a clear view of each item at a glance. This is particularly helpful, especially when you store multiple items in one, and the light-weight ones tend to lay at the bottom.
Our handpicked list of products are chosen keeping in mind a variety of users and their preferences.
Beauty Cinch Up
Premium Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag
Essential Pro Makeup Train Case
Handy Cosmetic Pouch
Makeup Train Case
Makeup Bag for Women
5 in 1 Travel Makeup Bag
Half Moon Cosmetic Bag
Large Cosmetic Bag Case
Portable Makeup Bags
Cinch Makeup Bag
A Compact and Sturdy Bag for Your Beauty Essentials
Makeup Professionals Can Use This Train Case
Store Makeup Essentials in a Pouch
A Compact Train Case for Pros On the Go
Chic Makeup Storage for the Minimalists
See Your Makeup at a Glance
A Roomy and Handy Pouch to Hold Your Makeup Necessities
Multi-Functional, Practical, and Spacious
A Lightweight and Flexible Sack-Type Makeup Bag
Carry All Your Beauty Essentials in a Drawstring Sack for Easy Storage
|Type||Hanging||Train case||Clutch||Train case||Pouch||Clear tote bag organizer||Clutch||Case||Drawstring sack||Drawstring sack|
|Material||Polyester, rubber lining||Aluminum, ABS plastic||Oxford nylon||Oxford nylon||Nylon||PVC, leather||Polyester, nylon||Oxford nylon, PVC||Polyester||Polyester|
|Dimensions||8.5 x 4.7 x 10.2 in.||14 x 10.5 x 9 in.||7.5 x 3.7 x 3.2 in.||9.8 x 8.3 x 3.8 in.||8.2 x 4.1 x 2.1 inches||Large clear bag (12.5 x 5 x 8.5 in.); medium clear bag (9 x 2.3 x 6.8 in.); small clear bag (6.3 x 2 x 5.2 in.); medium leather bag (8 x 2.3 x 4.2 in.); small leather bag (7.5 x 3 x 3.5 in.)||6 x 4.5 x 2 in.||6.5 x 8.2 x 6 in.||19.5 x 22 in. (when flat)||7 x 7 x 10 in.|
|Material||Polyester, rubber lining|
|Dimensions||8.5 x 4.7 x 10.2 in.|
|Material||Aluminum, ABS plastic|
|Dimensions||14 x 10.5 x 9 in.|
|Dimensions||7.5 x 3.7 x 3.2 in.|
|Dimensions||9.8 x 8.3 x 3.8 in.|
|Dimensions||8.2 x 4.1 x 2.1 inches|
|Type||Clear tote bag organizer|
|Dimensions||Large clear bag (12.5 x 5 x 8.5 in.); medium clear bag (9 x 2.3 x 6.8 in.); small clear bag (6.3 x 2 x 5.2 in.); medium leather bag (8 x 2.3 x 4.2 in.); small leather bag (7.5 x 3 x 3.5 in.)|
|Dimensions||6 x 4.5 x 2 in.|
|Material||Oxford nylon, PVC|
|Dimensions||6.5 x 8.2 x 6 in.|
|Dimensions||19.5 x 22 in. (when flat)|
|Dimensions||7 x 7 x 10 in.|
Now that you have the cosmetic bag of your choice, why not consider a few items to go into it?
Author: Biji Bella Ravindran
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