Best Makeup bags to own

These carry-alls are pretty and practical
  • 01 Aug - 07 Aug, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

Let's be real: You can't have a serious makeup collection without one or even three of the best makeup bags. And if you've got a serious makeup collection, why would you stuff all of your beautiful, hard-earned eye shadow palettes and favourite brushes into just any old boring bag? Your prized possessions deserve to be cradled in something special.

With that in mind, we scoured the internet to find the hottest makeup pouches, cases, and carriers money can buy – including compact clutches to stash in your purse and oversized cases perfect for packing on your travels. Find the perfect carry-all for your beauty needs, below.

Herschel Chapter Travel Kit

It's hard to know where to start with this versatile beauty bag. Should we effuse about its affordability? Its generous size, large enough to fit lipsticks, concealers, your brush collection, a palette or two, and still have room for your keys and phone? Or maybe the ultra-convenient handle or the fact that it comes in over 30 eye-catching colours and patterns? We'll let you know when we decide, but in the meantime, we'll be storing this functional kit at our work desk, because with a stunning, saturated floral print like this one, there's no need to hide it in the back of a drawer.

Paravel See All Vanity Case

Lightweight and stylish, this clear-sided beauty organiser reminds us of our school days, somehow, with its clean lines and cream, camel, and navy colour scheme. But now that we've reached adulthood, it's better suited for essences and serums than for pens and pencils. Bring it along on a weekend getaway, and the clear plastic walls sides will help you keep track of everything you've packed.

Tartan + Twine Deluxe Weekender Makeup Toiletry Bag

Art lovers will fawn over Tartan + Twine's abstract expressionist design dotted in whimsical shapes. And the hyper-organised (you know who you are) will love this bag's many compartments: two mesh pockets, elastic bottle holders, and even a removable magnetic panel with a brush organiser. You'll never have to dig a crusty powder brush out of the bottom of your bag again – and toting this bag around just might spark a conversation with a gallerist or two.

Béis The Cosmetics Case

Shay Mitchell based the bags from her travel and lifestyle brand Béis on her very own organisational needs, and accordingly, the Cosmetics Case walks the perfect line between form and function. The boxy carry-all is large enough to fit anything you might need on the go, with a water-resistant lining that the brand calls "oops-proof." Plus, each case is stocked with a mirror and removable brush pouch, and comes in a range of cheery colors like magenta, sky blue, and sunny yellow.

Lay-n-Go Cosmo

For the person who can't stand endlessly digging through their makeup bag in search of that one tiny eye pencil, there's this genius invention: the Lay-n-Go Cosmo. When you're on the move, it transforms into a travel sack that keeps all your things contained, but when you reach your destination, it unfolds into a 20-inch mat so you can see everything all at once. There's even a raised lip to avoid rolling, a zippered pocket for safe storage, and a built-in elastic strap to hold your brushes and other tube-shaped cosmetics. Oh, and it's machine-washable in case of spills.

Bey-Berk Multi Compartment Travel Cosmetic Bag

For organised travels, this vintage-inspired train case can't be beat. The spacious main compartment includes a small zippered pocket and elastic loops for holding brushes and beauty tools, while three removable inner dividers make it easy to keep your products organised and easy-to-find. The faux-leather case can also be monogrammed, for an extra touch of retro glam.