Whether you’re a makeup fanatic, or are just looking for some simple things to keep with you just in case, carrying a cosmetic bag is a really convenient way to always be prepared and to keep your makeup looking fresh and fabulous.
First thing’s first: choose your size. Small, medium, large, all sizes of cosmetic bags have their benefits.
- Small: Easy to carry, fit into small spaces/bags, don’t take up much space. The downside? Limited space for products. I’ve never been a small bag girl, mainly because I tend to carry everything but the kitchen sink in there (although in all honesty, if I could easily fit a kitchen sink In my bag I would undoubtedly bring it with me)
- Medium: more space than a small bag, but less space than a large bag, this can be a good compromise. I personally tend to veer towards medium sized bags, as it allows me more space to carry the products I love, but helps to encourage me to limit how much I bring (If I had a big enough bag, I have no doubt that I would slowly begin to carry my entire makeup collection in my purse)
- Large: this is ideal for those girls (Okay, I’m guilty of this too) who happen to carry over 7 different lip products at once. My personal record is 13: none of which I wanted to part with. The downside? These take up a lot of space, and are neither easy nor convenient to carry.
Don’t be afraid to splurge a little on a good makeup bag, one that will last and suit your travelling makeup needs. Makeup bags can be just as much creative expression as the makeup itself, and come in hundreds of different styles, shapes, and sizes.
At school, the more items you have in your bag, the heavier it will be. That being said, it’s still good to keep your favourite items with you to touch up throughout the day and in case of any beauty emergencies.
For school, here’s what I would carry in my makeup bag:
- Concealer-the smaller the tube, the easier it is to fit in your bag. Go for something with a doe-foot applicator as it’s easy and quick to dab on any blemishes or problem spots.
- Pressed Powder-a compact is easy to keep in your bag, and is perfect for touching up any redness or shine.
- Blush-a smaller individual blush is both easy and convenient to carry. Nyx blushes are great, and their small square shape enables them to fit easily into a cosmetic bag. As for the brush, a retractable kabuki brush works very well for on-the-go application.
- Lip Balm/Stick: If you like bolder lips, go for a lipstick (and a balm, if you so desire.) If you’re looking for something that’s more moisturizing but with a bit of colour, go for a tinted lip balm or moisturizing lipstick such as the L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Balms or the Maybelline Color Whispers
- Oil Blotting Sheets-these little things are essentially magic in thin sheet form. By dabbing it gently on any shiny/oily parts of your face, these absorb any excess oil without affecting your makeup (a great alternative to packing on more powder!) Clean & Clear sells these for about $6-8
Products that are not necessarily must haves in your school bag, but are convenient if you like to wear a bit of a fuller face:
- Eyeliner: liquid or pencil are probably the best choices for school touch ups, particularly those with longer pen-shaped containers. Keeping this in your makeup bag is perfect if you need to touch up your eyeliner, whether it be a cat-eye, tight-lined, or just a soft line.
- Mascara: Mascara, like any other beauty product, can fade throughout the day. Keep one in your makeup bag in case you need to do a touch up for a bit more drama! I personally love getting any sort of mascara sample tubes, as the smaller tubes fit perfectly in a makeup bag.
- Eyeshadow: Not everyone wears full eyeshadow every day to school, but some girls (myself included) like to have a little something on their eyelids to help brighten their eyes and add a little extra to their look. Mac’s Eyeshadows are perfect as they are small and round, so they fit easily in essentially any makeup bag. My go-to eyeshadow also doubles as a highlighter on my cheekbones and brow bones. The colour is the Veluxe Pearl shadow in “Dazzlelight” and it’s a gorgeous slightly shimmery off-white colour, similar to “Nylon” but not as yellow-toned.
Last but not least, a non-makeup recommendation would be a comb, a hair elastic and a couple of bobby pins, just in case you happen to have a hairmergency.
What sorts of things do you ladies carry in your school makeup bags?
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