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Whether you subscribe to the “no-makeup makeup” look, and use little more than concealer and some Boy Brow, or the yes-to-makeup look, and own an arsenal of products, everyone needs a way to keep their beauty regimen, well, regimented. Unlike the travel toiletry bag or Dopp kit, makeup bags stay put on your bathroom counter — making it all the more important that you have one you enjoy looking at (and one that’s able to keep your 15 different shades of red lipstick neat and organized). Aluminium Tool Case
To find the best makeup bags — the ones designed to hold all manner of brushes, compacts, and bottles, and stay clean in the face of spills and lost caps — we tracked down some notable makeup artists and asked them about their favorites. From a Prada pouch (recommended by Daniel Martin, who did Meghan Markle’s makeup on her wedding day) to a $10 Muji pouch that can hang from a hook in your bathroom, here are their recommendations, which cover a wide range of styles, sizes, and price points.
A transparent zip-top makeup bag is a classic for a reason: “Because it’s clear, you’ll be able to find the products you need quickly,” says Erin Parsons, who has worked with Gigi Hadid. Parsons suggests this simple one from professional makeup supply company Monda Studio — it’s especially easy to wipe down should any products leak, she says.
Ata Flight Case If you prefer an opaque bag that’s just as easy to clean, makeup artist Romy Soleimani, whose clients include Alicia Vikander and Tracee Ellis Ross, says that this one from Roberta Roller Rabbit is a good option. “It’s lined in plastic outside and inside, which is great because if anything explodes, it’s not a problem,” she says. “They’re easy to wipe down and come in different sizes.”